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Vern Coriell: Founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, Burroughs Bulletin and Gridley Wave
Tarzan and Jane Wedding Day determined by PJ Farmer's Tarzan Alive ~ ERB: WWII BMTC Officer
Sen. Everett Dirksen was from Pekin, IL, and once tried to have the marigold named the U.S. national flower.
Jim "The Dragon" DuPage was from Pekin IL and became the Quincy University Football Coach and the Whack Balls world record holder, whatever that might be.
But to many ERB fans, the man from Pekin who gave the most to the world was Vern Coriell. Vern started The Burroughs Bibliophiles and published The Burroughs Bulletin, The Gridley Wave, and the Barsoomian Bazaar.
Vern was born in Pekin on this date, Sept. 22, in 1918. His story is featured in an ERBzine two-parter at Nos. 0655 and 0656
The Vern Coriell Story: Parts I and II:
Coriell's Gridley Wave Reprints: 1-100 Start at:
Coriell's Burroughs Bulletins 1-25 and 29-68
Coriell Burroughs Bulletins Checklist
The Burroughs Bibliophiles Today
*** It was Thursday, Sept. 22, 1910. It was muggy in the jungle. Professor Porter had reached into his vest pocket and extracted his book of "Twenty-Five Marriage Ceremony Rituals" and selected one to use in the forthcoming double wedding.

Yes, according to Philip Jose Farmer's timeline, this was the date that Tarzan and Jane, along with Lord Tennington and Hazel Strong said their wedding vows.
Tarzan and Nkima are probably somewhere in the jungle today looking over some of the early photos of the couple together. Jane, Tennington and Hazel long since passed over, of course, but Tarzan is immortal. Actually, Jane once planned to swallow some long-life Kavuru pills, containing ingredients from little Waziri girls, but she left them on the table while she went into the kitchen to get a glass of water and while she was gone the mischievous little Nkima snatched them and swallowed them himself.
PJ Farmer's Tarzan Alive Chronology
Tarzan's Quest: Introduction to the long-life Kavuru pills
*** The BMTC needs you! So said Edgar Rice Burroughs in a Sept. 22, 1942, article in the Honolulu Advertiser. The BMTC was the Businessmen's Military Training Corps, which was a group of civilians recruited by the Armed Forces to train and assist in defending Hawaii should the Japanese attack again. Burroughs himself was a member, enlisting at age 66.

ERB's Wartime BMTC Article
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years
More ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calendar Notes

1913: The Cave Girl serial began in the New York Evening World
1919: The semi-autobio graphical The Efficiency Expert was written and was sold to All-Story on Nov 17
1928: Neebe turned the Tarzan strips over to an established syndicate
ERB Bio Timeline


Girl From Farris's All-Story cover by CD Williams ~ Newspaper header and illo by Sam Armstrong
Everleigh Bordello interior ~ House of Greystoke cover by Frazetta ~ Papa's letter to Joan
*** The cover of "All-Story Weekly" this date, Sept. 23, in 1916, was graced by a full-face portrait of a young woman who, while good looking, was certainly nowhere close to a modern day version of an exotic ERB heroine. (The famed Frank Frazetta did get an opportunity to illustrate this heroine later on, at which time he concentrated more on her legs than on her face.)
The face was that of "The Girl from Farris's," Maggie Lynch, aka June Lathrop, and the Sept. 23 appearance was the first of four parts of the relatively short story. It was later divided into 26 parts and serialized in the Tacoma Tribune in 1920, and may have appeared in other newspapers as well. The story has been shared with readers worldwide for many years in ERBzine. Eventually, it made its way into hardback book form thanks to ERBville Press and others.
The Girl from Farris's: History, Covers, Reviews, Pulp Intro
The Girl from Farris's: Read the entire text
McWhorter's Background on Farris from BB #15
Farris Review by R.E. Prindle
Laurence Dunn's Research on the Everleigh Club

