Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
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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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2 ~ AUG 3 ~ AUG 4
AUG 5 ~ AUG
6 ~ AUG 7
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Jim Pierce: Tarzan and the
Golden Lion ~ James H. Pierce Author: Battle of Hollywood
Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce
at Tarzana: Hillman Photo ~ Tarzan and the Lost Safari
*** Jim Pierce played an important part in my life
. . . he introduced me to Tarzan of the Apes. Because the very first Tarzan
film I ever saw was the last few reels of 'Tarzan and the Golden Lion'
in 1927. In those few moments, Tarzan reached out and took hold of me,
and through him, I discovered the marvelous magic of the world's greatest
myth-maker, Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was never ever to escape the steely
grip of Tarzan or the wondrous worlds of Burroughs. Who wants to?" Those
words were in the foreword of a book which was published in 1978. The foreword
was dated Aug. 1 of that year. See it in ERBzine and while you're at it,
maybe read the rest of the introduction and go on to the book itself! The
text of the book can be followed by clicking the "Next" button at the bottom
of each page.~ John Martin
*** Jim Pierce was the first film Tarzan I met.
and I made our first visit to Tarzana during a road trip to California
in 1971. Hulbert Burroughs gave us a full tour of the ERB, Inc. offices
and the warehouse. After examining the huge trove of 16" ET master discs
of the 1932 Tarzan radio show in the warehouse he even suggested that he
would have a job for me if I could stay and catalogue the shows. This was
after I told him I had a huge old time radio show collection and even had
tapes of the series that Jim Pierce and Joan Burroughs had acted in. I
had to decline since I had to resume teaching duties in a few weeks back
in Canada. He then suggested I stay over for a day and meet Jim and Joan
who were coming in from Apple Valley for an ERB, Inc. board meeting the
next day. This we did and spent great afternoon visiting with them all.
Hillmans Visit Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce in Tarzana
Jim Pierce: Book ~ Bio ~ Radio ~ Films ~ Photos ~
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** Peter Arne landed "regular"
roles for awhile but in the latter part of his career was mostly cast as
heavies or other sinister characters.
In "Tarzan and the Lost Safari," 1957, he played
Dick Penrod, who flew the airplane that had engine trouble and crashed
in Tarzan's jungle. He, his wife, and a couple of other characters were
then taken under the wing of the ape-man until captured by men of Opar,
a city full of inhabitants who were more like the Oparians in 2016's "The
Legend of Tarzan" than they were to ERB's original dwellers of the lost
Arne's life came to a sudden and unanticipated end on
Aug. 1, 1983, when he was bludgeoned to death in his apartment in Knightsbirdge,
London. The man identified as the perp, a former school teacher from Verona,
Italy, was found drowned a few days later in the Thames. Arne's acting
career got off to a realistic start when he and another man met novelist
Mary Renault and acted like her friends, coaxing her into investing some
funds with them. But they squandered the money on riotous living until
they were caught, and made to stop.
Tarzan and the Lost Safari: ERBzine Silver Screen
Safari in Wikipedia
A Princess of Mars: Oxford
University Press with Gay Galsworth art ~ Tarzana Herald:
Aug 2, 1937 with ERB references
~ Korak and the White Water Runner: Russ Manning
*** Oxford University Press published "A Princess
of Mars" on Aug. 2, 1962.
In "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs,"
Hardy Heins wrote that the book was published "...as a schoolbook by
the venerable Oxford University Press. it contains six pages of 'Exercises'
in the back of the book.... It is issued as part of Oxford's educational
series of 'Stories Told and Retold,' which comprises children's classics
by what seem to be an otherwise all-British group of authors.
"This is a somewhat condensed version
of Princess, 'retold' by A.M. Hadfield. She loses a bit of the original
Burroughs flavor in the process. But this loss is counterbalanced by the
illustrations of Gay Galsworth -- a series of 19 sketches which
seem crude at first glance, but which in their detail are marvelously faithful
to the text." [Note: Maybe I am unclear on the concept of an "Oxford classic,"
but if "Princess" is a classic, then I don't understand why Oxford would
find it necessary or even proper to revise the work of a "classic author."
