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John Coleman Burroughs: Artist, Writer and Youngest
child of ERB: JCB's Cover and Interior Art
for Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion" ~ Ray Bradbury:
His Life In Pictures and his Debt to ERB
The last Tarzan book to be published in ERB's lifetime rolled
off the presses this date, Aug. 22, in 1947.
Unlike other Tarzan stories, "Tarzan and 'The Foreign
Legion' " had not first seen print in a magazine version. If you didn't
have the hardbound, first edition, then you didn't have the story at all!
That was the way it was until the 1960s, during the ERB
paperback boom, when Ballantine published the then full set of 22 Tarzan
novels. But, before long, two other books were added. in hardback form
by Canaveral Press and in paperback by Ballantine. One, "Tarzan and
the Castaways," reprinted three shorter Tarzan stories that previously
had appeared only in magazines: "Tarzan and the Champion," "Tarzan and
the Jungle Murders" and "The Quest of Tarzan" were combined into the book,
"Tarzan and the Castaways," and "Tarzan and the Madman" was a complete
novel that ERB had left behind when he died in 1950. Although the title
might lead one to believe that the story is about Tarzan in the Sahara
Desert, joining up with French Legionnaires, it actually takes place on
the island of Sumatra during World War II, with Tarzan teaming up with
a group of diverse people (the "foreign legion") to battle Japanese troops.
Still unpublished in all its purity is an 83-page Tarzan
manuscript, the start to another novel, written by ERB. That manuscript
was revised somewhat by Joe Lansdale and expanded into the novel, "Tarzan:
The Lost Adventure," but ERB's true version has yet to be made available
ERB Bio Notes: The dedication is: "To
Brigadier General Turman H. Landon". Landon is the Commanding
General of the Bomber Command of the 7th Air Force stationed at Hickam
Field near Honolulu, Oahu. In the book ERB pokes fun at another wartime
friend, Colonel Kendall J. Fielder, picturing him dressed up as
a witch doctor.
Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion": Art, Reviews, History
"Foreign Legion": Read our e-Text Edition
ERB: The War Years Series
Tarzan and the Castaways
Tarzan and the Madman
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure
Tarzan fan and superb fictioneer in his own write, was born Aug. 22, 1920,
in Waukegan, Illinois. He passed away June 5, 2012, in Los Angeles, in
between the ECOF and the Dum Dum, both of which were held that year in
the L.A. suburb of Woodland Hills.A man named Matt Nowak dropped in on
Bradbury around that time and his story is available off-site.
Bradbury's personal book collection was willed to the
library in the town of his birth.
Ray Bradbury: A Life in Pictures
Tarzan, John Carter, Mr. Burroughs, and the Long Mad
Summer of 1930
The Wizard from Waukegan
Ray Remembers ERB
More ERB Bio Timeline Notes:
*** 1921: Great Western Producing Co. produced the complete
of Tarzan with Elmo Lincoln. Advertised as "picturized" from
the concluding chapters of Return of Tarzan
Adventures of Tarzan
*** 1924: Ed made notes on the trip
to Mono Creek and Porpoise Lake: 10-page description written on
a fishing excursion with sons into the Sierras. Doodad was created
on this trip. Early symptons of heart trouble
*** 1937: "Man-Eaters" an
article on the behaviour of lions, appears in Sunday Magazine of the Los
*** 1939: Harry Monty, a dwarf who doubled as Boy in
Finds a Son, wrote to request a meeting with ERB.
*** 1945: ERB at first considered the parking lot incident
a joke but became embarrassed by it and avoided reporters
ERB Bio Timeline
Tom Grindberg ERB Artist: Martian Legion, Tarzan
~ Vera Miles with Scott: Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Quest of Tarzan in Argosy ~ Tarzan German-Devourer
~ Burroughs Dredge on Snake River
*** Vera Miles has been in just about every kind of
movie there is, as well as in a whole lot of television shows. She was
in several big-time John Wayne films, such as "The Man Who Shot Liberty
Valance," "The Searchers," and "The Hellfighters"...and her scenes as John
Wayne's wife were cut from "The Green Berets." She was in episodes of "The
Twilight Zone," "Wagon Train," and "The Man from UNCLE," to name a few
TV outings, and was arrested by Columbo for the murder of Martin Sheen
in the 1973 episode, "Lovely but Lethal." In 1960's "Psycho," she was the
older, longer-lived sister of Janet Leigh, another Columbo murderer. Her
co-star in "Psycho," John Gavin, along with Linda Christian, from "Tarzan
and the Mermaids," were the only Hollywood stars to attend Johnny Weissmuller's
funeral in Acapulco in 1984.