Off-Site Reference
A Ferris Summary

*** If ERB liked you, what name did he prefer you used when speaking to him? The answer to that plus more inside info in ERB's letter to daughter Joan Sept. 23, 1944. And, on the same day, he wrote to son John Coleman (Jack) and, among other things, remarked on how rapidly the black walnut tree had grown when it had been watered regularly. Six years later, on March 27, 1950, Jack would bury ERB's ashes under the tree that ERB enjoyed so much. I've handled the metal container that had once contained these ashes before their burial -- quite an experience -- BH
Letters to Joan and Jack:
JCB Timeline: See March 27, 1950, entry at:
*** 1916: ERB and family arrived in LA after their cross-country auto tour

ERB Bio Timeline


Goddess of Fire in Fantastic Pulp - later collated into ERB's Escape on Venus novel ~ ERB's Book Doo-Dad
ERB and Maureen O'Sullivan at a May Co. Book Signing ~ ERB and BMTC Volunteers: Wartime Honolulu
*** A newspaper item published on Sept. 24, in a year not quite pin-pointed, told of the sad fate of one Betty Callwell, whose broken body was found in Brooklyn. She may or may not have gone from Brooklyn to Brokol, but ERB's mention of the article makes the link a possibility.
Laurence Dunn, a modern-day dweller in the land Beyond 30, retold the story of Betty Callwell in Fantastic Worlds of ERB Fanzine No. 13 a few years ago, using the scant details provided by ERB in "Goddess of Fire," which was published in Fantastic Adventures in July of 1941 and republished along with other tales in "Escape on Venus" in 1946.  Fredrik Ekman did some speculating on the timeline of events in the Venus series, including the Betty Callwell story in ERBzine 1631
Laurence Dunn: "Where is Betty Callwell" in Fantastic Worlds
Fantastic Worlds of ERB No. 13 Archive
"Escape On Venus" with Goddess of Fire: C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
Escape On Venus: Read the Entire Novel in e-Text
Fredrik Ekman Timeline Events
Hillman Guide to ERB's Venus Novels
Inventions in the Venus Novels compiled by Bill Hillman
ERB Venus Appearances: Pulp Bibliography
*** Many little boys and girls liked to play wild west and the crown jewel of a cowboy outfit was the hat and the guns, preferably two of them in matching holsters with wooden bullets fastened to the belt. Such may have been the attire, at times, of ERB's grandson Mike Pierce. On Sept. 24, 1941, ERB autographed a copy of "Tarzan the Magnificent" to him with this inscription: "To Mike 'Two-Gun' Pierce with love from his grandfather Edgar Rice Burroughs, Honolulu, September 24, 1941." The book had been published almost exactly two years earlier, on Sept. 25, 1939.

To see what ERB wrote in the many other books he autographed to family members, ERBzine 0933.
ERB Book Inscriptions
ERB Inscriptions in the Gilbert Collection
ERB Inscriptions in Hulbert's Collection
ERB Inscription Art Collage

1914: Ed Submitted a patriotic article to the Army-Navy Journal: What Is the Matter with the United States Army
ERB: The War Years
1942: Ed wrote a BMTC article for the Honolulu Advertiser: "Wanted 1000 Men"


Tarzan the Magnificent 1st Ed. and pulps ~ George T. McWhorter and his U of L ERB Collection
Hillman Virtual Tour of the McWhorter ERB Collection ~ Tarzan and the Leopard of Woman
*** The first hardback book version of "Tarzan the Magnificent" was published this date, Sept. 25, in 1939. The story was actually two stories, "Tarzan and the Magic Men" and "Tarzan and the Elephant Men." ERB started writing the first part of this story in September of 1935. The first part, "Magic Men," first appeared in print a year later, the first of its three parts showing up in Argosy Weekly on Sept. 19, 1936. "Tarzan and the Elephant Men" appeared about a year later, in November of 1937, in Blue Book. Finally, two years after that, the first edition of the book came out. ERB fans in those days had to wait months and months to get their next Tarzan "fix."
*** Things were even worse in the '50s when I started my search for ERB books. . . many of them were long out of print and took years to find. The situation changed considerably during the '60s "Burroughs Boom" when fans new and old could whip through the entire series in paperback in just a few months! (BH)
Tarzan the Magnificent: Biblio History ~ Covers ~ Reviews
Tarzan the Magnificent: Read the e-Text Edition

