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
JULY CONTENTS: WEEK FOUR
JULY 22 ~ JULY
23 ~ JULY 24 ~ JULY 25
~ JULY 26
JULY 27 ~ JULY
28 ~ JULY 29 ~ JULY 30
~ JULY 31
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ERB's At the Earth's Core's St. John cover art
~ Philip Jose Farmer's Dark Heart of Time ~ Willem "Tars Tarkas" Dafoe
Dafoe with "Dejah" and "John Carter" ~ ERB and
Hemingway Homes in Oak Park ~ Hemingway's Kilimanjaro Leopard
*** "At The Earth's Core" opened a whole new world
of adventure to ERB book buyers on this date, July 22, in 1922. Because
not everyone can go the Earth's core and see it for themselves, McClurg
was extra gracious and included nine sepia illustrations, painted by St.
John as described by David Innes, for the first edition book.
Some had read the story earlier, eight years earlier
to be exact, because it was serialized in All-Story Weekly in 1914.
At The Earth's Core: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Coverage
All the St. John Art for At the Earth's Core
Mahlon Blaine Art for At the Earth's Core
*** Willem Dafoe
grew up to be Tars Tarkas in "John Carter." He was born,
not hatched, July 22 in 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin.
More about the man who would be Jeddak and the John Carter
of Mars film:
Willem Dafoe Interview in ERBzine's Film Site
John Carter: 2018 Film: ERBzine Silver Screen
Interview About Tharks
*** Ernest Hemingway was born
July 22, 1899.
In February of '41 two of the world's best-known authors,
and fellow-Chicagoan Ernest Hemingway dined with their wives on opposite
sides of the same Honolulu restaurant. Neither identified himself although
they were two of the best-known authors of their day and they had much
in common. Florence pretended to swoon at the sight of Hemingway and insisted
that Ed go over to introduce himself, all of which did nothing to allay
his feelings of artistic inferiority and deal with other personal demons
he was fighting at that time.
They met in a literary way, however, when Tarzan left
Sheeta the leopard's frozen carcass at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hemingway,
in the dark about who actually was responsible for the leopard's body being
there, mentioned the dead cat in his short story, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
ERB never got around to documenting Tarzan's adventure
with Sheeta, though. It was left for Philip Jose Farmer to chronicle
it in his authorized Tarzan adventure, "The Dark Heart of Time."
See the summary at erblist.com of "Dark Heart" for Chapter 30. The summary
was written by David A. Adams wrote a summary for Dark Heart's Chapter
30 at the ERBlist site. Reviews of Dark Heart and other Farmer Tarzan
stories are featured in ERBzine.
ERB and Hemingway "Meeting"
ERB and Hemingway Homes/Museums both in Oak Park
Dark Heart and Farmer Tarzan Reviews
ERB/Farmer Connection: Splash Bar Collage
Ch. 30 Review in ERBlist
Leopard on Kilimanjaro in earthtouchnews
Mrs. Florence Burroughs:
Wine Commercial ~ Her Bookplate ~ ERB and Florence ~ Divorce Announcements
Disney's Tarzan and Jane
TV Compilation Release ~ Rex Maxon's Tarzan Strips: Prisoner of the Great
*** Florence filed for divorce against ERB on this
date -- July 23 -- in 1941. Legal matters were delegated to Rothmund. Events
leading up to the divorce are printed in Flo's ERBzine biography. This
pretty much freed Ed to go sailing around in Navy warships and flying in
military planes while serving as a combat correspondent during World War
II in the Pacific.
AP Los Angeles News Release: "Edgar Rice Burroughs,
67, creator of Tarzan and author of many books and magazine stories, is
being sued for divorce by his 36-year-old wife, the former Florence Gilbert
of the screen. Her complaint charges Burroughs has assigned all his assets
to Burroughs, Inc., and has conveyed half the stock to his former wilfe.
Emma Centennia Hulbert Burroughs, the mother of his three children."
