Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS'
Compiled by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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Roswell Daily Record reports
the capture of a Flying Saucer ~ Hillmans' Roswell Visit and UFO Museum
~ All-Story First Appearances
of ERB's Under the Moons of Mars plus First Edition
*** Bob "Tarak" Woodley took fans on a tour of The
All Story issues containing ERB's first story, "Under the Moons
One of the reactions to that story came in a letter,
dated July 8, 1912, that was published in the magazine's Table Talk section.
The writer, W.A.E., described ERB's story as "fine," but placed it between
two other stories on the scale of his likeabilities. First, he placed it
higher than a story called "The Bustle." He said, simply. "Please don't
print any more stories like 'The Bustle'."
However, he placed it below a story titled "Shanty House."
"Of all the stories I have ever read in any magazine or book, the one that
stands first in my esteem is one I read in All-Story about three years
ago, called "Shanty House." I cannot express in fitting terms my opinion
of appreciation of it, but doubtless you will remember it and agree with
me that it was 'some' story."
Obviously, this letter writer had excellent taste, since
he called ERB's story "fine." So we can assume that "Shanty House" was
a pretty good story all right. Anyone ever read it? Was it ever published
as a book? Does anyone collect multiple editions of it? Are there fan gatherings
and facebook pages for "Shanty House"? Tarak's tour, in which he speculates
why "The Bustle" may have gotten a thumbs down, is in ERBzine 0419. NOTE:
If you want to read W.A.E.'s whole letter, you'll need to have good eyesight
and hold the computer close to your face, or your face close to your computer.
But it can be done.
U of L Tour: Under the Moons of Mars Scrapbook
A Princess of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
All Under the Moons of Mars Pulp Covers
*** On this
date in 1947, the Roswell Daily Record published a story on page
one in which is stated that an object crashed near the New Mexico town.
U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts
suggested that it might have been an alien spacecraft," the article
ERB fans, meanwhile, speculated that Carson Napier had
gotten the scientists of Havatoo to build him a space ship, with which
he could bring Duare back to earth. They note that the last full Venus
book was published in 1946, after ERB's last contact with Mr. Napier a
few years earlier. Does his Amtorian ship lie in pieces in an Area 51
warehouse and were he and Duare the real centerpieces at the alien
This would explain why ERB heard from Carson for a period
of 10 years and then....nothing.
Hillmans Visit Roswell and the UFO Museum
Collage Poster of the Roswell Tour
Last Venus Book: Escape On Venus
Escape On Venus art by John Coleman Burroughs
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1914: The Burroughs Family return from
a 10-day stay at the Hulbert family farm at Coldwater, Michigan
where they had driven to visit Emma's sisters.
*** Ed entertains his three children by making
up imaginative stories in which he creates many unusual characters: Grandpa
Kazink and his Flying Machine, Saphronia, Arabella the Coyote, six-legged
*** The Burroughs Family acquire two Airedale
terriers: one of them named Tarzan. Everyone but Ed are involved
in singing and playing piano. Throughout much of his adult life Ed suffers
from painful neuritis and frightening nightmares.
*** 1915: Beyond Thirty, begun while
at the Hulbert family farm at Coldwater, Michigan. It was finished
at Oak Park (August 10) and was rejected by Davis.
*** 1928: Ed returns from the Shasta fishing
*** 1936: Letter
to Joan: Ed and Florence are visiting the Mandels
in Chicago recovering from a long arduous car trip from Barstow to Omaha.
ERB Bio Timeline
"Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All (An Autobiographical
Sketch)": Script Magazine,
Tarzana Convention and Jerry Schneider
Reprints ~ TIME Letter to Alfred Guillory Co-Founder of ERB-dom ~ Celardo
Tarzan "Father of Diamonds"
*** "Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All: An Autobiographical
Sketch," an hilarious autobiography filled with events that never happened
first saw print this date -- July 9 -- in 1932 in Rob Wagner's Script,
a magazine which also published several of ERB's short whodunnits. The
brief article is ERB at one of his tongue-in-cheek high points, as he apologized
for not having led a more exciting life and then went on to list the things
he had done, such as being the sole survivor while serving under Custer
at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Jerry Schneider used the
"Tells All" title for a 605-page compendium of ERB's short articles
and poems, including the "Tells All" story. The story was also reprinted
in a little booklet all its own and handed out at the ECOF June 22, 1989,
in Tarzana.Schneider's book described in ERBzine:
"An Autobiographical Sketch" Article
The cover of Script magazine is depicted at:
ERB Tells All - Jerry Schneider Ed.