The Louisville Cardinal, the weekely independent student newspaper, reported Sept. 25, 2012, on the Edgar Rice Burroughs collection at the Kentucky university. The headline reads: "Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection: the hidden jungle of Ekstrom," a reference to the location of the collection, in the campus's Ekstrom Library. The writer is Esther Lee. We can be thankful the headline writer spelled Burroughs' name correctly, as it is misspelled as "Borroughs" here and there in Miss Lee's otherwise fine article, although it is also spelled correctly in a number of places.
Lee's article noted, among many other things: "Nothing Burroughs-related escaped the collection. Not even Star Trek items that drew Burroughs references were excluded."
She quoted George McWhorter, who donated much of the collection and was also its curator, who said he hoped the collection would inspire people to read the classics for themselves."If it’s through Burroughs, then that’s great," he said, "but it’s okay even if it’s Peter Rabbit to get them to learn to read.”
Virtual Tours of the McWhorter Collection at U of L
George McWhorter Tribute Site
Burroughs McWhorter Collection Tour Collage
ERB Collection: The Hidden Jungle of Ekstrom
*** 1926: ERB wrote an article headlined "Clubs Like Edgewater a Force for the Good in the Community." We don't have the article in ERBzine but was an article on leisure and appeared in the club's newsletter, the "Edgewater Club Breeze," Sept. 25, 1926. I've given a brief mention of the article in the ERBzine Perpetual Calendar and in ERBzine 0219: Lost Words of ERB.

Lost Words of ERB
Edgewater Photo
*** 1946: Ed viewed Lesser's RKO film Tarzan and the Leopard Woman starring Johnny Weissmuller

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman: ERBzine Silver Screen
Leopard Woman: Aquanetta Promo Collage


Mike Conran: ERB News Dateline Editor with Johnny Sheffield, fellow BB auctioneer Bill Ross, and
Bill Hillman ~ Dateline fanzine covers ~ Edison and his Ediphone ~ ERB dictating into his Ediphone
*** Mike Conran has been a regular at almost every Dum-Dum and ECOF for decades and always has interesting news, and rare unique items for sale at his dealers kiosk. He has covered these events with a multitude of photos and information presented in his fanzine and in ERBapa mags. He also assists BB Auctioneer Bill Ross during the exciting auctions at these events. Photos of Mike abound across our ERBzine coverage of the ERB-related conventions through the years. Mike is an amazing long-time fan and booster for all things Edgar Rice Burroughs. For information on his fanzine, ERB News Dateline, Mike may be contacted via Facebook or his e-mail at ~ (BH)

***(John Martin Reports) Mike Conran started with a one-page sheet of paper and, over the years, expanded Edgar Rice Burroughs News Dateline into a multi-page, slick paper fanzine.Mike's original concept was to publish news of the latest ERB and Tarzan products as they hit the market. He has continued to do that, but has also published articles about the world of Burroughs and has published great artwork in his 'zine. The first issue, that one-pager, was dated Sept. 26, in 1979. At the time, Mike lived in Wyoming, Michigan. In that first issue of ERBND, Mike let his readers know that the 1980 Frazetta calendar featured a scene from "Tarzan at the Earth's Core" as the picture for November. He also told of Craft House, which had a Tarzan poster set for sale for $2.50. It came with a set of five markers with which you could color the Manning and Hogarth art on the posters. Mike also told of some Tarzan records for sale: One had a story titled "Killer at Large" on one side and "None So Blind" on the other, for $3; "Congo Murder" and "Tarzan and the Long Journey" for $4.88, and the three-record "Saturday Morning Heroes" set, including a Tarzan story, for $8.99. 
The Mike Conran Story
The Conran Collection with Johnny Sheffield
ERB News Dateline Fanzine Cover Gallery
*** 1940: The new dictaphone arrived and Ed wrote at a feverish pace.