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Bio:
ERB Faces Divorce Suit
AP Los Angeles News Release
*** Disney's "Tarzan and Jane"
was released straight to DVD and video on July 23, 2002. It was a sequel
to the 1999 movie and was made up of three unaired episodes of the film's
corresponding television series, "The Legend of Tarzan" (not to
be confused with the Warner Bros. movie of that same name which came out
Tarzan and Jane: Compilation
Tarzan TV Episodes
Day in Disney History
July 23 in ERB comic strip history:
*** "Prisoner of the Great Apes," written and
illustrated by Rex Maxon, began this date in 1947 and ran for 34 days.
Prisoner of the Great Apes: 34 daily Tarzan Strips
*** "Tarzan and the Wild Game Hunter," written
by Burne Hogarth, began this date in 1950, and ran for nine Sundays.
Hogarth illustrated the first five Sundays and Bob Lubbers, the
illustrator taking over the strip, did the last four. The whole run has
been reprinted in "Tarzan in Color" Vol. 18.
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates:
ERBzine Comics Archive
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1945: July and August: The articles chronicling ERB's
experiences appear in the Advertiser.
1945: ERB experiences Angina Pectoris pain.
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB's John Carter of Mars:
Canaveral Edition ~ JC and The Giant of Mars in Amazing stories and
adapted for a Better Little
Book - both written by John Coleman Burroughs ~ ERB's Skeleton Men of Jupiter
*** "John Carter of Mars" rattled off of Canaveral's
press on this date, July 24, 1964, with an introduction by Richard Lupoff
illustrations galore, including Reed Crandall's DJ, his endpapers
and the eight interior illustrations. The book contained two stories, "John
Carter and the Giant of Mars" and "Skeleton Men of Jupiter,"
both of which had appeared previously in Amazing Stories and "Giant"
had also been published as a Better Little Book.
*** "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" has been
pretty well established as the work of ERB's son, John Coleman Burroughs,
although Hulbert once said ERB was actually responsible for about
10 per cent of it. We just don't know how that 10 per cent is manifested.
John Carter and the Giant of Mars in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R
John Carter of Mars: Full text in the e-text edition
John Carter and the Giant of
ERB Canaverals edited by Richard Lupoff
*** "Skeleton Men" was probably
originally intended to be the first of a four part miniseries which, when
combined, would make a complete novel.
The printers fouled up, and put "John Carter and the
Giant of Mars" on the cover of the book. This was corrected in the second
printing and, of course, made the first printing even more desirable than
normal! David "Nkima" Adams wrote a summary of "Skeleton Men" in
while omplete text, publishing histories, art, reviews, articles, summaries
of these stories are at Bill Hillman's ERB C.H.A.S.E.R.
Skeleton Men of Jupiter in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R
John Carter of Mars: Full text in the e-text
Read the Original Amazing Pulp version HERE
Skeleton Men Summary by David Adams in ERBzine
*** "Tarzan and Hard-Luck
Harrigan," a 54-day newspaper strip story which was the work of Bob
Lubbers, Burne Hogarth and Nick Cardy, began July 24, 1950.
Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan: All 54 Strips
PART I: Cardy/Hogarth
PART II: Lubbers/Hogarth
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1924: July 23-24: The Golden Gate Oil Company
drilled to a depth of 1,300 feet in their search for oil on Tarzana
Ranch. Only traces were found and they abandoned their lease in the
fall of 1926.
1937: July 24 - August 19: Carson
of Venus was written and subsequently rejected by Liberty,
Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal.
1940: July 24 - September 6: ERB wrote "John Carter
and the Pits of Horz," the first of series he plans to combine
in a book tentatively titled "Frozen Men of Mars," "Llana of Gathol,"
or "The Horror Pits of Horz."
ERB on Tarzan and the Slave
Girl set: Lex Barker, Joan Burroughs, Jane Ralston Burroughs, Mike Pierce
and Vern Coriell
Heins' Golden Bibliography
of ERB ~ Hal Foster's Creations ~ John Flint Roy's book & poem
*** Hal Foster, who established Tarzan as a
popular Sunday strip before moving on to Prince Valiant, passed
away this date in 1982. Read about Hal in ERBzine and read hundreds of
reprints and summaries of his Tarzan and Prince Valiant Strips
Hal Foster Biography
Hal Foster Directory of Reprints in ERBzine
Prince Valiant Reprints: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
*** Tarzan and the Slave Girl: Of
special interest to ERB fans are the photos released in ERBzine
of ERB's visit to the Slave Girl set - ERB's last visit to a Hollywood
set. Also in the photos are Lex Barker, Joan Burroughs, Jane Ralston
Burroughs, Mike Pierce and Vern Coriell.
