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JULY 19 ~ JULY 20 ~ JULY 21


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Burroughs Crater on Mars ~ People That Time Forgot: Patrick Wayne ~ Tarzan in Manhattan: Jan-Michael Vincent
Travis Fimmel: TV Tarzan ~ Rep. Andrew J. May ~ Hogarth's Tarzan and the Tartars Sunday Page #1
*** NASA got its first closeup look at Barsoom July 18 in 1965, when Mariner IV sent back close-up pictures of the Red Planet. Many ERB fans got a closeup of Barsoom much earlier, through reading ERB's Mars series.
Photographs of Burroughs Crater on Mars
Maps of Barsoom

Off-Site Reference
Mariner 4 in Wikipedia

*** ERB didn't mince words when he sounded off in a short article headlined "Don't Let 'Em Kid You Joe!" It was 1942, and Rep. Andrew J. May, chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee, had been quoted as saying that the United Nations could win the war that very year. ERB had a different opinion (proven by subsequent events to be the correct one) and he was direct and to the point in responding to what May said. His reply was dated July 15, 70 years ago.
Don't Let 'Em Kid You Joe! article by ERB

Off-Site Reference:
Rep. May in Wikipedia

*** Travis Fimmel, who played a character named Tarzan on TV a few years ago, turned 39 today, July 15. He was born in 1979 in Echuca, Victoria, Australia.
Travis Fimmel: TV Tarzan

Off-Site References
Fimmel in IMDB
Fimmel's Tarzan in IMDB

*** Jan-Michael Vincent was born July 15, 1944, in Denver. He starred as Nanu, a jungle man brought to the U.S. to compete in track and field, in 1973's "The World's Greatest Athlete." Later, in 1989, he was a villain named Brightmore in "Tarzan in Manhattan."
ERB in the Silver Screen

Vincent in IMDB 1
Vincent in IMDB 2
Vincent in IMDB 3

*** Patrick Wayne was born July 15, 1939. He was in a movie based on an ERB book, 1977's "The People That Time Forgot." But instead of playing ERB lead character Tom Billings, he played the script writer's lead character, Ben McBride. Patrick was the second son of John Wayne.
The People That Time Forgot: 1977 Film

Off-Site References:
Wayne in IMDB
People Time Forgot

"Tikar the Lion," written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, 64 days, 1946.
Tikar the Lion: 64 Tarzan Strips
"Tarzan and the Tartars," written and illustrated by Burne Hogarth, 20 Sundays, 1945. It has also been reprinted in Tarzan in Color, spread over Vols. 14 and 15.
"Tarzan and the Lion Emperor," by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren, 13 Sundays, 1951.
Bob Lubbers Sunday Page Directory
Guide to all the ERBzine Comics Reprints
1945: ERB
returns to Honolulu, having travelled 5,000 miles by air and 11,000 miles by ship.
ERB Bio Timeline


ERB's "Master Mind of Mars" featured in Amazing Stories Annual with Frank R. Paul art
"Strange Adventures of Mr. Dinnwiddie" reprint in Forgotten Tales of ERB ~ Constantin Film's Tarzan Animated Film

*** 1927: Master Mind of Mars appears in Amazing Stories Annual
Amazing Annual: Master Mind Art by Paul Art
Read the Entire Amazing Stories Annual in ERBzine
Master Mind of Mars: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio

*** Jonathan Morgan Heit was the voice of young Tarzan in the Constantin motion-capture picture, "Tarzan," released in 1973. Heit turned 18 today, July 16, 2018. He was born in 2000. He began his career as an actor in 2006 and continues it unto this day.
Constantin Tarzan: Previews and Trailers
Constantin Tarzan Promo Collage:

Off-Site Reference
Heit in IMDB

*** "The Strange Adventures of Mr. Dinwiddie" was written by ERB over two days, July 16 and 17 in 1940. He submitted the story for publication under the pen name of John Tyler McCulloch, but it came back with a rejection slip, just like everything else he ever submitted under that ficticious name. Mr. Dinwiddie had something in common with ERB fans: He liked to collect things. He even took his collection along in a $7.50 briefcase when he boarded a Hawaii-bound ship to attend a Shriners Convention. That briefcase was to play a key role in his "strange adventures."
Speaking of strange, you can purchase a brand new first edition of "Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder," the book which contains that story along with several other short stories by EB.
Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder
Lost Words of ERB

Off-Site Reference
Forgotten Tales purchase

*** 1917: July 16: LETTER Ed wrote to vacationing little Joan from Oak Park on California Limited/Santa Fe Stationery.
Ed's Letter to daughter Joan 