It seems to me that they should have reprinted "Princess" as ERB wrote
The Art of Oxford's Princess of Mars:
A Princess of Mars: ERBzine Bibliography
*** The Tarzana Herald
was a weekly newspaper founded in February of 1937, with an office at 18509
Ventura Boulevard, about three blocks from ERB's office. On Aug. 2 of that
year it featured ERB himself in a big spread, reviewing the history of
the town ERB founded and citing the community's growth from a postal point
News of Tarzana and ERB in the Tarzana Herald
Tarzana Herald page: : Aug 2, 1937
Property Owners Site
*** "Korak and the White Water Runner,"
by Russ Manning, began Aug. 2, 1971, and ran for 96 days. Read it
in less than one day in ERBzine:
Korak and the White Water Runner: All 96 Manning Strips
Celebrating the Birth Date of GORDON SCOTT ~ Some
of our many Dell Comics Covers
Tribute Portraits by Dave Hoover and Paul Privitera
~ DVD Film Poster by Dave Hoover
*** Gordon Werschkul was born this date, Aug. 3,in
1926 in Portland, Oregon. As Gordon Scott, he starred as Tarzan,
Zorro, Goliath, Julius Caesar and as Hercules, to name a few. Any ERB fan
who attended conventions a few years ago probably met him in person.
Gordon Scott tributes in ERBzine
Gordon Scott, filmography, bibliography
The Dell Tarzan Gordon Scott gallery:
...and many more sites as well!
1885: A disastrous fire destroyed the Burroughs Phoenix
Distillery. George turned to a new business, the American Battery Co.
1896: Ed, disillusioned with the life of an enlisted
man at Fort Grant, started sending letters imploring his father to help
him buy his way out of the service. Worried about the hardships he was
going through, his mother secretly sent him food and money.
ERB Bio Timeline
"Ape Man" Joseph Knowles: Wilderness Man ~ Ape
Man: His Kith and Kin: Feral Children
Phoenix carries ERB to Mars and sends first photos
from N. Mars Okar ~ Andrew Stanton: John Carter
*** John Carter went to Mars and Joseph Knowles went
to the Maine woods. On Aug. 4, 1913, Knowles headed into the woods wearing
nothing but a jock strap, to prove someone could survive just as Tarzan
(who had been introduced to the world a year earlier) was able to do. Scott
Tracy Griffin tells the story of Knowles on page 176 of "Tarzan:
The Centennial Celebration," in a chapter titled "Tarzan Dopplegangers."
He mentions ERB-created Tarzan lookalikes such as Esteban Miranda and Brian
Gregory, but also highlights the real-life Tarzan imitator. Tracy noted
that Knowles had partnered with the Boston Post for the publicity stunt
in which he was allegedly surviving in the woods for two months, coming
out clad in a bearskin which he claimed to have acquired after defeating
a bruin with a club. Knowles left weekly dispatches, written on bark with
charcoal sticks, for the newspaper to publish. Afterward, he went on a
publicity tour and wrote a book, "Alone in the Wilderness."
Tarzan and his Fellows: “Fact, Fiction, Legend?”
The Ape Man: His Kith and Kin
in Boston Magazine
*** John Carter is on Mars. Dejah
Thoris is on Mars. So is everyone else in the 11 Barsoom books. And,
the author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, is on Mars as well.
They went there on this date, Aug. 4 in 2007, aboard
the spacecraft Phoenix. They are among works of literature about
Mars, encoded on an archival silica-glass DVD designed by The Planetary
Society and sent along on the spacecraft in case an alien with a DVD
player shows up there in the next thousand years or so. The story, over
a pink tint block next to the cover of A Princess of Mars",
can be found by scrolling about halfway down at:
Phoenix Carries Visions of Mars ~ First Okar photos
Hothouse Cities of Okar on Barsoom
*** Maybe someday someone
will send another DVD to Mars, with Andrew Stanton's "John Carter"
on it. On Aug. 4, 2011, a Stanton interview was published about
the forthcoming John Carter movie. He was still feverishly working to edit
the movie into something cohesive at that time, but took the time for an
interview and had a lot of interesting things to say. Lots of other good
stuff on this page, including DeWet du Toit as Tarzan and ERB artist,
the late Dave Hoover.
Andrew Stanton Interview on John Carter
Stanton Discusses the Making of "John Carter"
Another Stanton Interview
BURROUGHS ANNOTATED CALENDAR
and BIO TIMELINE
1927: ERB Started Apache
1942: Ed gave an afternoon talk to officers of an Anti
Aircraft artillery regiment relative to possible co-ordination of BMTC
and AA units in event of an emergency. "Met
two negro AA majors. I saw no distinction shown between white and
black. White officers told me that these men were tops."
1943: ERB's stepdaughter Caryl wrote that she
was attending the private Marlborough School for Girls. She persisted
in using the last name Burroughs - against her mother's wishes.
