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The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ ERB:
A Lifetime in Photos
ERB Portraits by J. Allen St. John and John Coleman
ERB Sept 1 Birthday Event: Book Releases: Tarzan Triumphant
~ City of Gold ~ Lion Man ~ Quest
PLUS: I Am A Barbarian ~ Artist: Joe Jusko Art for
24 South African ERB Tarzan Books
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man
who created Tarzan, John Carter and a bunch of other unforgettable characters,
was born Sept. 1, 1875, in Chicago to George Tyler and Mary
Evaline (Zieger) in Chicago. His middle name is of his colonial ancestor
in Mass., Deacon Edmund
Happy Birthday to Edgar Rice
The Edgar Rice Burroughs Bio
The ERB PERPETUAL CALENDAR
ERB DAILY LIFE AND LEGACY EVENTS
FEATURED IN ERBzine
ERB Biographical Sketches
ERB: THE WAR YEARS
ERB Tribute Site
ERB Life In Pictures: Full-Size Collage
*** Over the years, ERB worked himself
into a timing routine, so that his new Tarzan books usually came out in
the fall. And, it just so happened, whether by design or accident, that
some of them had publication dates coinciding with the date of his birth.
Four of ERB's Tarzan novels were churned out in time to be published on
his birthday: "Tarzan Triumphant" in 1932; "Tarzan and the City
of Gold," 1933; "Tarzan and the Lion Man," 1934, and "Tarzan's
Quest," 1936. Another novel ERB wrote in his later years was not published
during his lifetime but came out 17 years later...on Sept. 1, 1967. That
novel, "I Am A Barbarian," was historical fiction about the reign
of Rome's "mad king," Caligula. So, today you can enjoy some cake and ice
cream, or perhaps a cigar, in honor of ERB and the fine reading material
he provided to us and millions of others!
Tarzan Triumphant: 1932
Tarzan and the City of Gold: 1933
Tarzan and the Lion Man: 1934
Tarzan's Quest: 1936
I Am A Barbarian: 1967
the man who, nowadays, is the artist most associated with Edgar Rice Burroughs's
unforgettable characters, was born on the 84th anniversary of ERB's birth.
Joe Jusko was born Sept. 1, 1959, in New York City and went to a high school
which specialized in Art & Design. He knew from childhood what he wanted
to spend his life doing, and didn't look back.After painitng covers for
Marvel Comics for years, he designed two sets of trading cards featuring
ERB's characters in action, in scenes from ERB' stories themselves, and
has gone on to paint many other images of those characters. Now, as every
schoolboy knows, Jusko has been selected to create covers for up to 80
new books that will be published by ERB Inc., reprinting all of Edgar Rice
Joe Jusko: 24 S.Africa
Joe Jusko: Warlord of Mars Art I
Joe Jusko: Warlord of Mars Art II
Joe Jusko: Dejah Thoris Art I
Jusko 24 Tarzan Covers: Full Size Collage
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE and ANNOTATED
1896: On his 21st birthday at Duncan Ariz, Ed
received a picture from Emma who was vacationing in Coldwater, Mich
1921: The English Tarzan stageplay started a short
US run at NY's Broadhurst Theatre
1925: Ed celebrated his 50th birthday in Phoenix,
returning home with the family from the South Rim of Grand Canyon
1932: Ed spent his birthday at the beach with all the
children present at dinner time.
1939: Ed's 64th birthday on Sept 1 coincideed with the
breaking out of World War II
1944: Birthday: Sensing that friends were going to throw
a birthday party, he asked Hulbert to invite him out to Hickam for dinner
and the night. Hully prepared a meal for Ed and three other officers: steak
with onions, french fried potatoes, corn, tomatoes, raisin rolls!
1946: Ed celebrated his 71st birthday at a party at Joan's.
As with most of their family gatherings they showed old movies and Laurel
and Hardy comedies.
