Now, many years later, I realize that I had a bit more to share on the Web -- actually over 15,000 Webpages. It was a real thrill when Danton Burroughs of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. in Tarzana, California asked me to create and maintain the official Burroughs Websites. This soon led to his sharing wonderful material from his vast Tarzana archive for the creation of sites devoted to his grandfather's life and works. Following this I worked closely with Dan to create even more sites -- sites devoted to the Burroughs family. This in turn led to a flurry of e-mails, countless phone conversations and many visits to spend time with Dan in Tarzana -- the saddest visit being one in which I gave a eulogy at Danton's Memorial in 2008.
But the work on the sites carries on -- most days until
4 or 5 am in the morning. Latest data from our Web server company indicate
that our sites have over 20 million international views per year -- many
of them from countries and places where the now-popular social media are
not securely available or are banned. ERBzine.com has to be the Internet's
largest single commercial-free website devoted entirely to the Life,
Works and Legacy of one personality: The Grandfather of American Science
Fiction ~ The Master of Fantasy Adventure ~ The Creator of John Carter
Mars, Tarzan, and Countless Fantastic Worlds and Characters -- Edgar Rice
ERBzine ERB Tribute Web Site
*** 1918: "The Creator of Tarzan" appeared in Book News Monthly (released July 1 with cover date August) ~ An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to Literature, Art, and Drama . . . an interesting bio/interview acknowledging ERB's six top-selling Tarzan books and the popular film Tarzan of the Apes currently in theatres.
"Creator of Tarzan" in Book News Monthly
*** 2016 "The Legend of Tarzan," starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, was released July 1, 2016. It was the first Tarzan movie in years. Our ERBzine features on the film give a pretty good assessment. In coordination with the release of "The Legend of Tarzan," the University of Louisville opened a special exhibit of its Edgar Rice Burroughs material on July 1, 2016. Selected items were on display until Sept. 2, the day after ERB's birthday.
ERBzine web site: Review Excerpts
Power-Point presentation by DJ Howell:
"The Legendary Tarzan" in 67-stanza poem by John Martin
Legend of Tarzan-Beasts of Tarzan connection by John Martin
Tarzan in IMDB
U of Louisville Display
*** 1875: Both Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis Adelbert Kline were born on the 1st in Chicago, ERB coming on the scene Sept. 1, 1875, and OAK showing up on July 1, in 1891.
Kline interplanetary and earthly adventure stories are appreciated by many ERB collectors. Like ERB, OAK wrote tales of Mars and Venus. His Mars books had "Mars" in the titles. His Venus novels had "Peril" in the titles.
Start of many ERBzine features on Kline:
The ERBzine OAK gallery
Kline in Wikipedia
*** 1979: "The Runaway," by Gil Kane and Archie Goodwin, began on the Sunday pages July 1, 1979, and ran for 11 weeks.
The Runaway: All 11 Tarzan Sunday Pages:
More Gil Kane Tarzan Strips in ERBzine
*** 1898: Ed had enrolled for a brief stint at the Chicago Art Institute on Michigan Boulevard. According to family members, Ed only wanted to draw horses. He was issued a student ticket good until July 1.
ERB Bio Timeline
Robbie in IMDB
Robbie in Wikipedia
*** 1930: Collins of Great Britain published just two ERB books. The first was "The Tarzan Twins" on this date -- July 2 -- in 1930. It was reprinted Sept. 5, 1933. Later, the company also published an edition of "Jungle Girl," with the original dust jacket art.
The Tarzan Twins: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
British Hardcover Editions
*** 2006: Jan Murray, Captain Sam Bishop in "Tarzan and the Great River," passed away July 2, 2006, at the age of 89 in Beverly Hills. He had a career full of television and movie roles, beginning with gigs as host of several different game shows.