But our interest today is that she played a gal named
Jill Hardy opposite Gordon Scott in his first role as the apeman in "Tarzan's
Hidden Jungle" (1955). She was married to Gordon for awhile. The marriage
certificate said they were the Werkshuls but they went to court to have
the family named changed to Scott, to match Gordon's screen name.. She
was also mother-in-law of Gabe Essoe, author of "Tarzan of the
Vera Miles was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Boise City, Oklahoma,
as Vera Ralston, which was also the middle name of John Coleman Burroughs'
wife, Jane. Today is her 89th birthday, so "Happy Birthday, Vera!" (Note:
It's a tough life to be an actor or actress and have your scenes cut from
movies. Another scene that was cut was in "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle." Tarzan
was trying to get some sleep but she kept pestering him, so he ordered
her to get away from him, saying: "Miles to go before I sleep.")
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle with Vera Miles and Gordon
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Promo Splash Bar
*** "The Quest of Tarzan" began Aug. 23, 1941,
in Argosy Weekly and was serialized for a total of three weeks.
It was later one of three shorter ERB stories to be published in the trilogy,
"Tarzan and the Castaways," by Canaveral and Ballantine in the 1960s.
Quest in the Trilogy Book: Tarzan and the Castaways
Argosy Pulp Covers for The Quest of Tarzan
ERB comic artist, was interviewed by All-Pulp on Aug. 23, 2012. 70 large
image examples of his Tarzan art plus photos and bio information are featured
across three ERBzine Webpages.
Tom Grindberg Tarzan Art I
Tom Grindberg Tarzan Art II
Tom Grindberg Tarzan Art III and Bio
Sign up for and read sample comics at:
*** 1902: (News Item: Idaho
Daily Statesman ~ Boise, Idaho): Placer Mining in Cassia County:
Coleman Burroughs of the Yale Dredging company, which is operating
on the Snake river in Cassia county, was a Boise visitor Wednesday. He
reported business good with its company, which had been securing very satisfactory
The Burroughs / Idaho Connection
*** 1921: German publisher
requested permission to publish Jungle Tales of Tarzan instead of
the Terrible which had strong anti-German content
The ERB / Germany Incident
Tarzan the German-Devourer
Gaylord DuBois Comics Author of Tarzan, Brothers
of the Spear and many more ~ ERB & Wife 2:
Hawaiian Honeymoon ~ Tarzan & Mate Jane married
by her father ~ Tarzan Handwritten Script
Both Tarzan and Gaylord stayed married.
Before some of us discovered ERB's books, and in a much
more detailed way than we saw in the movies, Gaylord DuBois was
bringing Tarzan to life for us in those old Dell Comic books.
Most of us never even knew the name of the man who wrote
those comics, and very likely -- back then, at least -- we didn't know
the name of Jesse Marsh, the man who drew them, either.
Besides writing Tarzan, Gaylord DuBois was also busy
writing over 3,000 stories total, stories that would appear in the comics
of some of our other favorite characters: Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and a
bunch of other TV cowboys, plus "funny" comics like Raggedy Ann, Tom and
Jerry, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. He wrote Big Little Books and
a few full-length novels, including "The Lone Ranger," which was credited
to him in the first G&D editions but in later editions the book's author
was listed as Fran Striker, the man who actually created the Lone Ranger
character, so readers of the rest of Striker's books about the Masked Man
"wouldn't be confused." A series of his comic stories, "Space Family Robinson,"
was the forerunner of the TV series, "Lost in Space."
He was born this date, Aug. 24, 1899, in Winthrop, Massachusetts,
and died Oct. 20, 1993, in Orange City, Florida.
Gaylord DuBois and Family Speak ~ Bio
Gaylord DuBois: King of the Comics Writers
DuBois Dell Comics
DuBois Gold Key Comics
DuBois Brothers of the Spear
*** Tarzan actors could get divorced
from their wives and even Tarzan's creator could get a divorce, but Tarzan
himself? Never! The only way a Tarzan-Jane marriage could ever end would
be "till death do ye part," and ERB flirted with that concept without much
An Aug. 24, 1938 Honolulu Star-Bulletin article
noted that ERB had just arrived in Hawaii with his wife but didn't mention
that it was his second wife after he had divorced Emma. However, the article
did broach the subject of "one wife too many." It quotes ERB as saying,
married Tarzan off in my second book. I know now that the wedding was a
mistake...He's just not domestic." The item goes on to explain how
ERB attributed the popularity of Tarzan to the suppressed desire in every
man to be a "Tarzan," and battle lions and bellow like an ape. It also
mentions ERB's refusal of $10,000 for the original manuscript of the
first Tarzan story written in long hand.
Tarzan and His Mate
Tarzan of the Apes
MORE ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1911: Ed received a letter of tentative acceptance
of his "Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess" manuscript from the
managing editor of All-Story Magazine, Thomas Newell Metcalf of
the Frank A. Munsey Company in New York.
*** 1915: Prospector
synopsis, an expansion of For the Fool's Mother was written for
*** 1922: ERB applied for a loan
to cover ranch losses. Considered subdividing 50 acres of
ranch land into business and residential lots.
