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Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Argosy/All-Story 40th Ann. Issue ~ El Caballero Country Club
on Tarzana Ranch Site ~ Ron Ely: TV Tarzan, Supremes as Nuns, Mad Magazine TV Tarzan Parody
The Tarzan yell began resonating on TV screens across the nation once a week starting this date, Sept. 8, in 1966, as Ron Ely's "Tarzan" took to the small screen.
It was quite successful in TV terms, lasting two full seasons, buoyed along by an interesting array of guest stars who showed up each week to adventure with Tarzan in his jungle. It was so successful that Mad Magazine did a satire, titled "TVarzan." There were also trading cards, an occasional Dell comic book with Ron Ely as Tarzan on the cover, and other items.
Mike Henry was slated to play the role but backed out. Ely was scheduled to play a Tarzan imposter in a proposed episode, but was promoted to be the real Tarzan instead (eat your heart out, Esteban Miranda!).
In September of 1966, John Martin was serving with the U.S. Marines on Okinawa and  didn't watch much television, partly because there was only one TV in the barracks and partly because there was only one English speaking channel, run by the Armed Force Radio-Television Service (affectionately called "Afarts" by one and all). So when "Tarzan" was showing up regularly in the U.S. it may not have even been one of the series shown on Afarts. He didn't get out of the Corps until the fall of 1968, after the series was over, so it's a good thing we have reruns and DVDs!
Ron Ely TV Tarzans Episodes and Info
TVarzan Parody in MAD Magazine
TV's Tarzan: Ron Ely Collage
Ely Awarded BB Golden Lion Award by Pres. Dunn at Tarzana Dum-Dum
Ely Covers: Tarzan Comics: Nos. 162, 165, 168, 171

Off-Site Reference
TV Episodes in IMDB

*** 1917: Ed started The Lost U-Boat  (The Land That Time Forgot)
The Land That Time Forgot
*** 1922: Tarzan and the Golden Lion appeared in the special 40th Ann. issue of Argosy All-Story. ERB also contributed a 1,200-word introduction tracing the Tarzan series and characters from the first story

Tarzan and the Golden Lion
ERBzine Illustrated Pulp Bibliography: 1920-1922
***1925: Ed severed all official connections with financially- troubled El Caballero Country Club

El Caballero Souvenir Booklet
El Caballero/Tarzana Ranch Booklet Collage
*** 1927: Who Cares? An  article by Normal Bean and others by ERB appeared in the Tarzana Bulletin. ERB pleaded for protection of wildlife.


Denny Miller: Star of Tarzan the Ape Man, TV/Film, and Fan Favourite ~ Henry Hardy Heins' Biblio of ERB
~ Eddie Gilbert's Bookstore ~ Sue-On delving into Heins and recent ERB, Inc. books
*** It was sad news indeed for ERB fans in 2014 when Denny Miller passed away Sept. 9 at the age of 80 of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Denny starred in 1959's "Tarzan the Ape Man" remake, one of his earliest films. He went on to play Duke Shannon for several seasons on "Wagon Train" (billed as Scott Miller) and then, under his own name again, starred in a series called "Mona McCluskey" opposite Juliet Prowse, and showed up on television continually in guest star roles in numerous television series. His favorite movie was starring as "Wyoming" Bill Kelso in Peter Sellers's "The Party."
He also showed up regularly with wife Nancy at ERB fan conventions and made lasting friends with all.
Denny made a huge contribution to ERB's legacy when he made contact with the then chairman of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and was successful in persuading the man that Edgar Rice Burroughs deserved to be on a U.S. commemorative postage stamp. That stamp was issued Aug. 17, 2012.
Denny Miller Tribute:
More on Denny Miller:
Denny Miller Career Flashbacks: 17 Webpages
Denny Through the Years Photo Collage