1899: Ed, now in New York, wrote to Colonel Rogers again requesting help in obtaining a commission. Again no success
1925: A reply was sent to John M. Stahl, president of the Allied Arts Association, Chicago: "I shall be delighted to have you use my letter . . . as a basis for a radio talk.  I appreciate your invitation to be guest of honor at the Allied Arts dinner."
1930: Ed and Jack went riding on the Tarzana Ranch trails ~ Ed got the living room tile estimate.
1934: Upset over his sons' attitudes toward his marriage split Ed phoned Hulbert in Chicago, asking him to take the first plane home.
ERB Bio Timeline


Frank Frazetta: John Carter and Dejah Thoris on Barsoom ~ Self-Portraits ~ ERB Illustration ~ Frank at Home
Mickey Spillane ~ John Eric Holmes ~ James Bergen & John Martin ~ Acquanetta in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
*** ERB illustrator extraordinaire Frank Frazetta died a few months earlier, but on July 17, 2010, his children held a public memorial service for him.
Frank Frazetta: 25 Tribute Pages - 100s of Illustrations
Frank Frazetta in the Gridley Wave
Frank Frazetta: Portrait Collage
*** And then John Eric Holmes, who wrote two books about other people having adventures in ERB's Pellucidar, was remembered at a memorial service this date, in 2010, and John Martin, along with James Bergen, showed up to attend the service in the Portland, Oregon, area:

John Eric Holmes Memorial Service
'Tis not all death this day: Mildred Davenport was born this date in 1921 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She grew up to put on an exotic costume and appeared in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman under the Hollywood stage name: Acquanetta.
Acquanetta: Bio and Photos
Acquanetta: Filmography and Photo Gallery
Acquanetta in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Collage:
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
*** Tarzan fan Mickey Spillane died on July 17, 2006. July 17 was a day for some to die, but -- in ERB land -- it was also a day for memorial services for those who had died earlier.

Mickey Spillane could write a hard-boiled novel that would warm the heart of any Mucker, and sure enough, Mucker Kenneth Manson wrote a tribute to the guy who liked Tarzan.
Mickey Spillane Tribute by Ken Manson
*** The Cobalt Claim
, by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, started in newspapers this date in 1956 and ran for 67 days.
The Cobalt Claim: Celardo's 67 Tarzan Strips:

1929: ERB telegrammed Elser for assistance in finding a job as a war correspondent in the Russo-Chinese conflict. An incredulous Elser replies that he can offer no assistance.
1930: Ed and Jack rode the Tarzana Ranch trails in the morning ~ The El Cab pipes were laid
1939: July 17 - mid-August: Tarzan and the Champion of the "New Tarzan Series" was written. (10,000 words)
ERB Bio Timeline


The Burroughs Kids: John Coleman, Joan, Hulbert ~ ERB letter to Joan discussing Victory Gardens & BMTC
Chill Wills in Tarzan's New York Adventure ~ ERB Training in BMTC ~ Mars Globe ~ Grell's Tarzan Strips
*** ERB wrote, in a letter to daughter Joan, that "There is also much pilikia, caused by jealousy, petty politics, and inefficiency." He was speaking of incidents in the Business Men's Training Corps, with which he was involved right after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. At the end of the letter, written July 18, 1942, ERB did add a footnote giving the definition of "pilikia," just in case Joan couldn't figure it out from the context. Perhaps we get our phrase "in a pickle" from the Hawaiian word, pilikia which, as ERB explained to Joan, means trouble.
Many people in the US and Canada planted Victory Gardens in support of the war effort: "If you don't get anything but weeds, exercise, and fresh air out of your Victory Garden, you will still be ahead of the game.  Then you can go to the market and buy radishes for half what they cost you to raise them, but with nothing like the fun and excitement.  You will doubtless recall some of my futile efforts to make Tarzana Ranch self-supporting. For instance, the potatoes I planted twenty years ago that haven't come up yet."
ERB also reminds Joan of the measures they had to take to protect the Angora goats from mountain lions on the Tarzana ranch, and in this letter you can find out how much it cost Hulbert to sleep on a cot.
ERB Letter to Joan from WWII Hawaii
ERB Articles on the Business Men's Training Corps