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** Time Magazine, in its July 25, 1949, issue,
had a promotional article on the upcoming Tarzan movie, "Tarzan and
the Slave Girl." The article was headlined "Durable Lianas."
From another source, I understand that later in the article the writer
commits the sin of saying that Tarzan and Jane were not married (long before
the Downey, Calif., librarian ever thought of such a thing!) Fortunately,
an ERB fan out there saw the error and wrote a letter to Time correcting
it. I assume that letter was published in a subsequent issue. The writer
of the letter was Henry Hardy Heins, author of "A Golden Anniversary
of Edgar Rice Burroughs."
Henry Hardy Heins and Golden Anniversary of ERB
Heins Abbreviations for ERB Book Titles
Lianas in TIME bit
July 25-27: The ECOF in Jenison, Michigan honoured John
ERB and Canada by John Flint
Before either Casper Van
Dien or Alexander Skarsgard showed up in the jungle clad in cutoffs, Tarzan
of the Sunday comics page was setting the trend in "The Lost City of
the Mayas," which begn July 25, 1993, and continued for 12 weeks, illustrated
by Gray Morrow and written by Don Kraar.
Lost City of the Mayas: All 12 Tarzan Sunday Strips
Tarzan Goes to India starring
Jock Mahoney ~ Burne Hogarth at work ~ Hogarth Tarzan Sparkler 14 cover
Tarzan July 26, 1942 Sunday
Page ~ Bob and Alice Hyde in their younger days as Tarzan and Jane ~ Bob
*** John Martin: The "Anniversaries of ERB"
project began back in the late 1960s, before the existence of the internet,
I started it by gathering dates from print sources such as Henry Hardy
Heins "A Golden Anniersary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
and books such as Robert Fenton's "The Big Swingers." I'll
eventually post a more detailed history of the project.
But, back then, I didn't always think to record the source
of some of my initial notations. In what I originally called the "ERB Calendar,"
I had a note that on July 26, 1962, Jock Mahoney made a personal
appearance at a theater which was showing his movie, "Tarzan Goes to
India." But I failed to write down where I'd gotten that information,
so I can't cite it here. I'm sure it was a "reliable source," though, since
all of those dates were from such sources. Maybe I'll run across that original
source material one of these days. The studio saved money on "Tarzan Goes
to India" because it didn't have to pay for African elephant-size ears
to fasten to the Indian elephants.
*** Bill Hillman: Daily ERB Life and Legacy Events:
My obsession with ERB dates also goes back a long ways. I compiled simple
notebook entries for ERB comics, radio shows, films and books all the way
back to my first collecting days in the early '50s. I naively wrote my
purchase dates in the flyleafs of all the books I bought - a sample of
my ERB entries was featured on an ERBzine page back in the early days of
Book Dates ~ When I discovered fanzines and bought a tape recorder
for radio shows they were added to my notes. Computers were next which
led to the creation of giant data bases to keep track of the collections
and date info.