Off-Site Reference
Miller in Wikipedia

***  Sept. 9, 1964, was the publication date for Henry Hardy Heins' wonderful book, "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs." It was actually first available in 1962 as a mimeographed manuscript, but was reprinted and expanded for its first commercial edition in '64.
Just as John Martin missed the Tarzan TV series because he was in the Marines when it ran, so was he in Marine Corps boot camp at the time a notice arrived at his house from Donald M. Grant of West Kingston, R.I., announcing availability of the book for $10.  Alas, Mr. Grant had sold out of all but his two personal copies but John's mother had mentioned that he was away in the Marines, so he kindly sold her one of his set-asides. After that, he got on Mr. Grant's mailing list and was able to buy several other books from him over the years.
This book, and the many publication dates it contained, was also what first motivated both John and myself to start keeping track of the dates which have developed into many articles over the years, including this ERB Events series. The Bibliography was, and is still is, one of the most treasured and valuable books about ERB, right up there with the ERB Dictionary, ERB Cyclopedia, Porges's biography, Robert B. Zeuschner's updated and even more informative bibliography and a few others.
Bill Hillman: As I noted in ERBzine: "Obviously, this bibliography is the result of years of study and research in which the finest collections of more than one continent have been consulted by Dr. Heins for the best possible authenticity. But the volume is designed not only as an aid to the collector of Burroughs' editions; it is a fantastic source of information for the novice Burroughs reader. These pages, covering 50 years of publications are no less than a HISTORY of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the master story teller himself. "

When I received this very large book in the mail I was starting my 3rd year Bachelor of Science programme at Brandon College. It was a long-awaited source for information on the works of ERB -- books and spin-offs -- that I had been laboriously collecting for over 10 years. I did something that I've always regretted a couple of years later when Sue-On and I visited Hollywood during our trip south to visit Tarzana for the first time. We were perusing books in a bookstore on Hollywood and Vine that I later learned belonged to Eddie Gilbert, the brother of ERB's second wife, Florence. There was a stack of the Heins books near the front . . . all of them signed by the author and at a discount price. Sue-On suggested that I buy one but I foolishly replied that I already had a copy -- obviously money was tight -- we were travelling on a shoestring.
Updates were added to the bibliography and it was republished in a slipcased edition in 2001, two years before Heins passed away at the age of 80.
Henry Hardy Heins and his Bibliography
*** 1927: In his letters, Ed disagreed with Sinclair Lewis' forcing his anti-religious views on the public in Elmer Gantry. He felt a novelist's sole purpose should be to entertain. At the same time he praised the work of Charles Lindbergh.

Burroughs' Thoughts on Science and Religion
*** 1929: Ed received copy 1 of Tarzan and the Lost Empire. Official release a week later. Dedication was to: To Jean Hulbert - daughter of Murray Hulbert, a NY attorney and judge - distant cousin on his mother's side

