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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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Mike Henry: Athlete and Actor: 3 Tarzan Films:
Valley of Gold, Great River, Jungle Boy,
ERB's The Girl From Hollywood based on Tarzana
Ranch events ~ Ed and Emma Burroughs
Mike Henry reached the milestone of 82 on this day
in 2018, having been born that many years ago, on Aug. 15, 1936, in Los
Mike apparently never strayed far from home, being born
in the little burg of L.A., playing professional football there, working
in movies there, and today still breathing in what ERB would no doubt describe
as the fetid breath of the byproduct of civilization for which the city
is famous. In spite of the air pollution, Mike hangs on, though he retired
from acting in 1988 due to the onset of Parkinson's disease.
In his second Tarzan movie, Henry was bitten by his sidekick,
Dinky the chimp, so badly that he suffered a huge cut on his chin and was
sick three weeks with chimp fever. The rascally Dinky was put down for
his bad behavior and other chimps filled in. Later in his career, Henry
himself played a sidekick to Jackie Gleason -- the head lawman in the "Smokey
and the Bandit" films. However, unlike Dinky, Henry never bit anyone.
The peak of Henry's career, at least as far as ERB fans
are concerned, was his three Tarzan movies, in which he portrayed the apeman
pretty much the way that ERB portrays Tarzan in his Ape Man movies: "Tarzan
and the Valley of Gold" ~ "Tarzan and the Great River" ~ "Tarzan and the
Jungle Boy" Mike was film Tarzan number 14.
ERBzine's 8-Page Mike Henry Tribute starts at:
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold
Tarzan and the Great River
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy
of Gold ~ Great
River ~ Jungle
of Gold Review
*** ERB on Aug. 15, 1923, presented
his wife, Emma, with a copy of his latest novel, "The Girl from
Hollywood," which had rolled off the presses of the Macauley
Company Aug. 10. He inscribed it: "To / My dear wife
/ with all my love / Edgar Rice Burroughs / Good Samaritan Hospital / Los
Angeles / Aug 15 1923." Emma was recovering
in hospital from an appendectomy procedure. Joan's comments about the book:
father did considerable research on the story [The Girl from Hollywood]
and our ranch was used as the basis for the background. Dad even instilled
some of my speeches and mannerisms into the character of one of the girls.
He believed very much in this story and always felt that it was killed
quickly by certain Hollywood elements." ERB was disappointed about the
critical reaction to the book: "The critics said that no ranch such as
I described in the story ever existed. The joke of it was that I merely
described my own ranch!"
Other titles considered for the
book included: Other titles considered were: "Shannon", "Fetters
of Snow", "The Snow Slave", "The Demon of the Snow", "Rancho del Ganado",
"The Little Black Box" - and editor Davis' suggestion, "The Needlewoman."
The Girl From Hollywood: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R.
Read the e-Text Edition
Tarzana Ranch Photos with Art by Studley O. Burroughs
*** MORE EVENTS FROM THE
1881: A younger brother, Charles Stuart, was born,
but died five months later on January 18, 1882.
1913: ERB accepted New Story's $500 offer for The
Outlaw of Torn
home to grandson Mike Pierce.
ERB Bio Timeline
Aquanetta (nicknamed the "Venezualan Volcano"):
High Priestess Lea in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Oakdale Affair: 1st Ed cover ~ The Mucker in All-Story
~ Script Magazine: ERB's Mystery Puzzles
The first indications of overheating in the ozone came in
1921, when a girl was born in Ozone, Wyoming, near Cheyenne.
She grew up to become Lea, the Leopard Woman,
opposite Johnny Weissmuller in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman."
Her name was Acquanetta, but she was born either
Burnu Acquanetta or Mildred Davenport, depending on which Hollywood version
you read...and there were several stories the studio publicity departments
dreamed up to promote her, one of which was to nickname her "The Venezuelan
Volcano," though she has no more links to that South American country
than she might have had to Ozone, since she's the one who claimed that
was her place of birth, while other biographers insist that Mildred Davenport,
as she was named by her parents, was actually born in Newberry, S.C. She
also claimed to be part British nobility (her great-grandfather was an
illegitimate son of the King of England).
Acquanetta made several movies, then settled down in
Arizona as the wife of a well-to-do automobile dealer.
Acquanetta passed away on Aug. 16, in 2004, at the age
of 83 in a town not unlike her stage name, Ahwatukee, AZ.