ERBzine ERB Bio Timeline
All-Story Acceptance of Dejah Thoris,
Martian Princess 1911
ERB's Response to Metcalf
Metcalf Correspondence with ERB
Edgar Rice Burroughs' First Book: A Princess of Mars first
submitted as "Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess" ~
First Published as: "Under the Moons of Mars" in All-Story:
www.ERBzine.com :: LETTERS:
www.ERBzine.com/mag28/2832.html :: ALL-STORY PULP:
www.ERBzine.com/mag2/0221.html :: BOOK: A Princess
of Mars ~ www.ERBzine.com/mag4/0421.html
Forry Ackerman at Ackermansion ~ Dejah Burroughs
(L) with mom Linda & sister Llana Jane at ComicCon
Cave Girl Dell PB ~ Michael Kaluta: Sample of his
ERB art ~ Alexander "Tarzan" Skarsgard
*** Fantasy artist Michael Kaluta came into this world
in Guatemala on Aug. 25,1947.
His much-admired work includes illustration of comics
and books as well as a talent in writing. He is well-known for his work
on the DC version of "Carson of Venus" from 1972 to 1974. And his
work on Carson continues today for American Mythology. Among other projects,
he has also lavishly illustrated a large-size edition of "A Princess
of Mars," published in 2014 by IDW and many more featured in ERBzine.
Michael Kaluta's Carson of Venus:
Kaluta's Pellucidar in Weird Worlds
Kaluta art in the Outlaw of Torn Adaptation
Bio & art
Kaluta in Wikipedia
*** Dejah is not only a creation
of Edgar Rice Burroughs, but she's among his biggest fans. Dejah Burroughs,
On Aug. 25, 2010, an article appeared in the Oak Park,
Illinois, Patch, quoting Dejah, great-granddaughter of ERB, who -- with
her sister Llana and mother Linda -- were in the Chicago area for a convention
of ERB fans. The convention, the Dum-Dum, had taken place in Hillsdale,
a suburb of Chicago, Aug. 19-22. The interview with Dejah was at the ERB
museum in nearby Oak Park.
"Before my dad (Danton
Burroughs) passed away he made sure I would take this legacy on,"
Dejah said. "This is part of my life and my heritage and I should be thankful
for what I have and what he gave me. It's a very important thing that we
need to keep going for our young kids."
Dejah Burroughs in Oak Park Patch
Dejah, Llana, Linda, Denny Miller and ERB Inc. staff:
Burroughs Girls Open House in Tarzana
Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
*** "Magnasplendent" was
a word coined by 14-year-old Forrest J. Ackerman to describe "The
Master Mind of Mars," the first ERB story he had ever read. When he
discovered that the public library had other ERB books, he was delirious
with joy. On Aug. 25, 1931, the teen-age Forry wrote
to ERB to tell him how his teacher had categorically dismissed and disparaged
the stories of ERB, while Forry spoke up in favor of the stories at every
opportunity. It's normal to keep putting things off, and Forry waited almost
too long before visiting Edgar Rice Burroughs in person. But visit him
he did, when ERB was 73 years old. ERB died a few months before his 75th
birthday. Read Forry's memories of that visit in ERBzine
Forrest J. Ackerman letter to ERB
Ackerman's Visit with ERB
Hillmans Visit Forry in Ackermansion I
Hillmans Visit Forry in Ackermansion II
*** Alexander Skarsgard
turns 42 on Aug. 25, having been born that date in 1976 in Vallingby, Stockholm,
Sweden. Skarsgard is a whippersnapper compared to many ERB fans, who were
already born and old enough to read during the Burroughs publishing boom
a decade before Skarsgard's nativity!! Forty-two is not old at all for
the ape-man, or for the man who played him in 2016's "The Legend of
"The Legendary Tarzan" movie plot in poetry:
"The Legendary Tarzan" Review and Photos
Legend of the Beasts of Tarzan by John Martin
*** 1937: In his letter to Joan Ed relayed
Florence's invitation for Joan to come for dinner and a swim next Tuesday.
"The telephone number is CRestview 1-9145." (Through the years Joan had
refused to speak to Florence).
ERB Letter to Daughter Joan
*** 1949: Cave
Girl was released in Dell Paperback
Cave Girl: Art ~ History ~ Editions, etc.