When the Internet became feasible everything changed
and much of my collection was shared on the Web starting in 1996 - mainly
ERB since I realized I had to limit some of my eclectic interests. After
Burroughs discovered my obsession with all things Burroughs he authorized
as the official tribute site. This led to many visits to
and an endless stream of correspondence with Dan via mail, e-mail
and long distance phone calls in which he shared an endless flood of treasures
from the Burroughs Tarzana Archive including his grandfather's personal
journal entries. We were able to date many of items and events which led
to my creation of the Burroughs
Bio Timeline of events and ERB
Perpetual Daily Events Calendar back in the '90s. All of these
records and John Martin's extensive notes have made the Daily Events project
that you are now reading a possibility. Quite a commitment. John hasn't
missed a day, so far, and the project has taken 2-3 hours every day of
my time since its start in January 1, 2018. Many thanks to John for spearheading
this -- it's been a great way to look over my giant trove of ERBzine material
-- and is also a great incentive for me to update my pages, links and images
and add them here as a way of illustrating and discovering daily events
from the Life and Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- Grandfather of
American Science Fiction ~ Master of Fantasy Adventure ~ and creator of
the Fantasy Worlds of John Carter, Tarzan, David Innes, Carson Napier,
Tarzan Goes to India in ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan Goes to India Photo gallery:
*** The Tarzan Sunday page for
July 26, 1942, #594, just happened to be on the easel, partially finished,
when Bob Hyde paid a surprise visit to introduce himself to Burne
Hogarth. If you read Bob Hyde's story about this, you will learn something
about the way Hogarth drew and you'll also find out what he did the entire
time that Hyde was there. The story is in Chapter VI, following the story
of how Hyde's plans to visit ERB himself fell through. Bob had regularly
sent photocopies of his Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic memoirs to Bill
Hillman who typed out the text and presented them on the Web in ERBzine.
Bob Hyde: Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic: Ch. VI
Burne Hogarth Tarzan Covers
Bob Hyde: Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic
Informal Chat with Burne Hogarth
*** The Big Little Book,
"Tarzan's Revenge," was copyrighted this date in 1938. The cover
features Tarzan with a tiger with a stoned-out expression on its face.
The first printing of the BLB had a circle on the cover that identified
it as a Big Little Book. This BLB text followed the story of the movie,
"Tarzan's Revenge," starring Glenn Morris and Eleanor
Holm, a pair of Olympic champions. Bill Hillman keyed in the
text to ERBzine for all to enjoy on the Web.
Tarzan's Revenge: Big Little Book Text
Tarzan's Revenge: Cover Front and Back
BLB Cover Gallery
1932: Ed expressed
his pleasure to J. C. Powell, Librarian Emeritus of the University of
California at Berkley who had welcomed him into the honoured circle
of authors of the Golden State.
ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan: My Father by Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. ~
Young Johnny with Dad and Johnny Sheffield
Carson of Venus meets an Amtorian Sea Monster ~
Jesse Marsh: Dell/Gold Key Comics ERB Artist
*** Jesse Marsh, the first artist to produce original
illustrations for Tarzan comic books, was born July 27, 1907. He passed
away April 28, 1966, a year after failing health made it necessary for
him to stop illustrating Tarzan. He produced an amazing body of
work in addition to his work on the Tarzan series: John Carter,
Gene Autry, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and many more and even did the
first work on Brothers of the Spear before Russ Manning took
it over. All the Marsh Tarzan and John Carter Comics were reprinted as
a weekly feature over a number of years. . . all are available to
read in our Archive.
Jesse Marsh Bio and Photos
All the Jesse Marsh Tarzans and John Carters
Marsh Tarzans after #100 plus Annuals
Jesse Marsh Tarzans in Gold Key
*** In addition to Boy and Korak, Tarzan
had a third son: Johnny Weissmuller Jr. He died of liver cancer
at the age of 65 on this date, July 27, in 2006. Johnny Jr. intersected
with the world of Tarzan in a few others ways than simply being senior's
son. He wrote a book, "Tarzan, My Father." He was interviewed for
the documentary, "Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle," as
was Scott Tracy Griffin.
And he put together a nice set of four cassettes in a
wooden box, with the title "Tarzan" and the subtitle "Original Stories
by Edgar Rice Burroughs." The box states the tapes are "Performed by
Johnny Weissmuller Jr." and the tapes themselves say "Directed by Johnny
Weissmuller Jr." The stories on the tapes, somewhat abridged, are "Tarzan
of the Apes," "The Return of Tarzan," "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar,"
and "Tarzan and the City of Gold."
Bill Hillman: A short time before his death Johnny,
Jr. phoned me a number of times to promote his book. He shared the book
and many anecdotes about his father.
Other Johnny, Jr. projects suggested by our readers:
Rob Donkers: He lent his voice to Tarzoon, the
character from that dreadful X-rated animated movie "Tarzoon,Shame of the
Martin Smiddy (also appeared in the doc's credits):
Johnny jr was also interviewed by Jonathan Ross on his documentary “In
Search of Tarzan” - available on YouTube.
