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OCT 1 ~ OCT
2 ~ OCT 3
OCT 4 ~ OCT
5 ~ OCT 6 ~ OCT 7
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J. Allen St. John: ERB's Favourite Illustrator ~ St.
John Portrait ~ ERB by St. John ~ St. John in Studio
Tarzan and the Golden Lion and Warlord
of Mars Covers ~ First interiors: Return of Tarzan and Beasts
*** ERB wrote a prologue to "Tarzan Triumphant" which
says "Time is the warp of the tapestry which is life,
but "the woof is gathered together from the four corners of the earth...."
"A thread from here, a thread from
there, another from out of the past that has waited years for the companion
thread without which the picture must be incomplete."
ERB himself was a thread from here, and J. Allen St.
John was a thread from there. At a certain time, in 1915, the two threads
began interacting, with St. John's chapter heading illustrations for "The
Return of Tarzan." That led to St. John doing a wraparound dust cover
illustration for "The Beasts of Tarzan" in 1916, and author and
illustrator were to collaborate memorably on book and pulp illustrations
for over a quarter of a century
On this date, Oct. 1, in 1872, the St. Johns of Chicago
had welcomed little J. Allen into this world.
When he was just one month shy of his third birthday,
another boy was born in the same town. The boy's name was Edgar Rice Burroughs
and the date was Sept. 1, 1875.
St. John had an artistic mother who introduced him to
the world of art and artists and little St. John was "sketching
and painting before I could read and write."
Ed Burroughs did not have novelists for parents and,
as any ERB fan knows, tried a variety of occupations throughout his early
life before creating Tarzan and John Carter. He did begin writing years
before he was published, however, and especially loved poetry and writing
fanciful tales for family members.
Though they shared a city, ERB and St. John grew up doing
their own things, oblivious to each other's presence, never knowing of
the tapestry of word and image that they would eventually create.
We can look back on it and think how great a collaboration
it was. But, growing up in Chicago, most likely never meeting, neither
knew just how the warp and the woof was going to align them with one another.
Bio of J. Allen St. John ~ Links to our other St.
ERBzine Series of St. John Art Starting at:
St. John / ERB Connection: Bios, Art, Links, Video
St. John Gallery: Rare Art and Links
St. John Colour Art
St. John Western Cover Art
USS Shaw exploded at Pearl Harbor ~ ERB spent a month
on the hastily repaired destroyer USS Shaw
Jim Morris: John Carter Producer at Film Premiere
and Tarzana Celebration ~ Tarzan Actor Joe Lara
ERB Inc. had visitors this date, Oct. 2, in 2007. That Tuesday
morning, the creative team from Pixar showed up to be shown around
and shown through the archives in the ERB inc. office on Ventura
Boulevard. Jim Morris, vice president of Pixar; Andrew Stanton,
director of Pixar's John Carter of Mars project, and scriptwriter
Andrews, all met with Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim
Sullos of ERB Inc.
ERBzine reported at the time: "All
six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project,
acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from
a very early age."
That was exciting news back then,
and now, 11 years later, we know for a fact that "John Carter" made it
to the big screen in March of 2012. And, of course, like most movies
or television shows based on ERB characters, it has its admirers and it
has its detractors.
In an interview about the time "John Carter" premiered,
Morris revealed much inside information about the film, including how they
had overcome "shortcomings of the novel." This link gives highlights of
the interview with instructions to "hit the jump" to watch the interview
itself. I couldn't find a "jump" to "hit" so I didn't watch the interview,
but it was enough to just read that they had dealt with the "shortcomings"
of ERB's writing.
Pixar Meeting at ERB, Inc. News
Our John Carter Movie Site: Interviews, News, Photos
Jim Morris GoH at JC Centennial Tarzana Dum-Dum
Morris Carter Interview
*** The USS Shaw served her country
in the Pacific during World War II and crossed paths with Edgar
Foster Rash, whose father served aboard the Shaw,
tells of the time when ERB was aboard the Shaw and of his popularity with
the crewmen. That, and other information about the USS Shaw, which was
finally decommissioned on Oct. 2, 1945, after having earned 11 battle stars
as well as numerous battle scars as seen in ERBzine 0508 and 1712.