John Carter Battles a Thark: Larry Ivie art ~ Some
of the hundreds of Thark interpretations
ERB and his library of over 1,000 books: Tarzana
& Malibu ~ Soldier of Fortune Gen. Lee Christmas
With a lot of fiction already under his belt, ERB in the
year 1922 began to toy with the idea of writing about a real-life adventurer,
Lee Christmas. Christmas had been a train engineer in Louisiana. He
missed a signal, causing a train wreck, and lost his job. So, he began
his second career as a soldier of fortune in Central America, leading troops
in campaigns in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. One of
the books on ERB's shelf, "Soldiers of Fortune" by Richard Harding
Davis, was a fictionalized account of Christmas's adventures, and it
was likely this account that gave ERB the idea for writing a series of
real-life adventures of the man by traveling to Guatemala to meet him.ERB
tried to get a guarantee from a publisher that they would buy the articles,
in order to make it worth his while to finance the trip. But on this date,
Aug. 26, 1922, he received a letter from his literary agent saying, "We
have interested the Saturday Evening Post in your work, but they are not
willing to make any definite promises until the manuscript is completed."
(Porges, Chapter 17) Discouraged, ERB decided to stick with what worked
before, and went back to writing fiction.
Bill Hillman: My ERBzine series on ERB's personal
library of 1,100 books contains a web page showing some of the books on
ERB's D1 shelf which includes books by Davis plus commentary. I've included
a newspaper clipping (no date) wit headlines: "Gen. Lee Christmas Loses
Last Battle. Was Hero of Davis's "Soldiers of Fortune". It also states
that Christmas was the original of the character, Clay, hero of Richard
Harding Davis's novel, Soldiers of Fortune", and he and the novelist were
fast friends. His health broke down early in 1923 as a result of the years
spent in the tropical jungles.
Richard Harding Davis in ERB's Library
ERB Personal Library Project
ERB's Library Collage
How should a Thark look? There's only one answer,
and Michael Sellers rounded up the most relevant data from ERB himself
and presented it in a post to The John Carter Files on Aug. 26,
2012. Sellers was referring to a Tars Tarkas sculpture by MonsterCaesar
ERBzine: Since ERB's first novel -- A Princess
of Mars -- appeared there have been countless artistic interpretations
of Barsoomian Tharks and Tars Tarkas. Although most are amusing,
it is obvious that some of these images are not based upon the Green Men
that ERB described in his Mars novels. The best description appeared in
the first book of the Mars series. Keeping this description in mind
you will find it interesting to peruse the hundreds of artistic renderings
of Tharks that I have compiled in the following galleries:" ERBzine
8 Galleries of Thark Images in ERBzine
100s of Tharks compiled back in 2010 starting at:
Thark Collage I
Thark Collage II
*** 1922: ERB contemplateed writing
a series of articles based on Central American exploits of soldier-of-fortune,
Lee Christmas. He abandoned the necessary research trip to Guatemala
when he could not obtain a guaranteed sale.
ERB Perpetual Calendar for August
1941: In Ed's letter home to Joan he was thrilled that
was coming to visit. "I don't think the doctor has been graduated yet who
can kill me. Many of them have tried. Somewere experts.
Anyway, I haven't been in a hospital since August 10th. You
should have seen my Korean nurse!" . . . "So Mike went to Mexico!
Do you remember your first trip there? You were xxx five, Hulbert was four,
and Jack wasn't one."
ERB Letters from Hawaii
Masters of Imagination - ERB, Erskine & Siegel
~ meet in Hawaii ~ Tarzan Day Declared in Louisiana Capitol
Hillmans chat with Eve Brent ~ JCB's John Carter
Strip ~ ERB predicts that his creations will live forever
*** ERB fans sometimes ponder the future of ERB's books.
Will they continue to be published (and sell)? Will young people discover
ERB and become a new generation of fans? Will movies, such as Disney's
"Tarzan," Constantin's "Tarzan," Disney's "John Carter" and WB's "Legend
of Tarzan" result ultimately in a new wave of ERBmania? Some fans are optimistic
while others don't offer much hope.
But what did ERB himself think?
Just over a year before his death, in an Aug. 27, 1949,
newspaper interview, Edgar Rice Burroughs predicted a great future
for his No. 1 creation, Tarzan. "A new group of fans comes of age every
year," he said. "The kind of adventures Tarzan has
are timeless." Nearly 70 years after his death, ERB is right that
Tarzan has remained a well-known and popular character throughout the years.
Will ERB continue to be right for another 70 years? That interview, headlined
to live on years after Burroughs," along with other stories, can be
found in ERBzine.
Tarzan to live on years after Burroughs
*** It didn't make the newspaper until Sept. 1, but Aug.
27, 1944, was the day that ERB, Laurie York Erskine and Jerry
Siegel got together for a brainstorming session. Erskine created the
character of Renfrew of the Mounties, who was featured in several
novels, and Siegel, along with Joe Schuster, brought Superman
from Krypton to Planet Earth.
The article noted, "It is sad to
have to disillusion those Jap spies, but the meeting of these three masters
of stupendously powerful characters didn't signify anything at all....Their
creators just wanted to meet each other." See the story in its original
newspaper format in ERBzine.