Stellan Windrow: 1st Tarzan Actor ~ Ethel Dwyer &
Ronald Adair: Jane and Tarzan on Broadway 1921
Bob Hyde: "Tarzan Fanatic" ~ ERB, Inc.'s Moon Men
~ Creators: Powell & Jurado
*** The forgotten Tarzan was born (maybe) and the forgotten
Jane died (definitely) on this date, Sept. 2.
The forgotten Tarzan was Stellan Windrow, who
shot a few scenes for the original “Tarzan of the Apes” film before
joining the Navy to participate in World War I, leaving Elmo Lincoln
to fill his loincloth. Some of Windrow's tree scenes are believed to be
in the finished movie. Our ERBzine website states that his birthday was
Sept. 2, 1893. However, imdb.com lists his birthday as Feb. 9 of that year.
Quite a spread!
Stellan Windrow: "First Adult Actor in Tarzan Films"
Stellan Windrow Photo Collage
We can thank Bob Hyde for some
intriguing information on the forgotten Jane, Ethel Dwyer,
who played the golden-haired lass in the 1921 stage play of “Tarzan
of the Apes.” Hyde never realized she lived in the same town he did,
until he saw a newspaper article about her in 1985. Unfortunately, on the
morning she subsequently received a letter from Hyde, asking for an interview,
she died. That was Sept. 2, 1985. Joan Bledig poined out that much
of the text of the Ethel Dwyer article is also featured in the Bob Hyde
biography, “Odyssey of a Tarzan FANatic”. Bob's ERBapa contributions
were published by the House of Greystoke in book form, including all his
pictures, in conjunction with the 2007 Louisville Dum-Dums. “Bob
had always envisioned that his apa contribtions should be published in
book form,” said Joan. “After Bob's death,
Conran asked me to bring that wish to fruition. Thus, Bob Hyde's ‘Odyssey’
in book form was born.”
Bill Hillman: Bob had regularly sent ERBzine photocopies
of his Odyssey over the years and I had laboriously keyed them into
our ERBzine Webpages for the world to share. I scanned his photos and added
complementary photos from my collection.
A spin-off of our Hyde Odyssey project was Bob Hyde's
African Safari Notebook. George McWhorter sent me this book
that was part of his McWhorter Memorial ERB Collection at the University
of Louisville. It contained photos, notes and documents from Bob's visit
to Africa. I typed out the handwritten notes and scanned the photos and
featured the entire contents over many ERBzine Webpages.
Tarzan On Broadway: 1921 Stage Play with Ethel Dwyer
Ethel Dwyer Article by Bob Hyde
Bob Hyde's Odyssey and African Safari
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., announced on Sept.
2, one year ago, that its newest online comic strip would be titled “The
Moon Men,” and tell the story of ERB’s moon trilogy. Martin Powell,
writer of several ERB comic strips, would provide the words while Ricardo
Jurado was lined up to do the artwork. Like all ERB comics, there are
a few free preview panels at the ERB Inc. website along with info on how
to subscribe to all of the ERB online comics at just $1.99 a month. Martin
Powell also regularly shares previews of upcoming installments on facebook.
“Moon Men” announcement:
ERB Inc. comic strip signup:
The Moon Maid Original Novel
*** MORE ERB BIO TIMELINE and ANNOTATED
1888: Ed entered the Harvard School on 21st Street
and Indiana Ave. Eddie riode to school by pony, horsecar and cable-car
1891: Ed reluctantly returned to the East from Idaho
and enrolled in Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
1919: 6:30 Ed's Packard Touring Car was hit by a People's
Express Truck by the Oakland Ferry suffering minimal damage.