ERB Dictating Novels Into His Ediphone

*** 1914: Ed started Barney Custer of Beatrice
*** 1940: Some claim that Burroughs coined the word "scientifiction"
*** 1940: In response to the words of a few critics of his work ERB was developing strong feelings of inferiority as a writer
ERB Bio Timeline and September Calendar


Warlord of Mars: 1st Ed. McClurg cover art by J. Allen St. John ~ All-Story pulp art: F.W. Small
Harold Foster: Artist for 1st Tarzan Strip met with ERB approval ~ Tarzan and Mercenaries by Mike Grell
*** In three books, John Carter went from one pole of Mars to the other and lots of places in between, finally reaching the frozen north, where he had to make his way past ferocious white apes in the Carrion Caves to encounter the race of yellow men, known as the Okar. Those people have innovations found nowhere else on Mars -- the magnetic tower which draws fliers to their doom, and two swords for each fighting man, one with a hook on the end to grab onto the foe and draw him close enough to slay!
The final part of the three-part tale is told in The Warlord of Mars, which was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. on this date, Sept. 27, in 1919.
When ERB got around to finishing that three-part trilogy of Barsoom he wondered what he should title the book. “The Fighting Prince of Mars?” “Across Savage Mars?” “Prince of Helium?” He also thought about calling it “Yellow Men of Barsoom.” Since he didn't use that title then, however, it was still available later on for a short story published in 1941 under the title “Yellow Men of Mars.”
When ERB finally submitted the manuscript to The All-Story, he had settled on “The Prince of Helium.” However, he also suggested to the editor that it could be called “The War Lord of Mars.”
Editors will be editors, no matter what. And so the editor edited War Lord into Warlord, and that became the title for both the magazine appearance and the book itself, which was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. this date, Sept. 27, in 1919.
Both Henry Hardy Heins and Robert B. Zeuschner report a first and second state of the first edition, the main difference being that the first state has a tiny W.F. Hall imprint at the bottom of the copyright page, while the second state does not. Also, the spine of the first state has "A.C." above "McClurg on the spine, while the second state has "A.C. McClurg" on one line on the spine.
If you have the first or second state of the McClurg edition in your library, you're not alone, as it had the largest print run of all the McClurg Mars books -- 20,000 copies.
In “Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography,” Zeuschner notes that ERB’s first three Mars novels “…may be the first science fiction/fantasy trilogy, although it is doubtful that Burroughs planned it that way. This classic trilogy was profoundly important in shaping the history of science fiction.”
The Warlord of Mars: History, Covers, Art, Research
Warlord Complete e-Text
Warlord Newspaper Serialization
Warlord: Hillman's Study Guide for Fans and Researchers

Off-Site Reference
A Warlord Summary

*** “Tarzan and the Mercenaries” began Sept. 27, 1981, in the Sunday comics section. Story and art were by Mike Grell. See strips provided by Dennis Wilcutt:
Tarzan and the Mercenaries: 12 Sunday Strips by Mike Grell
Contents of our Reprinted Mike Grell Strips
Thousands of ERB Strips reprinted
*** 1922: Ed received samples of first authorized Tarzan merchandise from Davis and Voetsch, NY toy manufacturers. Year's royalty is only $120

Tarzan Merchandise in Collectibles Section
*** 1923: Tarzana development advertised “great jungle barbecue” to be served by Elmo Lincoln. Elmo irked by inaccurate advertising backed out and threatened to sue.

