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Volume 6342

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Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman

AUG 22 ~ AUG 23 ~ AUG 24 ~ AUG 25 ~ AUG 26
AUG 27 ~ AUG 28 ~ AUG 29 ~ AUG 30 ~ AUG 31


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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Still unpublished in all its purity is an 83-page Tarzan manuscript, the start to another novel, written by ERB.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 to fans.

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
Ray Bradbury
, 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

Off-Site Reference
Nowak Meeting

More ERB Bio Timeline Notes:
*** 1921: Great Western Producing Co. produced the complete Adventures 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 Angeles Times.


*** 1939: Harry Monty, a dwarf who doubled as Boy in Tarzan 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 Movies."
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 Scott
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Promo Splash Bar

Off-Site References
Miles/Scott timeline
Miles IMDB Filmography

*** "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
Tom Grindberg
, 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: T. 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 returns.

The Burroughs / Idaho Connection
*** 1921: German publisher  requested permission to publish Jungle Tales of Tarzan instead of Tarzan 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

Off-Site References:
DuBois-Striker confusion:
DuBois in Wikipedia
DuBois in Blogspot

*** 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 success.
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, "I 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

*** 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 film.
*** 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: February 1912  ::  LETTERS:  ::  ALL-STORY PULP:  ::  BOOK: A Princess of Mars ~


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

Kaluta: American Mythology
Kaluta's Princess
Kaluta: Bio & art
Michael Kaluta in Wikipedia

*** Dejah is not only a creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, but she's among his biggest fans. Dejah Burroughs, that is.
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: Vegas Expo
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 0211.

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 Tarzan."
"The Legendary Tarzan" movie plot in poetry:
"The Legendary Tarzan" Review and Photos
Legend of the Beasts of Tarzan by John Martin

Off-Site Reference:
Skarsgard in Wikipedia

*** 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, General 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

Off-Site References
Lee Christmas Career
General Lee Christmas

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 (Andrew Martin).
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 1390
8 Galleries of Thark Images in ERBzine
100s of Tharks compiled back in 2010 starting at:
Thark Collage I
Thark Collage II

Off-Site References
MonsterCaesarThark in johncarterfiles

*** 1922: ERB contemplateed writing a series of articles based on  Central American exploits of soldier-of-fortune, General 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 Hulbert 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 "Tarzan 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 Eve Brent
Tarzana ECOF 2002: Eve Brent Guest

Off-Site Reference:
Eve 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 Burroughs Family.

Tarzan Day Declared at the Louisiana State Capitol

Off-Site Reference
World National Holidays

*** 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 the market.

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
ERB / Boy Scouts Connection

Off-Site References

*** An exchange of letters between budding author Edgar Rice Burroughs and Thomas Metcalf, editor of The 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 Tarzans 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.

ERB Letter

*** 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 Tarzan."
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." Two 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

Off-Site References
Sale of Searle photo and the controversy
Searle Death Theory and Update
Searle in IMDB

"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 Episodes:

***"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 at:
*** 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.

An Auto-Biography
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 Buster Crabbe
*** 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 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." There 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.

Off-Site References
Sellers' JohnCarterFiles: Dum-Dum Origin
Resnick article in erblist

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 1933’s “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 work
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 ERB's death.
I Am A Barbarian: Art ~ History ~ Summary ~ Reviews ~ Comics
Barbarian Summary and Review by David Adams
Collage of Barbarian Art

Off-Site Reference
Barbarian Summary
Martin Review

*** 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

Off-Site Reference
Victory 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 Reserve Army 1918

1866: George Tyler, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine to George and Mary Burroughs.
1916: Camp #26  Mouse on the Cross-Country Auto Adventure
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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