Johnny, Jr. with his dad and Johnny Sheffield:
Tarzan Radio Memories: Johnny Jr.'s Programs Photo
Jr. in Wikipedia
Silver Screen King Doc: IMDB
*** On July 27, 2003, the BBC reported
that there was no monster in Loch Ness. An investigation "trawled"
the Loch with 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology
and found nothing (could have been that Nessie was hiding in an underwater
cave). The discovery showed how smart ERB was. He never had any of his
heroes encounter such a creature, instead concentrating on placing his
characters in more realistic situations, such as traveling to Mars by some
kind of astral projection, battling dinosaurs in a world inside the Earth,
and being able to live and breathe on the scorching hot and slothfully
rotating planet of Venus.
The Hillmans searched for Nessie numerous times
during our UK music tours -- even waded out into the waters of the Loch
-- unfortunately/fortunately the elusive monster didn't want to come out
to play with Canucks. Carson of Venus had better luck in finding
Carson and the sea monsters of Venus
Hillman Gig Notes: Search for Nessie
*** 1927: From
a letter with ERB replying to the editor of Red Book mag:
got a kick out of your letter of July 20th relative to my breaking so many
rules. Life would be much simpler if there were not so many rules. I imagine
I have broken every rule of English grammar several thousand times and
being at heart a purist, I should be desolated if I was was aware of it,
but as do not know a single one of these rules, I am saved much mental
*** 1946:"Tarzan" by J. D. van der Merwe of Duivels-Kloof,
Transvaal, South Africa, appears in Britain's Wide World magazine. "A
South African hunter's account of a decidedly hectic experience."
ERB Bio Timeline
Asylum "remake": ERB's Land That Time Forgot ~ Dancing
Girl of the Leper King (Jungle Girl) ~ Steve Hawkes & his Tiger
Denny Miller: Tarzan The Ape Man ~ Burroughs' Across
America Adventure ~ Morrow Tarzan Strip
*** "The Land That Time Forgot" of 2009 was a dinosaur
island movie that pretended to be an Edgar Rice Burroughs dinosaur movie.
Pictures released its video production July 28 of that year. Many Burroughs
fans watched it, out of curiosity, but most were disappointed in the movie's
failure to even attempt to follow ERB's original story, other than having
an island, some dinosaurs and a German submarine and crew. There was a
character in the film named "Captain Burroughs," but if that was
a ploy on the part of the filmmakers to appease the ERB faithful, the fans
were not amused.
Den Valdron Reviews of Asylum Films
Land That Time Forgot: The original 1975 Version
Forgot 2009 in IMDB
Forgot 2009 in Wikipedia
*** An ERBzine edition of "Breaking
News in the ERB Cosmos" featured articles about Dr. Sarah Smith,
who was awarded a grant funded by the taxes paid by hard-working British
citizens to study six Tarzan films to do psychological studies of societal
trends as portrayed by Tarzan movies
One of the articles about her assignment, "Tarzan
of the Capes and Mortar Boards," was published July 28, 2004, but there
were other articles as well, including the leadoff opinion piece by Tarzan
star Denny Miller who, with his usual wry wit, wrote exactly what
he thought about Sarah Smith and her study.
In addition to reading Denny's on-target comments on
Dr. Smith's endeavor, one can also follow this link to read of Denny's
adventures of that era, as well as comments by Hawking and Hawkes
-- Stephen commenting on something that would disappoint sci-fi fans and
Hawkes, more properly known as Steve Sipek, mourning his tiger,
Bobo, who was murdered by police after it escaped.
Breaking News in the ERB Cosmos
Denny Miller Career Flashbacks
*** "Tarzan and the Lion Worshippers,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 28, 1958,
and ran for 48 days. read it starting here:
Tarzan and the Lion Worshippers: All 48 Strips
*** "The Castle in the Jungle,"
by John Celardo, began July 28, 1965, and ran for 70 days.
The Castle in the Jungle: Read all 70 strips
*** "The Compleat Collector,"
by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began July 28, 1991, and ran
for 12 Sundays. Joseph Van Dorn doesn't collect Tarzan books... He collects
The Compleat Collector: Read all 12 Sunday Strips
*** 1916: The Burroughs auto
adventurers returned home. Fearful of the prevalence of infantile paralysis
in the East, they cancelled the eastern leg of their trip and decided to
strike out for California.