*** Recently we reported on the first article written
by ERB aboard the Cahaba, a U.S. Navy Oil Tanker. After the Honolulu Advertiser
printed that one, it printed a new one on July 9, 1945. It was headlined:
"Laughs at Sea Found by Author Traveling With a Naval 'Oiler'."
The article included these words about a ship being sighted
on the horizon: "...our lookout in the crow's-nest
picked it up even before the men at the marvelous scientific instruments
with which we are equipped. In our little world the boy was immediately
famous. He is good-looking black haired, 18-year-old Audrey Paul Guillory,
S2c, of Crouley, La. His father, Pfc. Archie Gauillory, USA, stationed
at Kunming, China, owned a meat market before the war. Young Gauillory
ran it before he enlisted in the Navy; then they had to sell it."
The name of the young man appears three times, twice
with an "a" inserted and once without. Another person without an "a" in
his name was Alfred Guillory Jr., who, like the sailor, lived in
Louisiana -- the town of Chataignier -- when he co-founded ERB-dom
with Caz. ERB used coincidences to tell a lot of his stories. Just
wondering which was the correct spelling of the name and if the boy ERB
praised was related to another Guillory who eventually founded that
The Cahaba oil tanker article and more, at:
TIME Letter to Alfred Guillory re: Elmo Lincoln
ERBdom Nos. 1-100 Covers and Contents: Start
"The Father of Diamonds,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 9, 1957, and
ran for 59 days.
The Father of Diamonds: All 59 Tarzan Strips
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1897: Ed's grandfather, Abner Tyler Burroughs
died. He was born May 26, 1805.
1922, Johnny Weissmuller became the first person
to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
1928: Despite the unpopularity of prohibition
Ed was convinced that Republican Hoover is a far better candidate
for the presidency than Smith, the Democrat.
1931: July 9 - September 25: Tarzan and the Leopard
Men was written (80,000 words). After rejections it was accepted by
Book for $5,000.
1932: Hulbert and Jack finished school.
Hulbert planned to go to the ROTC training camp for six weeks, and Jack
was going up somewhere around Big Bear to attend the summer art school.
ERB Bio Timeline
Caryl Lee Burroughs: ERB's stepdaughter:
Animal Trainer, At Gay's Lion Ranch with Lee & Herman Brix ~
Last Photo of Caryl with Lee by Bill Hillman
~ ERB Renames "Girl from Harris's" ~ El Caballero Club Celebration ~ Burroughs
kids and their horses
*** Caryl Lee Burroughs was not officially adopted
by ERB, but he regarded her as a daughter and the two formed a close bond
during the six years that ERB's marriage to Florence Dearholt lasted.
Beyond that, ERB carried on a correspondence with her for many years, demonstrating
his affection in every way that he could.
Caryl Lee passed away peacefully in her sleep on this
date -- July 10 -- in 2001.
Caryl Lee Burroughs: ERB's Stepdaughter
ERB Personal Letters to Caryl Lee I
ERB Personal Letters to Caryl Lee II
Last Photo of Caryl Lee by Bill Hillman
*** July 10, 2015, was just another
day for the lions in Kruger National Park in South Africa, who were
out road-hunting. And neither they, nor the kudu which wandered out among
the passing vehicles, seemed to mind having an audience as the lions decided
to kill, and eat, on the road. One of the tourists was happy to take some
photos of the feast but was wise enough to stay inside her car, although
a hungry lion might have the ability to break the average car window and
Tarzan and Golden Lion: Classic Poses
Bob Hyde's Africa Odyssey: Photo Journal
Lions in Tarzan's 3D Africa
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1914: ERB changed Harris to Farris in The Girl
*** 1924: Grand opening of the club house of the exclusive
Caballero Country Club of which Ed is managing director. Earlier in
the year Ed had sold the main house and 120 acres of Tarzana Ranch
to the promoters of the new club.
*** 1928: Newspaper clippings announcing Joan's impending
wedding were starting to appear around the country. Joan, a true actress,
loved the publicity and is ecstatic over the wedding gifts that were arriving.
Ed noted that he received his most desired clippings from his friends rather
than from the clipping bureau he paid to do the job. Ed was planning
a dry wedding -- he hated drunken brawls.
*** 1930: July 10, 11 or 12: Morning rides with Hully.
Part of the car is stolen under the club. Jim Pierce's folks visited
for dinner -- "nice people"
*** 1940: In a letter to brother George, Ed again
expressed his dislike for FDR and his hope that Willkie would
win the impending election.