Tarzan (ERB) Meets Refrew (Erskine) and Superman (Siegel)
ERB's WWII Autographs from Erskine and Siegel
*** Eve Brent,
one of the guests at the Tarzana ECOF 2002, and Gordon Scott's
Jane in two movies, passed away Aug. 27, 2011, in Sun Valley, Calif.
Eve Brent, Prolific Character Actress, Dies at 82
Tarzan's Fight For Life: Starring Gordon Scott and
Tarzana ECOF 2002: Eve Brent Guest
Brent in Wikpedia
*** Today, Aug. 27, is Tarzan Day. What do you
do on Tarzan Day? The World National Holidays seems to be about
the only notation of Tarzan Day, and it doesn't know, either. Apparently,
just a day waiting for someone to make something out of it. But, of course,
ERB's birthday is coming up Sept. 1, so that's probably a date ERB fans
would rather celebrate anyway!
*** According to some sources August 27
is the day the October 1912 "All-Story" magazine, with the first
appearance of Tarzan, hit newsstands. An Official Tarzan Day
was actually declared in conjunction with the Tarzan Centennial Celebrations
in Louisiana. During a session of the House of Representatives in the Louisiana
Statge Capitol, Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed April 13th as
Tarzan Day in Louisiana. Governor Jindal presented Official Proclamation
Documents to Al Bohl, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and the
Tarzan Day Declared at the Louisiana State Capitol
*** 1898: Pocatella newspaper reported that stationer
ERB spent a few days in Salt Lake on business and "You can rent
a camera the by the day or week at E.R. Burroughs" and ERB is "...circulating
some elegant advertisements for the Junius Brutus cigars...."
The Burroughs / Idaho Connection
*** 1928: Ed bought
a glass bead movie screen from the Arrow company to replace the
wrinkled bedsheet he had been using and they view two films that Hully
has sent from Chicago. Emma and Hully have been visiting friends and family.
Ed is excited about the new Eastman color film that has come on
ERB Bio Timeline: The '20s Decade
*** 1941: Ed wrote to Jack that he was delighted
to hear of Carlin's reaction to his John Carter Sunday page.
He felt that Jack would at last come into better money and recognition
and be freed from the menial work he'd been saddled with.
JCB's 73 John Carter Sunday Pages
Tarzans & Janes Reunions: Mahoney, Weissmuller,
Crabbe, Pierce, Ely, Miller ~ Brent, MacKenzie, Lorraine
All-Story's suggested changes to ERB ~ ERB/Boy
Scout Connection ~ Jack Kirby
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs spent a lot of time in his
office over the years, but he could never be labeled a mere "desk jockey."
ERB was active in many ways and passed on his enthusiasm to his growing
family. Extended camping trips and horseback riding, as well as other outdoor
activities, were a staple of the Burroughs family life.
So, long before there was such a thing as the Boy
Scouts of America in Southern California, ERB was teaching his own
children a scouting lifestyle, and the heroes of his books would all have
made excellent Boy and Girl Scouts.
On this date, Aug. 28, in 1923, the first of a three-part
series, written by ERB, was published in the Van Nuys News, under the title
of "The Origin and History of the Boy Scouts of America," and tracing
the movement's spread to America. It had reached the San Fernando Valley
several months early, thanks largely to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club,
and ERB wrote the articles to promote further funding through contributions
from the public. The article can be read at in ERBzine 1795 with added
illustrations by Bill Hillman. The text was published later in pulpvillepress.com.
ERB / Boy Scouts Connection
*** An exchange of letters between budding
author Edgar Rice Burroughs and Thomas Metcalf, editor of
All-Story, included on dated Aug. 28, 1911, in which Metcalf made suggestions
for ERB's inaugural story on Mars, including Metcalf's idea to have Dejah
Thoris contract a fatal disease near the end of the book and then John
Carter, grief-stricken, return to Earth to die. All of which goes to show
that editors do not know everything!
ERB / All-Story Letters Re: A Princess of Mars
Read the letter in full size
*** On Aug. 28, 1975, four former
gathered for the opening of the North American Science Fiction Convention
to honor the 100th anniversary of the birthdate of creator Edgar Rice
Burroughs. Standing in the back row from left to right are Jock
Mahoney, the new Jane is "Sasha,"(Anyone know anything about
"Sasha"?) Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe, and Jim Pierce.
The Janes in the front row are, from left, Eve Brent, Joyce Mackenzie,
and Louise Lorraine.
ERBzine Eclectica with Old Tarzans Collage
James Pierce Career Photos
*** On this date in 1917 Jack
Kirby was born in born in New York City. Kirby was an American comic
book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's
major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.
Kirby's Sky Masters work with Wallace Wood
*** 1928: ERB sent an autograph
letter to Thomas Price, Chicago.
*** 1928: Emma and Hulbert end their Chicago visit
and leave for home with Jim and Joan
*** 1940: The family moved to 2623 Halelena in Honolulu
and a week later, Ed moved into an office at 1298 Kapiolani Boulevard.