Our Tarzana Story Site
My Father Elmo Lincoln

*** 1928:  ERB authorized the adaptation of 10 Tarzan novels to strip form - later he expressed satisfaction with the artwork of Harold Foster. The first 6 strips had already appeared in London Tid-Bits
Harold Foster: Bio and Strip Contents

*** 1940: Ed started Black Pirates of Barsoom - pt 2 of the new Mars series
Black Pirates segment of Llana of Gathol


Gods of Mars Cover Art by Frank E. Schoonover ~ Pulp and Reprint covers ~ Gods art by Yeates
Major Burroughs of the Illinois Reserve Militia ~ John Coleman Burroughs: Artist Son
*** Once Edgar Rice Burroughs discovered that he could write as good, if not better, than any other pulp story writer, and that there were people out there willing to pay him to do it, he became a writing dynamo. The ink was hardly dry on his manuscript for “Tarzan of the Apes” before he began writing his second Mars novel, “The Gods of Mars,” which "is regarded by many as one of ERB's finest stories," wrote Robert B. Zeuschner in “Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography.”
“Gods” forms the centerpiece of ERB's great Martian trilogy, which begins with “A Princess of Mars” and concludes with “The Warlord of Mars.”
“Gods” was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. on this date, Sept. 28, 1918, a year minus one day before the third and final book of the trilogy would appear between clothbound covers.
While 20,000 copies were made of the first edition of that third book, “Warlord,” the publisher was still being a bit cautious with this new writer, and only half as many copies of the first and second state of “Gods” were made available. The only difference between the two states of “Gods” is that the second state has the date of 1919 and is rarer than the first state.
The ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. online bibliography features publishing history, Log Notes, comics, poem, reviews, e-text, and cover art.
The Gods of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Gods of Mars: Complete e-Text Edition
Saga of the Gods of Mars Poem by John Martin
Hillman Study Guide for Gods

Off-Site Reference
A Summary

Prominent, Popular Oak Park Man Honored” appeared in The Oak Parker, Vol. 34, No. 25, Oak Park, Illinois, on Sept. 28, 1918. The reason for mentioning that here is because the prominent, popular Oak Park Man was our own Edgar Rice Burroughs, who was honored with an article for his honor of being promoted to major in the Illinois Reserve Militia.
Prominent, Popular Oak Park Man Honored
1936: John Coleman Burroughs took over as illustrator of ERB novels

John Coleman Burroughs


Tarzan in Manhattan with Joe Lara, Kim Crosby, Tony Curtis ~ Tarzan on Broadway 1921 with Ronald Adair
ERB and wife Florence sail on The Empress of Japan after their Hawaiian honeymoon.
*** Tony Curtis (b. Bernard Schwartz) passed away Sept. 29, 2010. He was one of the few to play the father-in-law of Tarzan, because few were the producers who have included that character in their movies (or television or radio series). Technically, of course, he didn’t play Tarzan’s father-in-law, since Tarzan and Jane had not yet tied the knot in the movie in which he had the role.
Bernard was born in the Bronx but died in Las Vegas. He was known to some as Tony Curtis, the movie star, and he played Archimedes Q. Porter, without the professorial distinction, in ”Tarzan in Manhattan.”
*** In this 1989 TV movie Tarzan uncovers an insidious plot by a covetous scientist to enhance the natural IQ of African monkeys. To prevent his beloved Cheetah from falling into the hands of vivisectionists, the Jungle Lord heads for New York, where he meets his Jane (Kim Crosby) -- a wisecracking cabbie. Tony Curtis plays Jane's father, barely justifying his "special guest star" credit. Tarzan in Manhattan was the pilot for a TV series. Tony Curtis makes his role amusingly funny by constantly over acting in his role of Archimedes Porter, the ex-cop-father of Jane.
Tarzan in Manhattan: ERB Silver Screen
ERBzine Guide to ERB Films

