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Jane Ralston Burroughs as Dejah
~ Jane's Family: John, Danton, Dian, John Coleman Burroughs ~ Guide
by John Flint Roy: Boris
art ~ ERB Fans at a UK Gathering ~ The Roy Headstone ~ Tarzan the Tiger
~ Tarzan's Desert Mystery
*** Jane Ralston was born the same year as John
Coleman Burroughs, 1913, and her birthday was this date, Dec. 8. Jane
married Pomona classmate, John Coleman Burroughs, on 12 December,
1936 -- they were both 23 years old. John Coleman (Jack) was the youngest
of the three children of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Jack illustrated many of
his father's novels and comic strips and Jane helped with the backgrounds,
inking and lettering of the strip and even served as model for Dejah
Thoris and other ERB heroines.
The greatest of ERB's heroines was
the incomparably beautiful Martian Princess, Dejah Thoris. Inspiration
for JCB's vision of this most beautiful woman on two planets was his wife,
Ralston Burroughs. Jack supplemented Jane's live modelling with
hundreds of photographs and it's been our pleasure to share some of these
photos in our tribute pages to Jane.
Jack and Jane's first child -- John
Ralston -- was born on 22 June, 1942. Their second son -- Danton
-- was born on 21 June, 1944 and they later had a daughter -- Dian
-- born on June 17, 1948. All three of the children have carried on the
Burroughs legacy through their interest in business, the arts, and entertainment.
During his lifetime, Danton was actively involved in the running of ERB,
Inc. The photos, documents, artwork, memorabilia, memories and historical
details contained in this online tribute to his mother are from the personal
collection of Danton Burroughs. The portrait in the accompanying splash
bar was proudly displayed on Dan's wall near the entrance to his home.
The snapshot I took of it with my early digital camera does not do it justice.
When Jane passed away on December
12, 2002, I was on a 4-month assignment for my university, teaching a remote
class in Pukatawagan, an isolated
First Nations reserve in Northern Manitoba, and was hard to reach. When
we finally made phone contact via satellite, Dan was very broken up over
the loss. I could certainly sympathize, having lost my own mother a few
weeks previously. It was a very emotional and teary time. She was an amazing
Jane Ralston poses as Dejah Thoris
for artist husband John Coleman Burroughs
Enjoy the multitude of photos in our JRB Tribute
73 John Carter Sunday Pages by JCB
Our John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site
Jane as Dejah Statue by James Spratt
*** 1987 John
Flint Roy (1913-1987),
famous Canadian ERB scholar and writer died. His book A Guide to
Barsoom - The Mars of ERB was published by Ballantine in 1976.
Roy was the recipient of the First Order of Edgar Award (A McClurg
TA First Edition) at the 1972 ERB Gathering. John Flint Roy was Honoree
at the 1986 Jenison, Michigan ECOF.
Rice Burroughs wrote "Dejah Thoris, A Princess of Mars" in 1911,
he had no idea that he was opening a new era in the science fiction field.
Over a period of thirty years, Burroughs wrote ten Martian tales... the
story of life and death, romance and tragedy on the Red Planet is undoubtedly
one of the greatest series of all time. Burroughs created a world of dead
sea beds, towering mountains, polar ice caps, underground rivers... he
peopled the planet with four different human races and one semi-human.
He gave Mars a history, several phases of civilization and an assortment
of religions. He added dauntless heroes, beautiful maidens, evil villains
and fearful monsters -- all the ingredients necessary for a series of thrilling
adventures on any world!" --John Flint Roy -- A Guide to Barsoom - The
Mars of ERB.
had done the original artwork for the ERB-dom (below) which Caz
given to John Flint Roy, who is the uncle of Burroughs Bibliophile
Doug Denby from Ontario. Fred Lukas purchased it from
Doug and it now proudly adorns his bookroom wall.