He was at the office from nine to four, preferring to keep his work separate
from his homelife.
1298 Kapiolani Boulevard Today
Kamuela C. Searle as Korak in Son of Tarzan
~ Searle's "near death" elephant accident
Hillmans Celebrate Wedding Anniversary 1966 ~ ERB
and Bill at Coldwater ~ ERB's Auto Adventure
*** The Hillman Adventure started on this day in 1966
when Sue-On and I were married. This was the start of our long journey
together in which we went on to create this ERBzine site along with over
a dozen ERB-related Websites and countless Webpages. Ever since that special
day we have celebrated the event by pursuing "bucket-list" types of adventures
-- a great many of them inspired by the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
This thirst for adventure has led to an amazing number of unexpected interests,
the meeting of so many fascinating people, and has taken us to countless
far-off locales around North America, Europe and Asia. Many of these exploits
we've shared on the Web in our Travel pages. One example is the Hillmans
In Search of the Jungle Girl and Angkor Wat
*** Kamuela C. "Sammy" Searle
was born this date, Aug. 29, in 1890, in Hawaii. There is no debate about
his birth -- only about his death. Searle played the grown Korak in the
only movie, so far, (actually, a 15-chapter serial) about "The Son of
A scene that is a favorite of illustrators of the ERB
book is when Korak is rescued by Tantor, who wraps his trunk around a pole,
on which the young man is tied, and carries both off into the jungle.
When that scene was filmed for the movie, things went
wrong. The elephant panicked and carried the actor further than it was
supposed to, eventually slamming its burden down so hard that it caused
grave injuries to Searle, who died shortly thereafter. That's one version,
and it is reported as such by both Gabe Essoe, in "Tarzan of the
Movies," and David Fury, in "Kings of the Jungle."
However, some sources have a different version. Yes,
Searle was badly injured, but he did not die. Instead, he retired from
show biz to become an artist. A letter from Searle's brother appeared in
"The Burroughs Bulletin," stating that though badly injured, Kamuela recovered,
but died in 1924 of cancer. George McWhorter also weighed in, in
1999, with a note to Patrick H. Adkins clarifying the circumstances
of Searle's death. Adkins had formed an intriguing theory about the "death"
in a column and used George's information to update his theory in an article
he wrote for ERBapa and later put on his website. Though he left his original
thoughts intact, he appended George's information as an update. Scott
Tracy Griffin goes with the more accurate version in his 2016 book,
"Tarzan on Film." Writes Tracy on page 020, "Kamuela
Searle was injured by an elephant when it dropped a tree trunk to which
he was tied; according to Burroughs, the tree trunk broke and Searle was
hospitalized, but he did not die from his injuries as was later reported."
pages later, he adds that Searle's first love was painting and sculpture.
"Though not fatally injured on the Son set, as was long rumored, he died
an untimely death from cancer on February 14, 1924, age 33." One thing
is for certain, the serial had a large box office, particularly leading
up to the "death scene," but no one would accuse Hollywood of making up
the story just to pull in a few extra bucks...would they?
The Son of Tarzan: ERBzine Info on the Searle Accident
Scott Tracy Griffin's Version of Searle's Injury
of Searle photo and the controversy
Death Theory and Update
TARZAN STRIPS IN ERBzine
"Tarzan and the White Farmers," written and illustrated
by Russ Manning, began in Sunday newspapers on Aug. 29, 1976 and
ran to Dec. 6, 1976.
Tarzan and the White Farmers: Read all 18 Russ Manning
***"Space War," written and illustrated by Mike
Grell, began in Sunday newspapers Aug. 29, 1982.
Space War: Read all 12 of Mike Grell's Sunday Pages
*** 1896: After being hospitalized
for two weeks and still suffering from dysentery and having been diagnosed
with a "tobacco heart" condition (heart murmur or arrythymia), Ed Burroughs
rode out with Troop B in pursuit of the Apache Kid and other renegade
Apaches. Ed, disillusioned with the life of an enlisted man at Fort
Grant, starts sending letters imploring his father to help him buy
his way out of the service. Worried about the hardship she is going through,
his mother secretly sends him food and money
ERB's US Cavalry Adventures in Arizona - Starting
*** 1916: Camp #24 on the Burroughs
Cross-Country Adventure: Camp Coyote
Burroughs' Auto Caravan Trip Across America
Diary of an Automobile Camping Tour
*** 1927 Aug. 28: In commemoration
of their 1916 cross-country trip, the family travelled to the Grand
Canyon North Rim. His 52nd birthday was spent in Arizona, as were his
21st and his 50th: The article Eleven Year Itch was written
to describe the event.
