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First Edition Releases: The War Chief: McClurg/Stahr
~ Tarzan Lord of the Jungle: McClurg/St. John
Back to the Stone Age: Burroughs/JCB ~ Tarzan
and the Forbidden City: Burroughs/JCB
Four Edgar Rice Burroughs first edition books were published
on Sept. 15.
On that date in 1927, A.C. McClurg & Co. published
the first edition of ERB's initial Apache novel, "The War Chief"
with cover art by Paul Stahr
Exactly one year later, in 1928, McClurg published "Tarzan,
Lord of the Jungle." It turned out to be the last of 29 ERB editions
to be published by McClurg with cover art by J. Allen St. John.
After briefly contracting with Metropolitan to publish
his next four books, ERB began self-publishing in 1933, with "Apache
Devil," sequel to "The War Chief". Published by Burroughs/ERB,
Inc with cover and interior art by ERB nephew Studley Oldham Burroughs.
Ten years from the first date above, in 1937, Burroughs/ERB
Inc. published "Back to the Stone Age" on Sept. 15 with cover and
interior art by ERB's son John Coleman Burroughs.
Exactly one year later, in 1938, it published the first
edition of "Tarzan and the Forbidden City" on Sept. 15. Published
by Burroughs/ERB, Inc with cover and interior art by ERB's son John
War Chief: Full Biblio Info, Art, e-Text
Lord of the Jungle: Full Biblio Info, Art, e-Text
Back to the Stone Age: Full Biblio Info, Art, e-Text
Forbidden City: Full Biblio Info, Art, e-Text
1944: Jack removed grandmother
Evaline's ashes from the Pierce Brother Crematorium where they
had been stored for over 20 years.
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB Cars: Chicago's first Horseless Carriage, his
cross-country Republic Truck, Cord L-29 Cabriolet
ERB's An Auto-Biography ~ Gene Pollar and Karla
Schramm: Revenge/Return of Tarzan
*** Most of ERB's heroes were so busy fighting dinosaurs,
Warhoons or feline carnivores that they didn't have much time to drive
motor vehicles, or roads to drive them on.
A couple of exceptions were Barney Custer, who
wrecked his roadster at the beginning of Chapter 1 of "The Mad King"
and drove other vehicles in wild car chases in the latter half of the book,
and Tarzan himself, who advanced from an ignorant ape-like state at the
beginning of his career, to a competent wheel man by the end of the first
book of his adventures.
The creator of these and other characters, Edgar Rice
Burroughs, loved a good automobile himself, proudly posing for pictures
beside his vehicles and using them to take his family on cross-state camping
trips. He even wrote in the person of a vehicle in the little booklet,
ERB was an American pioneer in the advent of the horseless
carriage. No, he didn't tinker as an inventor, nor build a large factory
to mass-produce an ERBmobile, but on this date, Sept. 16, 1893, he enjoyed
a young man's dream of driving what was believed to be the first electric
horseless carriage in Chicago -- an electric nine-seater, doing it on behalf
of his father's enterprise, the American Battery Company, at the
Could it be that ERB also got many of his ideas for later
stories from the wonderful exhibits on display at that fair? This article
in Bill Hillman's erbzine says so, right below the top article on ERB's
Ed and His Electric Flyer: Chicago's first Horseless
ERB's Remarkable Summer of '93: Hillman Docu-Novel
"An Auto-Biography," ERB's rarest book
*** One year earlier on this date,
in 1892, Joseph C. Pohler was born in New York. He would grow up to be
Pollar and play ERB's creation in the early movie, "The Revenge
Revenge/Return of Tarzan 1920 with Polar
Gene Pollar Scrapbook
1911: Ed's Chicago Cubs baseball
poem O, Yes; It's Getting Thick - appeared in the Tribune
O, Yes; It's Getting Thick: ERB's Poetry Collection
Argosy Weekly 1932 Cover Art: Paul Stahr ~ Pirates
of Venus Art by Fortunino Matania
All Argosy Pirates of Venus Covers for the
serial ~ ERB, Inc. 1934 First Edition Art: J. Allen St. John
*** In 1932, ERB showed his fans that he was not through
exploring new worlds. On this date of that year, Sept. 17, Argosy Weekly
published the first of six parts of a brand new ERB report, "The Pirates
of Venus," with an eye-catching cover that showed readers that, if
they parted with 10 cents to purchase the magazine, they’d read of a battle
with a giant spider-like creature. Who could resist?