Burroughs Auto Caravan Trip Across America
*** 1931: Pleased with Miss
Bischoff editing job, Ed sent her
"The Dancing Girl of the Leper
King" for correction. He later also sent three installments of
and the Leopard Men.
Dancing Girl of the Leper King published as
New Adventures of Tarzan: Big Little Book Covers plus colourized
shot of Tarzan from the film &Theatre Marquee of the day
Saturday Evening Post Tarzan article & ERB at Tarzana Post
Office ~ Morrow Tarzan Strip
*** "Tarzan, or How to Become a Great Writer," appeared
this date, July 29, 1939, in The Saturday Evening Post.
The author, Alva Johnston, wrote: "Burroughs
credits himself with only one stroke of genius -- the naming of Tarzan.
The impact of those two syllables on the eardrum is, in his opinion, largely
responsible for the world success of the Tarzan books. This is one of the
few literary secrets of Burroughs that is communicable. In christening
his characters he works with syllables as some composers work with musical
notes. He tests one sound against another until, after trying perhaps hundreds
of combinations, he has a name that rings like a fire bell."
Tarzan, or How to Become a Great Writer
*** Also on July 29, this time in 1963, "Tarzan on the
Upswing," an article about the Burroughs boom by Jacquin Sanders, appeared
in the Life and Leisure section of Newsweek Magazine.
*** "The New Adventures of Tarzan,"
a Big Little Book with 66 stills from the Burroughs Tarzan Enterprise serial/movie,
was copyrighted this date,July 29, 1935. New Adventures of Tarzan ~ 1935
~No. 1180 ~ 155 pages with 66 movie stills ~ A Burroughs Tarzan Enterprise
~ Filmed by the Ashton Dearholt Expedition
New Adventures of Tarzan cover and other Big Little Books
New Adventures of Tarzan: The Film- All Pages
The little old lady from Downey, Calif., who banned Tarzan
books in the 1960s and inadvertently started a revival of ERB books, wasn't
the first to ban Tarzan. Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey Calendar reports
that, on July 29, 1929, ERB sent an ironic rebuff to the Tarzana branch
of the LA Public Library which has requested copies of his books. He
points out that their main library has banned his books.
Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey Calendar
Land Beyond the Mountains," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar,
began July 29, 1990, and ran for 14 Sundays.
The Land Beyond the Mountains: All 14 Tarzan Strips
Adventures of Lord Blackstone by the McGeehans
~ Black Falcon Review by Mary McGeehan Wild:
ERBzine reprint from Normal Bean News & ERBapa
~ Rescuing JCB's Work from Tarzana Vaults ~ Maxon's Tarzan
*** Tarzan faced many enemies in his adventures, and
often came close to death. But, somehow, he always managed to survive.
But what if some villains planned things so carefully that they were ready
for any contingency?
That is the premise which was used by Thomas McGeehan
and his sister, Mary McGeehan, with some input by he who would become
her husband, George Wild, to write the 52-page story, "The Adventures
of Lord Blackstoke," published in July of 1985.
The story is a parody, asking "what if the 1959 and 1981
remakes of 'Tor Zen the Man-Ape' accurately portrayed the characters and
abilities of Tor Zen and Jayne? And what would the outcome be if they had
to face one of Tor Zen's worst enemies, Esteban Marando....if he is assisted
by others who might want revenge on Tor Zen?"
This story is not, of course, about Tarzan, and we know
that because inside it says that "Any similarity in this story to persons
living or dead, real or fictional, is purely coincidental." This, rather,
is about the aforesaid jungle man named Tor Zen, and his wife Jayne. There
is a nearby lost treasure city known as Osar, ruled by a queen named Lar.
Tor Zen has a lion named Jad-ba-ja and a monkey named Kima. There's a local
tribe known as the Wazuri. Tor Zen also has a son, Karok.
The villains in this piece are all relatives of bad guys
that Tor Zen had bested in the past. They plan to deal with Tor Zen and
Jayne once and for all, and to steal all the treasure they can carry off
from Osar at the same time.