John Flint Roy's nephew, has shared some background info on his uncle:
Flint Roy died 1987.12.08 at age 74, having been born 1913.12.19 in
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His wife, also a well known traveller to
the fan conventions, died 1985.10.12, at age 76. Her death took the life
out of him. John Flint Roy was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer
for 34 years and as such lived with his wife in many places across Canada,
before retiring. During his whole life he loved the Edgar Rice Burroughs
stories. Although he had a sister, he never knew her well. Their mother
died when both were quite young and the father split the children when
he was unable to look after them. John was raised by an aunt and uncle
with no contact with his sister. He told the story of his leaving that
family in his mid teens and being presented with an itemized bill for the
cost of raising him by his uncle. Over the years he paid the bill.
ERB and Canada by John Flint
"Who Hasn't Dreamed": Poem by
John Flint Roy
Roy's "A Guide to Barsoom" Contents
The Mucker and Roughneck by John Flint Roy
History of the British ERB Society by Laurence Dunn
Caz's ERB-dom Logo by Roy Krenkel :: Caz with John
*** 1938: Born on this date: Camille "Caz" Cazedessus,
Jr.: a long-time ERB Fan, Burroughs Bibliophile, Honourary ERBapa member,
Publisher of the Hugo Award-winning ERB-dom, and the current Pulpdom.
Much more about Caz is featured in ERBzine. . . including his bio page
and our Illustrated ERB-dom Bibliography:
Bibliography of Caz's ERB-dom: 4 pages starting at:
released the serial Tarzan and the Tiger (based on Tarzan
and the Jewels of Opar) with Frank Merrill. Following the success
of Tarzan the Mighty, Merrill and Kingston reprised their
roles (although she was now correctly referred to as Jane). Al Ferguson,
who had played Black John returned as another villain, this time an explorer
who kidnapped Jane and sold her into white slavery. Tarzan lost his memory
in chapter three of the serial struggled to overcome his amnesia through
most of the serial with its endless cliffhangers.
of "the talkies" prompted Universal to add music and sound effects to this
silent serial and audiences were able to hear the Merrill's version of
the apeman's ape cry for the first time. The serial was a success despite
its untimely release which coincided with the October 1929 stock market
Tarzan the Tiger
Frank Merrill Remembered (3
*** 1942: 6:30 departure
from Fiji. Ed experienced the excitement of takeoff and a low flight around
the tropical island. At 11:46 A.M. they landed at Plaines des Gaiacs at
the northwest end of New Caledonia. The officers -- most of them
Tarzan fans -- gave Ed a warm welcome. At 1 P.M. he flew to Tontouta 30
miles from the southern end of the island and was taken by command car
to Noumea to check into the officers' quarters at the Grand Hotel du Pacifique.
Here he met Lt. Ballanger who had gone to Pomona with Jack and Jane, then
old acquaintance Hal Thompson, husband to long-time family friend, actress
ERB's Wartime Journals
*** The prospect of Nazis being eaten by a giant spider
was something that would appeal to movie-goers during World War II, and
Tarzan was happy to oblige in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery," released
Dec. 8, 1943. Tarzan and Boy set out to seek some medicinal plants for
Jane, who is helping to care for wounded British troops in London. The
film was some nasty Nazis, and likely was rushed onto the market to cash
in on the mood of the time.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery: 4 Webpages
*** "The response
of civilians to the demands made upon them since December 7 has been magnificent,
but I have heard of no greater self sacrifice to duty than that of Hazel
Kahookele, a volunteer worker under Mrs. John Halliday, chairman of the
medical unit at Kaneobe.
"Hazel did not report for duty
December 8. When she came on the 9th, she was full of apologies, and begged
Mrs. Halliday not to discharge her. She explained that she had not come
the day before, because her brother, her uncle, and two cousins had been
killed by machine gun fire while driving their car Sunday morning. She
has been working steadily since. Deserved kudos to Hazel Kabookele!"
The above was the last item written by ERB in his last
It Off! column of 1941.
ERB's Laugh It Off Columns for 1941
*** "Tarzan and Tembo-Haven,
Korak and the Elephant Girls," by Russ Manning, began Dec. 8,
1968, in the Sunday comics. Read all 23 of t hese Sunday pagers in ERBzine
Tarzan and Tembo-Haven: 23 Sunday Pages by Manning
View the Collage of all the opening title frames
The series is also mirrored in our JCB companion site:
Darrell C. Richardson - "The Old Tiger" ~ Tarzan
and the Golden Lion art: Monahan, St. John,
Krenkel, Jusko, Yeates, Grell, Privitera ~ ERB's
~ Tarzan Newspaper Serial Art
*** 1922: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," began its
serialization in Argosy All-Story Weekly.