One thing unique about the opening pages of the story
was the fact that it tied in stories from both the Tarzan and Pellucidar
series, even adding an important plot element to the Pellucidar series.
One of those mentioned, Jason Gridley, was also connected to the
Mars series. In addition, it featured the real-life world of Edgar Rice
Burroughs and his secretary, Ralph Rothmund, at ERB Inc.
The Pirates of Venus
Read the entire novel in eText
Matania Venus Art Collage
of Venus Summary
*** It is important to remember that,
while the first magazine account of Carson Napier’s exploits on
Venus were not published until September of 1932, he had actually already
been on Venus, or Amtor as the natives call it, for more than a year. Fredrik
Ekman did extensive research and calculations to come up with exact
dates for many of the incidents mentioned in the Venus tomes. For instance,
while the first installment of “Pirates” appeared in the Argosy magazine
dated Sept. 17 of 1932, Ekman has calculated that exactly one year earlier,
on Sept. 17, 1931, Carson had leaped the wall of Duare’s garden and was
fighting off her attackers. John Martin did a major 10-page coverage
on Amtor in ERBzine which even included a 24-stanza Carson
of Amtor poem he had written for the feature.
Ekman’s scholarly work on Amtor
All About Amtor by John Martin: ERBzine Nos. 4510-4520
Carson of Amtor Poem by John "Bridge" Martin
***1921: Tarzan of the Apes play
was reviewed in Weekly Review
THE MAD KING: Cover Art by J. Allen St. John,
A.C. McClurg Dust Jacket, All-Story Pulps, Paperback Art: Frazetta and
Edgar Rice Burroughs: WWII Correspondent ~ Beatrice:
Home of Barney Custer and Bert Weston ~ Joe Kubert: Tarzan Artist
*** About 10 years after its two parts had appeared in pulp
magazines, ERB's "The Mad King" was rushed into print by A.C.
McClurg and Co. The date was Sept. 18, 1926. It must have been "rushed"
into print because there were two typographical errors in the first state
of the first edition, which had to be corrected in later editions. Robert
B. Zeuschner, in his "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography,"
has this to say:
'The copyright page states "Published
August, 1926." There may be as many as four states of this McClurg title.
Like the typical McClurgs of this period, the first state of the first
edition is bound in a dark blue cloth with orange lettering on the front
cover and spine. It can be distinguished from the later variants by two
typographical errors which were progressively corrected in subsequent states.
For the first state, the sixth paragraph of page 12 ends with "face of
the man;" it is in the wrong place. Also, on page 92, line 16 is identical
with line 22. Maurice B. Gardner pointed these out to McClurg, and
the incorrect pages were removed and replaced (cf. Henry Hardy Heins,
1975, page 168). On the title page, the date shows "1026" not "1926." It
is possible that this is a printing plate defect, and that the "0" is actually
an incomplete "9." '
The book goes on to describe the second, third and fourth
states in which the errors were corrected, once apparently with a new,
tipped in page 92 and later with pages that were actually bound in. Zeuschner's
book should be consulted for details. Zeuschner indicates that the existence
of one of the four states is iffy and, in fact, the website erbfirsts.com
lists just three states.
The hero, Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska,
also appeared briefly in the ERB novel "The Eternal Lover," in which
his sister, Victoria Custer, was the female lead. ERB undoubtedly chose
Beatrice as the hometown of his hero because his lifelong friend, Hebert
Weston, lived there. The events of "The Mad King" take place in the
mythical land of Lutha which is theoretically over near Austria or Hungary.