Acquanetta Tribute and Bio in ERBzine
Acquanetta Photo Gallery and Filmography
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Leopard Woman Cards from Ron de Laat
As of Aug. 16, 2014, Librivox made a reading of ERB's
"The Oakdale Affair" available online. Ralph Snelson is doing the
reading. If he doesn't read it fast enough for your liking, there's a tool
you can use to speed him up. If you prefer to read it the old-fashioned
way and don't have a copy, the Pulpville Press edition of "The Oakdale
Affair" is one way to get one:
Oakdale Affair: Art ~ Photos ~ Text ~ History
Oakdale Affair: 1919 Film Coverage
Read Oakdale Affair free in eText
books at librivox
1884: Hugo Gernsbacher
was born in Luxembourg. During their school years both Edgar Rice Burroughs
and Hugo Gernsback discovered a book that would have a profound influence
on each of these SF pioneers for the rest of their lives: astronomer Percival
Lowell's book, Mars As the Abode of Life. This book started Gernsback
on a lifelong quest in which he speculated on the nature of life and civilization
on Mars. He wrote novels and went on to publish a long line of groundbreaking
science and science fiction magazines. Some of his magazines featured reprints
of stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
ERB / Hugo Gernsbach Connection starts at:
Accompanying Photo Collage:
*** 1913: ERB started The
Mucker which he completed on October 9:
Read The Mucker in eText
*** 1915: "His Majesty, The Janitor"
a 7-page synopsis was written at his 414 Augusta St. Oak Park residence.
Burroughs Fans at 414 Augusta St. Oak Park
Lost Words of ERB listing
*** 1932: "Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?"
appeared in Script Magazine - A Police Inspector Muldoon Mystery.
Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?: Mystery and Solution
Fred Small's cover art for The Cave Man for All-Story
~ Bruce Bozarth (R), George McWhorter (M), Jim Thompson (L)
Tarzan Stamp Unveiling: Burroughs Family &
Dignitaries ~ People That Time Forgot Poster
*** He keeps a bit of a low profile in the world of ERB --
he's not on facebook and he doesn't show up at ERB gatherings very often
anymore, but part of the reason for that is that he's a 24/7 caregiver.
The man is David Bruce Bozarth, known to many
simply as Tangor, and while he's not on facebook he is on the internet
with erblist.com. Bruce was born this date, Aug. 17, but the closest
he'll come to mentioning the year is that it was some time in the latter
part of the first half of the 20th Century.
Besides maintaining the website and moderating the erblist
discussion, Bruce has put together an ERB watering hole full of impressive
non-fiction and fictional articles with contributors such as David Adams,
J.H. (Huck) Huckenpohler, Andy Nunez, Ken Webber, Lew Kaye-Skinner, Dale
Robinson, Serena Dubois, Joel Jenkins, John Martin, Bill Hillman and many
Bozarth himself is a featured writer and has turned in
numerous works of fan fiction, including 22 stories about "Ras Thavas the
the Calot;" a novel, "La of Opar," and other tales, sometimes in collaboration
with others, such as "When the Princess Disappeared." Many treasures turn
up in an exploration of the site.
There is also a "Hall of Memories" featuring fan tributes
to people in the world of ERB who have passed on, and memories are still
welcomed for that section. Bozarth has attended some fan gatherings in
the past when he was able to do so and also in the past hosted his own
ERB gathering, known as ERB Wake, usually held around the third weekend
in March, the anniversary of ERB's death.
Like his colleague in the world of ERB fan sites, Bill
Hillman, who provides the erbzine.com venue for ERB fans both
on the web at large and here on facebook, Bozarth is also an accomplished
musician and singer, playing electric guitar in a band known as the Greyfoxxe.
Code of Tarzan by Tangor
War Correspondent's Notebook by Tangor
*** Open ALL-GORY PULP
PARODY ZINE to the RATNAZ FILES and discover the whacky Worlds of Edgar
Nyce as he Burrows to countless exciting adventures as told to Tangor and
Bill Hillman All-Gory invites you to travel through space and time and
follow the tribulations of a traditional pulp author as he flounders in
the fast lane of our modern electronic age.
*** Back in the mid-90s Tangor challenged readers
of his ERBlist listserv to join him in the writing of a round-robin parody
on the life and works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was the only one
who took up the challenge and the next few years were spent goading each
other on in silliness. Tangor wrote an opening chapter for which I did
a follow-up. We took turns writing sequel chapters and displayed the results
on our respective Websites. We even worked ourselves, families, contemporary
news events and personalities of the day into the plot. The result was
123 chapters of a book like no other: THE RATNAZ FILES. My daughter
even rewarded my craziness by lifting the text from the Web and having
it bound in a rare one-of-a-kind self published hardback book -- a surprise
gift to her dad on Father's Day. We had hoped to carry the storyline even
further, but real life got in the way and we never returned to the adventure.