In "The Beasts of Tarzan," Tarzan had tamed a leopard
and in "Tarzan the Untamed" he had tamed a lion or two, but there, on the
cover, was Tarzan with yet another lion. Readers would have to open the
magazine and turn to the start of the story to know that this was going
to be a full-fledged story about the apeman and a lion, because the title
of the story was not on the cover. P.J. Monahan's illustration certainly
gave readers an idea that Tarzan had a lion under his control, but the
lettering on the cover had only the non-title, "Triumphant return of Tarzan
of the Apes."
This is the first book that Tarzan
wrote by dictating into his Ediphone recorder. He started dictation
on February 10, 1922. Argosy All-Story didn't start its seven-part serialization
until December 9th. William Stout created one interior illustration
for each issue. Editor Robert H. Davis wrote a Foreword in the magazine
that wasn't included in the book release.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: History ~ Art ~ Review
"Golden Lion": All 7 Pulp Covers
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Read the e-Text Edition
The Golden Lion Classic Poses Page
P. J. Monahan: The Man and His Art
*** 1979: Darrell C. Richardson's
Article: "Tarzan Is The Other Of Minister's Two Heroes": "...I
have some 2,000 Tarzan and other Burroughs books in foreign editions. There
is a complete set in Chinese, for example, and the first editions in German,
Greek, Dutch, Turkish, Finnish, Arabic and about 30 other languages."
That's one of the things the late Darrell C. Richardson had to say
about his vast ERB collection. Mr. Richardson was both a man of the cloth
and a man of the loin cloth. His heroes were the Lord from Heaven and the
Lord of the Jungle. These and other interesting facts about Richardson
are brought out in several articles, the first of which was originally
published this date in 1979.
Almost every major artist in the history
of science fiction is represented in the author's collection of original
art. One of his special interests over the years was the artist J. Allen
Though born in Kansas, he lived most of his early life
in Missouri. He studied journalism and later archaeology, but then entered
the seminary and prepared for the ministry. He spent over twenty years
as a pastor in Kentucky and also served as an army chaplain during the
Korean War. He retired as Editor of the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern
Baptist Convention in Memphis, Tennessee where he lived during all later
Since college days at Furman University
in Greenville, S.C. (where he had athletic scholarships for football, basketball
and track) he worked as a writer. He wrote and edited books, magazine stories,
articles, and newspaper columns. His travels and expeditions, archaeological
digs, research and adventures carried him into over forty countries of
"The Old Tiger" died in Memphis,
Tennessee on September 19, 2006.
Darrell C. Richardson's Article
ERBzine Tributes to Darrell C. Richardson:
*** On Dec. 9, 1913, Indiana's Fort
Wayne News Daily began treating its readers to installments of ERB's classic,
"Tarzan of the Apes." We, too, can enjoy seeing these layouts as
well as the unique art, thanks to ERB fan Ron de Laat, who provided
scans from his collection to ERBzine.
Tarzan of the Apes Newspaper Serial Art
Ron de Laat: Super Fan From Holland
*** 1916: The
Motor Truck Co. of Alma, Michigan convinced Ed to write a 1,900-word
promotional booklet detailing his experiences on his transcontinental trip.
The result is the whimsical "An Auto-Biography"
- told through
the POV of a Republic truck. "According to Mr. Burroughs'
own statement, he ran his touring car 1,500 miles in reaching Coldwater,
a distance of 193 miles from his starting point, and he figures that at
the same rate he will travel 229,500 miles in getting to Los Angeles and
will complete the journey in 23 years, 3 months and 15 days. [It took 99
An Auto-Biography Booklet by ERB
*** 1918: The
fear of the deadly flu epidemic hung over the Burroughs household. "Diagnosis
is at best uncertain and difficult. I was asking our family physician about
this yesterday and he had to admit that the Coroner makes the most successful
*** 1927: "We ceased sending
cards last year. It grew to be a meaningless gesture. We had a list
of names in a book, we ordered the Christmas cards a month ahead of time,
someone else addressed the envelopes -- that is Christmas sentiment for
you. All our friends were vying with each other to outdo everyone in the
expense and elaborateness of their Christmas Greetings. We decided that
it was vulgar, shoddy and bunk. Therefore, we cut it out."