Tarzan and the Lost Empire


TARZAN OF THE APES RADIO SHOW: Starring James Pierce as Tarzan and Joan Burroughs Pierce as Jane
Hully with master ET discs ~ Signal Oil: Poster, ERB's card, Premiere Ticket ~ Tarzan opening page in All-Story
*** What a wonderful world it was in 1932! You could go the store and buy a new Tarzan book and read it, open your newspaper and read a colorful Tarzan Sunday strip, go to your neighborhood theater and see Tarzan in action on the big screen and then...if that were not could actually turn on your radio, in the sanctity of your own home, and hear the adventures of Tarzan right there in your living room.
On this date, Sept. 10, 1932, the first Tarzan radio program began, featuring ERB's daughter, Joan, as Jane and her real-life husband, James H. Pierce, as Tarzan himself.
The show was sponsored by the Signal Oil and Gas Company, lending the "Power of Tarzan" to the fuel for your roadster. Just think, you could drive down the road, powered by Tarzan, listening to Tarzan on your car radio! The Galvin Manufacturing Company had introduced the first car radio, the Motorola, in 1930!
The special three-hour "world premiere" stage show on that Sept. 10 drew thousands to the Fox Pantages Theater in Hollywood, with the entire cast present to do the show and make speeches.
Among stars attending was Johnny Weissmuller himself, newly famous from his lead role in the MGM picture, "Tarzan the Ape-Man." Johnny helped out by giving his Tarzan yell.
"The radio scripts, which used a combination of narration, dialogue, sound effects and original music, were closely supervised by ERB. He was fascinated with the quality of the sound effects but did not hesitate to criticize the scripts whenever they appeared to be sloppily prepared, or whenever they presented the ape man as showing fear, laughing or exhibiting any other out-of-character behaviour.” It was one of the first radio series to be transcribed on ETs for world-wide markets.
*** I (Bill Hillman) spent much time exploring and photographing the ET (Electric Transcriptions) Master Tarzan Discs in the ERB, Inc. warehouse when we visited Hully Burroughs back in 1971. I had been an avid Old Time Radio collector since buying my first reel-to-reel recorder in 1961 and had amassed a collection of thousands of OTR shows and ETs. Some of the first shows obtained were 77 episodes of this 1932 Tarzan show. When we met Joan and Jim next day they were thrilled to learn that these shows were still in existence -- they hadn't heard them since the '30s. Upon returning home I sent them copies of the shows. A wonderful surprise package came from Tarzana a few weeks later. They sent us a huge box of ERB, Inc. editions along with a stack of unused dust jackets!
The Tarzan Radio Show with Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce
Tarzan Radio Show 1932: 77 Episodes
Tarzan On The Air
The Master ET Recordings at ERB, Inc.
*** It’s easy to forget, but most magazine are on the newsstands before the date on the cover and, in some cases, quite a bit before. So, while all fans know that “Tarzan of the Apes” was first published in the October 1912 edition of The All-Story, the magazine was actually on the newsstands in late August. Magazines are generally dated according to the date the following issue will appear.

One way it’s clear that the first Tarzan story was published earlier than October is because people who read ERB’s article started writing letters to All Story about it. An early letter was dated today, Sept. 10, in 1912, and other letters had September dates as well.
Tarzan Letters to All-Story desk
ERB Pulp Magazine Bibliography
1919: "Tarzan and the Valley of Luna" was completed at Tarzana but rejected by both Red Book and Cosmopolitan - it appeared later in All-Story
Tarzan and the Valley of Luna (Untamed)

*** 1942: ERB resigned over his limited role of BMTC but returned as liaison officer
This and related news in letters to daughter Joan


Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: Filmation's 1976 Animated Series with Tarzan yell by Danton Burroughs
Burroughs' Tarzana Ranch: Luxurious Living Room, Aerial View and Side Views of the Mansion
*** "The Jungle -- here I was born, and here my parents died when I was but an infant. I would have soon perished too, had I not been found by a kindly she-ape named Kala who adopted me as her own and taught me the ways of the wild. I learned quickly and grew stronger each day. And now I share the friendship and trust of all jungle animals. The Jungle is filled with beauty and danger, and lost cities filled with good and evil. This is my domain, and I protect those who come here for I am Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle."
That's the opening from Filmation's terrific Tarzan animated series, which first appeared on television screens this date, Sept. 11, in 1976. Later, Tarzan shared an hour of Saturday morning TV with Batman, and later still with the Super 7.
In 1980, the original Tarzan episodes were rerun in connection with episodes of The Lone Ranger and later with Zorro also.
Here was a Tarzan who was more like ERB's Tarzan of the books than many others. The first episode was "Tarzan and the City of Gold."
"Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" featured impressive animation which was far above the average norm. Tarzan's body movements were heavily rotoscoped, and the jungle tapestry had realism and depth, a rarity in in television animation up to this point. The animation had a very 'full' look to it. The background music had an exotic, moody flavor, and the production overall had a lush, decadent look and feel.
Tarzan Series Intro, Screen Captures and Story
Artist Dave Hoover's Work with Filmation
Approximation to Tarzan Animation by Jairo Uparella

Off-Site References
Filmation Tarzan in IMDB I
Filmation Tarzan in IMDB II
Another Tarzan Movie in 1932