ERB Bio Timeline
Roy G. Krenkel: Tarzan and the Golden Lion
~ Kim Crosby Carried by Four Tarzans: Jock Mahoney, Joe Lara, Denny Miller,
Princess of Mars 1921 Serialization ~ Into
the Heart of the World by Balloon ~ Burroughs Bibliophiles ~ Celardo: Tarzan's
Rescue of Jane
*** Much-appreciated ERB artist Roy G. Krenkel was
born a century ago on July 11, 1918, just a few years after Tarzan and
John Carter, whom he would someday illustrate, had been introduced to the
world. Most ERB fans were introduced to Krenkel's art, along with that
of Frank Frazetta, when Ace Books began publishing paperbacks
of ERB novels in the early 60s.
"Roy Krenkel was a key factor in the 1960s revival of
my grandfather's writings. Krenkel's illustrations forever secured his
position as one of the all-time great Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrators."
~ Danton Burroughs
Roy Krenkel: Bio and ACE Books Art:
On July 11, 1897, Salomon Andrée
and two fellow explorers lifted off in a giant balloon to seek out the
North Pole. They were never heard from again. However, David Innes, in
"Tanar of Pellucidar," discovered the remnants of what was very
likely Andrée's balloon. And, at about the same time Tanar was published,
the outer world had discovered the final camp of the ill-fated expedition.
There are a number of stories about the expedition, written
by people from the outer shell of the Earth. These articles do not mention
the actual discovery of the balloon in Pellucidar nor describe how it likely
got there. However, the John Martin article in ERBzine and
Into the Heart of the World
David Innes Discovers the North Pole by John Martin
Newsstories and Links to Hollow Earth
Balloon article in erblist
Expedition in Wikipedia
*** A "Fan Directory" of "The Burroughs
Bibliophiles" was published July 11, by Robert B. Zeuschner's
Bottleneck Blues Press in Sierra Madre, Calif. George T. McWhorter
is copyright holder.
The directory has both an alphabetical and a state-and-country
listing of fans who were members of The BB at that time. Since the directory
is now more than 20 years old, many of the listings are no longer current
but it is still an interesting book to thumb through and is a picture of
fandom in the 90s. Bob Zeuschner told me it had occurred to George, who
was publishing The Burroughs Bulletin for Bibliophiles members,
that it would be a good idea to produce a name-address booklet so fans
could contact one another." Bob was doing desktop publishing at that time
and and was working on projects for George, including The BB, and so George
asked him to put together the Fan Directory. Bob recalled, "George sent
me something like a raw database list (or was it a spreadsheet?) which
was the mailing list for the Burroughs Bulletin, and I then did all the
massaging of raw data to create the pages. I remember it being a lot of
work at that time (to do the the desktop publishing I used a DOS program
called "LePrint" because in those years the word processing software was
not sufficiently WYSIWYG and I had to insert individual command lines several
thousand places in the ms.) Then I sent the finished pages to George, and
after he finally got it the way he wanted, he then inserted the various
pieces of art."
The Fan Directory has never been reprinted and to do
so now would be a monumental task, especially since more attention is being
paid nowadays to "privacy concerns" and any such directory would need someone
to contact everyone and confirm that it was okay to include their addresses.
Nowadays we have more ways of contacting each other through
social media. Scott Tracy Griffin has set up a facebook group, Edgar
Rice Burroughs/Tarzan/John Carter Meetup, for instance, specifically
to make it easy for fans to make themselves available to other fans if
they desire to do so.
Burroughs Bibliophiles Website
Bibliophile Members in the ERBzine BB Pages
Burroughs Bulletin and Gridley Wave Reprints
Meetup in Facebook
*** A serial of "A Princess of Mars"
began this date, July 11, in 1921, in the Summit County Journal of Colorado.
There are probably some copies of those newspapers lying around somewhere
in someone's attic, or nailed up as insulation behind someone's walls.
This serial, with the illustrations by Irwin Myers, was making the rounds
of several newspapers around that time. Here are links showing the illustrations
and some of the pages as they appeared in other newspapers at that time:
1921 "Princess" Serialization: Art by Irwin Myers
*** Kim Crosby, cab driver
Jane Porter in "Tarzan in Manhattan," was born this date in 1960
in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Both she and co-star Joe Lara eventually went
on to singing careers. Maybe they should get back together for a remake
titled "Tarzan on Broadway." Then again, maybe not!
Kim Crosby carried by four Tarzans
ERB On The Silver Screen
*** "Tarzan and the Challenge,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 11, 1954,
and ran for 13 Sundays.
"The Rescue of Jane," written and illustrated
by John Celardo, began July 11, 1966, and ran for 38 days.