*** Chill Wills had a name that rhymed (almost) but in the movies the man with the rhyming name played some characters with alliterative names.
There was Gentleman George in "The Over the Hill Gang"; Monty Musgrave on two "Route 66" episodes, Sam Shelby in "Young Guns of Texas" and Tobias Taylor in "Kentucky Rifle."
And then, of course, he was Montford Manchester in "Tarzan's New York Adventure." Wills was a memorable character actor in many films and was heard but not seen in several of those movies as the voice of "Francis the Talking Mule." He also had a role in another Tarzan production, the "End of a Challenge" episode of Ron Ely's "Tarzan," in which he played Richard Montrose, alas, with no alliteration!
Wills was born this date, July 18,in 1903, in Seagoville, Texas.
Tarzan's New York Adventure - 1942 Film

Off-Site Reference:
Chill Wills in IMDB

*** Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., on July 18, 2014, posted a USGS rotating globe of Mars on its website. Watch the globe go 'round and 'round:
Rotating Mars Globe at ERB, Inc.
*** "Return to Opar," written and illustrated by Mike Grell, began on the Sunday pages July 19, 1981, and ran for 10 weeks.

Return to Opar: All 10 Tarzan Sunday Pages
More on Mike Grell
*** "Tarzan and the Vultures," written and illustrated by John Celardo, began July 19, 1964, and ran for 14 Sundays.

Directory of Celardo Sunday pages and link to Bio

1929: Jack reached New Mexico on his way back from Michigan. He was driving his grandmother, aunt and a cousin.
1934: Anxious to restore closeness with his son and to present his side in the marriage split, Ed met with the boys to bring about a reconciliation.
ERB Bio Timeline


Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mark Twain and authors: New Yorker ~ Mark Twain with Tesla ~ ERB Visits Twain House and Cave
ERB in WWII Uniform ~ Little Door art: WWI Story ~ Legend of Tarzan: China News Conference and Blu-Ray Release
*** Mark Twain and Edgar Rice Burroughs saw the same sun in the sky for 35 years of their lives, until Twain died in 1910. If he and ERB ever met, it's likely that we'd know about it. But since ERB didn't even enter the world of literature until his first story was published in 1912, it's doubtful that such a meeting ever took place, at least at a writer's convention. But they did meet in 1994 on the cover of "The New Yorker" edition of June 27-July 4, where they cast glances toward each other as they and more than a dozen other well-known authors displayed a book they had written.
But since both are now deceased, one could speculate as to any meeting in the afterlife. ERB said that if there was life after death he would like to travel to other planets. Twain seemed to regard death as death but a struggling novelist named Emily Grant Hutchings claimed he had dictated the novel "The Coming of Jap Herron" to her after he had crossed over (I don't remember being assigned to do a book report on that one in school!) But what might happen if ERB met Twain in the afterlife? Nkima himself tells us through his alter ego, David Arthur Adams, who filed such a report in ERBlist's ERBmania section on July 19, 1999.
ERB was a fan of Twain's work since Twain helped Tesla in a demonstration in the 1893 Columbian Exposition Electricity Building. Tesla's exhibit was set up near the Burroughs Battery Exhibit (ERB spent a summer there and even drove an electric car around the midway). In later years ERB visited the Mark Twain house and cave in Hannibal, Missouri during his cross-country auto adventure and added a shelf full of 16 Twain books in his personal library purchased in Utah and Chicago.
ERB and Twain and Tesla: 1893 Columbian Exposition
Mark Twain Books in ERB's Personal Library
ERB Visits the Twain Home in Hannibal

Off-Site References
Adams' Twain in Afterlife in ERBmania

The U.S. entered World War I against Germany on April 6, 1917, and ERB was ready to serve in some way, although "age and family opposition prevented him from enlisting in the regular Army." His backup plan was to join the reserves and on July 19 of that year he received an appointment as a captain in Company A, Second Infantry, Illinois Militia. Later he attained the rank of major.
It was during this period of his life that he wrote some of his war-themed stories, "The Land that Time Forgot," "Tarzan the Untamed," and "The Little Door." The latter remained unpublished for many years until Danton Burroughs shared it with us for publication in ERBzine. It also appeared in the ERB anthology, "Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder."
ERB and The Great War: German Controversy
The Little Door by ERB in ERBzine
More ERB Great War Articles
ERB Wartime and Military Experiences:

Off-Site Reference:
Forgotten Tales

*** When the second World War rolled around, ERB once again sought to serve, first in the Business Men's Training Corps on Oahu and later as a war reporter. He was way too old to join the service, but not too elderly to become the oldest combat correspondent in the Pacific Theater.
In late July, 1945, ERB had just returned from Okinawa to receive a letter from a female acquaintance named Terry, from Australia. He wrote back in a letter dated July 19, commenting on meat rationing in Australia and the U.S., and noted that most of it was due to "government bungling."
He also made the observation that Americans and Australians have more in common with each other than Englishmen and Australians.
But perhaps the thing ERB was most pleased to write was the last line: "My son, an AAF officer, was made a major while I was away." It was quite an accomplishment, since Hulbert had entered the service as a buck private. But the military blood ran in his son's veins as well, and it did the old man proud to see his son attain the same rank that he once held.
ERB's Wartime Letter to Thelma Terry
*** China doesn't normally allow foreign films to be released there in the month of July, preferring to give locally produced films a good chance to succeed. But the regulators made an exception for "The Legend of Tarzan," which had been released in the U.S. on July 1, 2016. The new Tarzan movie opened in China on July 19 and made $7 million on opening day and went on to deliver a six-day opening of around $27 million and a three-day opening weekend of $12 million. Even then, it came in second place behind "Skiptrace," which had a market share of 56 per cent compared to 16 per cent for "Legend." "Skiptrace" is a Hong Kong-Chinese-American action comedy film written by and starring Jackie Chan. It was released in China on July 21, 2016, two days after "Legend." John Carter was also very popular in China - The Hillmans bought a number of Chinese DVDs of the film during their visits there.

How Legend of Tarzan Got Modernized

Off-Site References:
Legend of Tarzan in Wikipedia
Skiptrace in Wikipedia

1917: Ed received an appointment in the reserves: Captain, Company A, Second Infantry.
1917: LETTER to "My dear little daughter" Joan. Letterhead reads "Young Men's Christian Association of Campy Steever Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ~ Military Training Camp for Boys"
1927:  Ed's receipt of Weston's Detroit Free Press clipping about the Oak Park (MMA) Academy prompted him to consider forming an association of Orchard Lakers that could bring pressure to bear upon the state of Michigan to re-establish a new Michigan Military Academy, preferably located at Orchard Lake.  He turned down Weston's offer for wholesale priced home movie equipment, saying: "I have purchased so many things that the family was hectic about only to find that they were nine day wonders. I now have three projecting machines and seven hundred and twenty eight thousand miles of film which are never used."
1945:  LETTER to Thelma Terry: Comments on wartime shortages and government bungling: "The Germans, the Italians, and the Japs evolved a scientific method of government - and look at the damn things now. I guess that we are happy to have our own, bungling and all." Mid-summer weather has been hot on the islands . . . "But I was in hotter places while I was away - Ulithi was one of them. The Micronesians and the Melanesians can have all those coral atolls as far as I am concerned.  I was sure glad to get back here, although I really had a wonderful trip. Was out with the Navy this time. Survived air raids in a harbor and got shot at by a Jap sniper on shore. My son, an AAF officer, was made a major while I was away.  I think that I was more thrilled than he.  He has come up from buck private."
ERB Bio Timeline


Bob Davis: All-Story Editor of ERB's first novel: Under the Moons of Mars and the first novel Tarzan of the Apes
Artist Clinton Pettee: Illustrator of the first Tarzan ~ Tarzan the Magnificent with Gordon Scott and Jock Mahoney: Artist Dave Hoover's DVD cover
*** July 20, 1940: A short biography of ERB appeared in Bob Davis' New York Sun column. Davis, retired from Munsey's and now living at Kailua, Hawaii, had interviewed Ed after a chance meeting on the island. Davis was an early editor of pulps who appreciated and acquired ERB stories for the pulp magazines he edited. So, he interviewed him and the result was published in The New York Sun. Davis was the Munsey's editor responsible for the publication of ERB's first story: Under the Moons of Mars (A Princess of Mars) and ERB first Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes in his All-Story pulp magazine.
Bob Davis Interview with ERB
Under the Moons of Mars: All the All-Story Covers
A Princess of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio

Off-Site Reference
Bob Davis Profile in Pulpflakes

Thanks to Bob Davis of Munsey's the world's first image of Tarzan appeared in the fall of 1912 when The All Story magazine dated October 1912 appeared on the newsstands. The cover image was painted by Clinton Pettee, who was born July 20, 1872, in Connecticut, the home state of David Innes. David Saunders researched the life of Pettee and wrote about his interesting life, which included service in the Spanish-American War. That article is on his website, dedicated to pulp artists and shared in 2012 in the ERB Art Encyclopedia. Saunders grew up with an appreciation of pulp art. He is the son of Norman Blaine Saunders, a productive pulp artist himself; the father passed on to his son a love for art in that genre. David put together a book celebrating his father's art. The book's title is, simply, "Norman Saunders," and a review of the book at notes that he "was the illustrator of Mars Attacks, Wacky Packages, pre-code horror comic book covers, hundreds of pulp magazines, and much more. This definitive reference book includes over 880 illustrations and photos from every phase of his career." Also, is an interiew in which David Saunders talks about pulp art and his father:
Clinton Pettee Bio and Art in ERB Art Encyclopedia
Tarzan of the Apes: All-Story cover by Pettee