1923: In preparation for a career in theatre, Joan enrolled
in LA's Cumnock School of Theatre
1924-26: Joan attended the Marta Oatman School of
Theatre in LA
1928: Hulbert enrolled as a senior at Van Nuys
1937: ERB worked on strip continuity all month
1947: ERB took over supervision of newspaper strips
- Hogarth replaced Maxon - Thompson started continuity
ERB BIO TIMELINE
John Coleman Burroughs' novel: Treasure of the
Black Falcon ~ Raiding Long-Locked JCB Treasure Vault
ERB's lifelong interest and research on indigenous
tribes ~ Voices of Disney's Tarzan TV Series: Weiss and d'Abo
“It is September 3, 1947, in the North
Atlantic at Latitude 48° 12' North, Longitude 35° 15' West. The
submarine, with thirteen men and a girl aboard, has sailed from England
to try to find the sunken treasure ships. It settles to the bottom at 1,480
fathoms (8,880 feet), and….”
To know more, see the synopsis, review, art, info,
etc. for John Coleman Burroughs’s “Treasure of the Black Falcon.”
and Danton and Bill Hillman's retrieving of long-stored book copies and
art in the JCB storage vault explore the ERBzine pages at:
JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon I
JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon II
Raiding the JCB Treasure Vaults
When ERB set out to incorporate
a real person into his fiction, fans can be sure he did his research well.
One of the books on ERB’s shelf was “Geronimo, His Own Story, The
Autobiography of a Great Patriot Warrior,” which was dictated to S.M.
Barrett. The book recalls a certain September date: “At a conference
on Sept. 3, 1886, at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona, Miles induced Geronimo
to surrender once again, promising him that, after an indefinite exile
in Florida, he and his followers would be permitted to return to Arizona.
The promise was never kept.”
ERB’s Apache novels were “The War Chief” and “Apache
Geronimo Book in ERB's Library: Info, Text, Covers
ERB's Apache Novels I and Influences
Books Cited by ERB as his Apache references II
More ERB Apache References: 4 Pages starting at:
Wouldn't it be great if they had
a Tarzan TV series with all of ERB's original characters? The Waziri, La,
Rokoff, etc? Well, they did.
Wouldn't it be great if they had a Tarzan TV series with
ERB's original stories? Well, they didn't.
Disney's "The Legend of Tarzan" premiered this
date, Sept. 3, 2001.
Michael Weiss voiced Tarzan, Olivia d'Abo
was Jane and Jeff Bennett was Professor Porter.
Olivia and Jeff each had previous experience with tough
guys running around in skimpy clothing: Olivia's first film role was as
Princess Jehnna opposite Arnold in "Conan the Destroyer" and Jeff was the
narrator for a different tough guy in "Dave the Barbarian," which ran on
TV in 2004-2005.
Olivia was just 14 when she was restored to her throne
Michael Weiss played Joe Haskell in the Dark Shadows
movie of 1990 and the TV series of 1991.
Both had also voiced Tarzan and Jane in the “Tarzan and
Jane” DVD movie and both voiced characters in the “Justice League” TV series
Legend of Tarzan TV Series: Summaries of all Episodes
TV in IMDB
*** 1940: ERB was interviewed on Radio
Station KGMB. Ed probably wrote the excellent biographical script. The
introduction claimed that Ed was the first or one of the first people ever
interviewed on radio. Ed's youthful appearance and personification of perennial
youth was emphasized: . . . Ed was the height of Tarzan and just as active
-- at age 59 he played tennis, ice skated, skiied . . . and will probably
soon go surf boarding. The Tarzan influences of Romulus and Remus, and
Kipling were discussed. Ed admits to fictionalizing Tarzan as such a person
raised by apes would probably be quite disagreeable to have around and
would probably suffer from athlete's foot, halitosis, BO and a multitude
of junge diseases and bad habits. He discussed how his family's pronunciation
of Tarzan (Tar-zen) differed from Webster's Dictionary and the movies.
He also discussed his publishing history and successes, saying that his
biggest problem as an author was being typecast as a Tarzan and tall tales
writer and being not able to sell other types of material.