Off-Site Reference;
Tony Curtis Website
Manhattan in IMDB

*** The “Tarzan of the Apes” stage play, which had run for several weeks already by the time Sept. 29 rolled around, but that was the date that Life ran this review, in 1921: “ Nature Study” that is featured in ERBzine 1568.
Here is Life’s review:
"Tarzan of the Apes" is almost too bad to be true. To those of our helpful little band of condors who earn their living by making comical cracks about other people's plays it came like a visit from St. Nicholas.
A little English baby, orphaned in the midst of an African jungle (never were two deaths more popular than those of Lord and Lady Greystoke) is brought up to manhood by a doting mother-ape affecting a Bert Williams make-up. Year by year we are shown the education of the child at the hands and feet of this strange foster-mother, of whom it might well be said, as William Courtenay says of his off-stage mother in "Honors Are Even," that she is the best little pal in all the world. And yet delicate withal, for the little ape-boy is taught to wear a loin-cloth at the age of five. "We may be but poor monkeys," the proud mother probably said to her husband, "but I intend to see to it that our little Tarzan dresses decent."
And then comes the English expedition from Greystoke Castle in search of the young lord under the booming guidance of Howard Kyle in a role for which we would award him undisputed title to the crown of America's premier ham. Oddly enough they reach the monkey-house just in time to hear Tarzan scrambling about on the tin roof and grunting to his mother for more cookies. The curtain falls as the attentive professor of the expedition impressively declares: "Yes, that is undoubtedly the challenge cry of the bull-ape!" And, as a topical interlude between the acts, the orchestra plays "Mighty Lak a Rose."
But, after a while, even this funmaking begins to pall, and where once you felt a rosy glow at the realization that such things still exist in the world, you are slowly overcome by that ominous drowsiness which is said to be the prelude to freezing to death. There really can be too much of even such a good time as you are sure to have at "Tarzan of the Apes."
The clipping and coverage of the many Tarzan Stage Productions since 1921 are featured in ERBzine 1568
Tarzan On Broadway 1921
LIFE Review Clipping: "Nature Study"
1938: Ed and Flo left Honolulu for Vancouver on the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan ocean liner.During the nine years after her launch in 1930 this Canadian Pacific liner, the RMS Empress of Japan, made 58 round trips from Vancouver to Yokohama and Shanghai (via Honolulu) during which time the American and Japanese competition could never match her speed. This luxury liner was the undisputed champion of the trans-pacific service.

The ERB / Canadian Connection


Tarzan and the Ant Men: McClurg 1st, St. John Art and Counter Display ~ All-Story Mulford Cover
ERB Article ~ Maxon Strips compiled into BLB ~ Tarzan Gold Key Comic ~ Japanese Takebe Art
*** The dust jacket for "Tarzan and the Ant Men" might have been a good place for one of those advertising stickers saying: "New, improved."
That's because the A.C. McClurg & Co. first edition, published this date, Sept. 30, in 1924, was actually longer and contained more plot elements than the version which ran in a magazine serial several months before.
Specifically, ERB added the framing chapters that told of the ultimate fate of Esteban Miranda, the Tarzan imitator who had shown up in the previous book, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion."
"Tarzan and the Ant Men" is really three stories. In addition to the disposition of Miranda, it also tells the story of the knee-high Ant Men civilizations and the Alalus, the tribe of standard-sided humans who are dominated by females until Tarzan comes along and turns things around.
It's a story where we learn that Tarzan knows how to fly an airplane, as well as how to survive a crash landing.
And it's a story with a science fiction element, where Tarzan is reduced to the size of an Ant Man and then, fortunately for us all, put back to his right size again.
If you have a first edition of Tarzan and the Ant Men, or the mixed edition with Grosset & Dunlap on the spine but A.C. McClurg on the title page, then you have a fourth story. The last four pages of the book contain the article, How Burroughs Wrote the "Tarzan Tales," by Robert H. Davis, a past editor of the All-Story.
If you don't have that article in your Ant Men book, at least you can find it online in ERBzine:
Tarzan and the Ant Men: History, Reviews, Art, Comics
Read "Ant Men" in the eText Edition
126 Daily "Ant Men" strips by Rex Maxon
Two Gold Key Tarzan and the Ant Men Comics
4-page, Illustrated Analysis of "Ant Men" by RE Prindle
How Burroughs Wrote the Tarzan Tales:
"Why I Wrote Tarzan and the Ant Men" by ERB

Off-Site Reference:
Ant Men Fan Summary

More ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calender Notes
*** 1933: Pirates of Venus serial began in London's Passing Show Magazine
*** 1940: Mrs. Jane Morse is hired as a typist
*** 1942: Ed hosted one of many radio shows for BMTC - featuring many military friends as guests
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB Annotated Perpetual Calendar



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