Off-Site Reference
Pettee in Pulpartists
Saunders Interview in Aiga

"Tarzan the Magnificent," starring Gordon Scott as Tarzan, along with future Tarzan Jock Mahoney as bad guy Coy Banton, was released this date, July 20, 1960.
This movie and its immediate predecessor, "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure," have often been considered by fans as two of the best Tarzan movies. But this was also the last for Scott as Tarzan. He left the role to do non-Tarzan roles and played such characters as Goliath, Samson, Zorro, and Buffalo Bill. Our illustration features a DVD cover by artist Dave Hoover.
Tarzan the Magnificent
ERBzine Silver Screen: All the ERB Films
1928: The San Fernando Valley community officially approves the name Tarzana.

Our Tarzana Tribute Site
ERB Bio Timeline


Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Oakdale Affair" rejected by McClurg but had been released as a 1919 feature film with Evelyn Greeley
The story had been released in 1918 in Blue Book pulp magazine  ~ The eventual book release would be in 1937 by ERB, Inc.
*** July 21, 1921: McClurg rejected The Oakdale Affair, despite the fact that it had been accepted previously by Blue Book Magazine and also made into a feature movie, alternately titled: "Bringing Up Baby" and "The Warning." The story did not appear in book form until 1937 when it was published along with The Rider by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. with cover and interior art by John Coleman Burroughs.
The Oakdale Affair: 1919 Film: Credits Reviews
Oakdale Affair: Book Biblio plus missing Pulp Ending
1941: LETTER ~ ALTERNATE Ed wrote a letter home to Joan from 1298 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu T H. ERB was back at the office after long hospital and recovery period. He suggested that Jim Pierce apply for a job on the islands flying for the inter-island Navigation Company.
Letter keyed in for easier reading
Scan of the letter
ERB Bio Timeline

*** The name of "Tarzan" has been so popular through the decades that many have used the word in conversation, print and in other ways. Here are a few examples, and these are only the ones that are tied somehow to the date of July 21:
* The name of Tarzan didn't help Gaylord Theodor Woltzen, who had a time in the sun in both college and professional basketball. Nicknamed Tarzan, the 6-3 forward played in eight professional games for the Kankakee Gallagher Trojans but scored not a single point in his eight career contests. He did live a long time, though, passing away July 21, 1995, at the age of 90.
* One of the witnesses in O.J. Simpson's murder trial was Dr. Robert Huizenga, who had given the defendant a medical exam in June, 1994. Thirteen months later, on July 21, 1995, the Chicago tribune quoted Huizenga as having said of Simpson, "To look at him, he really has the physique of Tarzan. Although he looked like, Tarzan, he was walking more like Tarzan's grandfather." The murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson took place June 12, 1994. Shapiro ordered a physical exam of O.J. by Huizenga a couple of days later, after O.J. was in custody. Huzienga's testimony came during Simpson's murder trial, a year later, on July 14, 1995 The second sentence of that quote is found in several places on the web, but the first sentence is apparently nowhere on the web except in The Chicago Tribune quote. The second sentence came up in the trial when Deputy District Attorney Brian Kelberg cross-examined Huzienga." In reporting on the trial, The Washington Post reported the next day that Kelberg's question referred to this statement by Huzienga: "Although he looked like Tarzan, he was walking more like Tarzan's grandfather."  Not only did Kelberg ask Huzienga about his Tarzan statement, but Kelberg himself did a courtroom demonstration of Tarzan tactics. The L.A. Times reported "...he scrambled atop the prosecutors' table, scattering pencils, and urged Dr. Robert Huzienga to re-create the mobility tests he gave Simpson several days after the murders." He had also "grabbed Simpson's physician to demonstrate the strength needed for a murderous attack. and he directed the county coroner to stab and slash at his neck with a ruler to show jurors how Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman may have been killed."
* And if you want to be as physically fit as Kelberg, O.J., or Tarzan, there's a Tarzan exercise, posted July 21, 2016, that anyone can do.
* Finally, what happens when someone, on July 21, 2003, decides to write a financial story that makes use of Tarzan, oranguatuans, and the Tarzan yell? See Fortune:
Off-Site References:
Woltzen in Wikipedia
Woltzen in Peach Basket Society
Kelberg's tactics: Chicago Tribune
Kelberg: Washington Post
OJ Simpson in LA Times
Tarzan Excercises
Tarzan Finance in Fortune




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