1981: A Letter from a Tarzan Fan:
President Ronald Reagan
Tarzan Fan Reagan Letter
St. John Cover: Land That Time Forgot ~ Out
of Time's Abyss: Blue Book 1st, Later Amazing Pulp Series and
ACE art: Krenkel, Frazetta ~ Dave Hoover and some
of his Art ~ A sample Dum-Dum Logo and Bibliophiles pin
*** As we sit here in front of our computers, secure in our
own homes, a refrigerator full of food awaiting our pleasure, it is difficult
to imagine that just a scant 102 years ago on an obscure island surrounded
by high cliffs, human beings were experiencing genuine terror.
After the Germans broke faith and absconded with the
U-33, Bowen Tyler and his men were desperate to escape the island
of Caspak, immortalized in the three-part report, “The Land That
Time Forgot,” written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and presented
to an amazed world two years after the incidents described in the dossier.
John Bradley, one of Tyler’s trusted men, and several
other men explored part of the island, then returned to report. Then, on
this date, Sept. 4, 1916, they began a second trip, documented in the third
part of the report, under the heading of “Out of Time's Abyss.”
On that trip, Bradley was eventually carried off by a
a batlike humanoid, and others thought him dead. However, the gutsy seaman
survived, not only to get away from the Weiroos, but to hook up with the
beautiful Co-Tan, a beautiful native girl. Bradley and the other leading
characters of the report all eventually escaped the island, ERB wrote down
their stories, and the rest is history.
The Land That Time Forgot:
The Land That Time Forgot: Full e-Text
Out of Times Abyss: e-Text Edition
*** An organizational meeting for the
was held Sept. 4, 1960, at the Penn-Sheraton Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pa., at
the 18th World Science Fiction Convention.
History of the Dum-Dums
ERBzine Dum-Dum Dossier
ERBzine Coverage of Past Dum-Dums
Dum-Dum History: Dates, Sites, Hosts, Guests, Honorees
McWhorter's History of the Burroughs Bibliophiles
*** A popular
and budding ERB artist, Dave Hoover, passed away unexpectedly this
date, Sept. 4, in 2011. Hoover began his illustration career in animation,
working on such shows as Filmation’s “Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle”
and he also did work on Tarzan comics. He was frequently at ERB
gatherings and did a ton of art for fan projects, including Alan Hanson’s
“A Tarzan Chrono-log.”
Dave Hoover Tribute: 7 Pages of Art and Bios starting
Dave Hoover Art Collage
in Hall of Memories
*** 1929: Ed and boys started an auto-
camping trip to Ensenada area in Lower California and then north
to Grant's Pass, Oregon in two Pullman Aerocoaches
*** 1929: Ed anonymously sent Ashton Dearholt
a movie outline
ERB Bio Timeline: 20s Decade
Pellucidar Cover and Interior Art by J. Allen
St. John ~ Modest Stein Cover Art for Red Hawk
ERB art for Moon Maid Va-Gas Savage and Pellucidar
Map ~ Pirates of Venus proposed film poster
*** “Pellucidar,” the sequel to the story with ERB’s
revelation of the world inside our globe, “At the Earth’s Core,”
was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. this date, Sept. 5, in 1923.
Pellucidar: Full Coverage: Art ~ History ~ Covers
Pellucidar: Read the Complete Text
Pellucidar Art Collage: St. John and Frazetta
*** “The Red Hawk,” part three
of ERB’s advance intelligence report on what will happen on Earth in the
future, began a three-issue serialization in Argosy All-Story Weekly
on Sept. 5, 1925. Full information on the story with pulp covers for this
segment and the full Moon Maid Trilogy are featured in ERBzine.