*** 1920: ERB started major Tarzana renovations: central heating, 3-car garage, servants rooms, darkroom, workshop, study and home school room. Ballroom/ movie theatre/ playroom, projection booth, pool, golf course, lion and monkey cages, riding trails, hen house, hog pen, dairy barn and horse stalls
Memories of ERB's Tarzana
Our Tarzana Site

*** 1976: Trivia: Danton Burroughs did the Tarzan "yell" for the Filmation Tarzan TV series.


Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher a 39-episode radio serial ~ ERB replied to a letter from Maurice B. Gardner
Bandit of Hell's Bend in All-Story ~ ERB authorized A Princess of Mars and The Gods of Mars Braille Editions
*** After the gala introductory show on Sept. 10, Tarzan on the Air began in earnest on Sept. 12, 1932, with the first installment of "Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher." The Tarzan radio program was to last for 286 episodes.
Advertising material put together to encourage stations to air the series included this statement: "For twenty years Tarzan of the Apes has been building an eager audience, composed of the readers of the ten million Burroughs books that have been sold in English-speaking countries.
"60 Burroughs stories have appeared in American magazines, and most of them have been syndicated in newspapers.
"116 daily newspapers are publishing the Tarzan strips now.
"93 Sunday papers are publishing the Tarzan full-color page now. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Johnnie Weismuller (sic) Tarzan the Ape Man was one of the six best box-office attractions of 1933. They have just released a new Tarzan picture, Tarzan and his Mate, at a cost of over a million dollars, and they have bought and paid for a third Tarzan picture.
"Sol Lesser's Tarzan the Fearless is now showing throughout the country.
"These are some of the reasons why the Tarzan Radio Program has the largest ready-made audience ever gathered under thirty million roofs."
You know....ERB had a pretty good sales pitch!
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Listen to every episode
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Serial Summaries
ERB On The Air
Radio's Golden Age
Tarzan and the Golden Days of Radio
Diamond of Asher Collage
*** On this date, Sept. 12, in 1923, the National Library for the Blind was granted permission to publish "A Princess of Mars" and "The Gods of Mars" in non-profit braille editions. One can hope they followed up and got permission for the sequel, "The Warlord of Mars," as well, because it wouldn't be any fun being blind and having to go through life wondering if John Carter ever got his princess back!

Four years earlier, in 1919, ERB had a series of letter exchanges with another organization, the Institute for the Blind. He had given them permission to publish some of his books in Braille but they also wanted him to fund the publication of the books, just as some other authors, including Jack London, Booth Tarkington and Zane Grey, had. ERB, however, felt that giving free publication rights was sufficient and they could get the funding somewhere else! ERB was always happy to give permission to companies which wanted to publish non-profit Braille editions of his books, and many have been published over the years.
ERB Bio Timeline: '20s Decade
A Princess of Mars: Biblio Info plus eText
The Gods of Mars: Biblio Info plus eText
Sept. 20, 1919, note in ERBzine back issue 2004
*** 1924: The Bandit of Hell's Bend started in Argosy. On this date Ed Burroughs wrote to M. B. Gardner, who had expressed a wish that Burroughs "stick to highly imaginative fiction." Maurice B. Gardner went on to create the Tarzan-influenced Bantan books.

The Bandit of Hell's Bend
Letter from Maurice B. Gardner
*** 1924: Ed rented out Tarzana and Koonskin Kabin to movie companies: Bar ‘F’ Mystery and Bred in the Bone with William Fairbanks, Pioneer  and Terrible Terry with William Duncan, and Squatters with Bill Patton
*** 1927: McClurg reported US and UK sales to be 6,350,000 copies
1928: Ed decribed his new Tarzan dog: "He is a six month Old English Sheepdog, weighs fifty five pounds and is still going strong. I think he is one of the brightest dogs I ever saw, but, like all puppies, a damn uisance and eleven times as much a nuisance as though he weighed only five pounds."
1928: "We have been at the beach for two days now, and as far as I am concerned I would just as soon be home. The damned ocean depresses me terribly and there has been fog, or haze, or mist, or something that made it impossible to see much further than spitting distance. Everything is grey and somber and gloomy. However, if Emma and the boys enjoy it, I can put up with it. And I do like the cooler weather, I shall have to admit that. I was certainly fed up on heat this summer."