She fought the adoption by Flo's new husband, Dr. Chase
1947: General Landon thanked ED for the dedication
in Tarzan and "The Forbidden Legion"
Annotated Perpetual Calendar for August
1897 Chicago: 3D Card & bikes ~ ERB's fiancee:
Hulbert ~ Mark Strong as Matai Shang
Reginald Owen watches Johnny Weissmuller treat
Barry Fitzgerald in Tarzan's Secret Treasure
***The village of Chicago, population 250, was incorporated
on this date, Aug. 5, in 1833, and quickly grew large enough to be re-incorporated
as a city (1837). Sixty years after that, by Aug. 5, 1897, the city had
developed enough of a bureaucracy that it required pedalers to have bicycle
licenses. On that Aug. 5 date, one of its residents, Edgar Rice Burroughs,
was issued a license in order to legally power his diamond-framed Reliance
about the city, which then had a population of well over one million. The
Burroughs family address was 646 Washington St
ERB needed the bicycle to ride to work. His father gave
him a job at the American Battery Company where he started at the
bench for $15 a week and learned the business from the ground up. Eventually
he earned a position of company accountant and was well enough off to enable
him to resume his courtship of Emma. Her father, Alvin Hulbert,
was manager of several major city hotels, including the Tremont House.
ERB enrolled for a brief stint at the Chicago Art Institute on Michigan
Boulevard. According to family members, he wanted to draw horses only.
Gleanings from ERB timeline bio at:
ERB at Chicago 1897 Exposition
Chicago street scene during a bicycle race in 1897
*** When he's not stirring up trouble
on Barsoom or other planets, Matai Shang has been scouting Jasoom
the identity of Mark Strong. Should there be inquiries into his
place of origin, he can point to birth records on file at Islington, London,
which list his entry into this world as Aug. 5, 1963.
In the guise of Mark Strong, he has acted as an actor
for his career cover story. In a remarkable coincidence, he was cast in
the role of himself in the 2012 Disney epic, "John Carter," a movie about
an earthman who was transported to Mars, where he encountered Matai Shang.One
clue to his dual identity is that both his Barsoom persona and earthly
identity bear the same initials.
Mark Strong Discusses John Carter
John Carter of Mars 2012 Film Site
*** Reginald Owen, who played Professor Elliott
in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure," was born this date, Aug. 5, in 1887
at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England. He died in 1972 in Boise, Idaho."He
was probably Hollywood's busiest character actor - making more than 80
films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic
Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at
the age of 18. He came to New York in the early 1920s and started working
on Broadway by 1924. He left New York in 1928 and moved to Hollywood, hoping
to make it in films. In 1929, he landed his first role in "The Letter."
In 1932 he played Dr. Watson in a Sherlock Holmes movie. Although, he didn't
get many leading roles, he did get to work with some of Hollywood's most
beautiful leading ladies like, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Jeanette MacDonald
(Owen's personal favorite), Barbara Stanwyck and Elizabeth Taylor. Owen
continued to work into his 70s and 80s, making family classics."
Tarzan's Secret Treasure: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** 1942 ERB wrote a lengthy letter
to Joan from Hawaii: "Sunday, I was guest speaker at a dinner given by
the Schofield Barracks Quarterbacks Club at the Chun Hoon residence." Ed
reads in the Honolulu Advertiser that Florence is to remarry. Ed has been
invited by a Lt. Col. to spend Saturday with his tank group and another
Col. has invited him out to an AA target practice. Hulbert recently
came over and they played tennis and saw The Man Who Came to Dinner."
Wartime Letter to Joan
Robert Abbett Art: John Carter & Dejah
Thoris plus original art for Thuvia ~ Burroughs Crater on Mars
Map of Barsoom ~ Curiosity Mars Explorer 2012 ~
Hogarth's Tarzan Against The Nazis
*** Kill off Dejah Thoris? That was the idea proposed
by Thomas Metcalf, editor of The All-Story, in a letter he
wrote to ERB. He was responding to a missive from ERB on Aug. 6, 1911,
in which ERB said that his reasons for writing "Under the Moons of Mars"
were purely mercenary and "not from motives of sentiment." ERB said he
was open to suggestions for how his stories should go. Metcalf made a suggestion.
But, ERB found it too hard to kill off the incomparable Dejah Thoris. Of
course, a few years later, he would attempt to kill off Jane. But that's
Robert Abbett's painting for the first Ballantine
paperback edition of "A Princess of Mars" showed the deathless Virginian
Carter fending off those who would harm his love, the incomparable
The Metcalf / ERB Correspondenc
"The Glory that was once Zodanga":
The Abbett Mars Art for Ballantine
*** John Carter
first went to Mars in the month of March but NASA prefers to start
a lot of its Red Planet forays in August.Curiosity, a car-sized rover designed
to explore Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
mission, landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012.