The cast of villains who signed up to help Marando include
Bolato, nephew of Bukawa; Ivan Palitch, first cousin of Alexis Palitch;
Boris Ratoff, younger brother of Nikolas Ratoff; Heinrich and Herman Schnider,
relatives of Hauptmann Fritz Schnider, and other relatives of ERB villains
named Basil Stobutch, Carl Werpir and Leopold Zverri.
Will they succeed in this nefarious scheme or will Tor
Zen, once again, emerge victorious? Sorry...no spoilers here!
This is a little 5x8 booklet which was a labor of love
by the McGeehan family, who have been longtime ERB fans. Thomas and his
brother John McGeehan were regular contributors to Caz's ERBdom in the
early days and later on Thomas and Mary teamed up to send quarterly contributions
to ERBapa. (John had passed away by then).
This book was not for sale but rather was distributed
free to members of ERBapa who received mailing No. 7, and also to members
of CAPA Alpha for mailing #250. CAPA-Alpha is an amateur press association
devoted to articles about comic books.
The Revised Edition of "Blackstoke," pictured with this
facebook post, has a cover which was done by Mary.
The original version of the story was published in Norb's
Notes #15a in June of 1962, which had a print run of 65 copies. A year
later it was printed in two parts in Dale Broadhurst's zine, The Burroughs
Reader #'s 4 and 5.
The 1985 book was completely revised and published by
House of Info #63 and Normal Bean News #6, Santa Ana, Calif.,
in the summer of ’85 and distributed via the two APAs in August and September..
The print run of "The Adventures of Lord Blackstoke"
was 300 copies. If 50 went to ERBapa members and supporters and 50 to CAPA-Alpha
members, that leaves 200 copies. I do know that Thomas sometimes mailed
copies to persons who became members of ERBapa in subsequent years, and
he may have done the same thing for CAPA-Alpha members, so that would account
for some. I don't know if Thomas is still around, but he could be, and
Mary and George attended a Dum Dum in L.A. in the 90s. They could still
have some copies.
Other than that, it seems to be rare and hard to find.
An internet search for it the other day turned up no results.
Not all ERB fans will like this story, but some will
appreciate this dark parody and the work which went into it. It can bring
a few smiles along the way. It is interesting to see a story written in
which the villains do a pretty good job of not making any mistakes.
John Coleman Burroughs'
Mary McGeehan Wild: JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon
Mary McGeehan Wild: JCB Falcon Review from Normal
Raiding the Burroughs Treasure Vaults of Tarzana
*** "The Infernal Castle,"
Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began on the comic pages July
30, 1943, and ran for 52 days.
The Infernal Castle: 52 Tarzan Strips by Maxon
*** July 30: Ed gave more reasons
for not getting into the home movie hobby: "Every
once in a while we destroy a bunch of photographs that were taken several
years ago and which now make us appear ridiculous. What's the use of leaving
something to posterity that will make them ashamed of our poor taste and
sorry for our lack of intelligence? Caesar, Napoleon and George Washington
would be no great heroes if we had 16 mm movies of them."
ERB Bio Timeline
Frank Shonfeld with Danton Burroughs ~ Greystoke
Castle ~ Frank with Doreen and Frank Westwood
at London Screening ~ Sample ECOF Logos ~ Bob Lubbers'
Frank Shonfeld, "First of the All-Time Great ERB Fans"
and founder of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship ECOF,
passed away this date, July 31, in 1990. The Englishman was honored with
the British Empire Medal once, and by fellow ERB fans many times.
Correspondence Between JCB and Frank Shonfeld
A tree was planted at Greystoke Castle in memory of
Shonfeld Articles, etc. in Fantastic Worlds of ERB
ERBzine Photo of Shonfeld and Danton Burroughs
*** "Lost on an Island,"
by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began July 31, 1941, and ran
through Dec. 5 on the daily comic strip page.
Lost on an Island: All the Maxon Tarzan Strips
*** "Attack of the Apes," by Bob Lubbers
and Burne Hogarth, began July 31, 1950, and ran for 40 days.
Attack of the Apes
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