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals
*** 1942: New Caledonia: On one of his missions
as a war correspondent, ERB visited a village of grass thatched huts close
to St. Louis Mission (French Catholic) - a place famous for its rum production.
Photographer Corporal Wold took many photos of Ed with natives and the
Grand Chief following their exchange of gifts.
Rare ERB WWII Photos
ERB's WWII Journals
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Religion: Reason vs. Superstition
~ Tarzan of the Apes ~ Legend of Tarzan trailer
ERB's Marcia of the Doorstep and Jungle
Girl ~ Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure: Russ Manning Strip
1929: In a letter to Hulbert, ERB expressed
some views on religion "I have no quarrel with religion, but I do
not like the historic attitude of any of the established churches. Their
enthusiasms and sincerity never ring true to me and I think that there
has been no great change in them all down the ages, insofar as the fundamentals
are concerned. There is just as much intolerance and hypocrisy as there
ever was, and if any church were able to obtain political power today I
believe that you would see all the tyranny and injustice and oppression
which has marked the political ascendancy of the church in all times....
I do not subscribe to any of the narrow, childish superstitions of any
creed." He speaks of "the disgusting lust for publicity, which animates
Ed as a man of science and a staunch
believer in Darwin's theories was a strong critic of the church's
attitude toward scientific progress and "toward the promulgation of the
truth in art and literature. . . ." "A man can be highly religious, he
can believe in a God and in an omnipotent creator and still square his
belief with advanced scientific discoveries, but he cannot have absolute
faith in the teachings and belief of any church, of which I have knowledge,
and also believe in the accepted scientific theories of the origin of the
earth, of animal and vegetable life upon it, or the age of the human race;
all of which matters are considered as basic truth according to the teachings
of the several churches as interpreted from their inspired scriptures."
ERB's Views On Religion: Letter and Gridley Wave
ERB and Religion
Quotes from ERB's Favourite Authors
Religious Themes in the Novels of ERB by Robert Zeuschner
*** Unknown to the world in 1911,
Rice Burroughs was fast becoming a household name at the end of 1912,
having had his first two stories ever -- "Under the Moons of Mars"
and "Tarzan of the Apes" published in The All-Story magazine
to enthusiastic reader response.
In a letter written Dec. 10, 1912, Thomas A. Metcalf,
editor, suggested (no doubt with tongue in cheek) a new title for the monthly
periodical. He wrote, "I still get letters about 'Tarzan.' They come in
so often and ask for more of your work that I am tempted to believe we
had better call the magazine the 'All-Burroughs Magazine'."
In the same letter, Metcalf mentioned that he had received
ERB's third story submission, "The Outlaw of Torn," and had not
yet made up his mind about it. Ironically, he who had commented on the
success of ERB's previous yarns would end up rejecting "Outlaw," along
with ERB's second "Tarzan" story. Undaunted, ERB simply found other publishers
for those stories and Metcalf learned his lesson and published virtually
everything ERB wrote for many years thereafter.
Metcalf's Letters to ERB
*** On Dec. 10, 2015, the Edgar
Rice Burroughs website posed the official trailer for the upcoming new
Tarzan movie, "The Legend of Tarzan," to be released in the summer
of 2016. Relive the anticipation:
Legend of Tarzan Trailer
Legend of Tarzan Film
*** Back on Dec. 10, 1924, ERB
wrote a letter to the principal of Franklin High School in L.A.,
seeking help on revision of a story that ERB was writing. What story was
that? According to ERBzine, it might have been "Marcia of the Doorstep,"
since 1924 was the year ERB wrote it. But no one is quite sure. Maybe ERB
didn't get the help he sought, since the story was not published until
75 years later.