Mad King Biblio Info: History, Covers, Art, Articles
Mad King Complete eText
Outline of Luthanian History by J. G. Huckenpohler
An Analysis of ERB's The Mad King by R.E. Prindle
Evolution of The Mad King Art
Hillman Visit to Barney Custer's Beatrice, NB
McWhorter's Burroughs Bulletin #11: Mad King Issue
Gridley Wave #106: Bibliographic Notes on The Mad
King Summary I : Summary
*** An article in the Honolulu Star
Bulletin Sept. 18, 1940, reported that ERB had come back to the islands
for his health, and "is writing 20,000 words weekly.
He had completed three 20,000 word novelettes during the first part of
the month of September and had started his fourth on September 16!"
His work schedule was as follows: "...to
work at 9AM in slacks and beach slippers. Answers correspondence until
11AM, works on stories until 4PM. following the two finger method, he types
out 330 words in 20 min." The news item also states that ERB had
come to think of Tarzan as a real person, whereas John Carter and his other
characters were thought of as purely imaginative creations.
ERB in the Honolulu Star Bulletin
*** 1926: Joe Kubert was
a Polish-born American comic book artist, art teacher, and founder of The
Kubert School. He is best known to Burroughs fans for his work on the
Comics Tarzan series. Joe died on August 12, 2012.
Joe Kubert: Self-effacing genius
Joe Kubert's DC Tarzan Comics
Joe Kubert Tarzan Cover Collages
*** 1949: William Stout is
an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological
art. His paintings have been shown in over seventy exhibitions, including
twelve one-man shows. He has worked in all media including over thirty
feature films. He worked as Russ Manning's assistant on Manning's
of the Apes Sunday and daily newspaper comic strips. In 1972, Stout
worked for Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Playboy's
Little Annie Fanny.
Shmegeggi of the Cavemen
Tarzan the Magnificent evolution: Magic
Men in Argosy (Rogers art), Elephant Men in Blue Book (Stoop
Burroughs 1st Ed. (J. C. Burroughs art) ~ ERB and
Sol Lesser ~ JCB interior art for Magnificent
*** Jane must have persuaded Tarzan to sit still for some
kind of hair treatment, as he is glowering under his Caesar-style blond
locks in the cover painting for "Tarzan and the Magic Men," which
began a three-part serialization in Argosy Weekly, beginning with
the issue dated Sept. 19, 1936. Tarzan is also brandishing a club instead
of his other usual weapons. However, we recognize that it is Tarzan since
faithful Nkima is still perched on his shoulder and the ape man
has been known to employ a club as a weapon of convenience.
Despite ERB's description of Tarzan, artists sometimes
took liberties when they depicted him. An early pulp artist once drew Tarzan
with a beard and some artists loved to give Tarzan blonde hair, one of
them being Hubert Rogers, who provided the Magic Men cover painting
for the introductory episode and turned in a lot of other art for sci-fi
magazines over the decades..
Later, "Tarzan and the Elephant Men" was serialized
in Blue Book with cover art by Herbert Morton Stoops, and the two
were combined for the book, "Tarzan the Magnificent."
John Coleman Burroughs' cover painting for Magnificent
featured the lions and elephants of the warring cities in a climactic battle,
with Tarzan in the thick of things.
Magic Men was edited quite a bit before book publication,
but Dick Spargur's LOHAE press published the original pulp version
Tarzan the Magnificent: Biblio: Art, History, Reviews
Tarzan the Magnificent: Read full e-text edition
David Adams' commentary on Tarzan the Magnificent
ERB Pulp Biblio with all the covers
Splash Bar with two pulps and first edition art
summary by Adams
A letter from ERB to son John
Coleman Burroughs, written Sept. 19, 1944, had nice things to say about
the addressee, Sol Lesser, and ERB's other son, Hulbert.
Coincidentally, Lesser, Tarzan movie producer, would also pass away on
Sept. 19 -- 36 years later, in 1980.