Tarzan and the Great River: ERBzine Silver Screen
Murray in IMDB
*** 1945: ERB sent a letter home to Joan from "A Harbor" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
Lost Words of ERB Letter to Joan
ERB Bio Timeline Notes:
*** 1923: ERB wrote in a letter to brother Harry on how he came up with names in his writing. This was how he explained the name "Numa": "I try to originate all the peculiar names for people, places and animals in my stories. Sometimes I must unconsciously use a word or name that I have read and forgotten, as for instance Numa the lion. There was a Roman emperor, Numa, whom I had forgotten until I was recently re-reading Plutarch’s Lives. The name must have been retained in my sub-conscious brain, later popping out as original. I try to originate all the peculiar names for people, places and animals in my stories." ~ ERB letter to Harry Burroughs, July 2, 1923
*** 1941: Ed left hospital prematurely after treatment with sulfathhiozal. Recurrence of the illness forces him to return later. Doctor suggests he start drinking again - results are not satisfactory.
*** 1941: "The Goddess of Fire" appeared in Fantastic Adventures. ($405.60) (Published later in book form as part of Escape On Venus)
*** 1941: "Uncle Miner and Other Relatives" (22,800 words) was written in and out of hospitals. He signed the preface, "Joe Louis." The wildly imaginative story is rejected by New Yorker on August 28, 1941.
ERB Bio Timeline
Penhaligon Daily Mail article
Penhaligon in IMDB
*** 1937: Russ Cochran was born on this date in 1937. Russ has been a long-time supporter of all things Burroughs and has published spectacular volumes of interest to all ERB fans. Of special note is his 3-volume set -- ERB: Library of Illustration and more recently Buddy Saunders' "Martian Legion"
Russ Cochran: Major ERB, Art, Comics and Music Publisher
Library of Illustration
The Martian Legion
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1890: Idaho became a state -- of special interest to the Burroughs Brothers with their ranching and gold mining operations.
*** 1942: Ed thanked Jack for his swell letter, replete with the usual grand sense of humour. He appreciated the snaps of Joan's new house and notes that her daughter Joanne has become a lovely young lady and he even recognized grandson John Ralston in the pictures. He lamented the terrible mail service and confessed that it seemed like 100 years since he had seen Jack and the family. He suggests that Jack use his Tarzana office rather than moving constantly trying as he himself had been forced to do over the years. He can stay there until "the Japs come and push you out."
*** 1947: ERB bought an RCA TV. First TV show he saw was a LA-Hollywood baseball game from Wrigley Field. He spent much time watching boxing, wrestling and baseball.
ERB Bio Timeline:
*** 1946: On this date the bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit. Perhaps Reard got the idea from reading for the daring costume by a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs or a movie based on his characters.
Frazetta ERB Heroines with "bikinis"
ERB Art by Frank Frazetta
Bernardini in Wikipedia
*** 1899: Ed along with friends R. H. Patchin and Frank Martin travelled in a private railway car as guests of Frank's father Colonel L.M. Martin from Chicago, New York, Quebec, Toronto and back to Chicago. They became involved in a brawl with hoodlums in Toronto. Ed was rapped on the head and was taken to the hospital at 2 am to have the wound sewed up. He suffered headaches for years from the blow he received in the fight, and even attributed a number of short periods of amnesia to the rap. Another consequence of the injury was a prominent Tarzan-like scar on his forehead and a lifelong infliction of nightmares and dream fantasies.
ERB Attacked in Toronto
*** 1954: "Tarzan and the Zomangani," by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 5, 1954, and ran for 80 days. The zomangani are identified in the strip as the "cave-dwelling enemies of the tarmangani."
Tarzan and the Zomangani: All 80 Celardo strips
*** 1987: "The Winds of Change," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began on July 5, 1987, and ran for a total of 12 Sundays.
The Winds of Change: All 12 Tarzan strips
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1918: ERB was always happy to sign another deal for publication of his popular new book: The rights for a foreign edition of "Tarzan of the Apes" was sold to Hasselbalch, of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 5, 1918.
*** 1927: Ed was unhappy over Methuen's deletions and alterations of his text. He advised them to use the full text of the McClurg edition for their upcoming WAR CHIEF release
*** 1932: Hulbert made a tour of eastern cities, making contacts with radio stations and advertisers. Neebe turned down a offer to work in sales and promotion.