TOP: Tarzan of the Apes: UK Methuens ~ Bandit of Hell's Bend in All-Story ~ Deputy of Comanche County:
Book & ERB-dom reprints of original pulps ~ Tanar of Pellucidar 1st in Blue Book
LOWER: MIKE GRELL: ECOF 2011 Minneapolis logo ~ Awards: Hoffman, Hillman, Grell, Chapman,
Fury, Sigmund (Host) ~ Sue-On & Mike ~ Mayor ERB in Malibu Office & "Tarzan" dog
*** Brits could rejoice on this date, Sept. 13, in 1917. At last they could go to their local book store and purchase a hardbound first edition of "Tarzan of the Apes."
The first hardbound Apes was published in America in 1914, but the Methuen company did not begin its long string of publishing ERB books in Great Britain until three years later.
Methuen's first Apes had a jacket illustration by Champneys, but F.W. Goss art was used later.
According to D. Peter Ogden, the early editions of Methuen's "Apes" had the footnote at the end, telling the reader that what became of Tarzan and his noble act of self-renunciation would be told in another book. But, he said, "When Methuen redesigned the book with a new cover illustration by Goss, they also used new plates, with slightly less pages and dropped the footnote."
Bill Hillman: Methuen with the Goss cover was the first good Tarzan of the Apes edition I was able to find back in the 1959. I had all the new G&Ds but they had skipped TA - all I could find was a ragged almostw unreadable old edition of the title. Our local bookstore stocked quite a few books from England. . . so I was excited to finally find a good-condition new edition. Back in those days I lovingly put dates in all the books I bought which makes for an interesting flashback"
The Goss UK DJ is featured at Tarzan of the Apes page
Checklist of UK Hardcover ERB Editions
Hillman List of ERB books collected in '50s
Collage of UK Hardcovers

Off-Site Reference:
More Googled British ERB covers

*** Sept. 13 was a significant date for both of ERB's cowboy books.
The first installment of ERB's first western, "The Bandit of Hell's Bend," appeared in the Argosy All-Story Weekly dated Sept. 13, 1924. The magazine's cover art, by Modest Stein, was also used on the jacket of the hardback version that A.C. McClurg & Co. would publish later.
The first hardback edition of "The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County" was published Sept. 13, 1940. It had been serialized in Thrilling Adventures magazine in three parts earlier that year, under the title of “The Terrible Tenderfoot,” and contained text which was omitted in the hardback book. The book dedication is: "To Mary Lucas Pflueger," a close friend and member of a prominent Honolulu family. Because of wartime paper shortage, this is the last ERB book to appear until 1944. Cover art for the Thrilling Adventures, ERB-dom reprints plus cover interior art for all of these editions - plus e-Text edition are all featured in ERBzine.
The Bandit of Hell's Bend
The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County
Deputy cover and interior art by John Coleman Burroughs
Terrible Tenderfoot Pulp Reprints in ERB-dom Fanzine
Thrilling Adventures Covers for Terrible Tenderfoot
*** Mike Grell, the artist of Tarzan and a universe full of DC heroes, was born Sept. 13, 1947. "Grell wrote and drew the Tarzan Sunday strip from July 19, 1981, to February 27, 1983 (except for one strip, February 13, 1983, by Thomas Yeates)," noted ERBzine.

Bill Hillman: "Mike has been a real fan favourite at popular conventions. His guest appearance at Rudy Sigmund's 2011 Minneapolis ECOF is fondly remembered by ERB fans. He shared many stories with the attendees about his experiences as an artist and the huge body of work he's created over the years."
Mike Grell Bio and His Tarzan Sunday Pages
Mike Grell: Guest Artist: 2011 Minneapolis ECOF
Grell Tarzan Covers for Dark Horse Comics
*** 1919: The Institute for the Blind were selecting books for blind soldiers asked Ed to donate brailing costs -- probably for Tarzan of the Apes
*** 1928: Ed started Tanar of Pellucidar  at Sea View Terrace, Santa Monica