The letter answers the following questions: --What "counts
big in motion pictures"? --What are two reasons why it's "hell working
for a studio"? --Who did ERB suggest might wear "a Prussian haircut and
ERB Letter about Sol Lesser
Sol Lesser Splash Bar
ERBzine Promo Poster Wall: Film2
Rex Maxon's Tarzan Sunday Strips: First 1931.03.15
and Last 1931.09.20
Maxon at-work photos and self-caricature ~ Maxon created
the Tarzan Daily B/W Strips from 1930-1947
*** Rex Maxon began the Tarzan Sunday pages
on March 31, 1931, but his reign lasted only a few months, his last Sunday
page showing up on subscribers' doorsteps the morning of Sept. 20, 1931.
As of the next Sunday, it was Harold
Maxon's work was considered good enough for the smaller,
daily strips, though, and so he continued to do the daily Tarzan for many
years. Later, he wrote some of the stories to accompany the strips, and
also drew the first issue of Turok, Son of Stone, and helped develop some
of the scenario for that series.
NBM ignored Maxon's Sundays in publishing its
long run of Tarzan in Color, but Dick Spargur's LOHAE Press did
publish the pages in NBM style. They are all available in full size and
colour at erbzine.com where they were introduced in 2002.
Rex Maxon: Guide to all his Tarzan strips
Rex Maxon Biography and Articles
Rex Maxon's Full Size Sunday Pages I
Rex Maxon's Full Size Sunday Pages II
*** Spencer Locke
was born Sept. 20, 1991, in Winter Park, Florida, and landed the role of
Jane Porter when she was 22, just about the right age. She played opposite
Lutz in what is generally referred to as Constantin's "Tarzan"
to distinguish it from Disney's "Tarzan," Ely's "Tarzan," etc. The characters
in the movie are actually 3-D animations, made via the motion capture method
with actors having gone through their moves with sensors attached to their
bodies, on which the animated screen characters were based. Spencer voiced
Jane as well.
ERBzine Film Poster for Constantin
More Constantin Scenes
Links to Tarzan Constantin Trailers
Tarzan in IMDB
1929: ERB submitted the last
installment of 20,000-word Autobiography fulfilling Metropolitan's
request for publicity material to promote the release of Tarzan and
the Lost Empire
ERB Bio Timeline: '20s Decade
Tarzana Safari Walk: Signage, ERB and Danton Burroughs
Remembered, Cultural Centre, Murals
ERB, Inc's Willie Jones, Cathy Wilbanks, Jim Sullos
with Sue-On ~ Son of Tarzan BLB, Mars Caves
*** On this date, Sept. 21, in 2000, an article in the
Times (Valley Edition) reported that Tarzana, California, was
looking for a new name. No, not a new name for the city -- but a new name
for the city's jungle-themed business district. Back then there was an
on-going face-lift of that district, which included small parks and metal
silhouettes of monkeys and other creatures hanging from street lights.
The Tarzana Business Improvement District invited "creative
Tarzan fans" (are there any other kind?) to submit names for the district.
The winner was to earn a prize of $200 on Nov. 1 of that year. See our
Tarzana Safari Walk was the winner, and the walk
taken by the ERB, Inc. staff and Bill and Sue-On shows that it is a popular
Taking the Tarzana Safari Walk I
Taking the Tarzana Safari Walk II
Taking the Tarzana Safari Walk III
Hillman Visit with Tarzana Friends and ERB, Inc.
2000 Search for Tarzana Downtown Name
*** On Sept. 21, 2007, NASA reported
that it had discovered several caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano,
possibly leading to underground habitations of Martian creatures. It would
thus be good for the first human visitors to Mars to go armed, in the event
they venture into the caves, which are apt to be the dwellings of apts,
as were the Carrion Caves in “Warlord of Mars.”
Martian Volcano and Caves find
of Mars: Carrion Caves
Barsoom Polar Regions by Den Valdron
*** Whitman published The Son of Tarzan
as a Big Little Book on Sept. 21, 1939.
Son of Tarzan BLB Bibliography Pt. 2
The Son of Tarzan: Complete Biblio History, Art, Covers,
The Son of Tarzan: Read the complete e-Text
ERB Bio Timeline: '30s decade
*** 1918: Apex Pictures
contracted to produce Return of Tarzan and paid Ed an assistant
director fee of $5000. This was the start of another bout of artistic and
ERB Bio Timeline
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