The Rescue of Jane
ERB Comics in ERBzine
Tarzan Trilogy by Thomas Zachek:
Art: Cover by Joe Jusko & Interiors by Douglas Klauba ~ "Tarzan For
President" from Blue Book
USS Cahaba from which ERB sent WWII Articles
~ Movie Brats strip by Gray Morrow
*** "Tarzan Trilogy" by Thomas Zachek is an
early entry in the "Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs" series
launched by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Zachek's book was published Dec. 14, 2016, and was in
its third edition by July 12, 2017, one year ago. (I don't understand how
there can be different "editions" of a print-on-demand book, but that's
the way it's listed!). In any case, Zachek's book is three novelettes,
"Fountain of Youth," in which Tarzan takes on a pharmaecutical company;
"Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance," about circumstances that lead up to
an intertribal war, and "Tarzan the Conqueror," with invading Nazis being
the ones who are the object of the conquering. Zachek is looking forward
to publication of his next book in the "Wild Adventures" series, "Tarzan
and the Revolution."
Tarzan Trilogy: Wild Adventures of ERB
ERB, Inc. Store
*** "Tarzan for President" was
the subject of an article in the August 1932 issue of Blue Book.
The article is linked on an ERBzine ERB bio page with the date of "July,"
which refers to the fact that most magazines are on the newsstands during
the month prior to the cover date of the magazine. The article, "Tarzan
for President," was actually an attention-getting piece written by someone
at Blue Book to promote the serial, "Tarzan and the Leopard Men,"
which had started in that issue and was to run through January of 1933.
The article noted that a letter to the editor of a New
York newspaper, from a citizen disillusioned with politics, "had a brilliant
and simple suggestion which the newspapers liked well enough to pass on
to its readers. "Let us," said the writer in effect, "elect Tarzan to the
Presidency. He at least went places and did things."
The Blue Book article added, "Unfortunately we cannot,
in this difficult world, have many of the things we want. We cannot, for
example, have Tarzan for President. We can, however, have him for a job
that is individually more important to us: We can have him for a friend
in need, and for a needed refuge and solace from humdrum things, we can
go on safari with him in his own primitive and refreshing world." And that
is exactly what ERB fans do whenever they settle down with a good Tarzan
Tarzan for President: Article scanned and typed
ERB bio timelines for 1930s
*** ERB made the most of his time
aboard the USS Cahaba, filing several stories from its decks. Here's
one that was published July 12 in 1945 by the Honolulu Advertiser.
It was headlined, "Unsung Fleet Oilers Carrying Ball
for Navy." As part of the article, ERB describes a typical Navy
meal. Among the items he enjoyed was "tard" (biscuit) -- and unusual bit
of navy slang.
Unsung Fleet Oilers Carrying
Ball for Navy
*** "Movie Brats," by Gray
Morrow and Mark Kneece, began July 12, 1998, and ran for 14
Movie Brats: 14 Tarzan Sunday Strips
Jack Davis Parodies on Dave Garroway and J. Fred Muggs (Trump
& Mad Magazines) ~ White Mountains, Arizona ~ The Cabin and John Carter
Huck "Prof Porter" Huckenpohler ~ Bob Hyde ~ Ed Burroughs &
Hully in Arizona ~ Tarzan's New York Adventure
*** J.G. (Huck) Huckenpohler, who in real life is
actually the long-lived Professor A.Q. Porter, once gave one of his Dime
Lectures on the subject of known meetings between Edgar Rice Burroughs
and some of his characters. As a result of his scholarly research, he reported
that ERB left Tarzana for a visit with friends in the White Mountains
of Arizona, where he stayed in a cabin on the Little Colorado River,
near Springerville. While there, he was visited by his uncle, John Carter,
who told him of recent events which had taken place on Barsoom. ERB made
a record of Carter's story and published the story in the eighth volume
of his Martian chronicles, "Swords of Mars." In addition to giving
his Dime Lecture at a time and location unspecified, Professor Porter's
papers were published in ERBapa edtions nos. 60, 62 and 63 and have also
been reprinted at the ERBlist site.
Bob Hyde, longtime president of The Burroughs
Bibliophiles, did some in-person research on the Little Colorado cabin
site too, and mentioned it in his "Odyssey of a Tarzan FANatic"
Bob Hyde's Odyssey: Chapter XLIV: 1978
Swords of Mars
*** 1933: Beset with the pressures of work and a growing
rift in his marriage to Emma, Ed took a solo vacation, driving his
Cord to Springerville in the White Mountains of Arizona. Most of
the marriage problems involvd Emma's over-dependence on alcohol. One of
the purposes of the trip is to inspect a Cochise County, Arizona gold mine
in which he has bought a quarter interest, but since this was his first
vacation without Emma and the children he became very homesick and lonely.