Two days ago, it was reported in this space that the
spacecraft Phoenix touched down on Mars on Aug. 4, 2007, bearing a CD with
all 11 of ERB's Mars books on it.
Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars on Aug.
5, 1969. Photographs and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
NASA announced, on Aug. 5, 2011, that its Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on
Mars during warm seasons.
ERB didn't leave Jupiter out of his Mars series, so we
won't either: On Aug. 5, 2011, the spacecraft Juno was launched from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to the Solar System's largest
planet. It was the first solar-powered probe.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars Crater
Map of Barsoom from the ERBzine ERB Atlas
*** "Tarzan Against the Nazis," by Burne Hogarth,
began Aug. 6, 1944, and ran for 32 Sundays. It was reprinted in "Tarzan
in Color," Vols. 13 and 14, and in the Titan Books Vol. 3, "Tarzan Versus
the Nazis," which also contained "Tarzan Versus Kandullah and the Nazis,"
along with other stories.
Tarzan Versus the Nazis by Burne Hogarth
Hogarth Bio and Directory for his Tarzan Sundays
*** 1932: ERB wrote Lost On Venus
at his beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa
Lost On Venus: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.
Lost On Venus: Read the eText Edition
"Barney Custer of Beatrice" for MAD KING:
Fairchild art & covers ~ ERB's Brigadier Rex sold to Mexican army
Danton: Young (JCB art) & Older ~ ERB Cross-Country
Camp Names ~ Foster's Tarzan: Forbidden Place
*** "Barney Custer of Beatrice," a three-part serial,
began in All-Story Weekly on Aug. 7, 1915. The first issue had a
cover illustration by W. Fairchild. The story was a sequel to "The
Mad King," published in the same magazine about a year and a half earlier.
In 1926, both parts were combined into a single book with "The Mad King"
as the title.
Mad King: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Mad King: Read entire book in e-Text
*** "Von Harben and the Elephants'
Graveyard," by Hal Foster and George Carlin, began Aug.
7, 1932, and ran for eight Sundays.
Forbidden Place (Elephants' Graveyard): Foster's first
Von Harben Sumary
*** Tarzan and the 'Queen
of Diamonds' by John Celardo, started Aug. 7 in 1964 and ran
for 82 days.
Tarzan and the 'Queen of Diamonds': All 82 Celardo
*** Mars and
the United States have had an exchange program going for several decades.
Earth has sent John Carter, Ulysses Paxton, Robinson Crusoe and Santa Claus
to Mars, followed by a number of contraptions. Mars, in return, has sent
a slough of various invaders to Earth, along with a rock with a dead thing
That was on Aug. 7, 1996. On that date, NASA announced
the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came
in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite
was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil. Scientists
believe the rock was broken loose by a shot from a Thark rifle and ricocheted
through the thin Martian air to start it on its journey toward Earth.
Although the world recoiled in terror from the thought
that there might be life on Mars, people were even more horrified on this
date in 1959 on Aug. 7 when Explorer 6 sent back a picture of a planet
even scarier than Mars -- Earth.
*** 1916: Start of the Burroughs
Family California trek locations: Oak Park, Ottawa, Camp Point, Hannibal,
Emporia, Newton, Larned, Dodge City, Ute Pass, Santa Fe Trail, Pikes Peak,
CAMPS: 9. Camp Fly ~ 10. Rattle Snake Camp ~ 11.
Camp Clover-Kings? ~ 12. Camp Thixton ~ 13. Camp Point?: Emergency Camp
#3 ~ 14. Hannibal: Emergency Camp #4 ~ 15. Camp New Bridge ~ 16.
Camp Busted Pump ~ 17. Camp Pitt ~ 18. Camp Ev. Luth Trinity School ~ 19.
Camp Horseshoe ~ 20. Camp Winwood? ~ 21. Camp Big Wind ~ 22. Camp Raggedy
Man ~ 23. Camp Moon New Mexico, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino,
Burroughs Family California trek locations
1944: LETTER ~ ALTERNATE
letter home to daughter-in-law, Jane Ralston Burroughs wondering
about the origin of baby Danton's name.
ERB Letter to Jane discussing Danton's Name
Danton Portrait by his father JCB
ERBzine Bio Timeline Entries
1925: General Carrillo of the Mexican Army paid
$1,000 for Ed's horse Brigadier Rex in a public auction atthe Breakfast
Club polo field.
1930: Emma discovered that some of Hully's
golf trophies appear to have been stolen.
1939: August first week: Ed and friends spent time sailing
in Balboa at friends' club. Ed tired of the experience except for when
he was piloting the ship himself.
ERBzine ERB Bio Timeline
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