ERB and USS Shaw Connection
Pearl Harbor Attack in Full Colour
ERB at Pearl Harbor
Shaw in Wikipedia
*** Joe Lara, who brought "Tarzan
in Manhattan" and, later, "Tarzan: "The Epic Adventures" to
the small screen, was born this date in 1962. Joe's last movie was in 2002.
Since then, he's been a country music crooner.
Tarzan: Epic Adventures - Episode Summaries and Photos
Tarzan in Manhattan starring Joe Lara
*** In today's non-ERB news, Groucho
Marx was born this date in 1890 and Bud Abbott the same date
in 1895. Good or bad news, you decide: Groucho never made a film titled
"A Night at the Dum-Dum" (but former Tarzan actor and ERB's son-in-las
Pierce appeared in the Marx Brothers film, "Horse
Feathers") and Abbott never made "Abbott and Costello Meet Tarzan"
(but they came close with their "Africa
*** More ERB Bio Timeline and Calendar
1912: ERB Completed Gods of Mars and sent it to
1929: ERB Started Jungle Girl with a combination
Ediphone dictation and longhand approach.
1940: ERB started Savage Pellucidar Pt. 2
1944: ERB started Savage Pellucidar Pt 4. The
dedication in the 1963 Savage Pellucidar 1st edition read: "To
my first grandson - James Michael Pierce."
The Eternal Lover: St. John Cover ~ ERB / Jack
London Connection ~ Barsoom Maps drawn by ERB
PE McDonnell's 1909 Map to the Inner Earth ~ Man
Without A Soul (Monster Men)
*** "The Eternal Lover" was published by A.C. McClurg
& Co. this date, Oct. 3, in 1925.
Heins listed it as T3 -- the third book in the Tarzan
series -- because some of the events in it take place on the African estate
of John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, who, the narrative tells us, had once
been Tarzan of the Apes.
Of course, we modern day readers know that he never stopped
being Tarzan, and went on to star in many more books.
Heins writes: "The sequence of
events is best preserved, however, if the whole book is read before "Beasts,"
since it is in EL that we first meet Jack, the infant son of Lord and Lady
Now, for those who make the case that "Tarzan and
the Forbidden City" belongs much earlier in the canon, right about
here somewhere, would it be before -- or after -- "Beasts," or someplace
The Eternal Lover: History, Covers, Art, Links
The Eternal Lover: Complete eText Edition
Eternal Lover: Sweetheart Primeval 5 Pulp Covers
*** Chicago resident Edgar
Rice Burroughs was likely among the readers of the Chicago Tribune's
Oct. 3, 1909, edition, which featured an article headed "Into the Heart
of the World After Andree." The article centered on Patrick Enneas
McDonnell, local pumping engineer, inventor and theorist, who was among
those who believed that the North Pole contained an opening to a world
inside the Earth. After Salomon Andree and two fellow adventurers had disappeared
on a balloon trip to the Arctic, McDonnell speculated that they had survived,
having flown their balloon through the polar opening and into the world
at the Earth's core.
ERB, years later, discovered that the theory of an inner
world was true, having direct contact with David Innes, who had
traveled to the world inside the Earth via the Iron Mole digging machine
invented by Abner Perry. Innes also eventually discovered the polar opening
from the inside, and evidence that Andree may have, indeed, flown inside
However, when the remains of Andree and his companions
were eventually found on the outside of the Earth, the theory that they
had safely journeyed to the interior was dashed. The balloon in which they
traveled, though, did make it to the inside of the Earth, according to
ERB. The exploits of Innes and others in the inner world of Pellucidar
are chronicled in seven books, beginning with "At the Earth's Core."
Into the Heart of the World article
Polar Portal to Pellucidar by John Martin
Pilgrimage to Pellucidar: An 11-page report
An essay on the character of Korak, Son of Tarzan,
was written this date, Oct. 3, 2003, and published on the erblist.com website.
In that essay, David A. Adams revealed the existence of words such
as "bildungsroman." And if you wish to build your vocabulary by finding
out what that means, do an internet search for it like I did.
Adams, who has written many in-depth article for both
erblist and ERBzine, says such thought-provoking things as "I
have always believed that ERB was using the model of Jack London’s two
famous dog stories. In The Call of the Wild, the tame dog, Buck, was raised
in civilization and later heard the wild call, whereas his White Fang was
a wild wolf-dog who later became a member of polite society. In this respect,
Tarzan was the White Fang and his son would be the equivalent of Buck.
ERB approached his characters in the opposite order, having written his
wild creature story first."