The results of this immense waste of time are still preserved for posterity
on the Web at:
Ratnaz: 123-Chapter ERB Parody by Tangor and Hillman
JoN: Jeddak of the North (Bill Hillman) and Tangor (Bruce Bozarth)
~ Art by Duane Adams
*** A stamp honoring
Edgar Rice Burroughs was issued nationwide this date, Aug. 17, 2012, with
official first-day-of-issue postmark offered at a ceremony in Tarzana,
Calif. The Dum Dum was timed to coincide with the first-day ceremony, which
was held at the Tarzana Cultural Center. Several different postmarks were
available for fans who bought stamps there.
Four Tarzans were in attendance at the ceremony -- Denny
Miller, Ron Ely, Casper Van Dien and a local hunk in a loin cloth!
Not many people at the ceremony realized it, because
Denny had been bound by the U.S. Postal Service to keeping a low profile,
but the stamp was actually made possible because Denny himself had made
the suggestion to the man who was, at the time, the chairman of the Citizens
Stamp Advisory Committee.
Story Behind the Stamp by John Martin
ERBzine Stamp Ceremony coverage in Tarzana
First impressions of the Stamp
Tarzan Stamp Previews
Martin Story of the Stamp
*** When they made the movie version
of "The People That Time Forgot," they must have wanted you to forget
the people who were in ERB's original book, along with the plot. The film
was released Aug. 17, 1977, in France, after its earlier release July 6,
1977, in New York City.
The movie plays havoc with ERB's sequel to "The Land
that Time Forgot." They couldn't get Susan Penhaligon back, so they
killed off Lys La Rue (Oops! I mean Lisa Clayton, who they had named the
Lys La Rue character in the previous LTF film!). She was killed off before
"People" even started, and then, so Bowen Tyler wouldn't have to spend
the rest of his life in mourning, they put him out of his misery during
"People" as well. They changed the name of the lead character from Tom
Billings to Major Ben McBride, for no perceptible reason, and they saved
on the makeup budget by simply decorating bald-headed villains with eye
The People That Time Forgot: ERBzine Silver Screen
Time Forgot Trailer
Frederic Charles William Small, often
identified as just Fred W. Small, was born August 17, 1881 in San
Francisco, California. He worked for Munsey Magazines and was involved
in the first public presentation of some ERB stories through that venue.
He did the covers for "The Mad King" and "The Cave Man" (sequel
to "The Cave Girl") and also "headpieces" for such stories as "A Man Without
A Soul" (part 1 of "The Mucker") and "Sweetheart Primeval," (part 2 of
"The Eternal Lover").
The Cave Man
ERBzine Bio Timeline Notes
1914: ERB sent Cave Man to Davis
1921: The Burroughses decided to try educating the children
with a tutor for one year. Ed wrote the Hollywood School for Girls
to tell them he was satisfied with Joan's education there but the daily
commute was getting too hard to handle. He also requested that the tuition
he had paid for Hulbert's and Jack's attendance there be
refunded since they did not plan to attend.
1930: Ed noted receiving letters from the Dearholts
who were travelling around the Southwest in their "land yacht" --
a mobile home constructed by Ashton.
1935: Rothmund began a barrage of submissions
of ERB's 1930 western That Damned Dude now renamed The Brass
Heart by John Mann. It met with 24 rejections but eventually
was purchased by Thrilling Wonder stories in 1939 and serialized
ERB Bio Timeline
Robert B. Zeuschner's "ERB: The Bibliography":
Most comprehensive ever published ~ Rafer Johnson:
Ron Ely TV, two Mike Henry Tarzans ~ Sears Dept.
managed by ERB ~ Zeuschner first Biblio 1996, Yeates art
*** "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography," the
comprehensive work listing first and reprint editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs
books, became available Aug. 18, 2016. The edition has 736 pages, and more
than 600 images, 500 of which are in color on glossy stock. There is more
about Bob's guide to ERB books as well as information on other new editions
of ERB books for sale in ERBzine's ERB Still Lives.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Still Lives!
*** It is known that some
ERB fans on facebook are residents of The Lone Star state and there
have even been ERB gatherings held in the great state of Texas.
Sadly, though, not everyone loves Texas all that much.
One of those who hasn't much use for the state is Rafer Johnson,
who was born this date, Aug. 18,1935, in Hillsboro, Texas.
"I don't care if I never see Texas
again," he said. "There's nothing about it I like...."