Marcia of the Doorstep: History ~ Art ~ Info
*** On Dec. 10, 1933, ERB's "Jungle
Girl" began in The Boston Post Sunday Magazine. It featured
an illustration by Tarzan comic illustrator Rex Maxon of the classic
scene of Fou-tan riding in a howdah atop the elephant. Interestingly, it
appears to be an African elephant rather than an Indian elephant.
Jungle Girl: History, Info and Newspaper Serial Art
*** Dec. 10, 1967, was a Sunday.
The day before, the last daily John Celardo daily Tarzan strip had
run. The day after, the first Russ Manning daily would start. But
what of the day itself? That belonged to Celardo, who had started the story
"Tarzan and the Minians" on Oct. 22. He continued with that storyline until
he completed it on Sunday, Jan. 7. After that, Manning took over the Sunday
John Celardo in ERBzine:
*** 1972: Russ Manning's
Sunday Page: Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure Continues Pt. 1 was published
Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure #2179
Herman Brix: Tarzan and Green Goddess/New Adventures
~ ERB Stamp: 1st Day Postmark and Burroughs Family
at Tarzana Dedication ~ Tarzana PO: Then and Now ~
Manning's 1st Daily Strip ~ James Pierce: Film and Radio Tarzan
*** On Dec. 11, 1930, Tarzan of the Apes was adopted for
the second time. The first time, as we read back in 1912, he was adopted
by Kala, the great ape, and raised as her own child.
The second time, Tarzan -- or, at least, his name --
was adopted by a small community in the L.A. area of Southern California.
officially approved a post office at Tarzana on this date.
A biographical sketch of ERB includes: "In
1919, ERB purchased a 540-acre ranch in California's San Fernando Valley.
Idyllic, ERB played at gentleman farming while solidifying a multi-million
dollar industry. The ranch was named 'Tarzana' and the city which
sprang up around him officially took the name on December 11, 1930."
Unfortunately, while ERB had trademarked "Tarzan" he
had failed to trademark "Tarzana," so he was unable to sue (just kidding!!).
But seriously folks, it's great to have a city with such a wonderful name
where we can go and visit ERB Inc. and have ERB conventions (in the city
next door, at least!). Too bad we can't do the same with Tarzan TX, but
I understand the convention facilities are a bit more limited there!
That name of the city came in especially
handy on Aug. 17, 2012, when the post office there was used for the official
first-day-of-issue cancellation for the stamp honoring Edgar Rice Burroughs
-- and Tarzan.
Contrast that with this page from
the usually trustworthy site, snopes.com, which says that it was the other
way around -- that ERB named the character, Tarzan, after the city!! Obviously,
the dates alone would prove that isn't true. Even snopes knows it's not
true, but -- in its Lost Legends section -- it deliberately prints false
stories out of some kind of reverse logic that is hard for the average
person to understand. They don't even do a good job of explaining it on
their website! So, every so often this link is picked up and emailed around,
as if it were the "true story.":
Tarzana in ERB's Bio
ERB Memories of Tarzana
Tarzana Post Office Today
Our Tarzana Tribute Site
History of Tarzana
ERB Stamp Celebration in Tarzana
*** James H. Pierce, of "Tarzan
and the Golden Lion" and Tarzan of the Radio passed away
this date in 1983 in Apple Valley, Calif. Pierce's story in his own words,
plus links to other Pierce sites are well featured in ERBzine.
James H. Pierce: ERBzine Tribute
Pierce Autobio: The Battle of Hollywood
Tarzan Radio Shows: James and Joan Burroughs Pierce
Hillmans Visit the Pierces in Tarzana
reports the Guatemala Tarzan film will be Tarzan and the Green Goddess.
Also considered for titles are New Adventures of Tarzan
and Tarzan's 1935 Adventures
Tarzan: Green Goddess/New
Adventures: 9 Pages
Film Titles and Screen Capture
*** 1967: Refresh yourself,
however, with a look at the first-ever Russ Manning strips to grace the
pages of the daily newspapers edited by the more intelligent newspapermen,
who show good taste in the comics they buy to present to their readers.
Manning took over the daily Tarzan strip on this date. The first series
was "Tarzan, Jad-Ben-Otho" which ran from Dec. 11, 1967 -
Oct. 5, 1968.