Red Hawk/Moon Maid: Covers, History, Art, Lost Text,
Red Hawk: Read the entire e-Text edition
Red Hawk and Moon Maid in ERBzine Pulp Biblio
*** "Pirates of Venus" might have made it to the
screen before “John Carter” of Mars but, alas, it is not to be. At least
On this date, Sept. 5, in 2007, Angelic Entertainment
Productions announced the completion of the screenplay adaptation for
the theatrical rights of the first ERB Venus novel, which it had acquired
a couple of years earlier.
Said Angelic's head of production, Bruce Pobjoy,
only is this screenplay a major milestone in the lifecycle of this project,
but it is a fantastic amount of fun. It is our intention to be loyal to
the integrity of Burroughs’ writing, while at the same time updating, and
modernizing the story for today’s sensibilities, and sophisticated movie
audiences. The film is going to be quite a ride.”
But, all this was going on about the time that Danton
Burroughs died unexpectedly . . . this and a variety of other problems
caused the project to die also.
Artist Jeff Doten, who did some of the colorful
early art for the project, said, the film people didn’t renew their rights,
although they played with the project under different names, such as “Carson
Napier.” (shades of “John Carter”!) “I had just started
storyboarding some black and white scene renderings,” said Jeff,
it all came to stop. It was very exciting up until that moment”
A description of the movie went this way: “Love
Forbidden. Life Unending. Danger Eternal.”
Pirates of Venus Film Project
Pirates of Venus: Original Novel
*** ERB Bio Timeline Notes
1939: The new Tarzan Clans circular was headed
with "Johnny Weissmuller, Chief of Chiefs - C.R. Rothmund, Chief Scribe
- abd Edgar Rice Burroughs, Founder
1940s: ERB wrote a Tarzan parody play called Tarzan's
Good Deed Today
ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Art by P.J.
Monahan, J. Allen St. John, C.E. Monroe
Flaming God Art: Thomas Yeates ~ Hadon
Art: Roy Krenkel ~ War Bride: Mary Evaline Burroughs
"Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige
of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being
Edgar Rice Burroughs sat down and wrote those
words on this date, Sept. 6, 1915, as he began work on writing his fifth
Tarzan story, "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar."
It was the first time that ERB would have the apeman
re-visit the lost city of Opar, which he had discovered in "The
Return of Tarzan," but it would not be the last.
Opar has always sparked the imagination of Tarzan fans
for a lot of reasons, one of which is its exotic and enchanting high priestess,
La. Fans have pondered and written about its ancient history and speculated
on its future, and that of its inhabitants.
Philip Jose Farmer exercised his imagination to
invent a past for Opar, some 12,000 years before, in his Hadon series,
and David Bruce (Tangor) Bozarth invented a future, partly for the
lost land itself but mostly for its high priestess. In 1999, Alan Hanson
and Michael Winger teamed up to write new essays on Opar in a classy
publication titled "Heritage of the Flaming God," which was anchored
by a comprehensive treatment on Opar written by fans of yore, Frank
J. Brueckel and John Harwood.
Thomas Yeates provided the cover art while Dave
Hoover had the frontispiece.
The first sentence of "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar"
was matched in creative writing by the last sentence, which had Tarzan
saying of Lt. Albert Werper: "Even in death he has
made restitution -- let his sins lie with his bones."
"Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar": History ~ Art ~ Review
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Complete e-Text
100 Daily Tarzan/Opar Strips by Rex Maxon
Secret History of Opar by Den Valdron
Prindle's ERB Themes and Variations: 5 Parts
Philip Jose Farmer Links to ERB
of the Flaming God
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1913: The family left on a cross-country auto trip to
CA for the winter. Sole means of support for the family of five is now
the income from Ed's writings
1916: Cross-Country Camp- #32 Pike's Peak Camp
1940: Ed completed a 20,000-word John Carter story
1944: Ed's letter home to Joan and son, Jack. Discussed
what to do with his mother's ashes and Joan's visit to Chicago.