Hillman's ERB/Jack London Connection:
Adams' London/Burroughs Connection
Adams' London/Burroughs Connection
*** ERB Artist Paul Privitera
was born on this date in 1953 ~ Paul contributed an amazing body of work
to ERBzine through the years. Sadly, he passed away in 2017.
Paul Privitera ERB Art Galleries in ERBzine
*** 1913: Metcalf wrote to
550A. Ave. Coronado predicting success for the November All-Story featuring
the entire A Man Without a Soul (Monster Men)and the December
issue that will start Warlord of Mars serial.
Evolution of ERB Titles
*** 1913: At Metcalf's request,
Ed drew a map of Barsoom
1934: Ed's flying instructor, Jim Granger,
killed in a plane crash.
Ed Burroughs and the "May Have Seen Better Days
Club" Troop B7th US Cavalry ~ Dress Parade
Fort Grant 1896 ~ Commanding Officer Quarters ~ Apache
Kid ~ First Foster Tarzan Sunday Page
*** If your travel plans take you anywhere near southern
Arizona, a good stop to make would be the vicinity of Fort Grant.
The fort itself is now a prison and not exactly a tourist attraction, so
one cannot find a sign above a bed that says “Edgar Rice Burroughs Slept
But he did sleep there, and drilled, and rode horses
in formations and on hunts for Indians in the late 1890s during his service
for the 7th U.S. Cavalry.
The fort's last hurrah (as a fort) came on this date,
Oct. 4, in 1905, when troops were marched across the parade ground for
the last time.
ERB was later to write about this area in his Apache
and Mars novels.
Arizona resident and ERB fan Frank Puncer is adding
to the allure of the area by planning an ERB gathering in that neck of
the woods in August of 2019.
“My current ERB-related plans include
organizing a Burroughs gathering in Willcox, AZ in August of 2019. This
would probably be a Dum Dum. Several ERB fans have been suggesting this
to me for quite some time and, basically (for me anyway), it's boiling
down to a 'now or never' scenario.
Willcox is situated about 60 miles east of Tucson
International Airport along a scenic stretch of Interstate 10. This may
make it a tad remote but I'm betting that some determined ERB fans would
like to visit the town where ERB spent his first night in Arizona, see
historic Fort Grant and the Pinaleno Mountains that ERB crossed
with his troop, and enjoy the ERB and other interesting exhibits inside
the Chiricahua Regional Museum.”
ERB: US Cavalry ~ Fort Grant ~ 1896-1897 (10 ERBzine
Frank Puncer plans for an ERB gathering in Arizona
Frank Puncer's 2019 Willcox Arizona Dum-Dum
Fort Grant, Then and Now, by Frank Puncer
Bob Hyde visited Fort Grand on his Odyssey:
*** 1923: Ed wrote to the
Athletic Club promoting the application of M. DeMond, a Jew.
He had supported him before when he had applied for membership in
Hollywood Athletic Club
*** 1929: Toronto Star complained
that the story line in the Tarzan strips was "thinning out." This coincided
with poor sales of the G&D Tarzan strip book
Foster Tarzan B/W strips reprinted by G&D
*** 1931: Appearance of the first
Foster Tarzan Sunday page "Terror From the Skies"
Terror From the Skies: Tarzan Sunday Page
All Hal Foster Reprints in ERBzine
Tarzan of the Apes: McClurg DJ & cover:
Headpiece art: Fred W. Small, Frontispiece Art: Clinton Pettee
Feb 1913Newspaper Pre-Release ~ WB TV Tarzan: Travis
Fimmel and Sarah Wayne Callies ~ Fimmel in Viking
*** ERB did not believe in resting on his laurels. In 1912,
his second story, "Tarzan of the Apes," had been published in The
magazine in an issue which probably hit the newsstands in late August but
bore the date of October 1912.
But by the time October arrived, ERB was already active
trying to find new markets for his opus. On Oct. 5, 1912, he submitted
it to A.C. McClurg and Company, hoping for book publication. But
the company turned it down. Undaunted, he tried Bobbs-Merrill Co., Reilly
& Britton, and then Dodd, Mead and Co. Meanwhile, the Evening
World Daily Magazine did publish it, but that didn't convince Rand
McNally that the story would sell in a book, because that company turned
it down, too.