Tanar of Pellucidar
Tanar: Collage of Blue Book Covers
1930: Ed wrote to Bert Weston: "Emma, Hulbert, Jack and I just returned from a trip up the Redwood Highway to Grant's Pass in Oregon and back down the Pacific Highway, which follows the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. We made the trip in two Aerocars. They are trailers that hook on behind a car, with a special hitch. The big one, which is called a Pullman and is twenty feet long, was hauled by my old 1921 Packard Roadster. This car contains two lower berths, two upper berths, long divan, lavatory, toilet, refrigerator, clothes press and various drawers and compartments for clothing or what have you. The other trailer, which we used as a commissary car, was hauled by a Ford Pick-up car that I bought for the purpose. It was our dining room and kitchen. We took the cook and his wife, who slept in the commissary car. It makes a very easy way of camping out and the whole outfit worked out very nicely. I think one of these cars would be a great thing for you and Margaret, who are always tearing around the country." 
1932: The beach house expansion was near completion. The addition hid the old house which stands just beyond it. 
*** 1933: ERB was elected mayor of Malibu Beach

ERB: Malibu's First Mayor
1945: Ed's plans to return to the US were upset by a series of angina attacks and he was confined to bed for over a month.

ERB: The War Years
ERB Bio Timeline: '40s Decade


Teddy Roosevelt's Africa Trip Route and cowcatcher ride photo ~ ERB on one of his many imaginary Africa visits
The Eternal Lover: Pulps, 1st Ed., Ace PB, Bison, UK and Japanese Editions
*** "...that has nothing to do with this story; nor has John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, who was, once upon a time, Tarzan of the Apes, except that my having chanced to be a guest of his at the same time as the Custers makes it possible for me to give you a story that otherwise might never have been told."
So wrote ERB in the second chapter of "The Eternal Lover," describing how he happened to be in the right place at the right time to obtain the information for that important story.
ERB writes little else of his own adventures, but David Arthur Adams has researched the matter and provides some other details which never would have been known, including the fact that ERB finally departed from the estate, in the company of Tarzan himself and 50 Waziri warriors, on this date, Sept. 14, 1913.
Everyone remembers when Edgar Rice Burroughs took some notes while riding through Africa on the cowcatcher of a train, right? That’s how he eventually made it to the coast, after leaving the Greystoke estate. ERB figured that if the railroad had allowed Teddy Roosevelt to get away with riding a steam engine up front, that they would not be able to refuse him the right to do so as well.
Porges doesn't really get into these particular travels of ERB, but David Arthur Adams did all of the necessary research, and was able to flesh out the details from this chapter of ERB's life, along with a report on the Teddy Roosevelt connection.
The ERB/Teddy Roosevelt Connection
The Eternal Lover: Covers, Art, History, Links
The Eternal Lover: Read the e-Text

Off-Site References:
Roosevelt’s cow catcher ride in Africa
ERB's Fictional Travels: Greystoke Chronologist: James Michael Moody

1918: ERB was promoted to Major in the Illinois Militia
1921: September films shown in the Tarzana Ranch Ballroom Theatre: All Dolled Up ~ Jail Bird ~ The Dog Doctor(short) ~ The Smart Sex ~ A Bunch of Kisses ~ The Blazing Trailwith Frank Mayo ~ Seeing is Believing (short) ~ Cheated Love cancelled because it starred Carmel Myer a popular vamp of the silents ~ No Woman Knows
1942: Ed socialized with many officers of the Signal Corps, Intelligence, Anti-Aircraft Brigade, etc. Ed entered into a battle of wits with the Signal Corps. Each tried to baffle the other with coded messages - "undecipherable ciphers."
Signal Corps ~ A Poem by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Signal Corps has little flags
Sometimes it wigs again it wags
I do not doubt that if they heed 'em
The Signal Corps can really read 'em
But what its cryptographers sigh for
Is the key to Burroughs famous cipher
ERB Bio Timeline




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