Lost Words of ERB
1939: ERB, who was highly critical of the plans to eliminate
Jane in Tarzan Finds a Son, wrote producer Zimbalist voicing approval
for the job he had done
Tarzan Finds A Son
Convention shot of ERB, Inc. Staff: Tyler Wilbanks, Cathy Mann Wilbanks,
Jim Sullos (Pres.), Scott Tracy Griffin
MISSING: Back at the Tarzana Office: Willie Jones and Janet Mann
~ Dum-Dum and ECOF Logos through the years
Frazetta Dum-Dum art ~ Convention Pinbacks ~ Sellers' Carter &
Gods of Hollywood book
Compilations of Foster's B/W Tarzan strips ~ Jacqueline Wells and
*** DUM-DUM and ECOF Conventions: The history of
Edgar Rice Burroughs and ERB fandom has gone through various stages
since ERB wrote his first published story in 1912.
There was the era in which ERB himself was alive and
still writing and being published, and that time itself could be divided
into a few phases. But instead we move next into the biggest lull, the
12 years that elapsed form the time ERB died (1950) to the time when the
Burroughs boom struck in the early 60s.
Michael Sellers, on his website, The John Carter
files, announced on Aug. 30, 2013, that he was going to revisit that
era as part of his research for his book, "John Carter and the Gods
of Hollywood." In making that announcement, Sellers linked to an erblist.com
article, written by Michael Resnick, which had also revisited that
era. Resnick tells part of the history of the Dum Dum gatherings
of ERB fans, particularly how the Dum Dums broke away from being one of
many meetings during the WorldCon to being an entity all of its own. And
at the time that Resnick wrote the article, the Dum Dums were going strong,
and there was no such things as an ECOF (Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain
of Friendship) gathering.
In 1990, the Dum Dums finally got going again, thanks
to George T. McWhorter, lifelong ERB fan and curator of the Edgar
Rice Burroughs Collection at the Ekstrom Library at the University
of Louisville. Dum-Dums and ECOFs teem with fans today, unlike the
Dum-Dum that wasn't back in 1989, when only four people showed up. Bill
Ross recalls: "There were no official Dum-Dums
from 1984 through 1989. The supposed Atlanta Dum-Dum in 1986 was actually
something 4E (Forrest J. Ackerman) threw together to raise money for Vern.
There was no banquet or meeting. 1983 was the last Vern-organized Dum-Dum."
were a couple of other "Dum Dums" in the non-Dum Dum era but they were
usually nothing more than a panel discussion and meetup of a few fans.
It wasn't until 1990 when, thanks to George McWhorter, that the Dum-Dum
returned to its former glory.
History of the Dum-Dums:
Details, photos of past Dum-Dums and ECOFs:
ERBzine's Dum-Dum Dossier
McWhorter's History of the Burroughs Bibliophiles
Meanwhile, the ERB and ERB
fan eras continued. Resnick notes the fading of the excitement of the Burroughs
boom, and indeed -- other than the annual ECOFs and Dum Dums -- there was
an era in the last couple of decades of the 20th Century when publishing
was pretty much limited to new paperbacks; Tarzan movies were few. Greystoke
and "Lost City" were about it. And Disney's Tarzan reached out to a younger
audience. But we're in the era now of bigger and brighter things. ERB's
Mars got onto the big screen in 2012 and, whatever one may think of the
plotline, it was nonetheless a major step. And "The Legend of Tarzan,"
another big screen event, followed just four years later.
Jim Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc., along with members of the ERB Inc. staff, regularly show up at
the ERB gatherings with tables full of ERB gooodies for sale and Jim gives
reports on the spread of ERB mania in multiple venues.
The ERB Inc. website features brand new comic versions
of traditional ERB stories, as well as new stories involving ERB characters,
and the company has launched a line of "Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
featuring works by various authors, as well as giving its blessing to some
other ERB stories not in the "Wild Adventures" series per se.
The newest entry announced, just a few days back, was
another new "Wild Adventures" that will send the ape-man himself to Barsoom,
"Tarzan: Conqueror of Mars."
And perhaps the most stunning news of all, ERB Inc.'s
recent announcement that it plans to reprint about 80 ERB stories in
colorful new volumes with Joe Jusko covers.
The lulls have come, and the lulls have gone. The train
is on the tracks and under full steam. Thanks to all who have made it possible:
ERB Inc. itself and the loyal fans.
A history of Burroughs Bibliophiles publications, followed
by histories of the ECOF and Dum-Dum at:
Dum-Dum and ECOF Highlights
ERB Still Lives!: Books authorized by ERB, Inc.
JohnCarterFiles: Dum-Dum Origin
article in erblist
DRUMS IN THE JUNGLE
By John Martin
One can allow that it'd be somewhat humdrum
If ever a year passed without a new Dum-Dum,
But such was the case as the 80s wore on;
ECOFs ascended, but Dum-Dums were gone.
The first full-bore ECOF was in 84,
And in that same year, Dum-Dums were no more;
Thus it continued for several more summers,
The ECOF was thriving, but where were Dum-Dummers?