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
ERB in the Wild West
ERBapa with Contents Pages
ERBapa articles in ERBlist
*** Dave Garroway was never in
a Tarzan movie, but he did team up with a chimp, just like Tarzan did,
and he and Tarzan shared a panel in Trump, Harvey Kurtzman's and
Hugh Hefner's a three-issue Mad-type humour magazine of 1957. Garroway,
who was born July 13, 1913, had a chimp named J. Fred Muggs who
was a regular on NBC's "Today," the morning television show that
Garroway pioneered and hosted from 1952 to 1961. Jack Davis's Trump
panel showed Garroway and Tarzan, among others, fleeing from King Kong,
as Garroway held a gun to his head. The satiric illustration proved to
be sadly prophetic as to the manner in which Garroway died as, plagued
by years of grief, capped with worsening heart troubles, he killed himself
in 1982 with a gunshot.
Jack Davis' MAD and Trump spoofs on Garroway
Fred Muggs in Wikipedia
*** "Tarzan and the Killer Whale,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 13, 1958,
and ran for nine weeks.
Tarzan and the Killer Whale: Celardo Sundays List
*** 1942: "Don't Let 'em
Kid You, Joe" - News Bulletin appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser
Don't Let 'em Kid You, Joe
*** 1942: Tarzan's New York Adventure
with Weissmuller and O'Sullivan was released by MGM.
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1930: Ed rode alone.~ he went shopping for
tiles for the living room ~ met with Congressman Grant .... to establish
a Tarzana post office ~ Emma went on a shopping trip to Wilshire
~ Joan and the baby came for the night
ERB Bio Timeline
Edgar Rice Burroughs: TARZAN and the Man Who Made Him in Liberty
~ Hully Burroughs & Bill Hillman at the ERB, Inc. Office 1971
ERB, Inc. President Jim Sullos under burial tree ~ An Auto-Biography
by ERB with autographed page (99-day road trip)
"Tarzan and the Man who Made Him" takes 11 minutes
and 42 seconds to read, according to a blurb in Liberty Magazine
of July 14, 1945. So if you have that much time available you can click
on the ERBzine link and read the story on ERB by Lloyd Shearer:
Tarzan and the Man who Made Him in Liberty
*** On July 14, 1927: The start
of the move of offices to the new store and three-office complex on Ventura
Boulevard (the present ERB, Inc. offices). The new office was fully occupied
by the next day. The building
is of old Spanish farm type architecture
and is almost completely hidden by a black walnut tree. He had bought the
property in 1919 and renamed it Tarzana Ranch. The present chief executive
in that office, Jim Sullos, said, "Ventura
Boulevard wasn't even paved in those days. Burroughs used to ride his horse
to work every day and write his books." ERB is still there, too.
His ashes were buried in the front yard and our feature photo was taken
of Jim standing under the "ashes tree" in front of the Ventura office.
We have taken many photos of the Tarzana office building through the years
but our first visit in 1971 where we met ERB's son Hully and daughter
Joan are especially memorable. Today, the city of Tarzana has spread
out around that original office and visitors delight in taking the Safari
Walk along the bustling Ventura Boulvevard.
Hillmans Visit ERB, Inc. Office on Ventura: 1971
Meet Jim Sullos: Current ERB, Inc. President
ERB, Inc. Office Tour and Safari Walk starts at:
*** Eleven years earlier, on July 14, 1916, ERB and family
started off on their 99-day road trip. The experience led to ERB
writing "An Auto-Biography" as a promotional giveaway for the Republic
Truck Comany. Ed's wife and three kids shared this adventure. Read more
about it in our Joan Burroughs Biography series starting in ERBzine
An Auto-Biography: Promo Giveaway for Republic
Joan Burroughs Biography
*** "Tarzan and the Lost Empire,"
by Rex Maxon and R.W. Palmer, began July 14 in 1930 and ran
on the comics pages for 84 days.
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: All 84 Maxon Strips
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1912: ERB started the sequel to Under the Moons
1913: July 14 - March 19, 1914: "The Girl from Harris's"
was begun in Chicago and finished in San Diego (13 chapters, 136 pages
and 44,880 words).
1930: Ed sent Weston one of many
letters expressing his regret over having persuaded him to invest in the
failed Metropolitan Airport and aircraft engine stock.
1930: Jack was in charge of a cabin full of kids
at a YMCA mountain camp for a week.
1945: Ed wrote another LETTER
home to Joan from "Somewhere" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
ERB's Letter to Joan from the USS Cahaba
ERB Bio Timeline
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