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Burroughs Crater on Mars
~ People That Time Forgot: Patrick Wayne ~ Tarzan in Manhattan: Jan-Michael
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
Photographs of Burroughs Crater on Mars
Maps of Barsoom
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
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
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
in IMDB 1
in IMDB 2
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
*** COMIC STRIP REPRINTS IN ERBzine:
"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
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:
*** "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
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
*** 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
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
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
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
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: 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
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:
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
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
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,
Tarzan's New York Adventure - 1942 Film
*** 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
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
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
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,
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
ERB and Twain and Tesla: 1893 Columbian Exposition
Mark Twain Books in ERB's Personal Library
ERB Visits the Twain Home in Hannibal
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:
*** 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
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
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
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
of Tarzan in Wikipedia
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1917: Ed received an appointment in the reserves:
Company A, Second Infantry.
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
to Thelma Terry: Comments on wartime shortages and government bungling:
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
*** 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
Bob Davis Interview with ERB
Under the Moons of Mars: All the All-Story
A Princess of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
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 amazon.com 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
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
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
The Oakdale Affair: 1919 Film: Credits Reviews
Oakdale Affair: Book Biblio plus missing Pulp
*** 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:
in Peach Basket Society
tactics: Chicago Tribune
Simpson in LA Times
Finance in Fortune
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