Then, on May 1, 1914, ERB was surprised to hear from
McClurg again. After thinking it over for awhile, the firm's executives
decided they just might be able to sell some copies of that book after
all. When ERB agreed to sell them the first book publication rights, they
didn't waste any time either, and the book was published that June.
ERB and McClurg's relationship was to last for a total
of 29 books: volumes in the Tarzan, Mars and Inner World series as well
as several stand-alone novels.
Tarzan of the Apes: History, Covers, Info
Tarzan of the Apes: Read the book in e-Text
*** Tarzan entered the jungles of
New York on this date, Oct. 5, in 2003, when Travis Fimmel took
to the telephone poles and the skyscapers as Tarzan in a new Warner
Alas, it was canceled after only a few weeks. Even Xena
the Warrior Princess could not rescue it, as she showed up in the cast
in the person of her alter ego, Lucy Lawless, playing a Tarzan relative,
Kathleen Clayton. Sarah Wayne Callies played the part of Jane Porter,
a New York detective. This was a step up from the job Jane had as a cab
driver when she was played on film a few years earlier in the movie, "Tarzan
in Manhattan," by Kim Crosby.
Nine episodes were filmed but the series was quickly
canceled, even though the show attracted a whopping 2.8 million viewers!
Unfortunately, 2.8 million, in TV audience terms, was a drop in the bucket,
placing Tarzan 112th among primetime programs!!
Fimmel, formerly a Calvin Klein model, did not have to
go back to selling underwear, but was able to find work in other movies
and TV series, some of which are still in production. It was the same for
Callies. Fimmel's work in the 45 episodes of the popular TV series, The
Vikings presented him with an entirely different look as a shaggy, bearded
Meanwhile, ERB fans wonder if Tarzan will ever appear
again on TV again in his real jungle, as he did in Ron Ely's 1966-68 series.
Oh wait...that wasn't Tarzan's jungle either. That was filmed in Mexico.
Tarzan TV Feature in ERBzine (Near page bottom)
Preview of new TV Tarzan: Bios of Fimmel and Callies:
Fimmel in Wikipedia
*** 1912: Ed submitted
a 3,500-word western: "For the Fool's Mother" to Story-Press Corporation.
Unreleased until ERBzine 5369
For the Fool's Mother
Whitman Abridged Tarzan Reprints: City of Gold
and Forbidden City - Cover art: Don McLoughlin
Oakdale Affair: Evelyn Greeley 1919 Film ~
ERB's Oakdale Affair DJ by John Coleman Burroughs
*** Imagine the thrill... The year is 1952. You have been
an ERB fan all of your life. You devoured ERB stories as they came out
in the pulps, and you bought the ERB books in your local bookstore. You
even bought some Tarzan toys, clipped out the comics from the newspaper,
saw the movies, and you have a small stack of Dell Tarzan comics that you
have been amassing, along with your older Sparklers, TipTops and oddball
titles, like Hi-Spot.
You're sad that Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man who started
it all, has been dead for a couple of years. You remember reading the small
news item on one of the inside pages in your newspaper.
The only thing you really think you have to look forward
to is the next Tarzan movie or next month's Dell comic.
Then, you walk into your local dime store and, as is
your habit, you glance over the display of Whitman hardback books. What's
this? "Tarzan and the City of Gold"! "Tarzan and the Forbidden
City"!Both in bright, colorful dust jackets!
You reach into your pocket and happily discover you have
just enough to buy the two books at 49 cents each. You walk on air all
the way home.
The date is Oct. 6, 1952.
Oh, there will still be disappointments. You will assume
that Whitman is going to publish other titles, and you go back to the dime
store again and again, but no more Tarzan or other ERB books appear. Finally,
the company does reissue the two "City" titles a couple of years later
in printed covers, but don't publish any other titles until 1957 when a
movie tie-in edition of "Tarzan and the Lost Safari" comes out.
But that's written by someone other than ERB. Still, it is "something"
and it's got Gordon Scott on the cover in a still from the Tarzan movie
of the same name.
No more Whitman titles appear until the '60s Burroughs
Boom is well under way. And then the company adds only "Apes" and
an unfortunately truncated version of "The Return of Tarzan."
But that's okay. Oct. 6, 1952, in ERB history, was still
a very happy day for you.