Mother's Letter to Son, Edgar
MEMOIRS OF A WAR BRIDE I By
Mary Evaline Burroughs
ERB's Letter to Home
ERB Annotated Calendar Events: September
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: Blue Book cover
art by Chenoweth, St. John 1st Ed Cover and Wrap-around art
ERB's unfinished last Tarzan novel ~ John Eric Holmes
~ ERB's plans for Tarzana
*** "On the trail of reckless adventure,
Tarzan encounters new breathtaking dangers! I am sure you will find more
exciting thrills than ever before as you follow his spectacular daring
through this book."
If you have the first G&D printing of “Tarzan
and the Leopard Men,” then you have those two extra sentences penned
by ERB which appear on the end papers of this edition only, along with
a printed signature of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the image from the G&D
dust jacket painting for “Tarzan of the Apes.”
The actual first edition of “Tarzan and the Leopard
Men” was published this date, Sept. 7, in 1935.
ERB Inc. wanted everyone to know that the name
was trademarked. So, when Tarzan and the Leopard Men was published,
this date, Sept. 7, in 1935, the word (Trademark) appeared below the word
"Tarzan" in "Tarzan and the Leopard Men" on the flyleaf of the book. The
trademark notation also appeared in Tarzan and the Lion Man and
The story is a great Tarzan adventure and has received
much interest and commentary over the years.
It also spawned the germ of an idea for a movie, “Tarzan
and the Leopard Woman,” as well as an episode of “Tarzan: The Epic
Adventures: Tarzan and the Leopard Queen” and an installment of Disney’s
“The Legend of Tarzan” animated series, “Tarzan and the Leopard Men
It is said that ERB's writing of this story may have
had something to do with him watching half of the movie,”Trader Horn.”
Prindle’s views on this are at: ERBzine 1662. Prindle asserted that
fans consider “Leopard Men” the worst Tarzan book. Never heard that one
before, and I think it is one of the better books of the later Tarzan novels.
We’ve all got an opinion.
There are actual leopard men and leopard societies in
Africa, which can be found on the internet.
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: Art, Covers, History,
"Leopard Men": eText plus Pulp Cover & Interior
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: 6-Part Essay by R.E. Prindle
Leopard Men" Collage of all Pulp Art
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman: Full Film Coverage
WS Van Dyke's Trader Horn
*** When John Eric Holmes, author
of “Mahars of Pellucidar,’ was a boy, he got the opportunity to
visit ERB in Hawaii. He took along a Tarzan book for ERB to sign and the
book was "Tarzan and the Leopard Men." Years later, at an ECOF in
Willows, Calif., Holmes bought a jacketed copy of “Leopard Men” from another
fan and took the jacket off the book and put it on his signed copy.
"Mahars of Pellucidar" Pastiche of Pellucidar
John Eric Holmes Remembered by John Martin
More ERB Bio Timeline
1891: Ed's Harvard School report card gave his marks
as Arithmetic 62, English 67, Algebra 79, Latin 83 and as a character reference
explains that Ed is "of good moral character and he left our school on
account of ill-health."
Eddie Burroughs' Harvard School Report Card
*** 1922: Revealed plans to
transform Tarzana into a town with its own post office
ERB's Story of Tarzana
ERB's Plans to Subdivide Tarzana Ranch
*** 1940: Hodon and O-AA (Savage
Pellucidar) the first of a new David Innes series of 4 was started.
*** 1941: Hulbert arrived
to join father who was having health problems. Ed returned to hospital
for short stays
*** 1942 Hulbert was posted to AF bases in the
South Pacific as documentary and combat photographer. He came under intense
fire at Guadalcanal.
ERB's Letter Describing Hully at Guadalcanal
*** 1946: ERB started a new Tarzan
novel. He completed 15,000 words before abandoning the project, probably
because of poor health. He had angina, arteriosclerosis, and Parkinson's.
The novel was finished 1995 as Tarzan: The Lost Adventure.
It was revised and finished by Joe R. Lansdale and published by
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure
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