A cold winter day back in ol' '87
Saw Vern Coriell at the Dum-Dum in Heaven;
Without that true stalwart of Bibliophile fame,
Could Dum-Dums return? Or was that hope lame?
But out of the South riding tall in the saddle
Came a man who was ready to take on the battle;
He said, "What? No Dum-Dums? Wal, listen ol' Pard,
"I'm going to have one here in my backyard."
This gent bore the handle of George T. McWhorter,
Who put on a Dum-Dum that was a rip-snorter.
And since then the Dum-Dums take place every year,
Along with those ECOFs, which many hold dear.
So take a red marker that sparkles real pretty
And circle the calendar on August 30.
'Twas in 1990 George T., on that date,
Rescued the Dum-Dum from worse-than-death fate.
Now once every annum an ECOF holds sway,
And elsewhere a Dum-Dum is having its day.
Some fans go to one, and some to the other;
But some go to both, 'cause that's what they'd druther.
Jacqueline Wells, also
known as Julie Bishop in Hollywood, played the part of Mary Brooks
in 1933s Tarzan the Fearless with Buster Crabbe. She passed away
Aug. 30, 2001, in Mendocino, Calif.
Jacqueline Wells and Tarzan the Fearless
Tarzan the Fearless Coverage in 8 Webpages
*** 1916: Camp #25
Hutchinson during the Burroughs Family Automobile Adventure
*** 1929: Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1 was published
by Grosset & Dunlap. Ed was very happy with Harold Foster's
Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1
*** 1937: Ed writes in his
letter to Joan. "I am so sorry that you can't come Wednesday, and
I know that Florence will be when I tell her. I can understand, though,
how difficult it is for you to get away and leave the children."
ERB's Letter to Joan
Captain Ed Burroughs Commanding A Co. Reserves ~ ERB
& Caligula on Burroughs 1967 Edition DJ of
ERB's 1941-written book ~ Jeff Jones Art ~ Japanese
Art ~ WWI fund raising posters
*** From Germanicus to Geronimo, ERB sometimes exercised
his writing muscles by turning out a piece of historical fiction. Back
in 12 A.D., Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was born on this date,
Aug. 31. When he got old enough to toddle around in footwear, he showed
a preference for Army gear, which earned him the nickname of "Little Boots,"
rendered in Latin as "Caligula."
Brittanicus, ERB's character, was a boy when he became
slave and companion to Caligula, and he is the narrator of ERB's "I
Am A Barbarian," a novel which did not see print until 17 years after
I Am A Barbarian: Art ~ History ~ Summary ~ Reviews
Barbarian Summary and Review by David Adams
Collage of Barbarian Art
*** The Army-Navy Journal of
Aug. 31, 1918, carried an article by Edgar Rice Burroughs who many,
by that time, may have known was the author of a book about a new character,
Tarzan of the Apes. The article was titlde A Victory Loan:
An Appeal to Our Business Sense. ERB, ever the patriot, gave some
patriotic reasons why people ought to help the government, as it needed
the cash or it would not ask us for it. But beyond that, ERB also thought
it was a sensible thing to do, business-wise: On
the other hand, there is in the Victory loan an appeal to our business
sense as well as to our patriotism. There is the appeal to self-interest,
for the loan is not to be without profit to us. We are given an opportunity
to invest in an absolutely safe security, and we will receive a good rate
of interest. As a business proposition no man can afford not to subscribe
to the full limit of his ability. The Victory Loan program
was around only briefly and was a fund-raiser to pay for funding of World
War I, which was nearing an end. It was similar to programs in the U.S.
and other countries that were called Victory Bonds or Liberty Bonds. In
World War II the U.S. used the term War Bonds. while Canada still
used the "Victory Bonds" term.
"A Victory Loan" in Army-Navy Journal by ERB
Wartime Victory Bonds
Victory Bonds Collage
The ERB / German Incident
German Controversy Collage
Loans in US
*** A Place To Play In:
"That's what a garden is for," says Edgar Rice Burroughs, famous author
~ Better Homes & Gardens - Margaret McOmie
~ August 1931
A Place To Play In article with ERB
1918: "A National Reserve Army Proposal"
in ERB's letter to the Army-Navy Journal.
ERB Proposal for a National
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES:
1866: George Tyler, Jr. was born in Portland,
Maine to George and Mary Burroughs.
1916: Camp #26 Mouse on the Cross-Country
1928: Ed and Jack spend labor day weekend at Catalina.
1932: Editor of Modern Screen requested a story along
the theme of If Tarzan Came to Hollywood which may have been the
inspiration for Tarzan and the Lion Man
1939: The family moves to luxurious 716 North Rexford
Drive (rent $300 per month) to make Florence's recuperation more pleasant.
After eight months, however, the cost of maintaining two establishments
(Emma's home in Bel-Air), high spending, and the loss of income resulting
from the war in Europe will force a move to Hawaii.
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