Tarzan and the City of Gold
City of Gold: Full book in eText
Tarzan and the Forbidden City:
Forbidden City: Full book in eText
Charles Madison erbgraphics
*** When the moviemakers bought the
rights to ERB's "The Oakdale Affair" on Aug. 9, 1918, they wasted
no time getting a movie made. A year and about two months later the film
was released, on Oct. 6, 1919. Alas, it's one of those "lost movies" so
we don't know very much about it, although there's a plot summary and some
pictures at ERBzine.
But we do know that the name of the lead character, played
by Reginald Denny, was changed from Bridge to Stockbridge.
The Oakdale Affair: 1919 Film
The Oakdale Affair: 1918 Book
*** 1940: ERB started "Men
of the Bronze Age" Pt 3 of the new Pellucidar series
Men of the Bronze Age in Savage Pellucidar
ERB's stepchildren Caryl Lee and Lee at Gay's Lion
Farm and with Herman Brix, career as Hollywood Animal Trainer
Mangani ERB: cocktail through a straw ~ "Ebby" and
Flo with Kids ~ Bill Hillman in ERBzine Office ~ John Burroughs
*** Of the many letters archived at Bill Hillman's ERBzine,
some are from ERB to his stepdaugher, Caryl Lee. One such letter,
dated Oct. 7, 1942, tells of ERB's opportunity to fire an anti-aircraft
"The commanding officer of an anti-aircraft
regiment has asked me to visit each of his batteries and give the men a
fifteen- or twenty-minute talk. I am taken by an officer in a jeep or command
car about noon, have luncheon with the officers of the battery, and then
talk to the men. As I have an idea that they are bored stiff, I make it
as short as possible. I am becoming very familiar with anti-aircraft guns.
I have even fired one. I hit the sky right in the center."
"Ebby's" Letter to Stepdaughter Caryl Lee
*** Caryl Lee
was the daughter of Ashton and Florence Dearholt, but it was ERB,
or "Ebby," who she thought of as her father.
In an article about Caryl Lee, ERB fan Frank Puncer wrote:
"It would have warmed Burroughs'
heart to know that this little girl he had loved as his own would, in her
full adulthood, remember him so kindly as her father. In the many letters
he wrote to her after their fateful separation he often expressed the hope
that she would continue to love him. We can only wonder what ERB did with
his love for Florence after their final goodbye. Perhaps he transferred
a portion of it to Caryl Lee, not wanting those years of his second marriage
to simply vanish in an ocean mist."
"Caryl Lee must have felt at the
time that she didn't need another father. After all, it was ‘Ebby’ who
had told her all of those funny ‘Grandpa Kazink’ bedtime stories; it was
Ebby who had entertained her and Lee on family vacations, who had cavorted
with them in swimming pools at Sunset Plaza, Palm Springs and Kailua. It
was ‘Ebby’ who had donned a gorilla suit and pretended to be an escapee
from the Los Angeles zoo, and who made for her a donkey out of coconuts
at Lanakai. In a 1968 interview with Irwin and Cele Porges Caryl Lee said
of her relationship with ERB: ‘I felt part of him . . . I mean, they can
say he didn't legally adopt you, he's not your father . . . it doesn't
make any difference. He is my father, he was my father. This man raised
me, gave me my childhood.’ “
ERB's Stepdaughter Caryl Lee Tribute
*** Bill Hillman spoke up
for ERB and his works in an interview for The Times of India. The
article, dated Oct. 7, 2012, was based on an interview by correspondent
Bill put Sethi in touch with Dan's brother John Burroughs
so he also interviewed John, grandson of ERB in a follow-up interview
on Oct. 15.
Times of India Interviews with Hillman and Burroughs
*** In a promotion posted Oct. 7,
2014, the folks at ERB Inc. noted that “Edgar
Rice Burroughs, the most influential Sci-Fi writer of all time, predicted
the wide-spread use of wireless technology years before earthly adoption
began.” The example given was the traffic control as practiced in
the city of Havatoo on the plant of Amtor, known to earthlings as Venus.
The strip, “Carson of Venus,” is one of many based on ERB’s books
and is part of a package offered for a monthly subscription of $1.99 at
the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., website:
Carson of Venus Strips from ERB, Inc.
Gaphic interpretations of ERB's books from ERB, Inc.
*** 1935: Tarzan and the Immortal Men
- (Tarzan's Quest in book form) started in Blue Book
Blue Book Pulp Biblio
*** 1938: The Italian magazine Unicum
began the Carson of Venus serial
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