Johnson is probably most well known to the world, and
that would include ERB fans, as an Olympic record setter in the Decathlon.
However, ERB fans are also aware of his other career,
in the film industry, where he played opposite Mike Henry's Tarzan
in two movies and with Ron Ely in "The Prodigal Puma," an
episode of "Tarzan" on TV.
In youth, Rafer Johson won races ~ With speed like a
fully grown Bambi.
In “Jungle Boy” he battled Tarzan ~ In the role of the
In "Tarzan and the Great River," ~ He was cast as the
tough guy, Barcuna,
And on TV with Ely he landed ~ A role in”The Prodigal
Denny Miller Career Flashback: Rafer Johnson
Ron Ely TV Series
"Tarzan and the Jungle Boy," plus Allsup review:
"Tarzan and the Great River":
thoughts on Texas
*** 1908: Ed left his success and security at Sears
to go into business for himself. Ed and a partner started an advertising
agency based upon a correspondence course aimed at preparing students in
salesmanship: Burroughs & Dentzer, Advertising Contractors.
ERB: Manager of the Sears Stenographic Department
*** 1908 Ed wrote the poem "Poverty!"
and pawned Emma's jewelry.
ERB's Poem: Poverty!
*** 1907: ERB inquired about books
on fingerprinting and on the care of infants, suggesting that the
first ideas for his Tarzan of the Apes plot may be developing.
*** 1915: Ed wrote two synopses: Lion Hunter (5-page
comedy) and The Mucker to be submitted as film ideas
ERB Bio Timeline
Frank E. Schoonover Art for ERB's A Princess of
Mars and The Gods of Mars ~
Schoonover at Work ~ Gene Roddenberry ~ Roddenberry's
rare Tarzan Film Script
*** Frank Schoonover illustrated two ERB books, dust
jacket and inside: "A Princess of Mars" and "The Gods of Mars."
He was born this date, Aug. 19, 1877, in New Jersey,
and passed away a few days shy of his 95th birthday.
His cover for "A Princess of Mars," with John Carter
defending Dejah Thoris, became the classic and oft-imitated image for the
novel, and the followup cover for "The Gods of Mars" was first to feature
a Barsoomian airship.
Bill Hillman's ERBzine presents Schoonover at:
A Princess of Mars: Art ~ History ~ e-Text ~ etc.
The Gods of Mars: Art ~ History ~ e-Text ~ etc.
*** Gene Roddenberry born was
born Aug. 19, 1921, and, as any schoolboy knows, created "Star Trek." After
the USS Enterprise completed its five-year mission in only three years,
thanks to warp drive and other factors, Roddenberry decided to write a
Tarzan script for a new movie. Alas, the movie never came to be. However,
the script survived, along with lots of photocopies of it, which continue
to be available in ERB fandom if you ask around as to who might have a
copy of it for sale. Roddenberry Quote: "I wish I
had more control, more like Edgar Rice Burroughs had, but I'm a realist,
too. I work in television. I don't know that I would want to spend the
rest of my life controlling my characters." Gene
Roddenberry ~ Interesting Factoid from our ERB Genealogy Series: Roddenberry
is 11th cousing one-time removed to Edgar Rice Burroughs: Famous Kin Site
Quotes Recognizing the Influence of ERB in Popular
Roddenberry: Distant Cousin to ERB ~ ERB Eclectica
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
*** 1927: Tarzana Bulletin "an aid to the development
of Tarzana" was published. Edited by Ed's new secretary Ralph Rothmund.
"Building Notes" section reported construction of a new store ad office
building at 18352 Ventura Blvd. and made references to the "beautiful old
walnut tree in the center of the yard" and Ed's study
*** 1938 : Ed & Flo left on the Lurline for Hawaii
Rand McNally ERB Rejection Letter and Building
~ McClurg's Tarzan of the Apes and Building ~ ERB's Tarzana Theatre
Lad and the Lion: 1st Pulp & 1st Ed. ~ ERB's
Aircraft ~ Gray Morrow's Tarzan's Conquest Strip
*** "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, ~ "The saddest
are these: 'It might have been!'
Did the editors at Rand McNally ever ponder that stanza
near the end of the John Greenleaf Whittier poem, "Maud Muller?"
The firm is certainly in good company with many book publishers who have
rejected something, only to see it go on to everlasting fame in the hands
of someone else.
Such was the case for Rand McNally, which wrote
a letter this date, Aug. 20, in 1913 to struggling author Edgar Rice
Burroughs, to inform him that their editors had given "Tarzan of
the Apes" some "careful consideration"
but, while it was interesting, they wrote, "we find
it does not fit in with our plans."