ERB Bio Timeline
Rod lamented that the museum site "closed
as an attraction in 2001 and I am afraid that I do not know what happened
to the model after that." Rod also checked with Frank's family and
Doreen did not know either. Laurence added that his searches on the internet
revealed no answer. One might speculate that the Mole somehow became activated
and drilled its way back to Pellucidar. Or maybe it will be rescued yet
again from wherever it is and once again be on public display. At least
it, and the other two models, live on in the film and at least it had a
place in the sun in Frank's garden for awhile. The actual article clipping
can be viewed in "Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs" #30/31,
Summer 1992, on Bill Hillman's
"Fantastic Worlds of ERB" #30/31, Summer 1992
More on the Fate of the Iron Mole in our Movie Page
60 Back Issues of Fantastic Worlds of ERB Fanzine
*** 2016: "American Tarzan," a short-lived reality series on The Discovery Channel, premiered July 6, 2016. Even with the extra public attention to Tarzan as a result of the new movie, "The Legend of Tarzan," playing in movie theaters across the nation at the same time, the TV series couldn't survive the ratings. There was nothing particularly wrong with the program. It was well conceived and well filmed, with several contestants, men and women, taking on challenging natural obstacles in a race to be the "American Tarzan." It's only real problem was simply that it didn't catch the fancy of enough viewers. After all, as every schoolboy knows, Tarzan is British, and Tarzan wears only a loincloth! Maybe "American Tarzan" should have been filmed more like "Naked and Afraid," without the "Afraid" part.
American Tarzan's four episodes
*** 1925: Influenced by the Scopes Trial, Ed wrote a pro-evolution article for the newspapers of the International Press Bureau & Universal Service. He had Darwin books in his personal library -- one of them with his sketch of a large crouching ape and the word "Grandpa". ERB taught geology at MMA.
EVOLUTION HELD UNDENIABLE: ERB's Scopes Trial Report
ERB Bio Timeline and ERB Journal Notes:
*** 1939: Ed wrote: "Jack and Jane live in one of my houses here at Tarzana, and I see Jack often. Hulbert gets out here occasionally, but I do not often see Joan, though we often visit over the telephone. Hulbert recently returned from a magazine assignment in Nevada where he made photographs and obtained data for an article on ancient Indian culture. He damned near killed himself climbing a mountain under a broiling sun, and when he reached the top would have been struck by a rattle snake had his companion not saved him. He has always been bugs on climbing, and I hope this experience has gotten it out of his system. I never could climb anything over four feet high without getting the jitters. Even when I see pictures of people climbing mountains I fold like an umbrella." "Charlie Rosenberger died some time ago. I haven't seen any of them for over five years."
*** 1939: Ed Wrote: "Original editions of Tarzan of the Apes are now collectors' items. Scribner's had one in 1936 which it quoted at $25. It is practically impossible to get one now. I didn't have one; and it took me nearly two years to get one, circularizing my fan list and advertising in one of my novels."
ERB Bio Timeline
Florida Tarzan Cabin
*** 2003: Speaking of "Pretenders to the Vine," the cover of TV Guide on July 7, 2003, proclaimed: "TV's New Tarzan!" But when you looked at the photo all you saw was Travis Fimmel. Nonetheless, Ivana Chubbuck, Fimmel's acting coach who, of course, had a vested interest in the series, said, "Travis is a lot like Tarzan. He's raw and he's primal." That, added the TV Guide writer . . .
"Pretenders to the Vine" article: Travis Fimmel
WB TV Tarzan: Episode Titles - Credits - Reviews
*** 2016: But back to the "real" Tarzan...the one who does that Tarzan yell. But which Tarzan yell? Johnny Weissmuller's? Elmo Lincoln's? Alexander Skarsgard's? Disney's? Baltimore's Rouse & Company took eight minutes in a July 7, 2016, broadcast to review the history of Tarzan films and yells, interspersed with laughing at their own jokes. If you listen to all eight minutes, you will hear the Elmo Lincoln yell more times than you have probably heard it in your whole life! Perhaps Ripley's Believe It Or Not should consider this: Lincoln was a silent film Tarzan, but had a yell. Lambert was a sound film Tarzan, but didn't. The trio either didn't know about or didn't bother with Frank Merrill's yell, but Bill Hillman has it, along with the Evolution of the Tarzan Yell in ERBzine.
Evolution of the Tarzan Yell: Part I
Evolution of the Tarzan Yell: Part II
Tarzan Yell Through the Years Poster
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