Yes indeed! Considering that "Tarzan of the Apes" was
a story based on a new concept, it is easy to see that Rand McNally did
not have any "plans" for such a story (but neither did any other publisher!)
Obviously, Rand McNally didn't plan for the unanticipated, either!
After Tarzan became a success, Rand McNally changed its
tune some years later and was quite happy to become the publisher of a
couple of Tarzan coloring books.The Rand McNally building pictured stood
from 1889 to 1911, and was also headquarters for the Chicago Worlds
Fair in 1983, in which ERB had a role, so the Rand McNally outfit may
have seemed a logical place to market his book. By the time ERB wrote "Tarzan
of the Apes," this building had been razed and a new one erected. Bookselling
was profitable enough to build new buildings when the old ones burned down.
The first McClurg building burned down in the Great Chicago Fire
of 1871 and the second one also was destroyed by fire. The current building
was raised in 1899, in plenty of time to publish "Tarzan of the Apes" in
Rand McNally Rejection Letter to ERB
ERB's remarkable summer of 1893
Tarzan of the Apes
and A.C. McClurg
*** "The Contest," by Gray
Morrow and Mark Kneece, began Aug. 20, 2000, in Sunday newspapers
and continued through Nov. 26.
The Contest: All 15 Tarzan Strips by Gray Morrow
*** 1934: Ed writes a letter to
daughter Joan with talk about the baby crying. Plus "Am
going over this afternoon to watch Jim Granger test his new ship that he
is to fly in the London-Melbourne race in October." (Jim Granger
would die in this ship on Oct.3)
Ed's Letter to Joan
*** 1937: ERB Added 21,000 words
to the 1914 novelette Lad and the Lion for book release -
the retitled Men and Beasts
The Lad and the Lion
*** 1950: Last Burne Hogarth Tarzan Sunday page
~ Next week's strip by Bob Lubbers
ERBzine Comics Archive
*** 1921: August films that Ed showed
in the Tarzana Ranch Ballroom Theatre included Stuffed Lions (short)
~ The Fire Cat ~ Tee Time ~ Society Secrets ~ Colorado
with Frank Mayo.
ERB's Tarzana Ranch Theatre Today
Tarzana Ranch: Then and Now
TOP: JCB: Artist, Writer, Pomona Grad ~ JCB cover
~ Whitman letter ~Other Artists' Ant Men ~ Tarzan Escapes
BOTTOM: Tarzan the Fearless Marquee ~ Hulbert:
Pomona Golfers ~ Sweetheart Primeval ~ Tarzan Escapes Marquee
*** The deal was solidifed on Aug. 21, 1944, in a letter
from Thomas Penfield of Whitman Publishing Company: John Coleman
Burroughs, ERB's youngest son, would do the cover for the Better Little
Books version of "Tarzan and the Ant Men." See that letter, and
the cover, along with some other JCB work -- both illustrative and literary
-- in ERBzine.
John Coleman Burroughs: The Writer
Our John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site
Tarzan and the Ant Men: Better Little Book Gallery
Tarzan and the Ant Men: The Original
*** 1914: Ed started Sweetheart
Primeval which he finished on September 14 (Part II of The Eternal
The Eternal Lover
*** 1933: Tarzan the Fearless
Tarzan the Fearless
*** 1933: Hulbert graduated
from Pomona College and attended the U. of New Mexico summer school of
archaeology at Jemez Springs. Both Hulbert and his younger brother, Jack,
were Pomona grads.
Hulbert at Pomona College and More
*** Herbert Mundin
was added to the cast of "Tarzan Escapes" for comic relief, to help
tone down the violence in the first version of the film. Mundin, who generally
played comic characters, was born Aug. 21, 1898, in St. Helens, Lancashire,
Over breakfast one morning at a past Dum-Dum, a few of
us got into a conversation about the different ways that non-locals pronounce
the names of places. England's own Laurence Dunn told me, my grandson Schuyler
and Tom Tolley that, in England, the word "shire," by itself, is pronounced
with a long "i" and two syllables. When it is added to another word though,
such as Yorkshire, or the above-mentioned Lancashire, the "shire" is pronounced
as "sure." It is funny, he said, to hear tourists mispronounce the names
of such places.
When tourists flock to visit the boyhood home of Herbert
Mundin nowadays, though, there may not be as many mispronouncing the "shire"
part of the name, since St. Helens is now, geographically, considered part
Herbert Mundin in "Tarzan Escapes"
"Escapes" missing Vampire Bats footage
"Escapes" BLB's Original Script
"Escapes" 3 Lobby Displays
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