Tarzan Daily Debut: Russ Manning
Read ALL the Manning Tarzans:
Daily and Sundays
*** 1893: Ed is reprimanded for
participating in a hoax involving a Springfield rifle duel to the
death with another student at Michigan Military Academy
*** 1918: ERB started "The
ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated
Jane Ralston and John Coleman Burroughs Wed on December
12, 1936: Photos: Young Jane, Wedding,
Portrait, Dejah Thoris Poses for JCB's art ~ ERB at
Tarzana Post Office ~ John Martin's Postmarks
1936: Jack (John Coleman) Burroughs
Pomona College classmate, Jane Ralston on this date. Ed described
her as a lovely girl -- sweet and intelligent.
They were both 23 years old. John
Coleman (Jack) was the youngest of three children of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Jack illustrated many of his father's novels and comic strips and Jane
helped with the backgrounds, inking and lettering of the strip and even
served as model for Dejah Thoris and other ERB heroines.
Jack and Jane's
first child -- John Ralston -- was born on 22 June, 1942. Their
second son, Danton, was born on 21 June, 1944 and they later had
a daughter, Dian -- June 17, 1948. Today, all three of the children
carry on the Burroughs legacy through their interest in business, the arts,
and entertainment. Danton was actively involved in the running of ERB,
Inc. until his death. The photos, documents, artwork, memorabilia, memories
and historical details contained in this online tribute are from the personal
collection of Danton Burroughs
Jane Ralston Burroughs Tribute
Photo Collage of Jane Burroughs
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute
*** 1930: A Southern California
community was dubbed Tarzana, in honor of ERB's Tarzan, on Dec.
11, 1930. A day later, on Dec. 12, the U.S. Post Office officially established
the Tarzana Post Office. Eighty-two years later, on Aug. 17, 2012,
the Tarzana Post Office served as the first-day-of-issue city for
the stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of ERB's first two published novels.
The residents had originally petitioned
for their own post office in 1927. The Tarzana Post Office (fourth class)
opened in a store on Ventura Boulevard. The population of Tarzana at the
time was about 300.
When the community was first named,
it was Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of the community's namesake,
Tarzan, who coined a slogan: "Tarzana, The Gateway to the Sea." Nowadays,
there are a lot more traffic lights to negotiate between Tarzana and the
sea than there were back then.
The Air Mail cover pictured, which
bears the slogan, was signed by E. Louise Holmquist, the office's
First Day Stamp Covers by John
The Stamp Story by John Martin
Tarzana Memories: 1940 Post
Our Tarzana Tribute Site
*** 1952: Sarah Douglas was
born Dec. 12, 1952, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK.
She has two ERB screen appearances to her credit.
First, she played Lady Charlotte
"Charly" Cunningham in "The People That Time Forgot." There was
no such character in ERB's original book, but the movie was loosely based
on his story. "Star Wars" had come out on May 25 of 1977 and Princess Leia's
hair-style must have been popular around that time because when "People"
came out in August of that year, Sarah's character sported a similar "do."
Douglas also appeared as Kiki Bluett in "Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth,"
a 1993 episode of Wolf Larson's Tarzan.
People That Time Forgot: Credits
~ Photo ~ Info
"The Quest of Tarzan" written in 1940: released
in Argosy 1941: Virgil Finlay Art then Canaveral 1965:
Tarzan and the Castaways with Frazetta Art
~ ERB in News: Laugh It Off ~ Dearholt Divorce ~ Joan the Rider
*** 1940: ERB completed writing the short story, "The
Quest of Tarzan" (37,000 words)(Nov 26-Dec 13). It was later
serialized in three parts in Argosy Weekly starting with the August 23,
1941 issue. It appeared in a Canaveral 1965 1st edition with "Tarzan
and the Champion" and "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders"
as Tarzan and the Castaways .
Tarzan and the Castaways: History, Art, Info
Tarzan and the Castaways: e-Text Edition
Virgil Finlay: Art Collages
Rice Burroughs' first of a series of
"Laugh It Off" columns
appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin. He
was asked to write this by a military acquaintance at General HQ. Ed is
extremely proud of his new role of War Correspondent. Column 1 Header:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs, Honolulu resident and famous author of the "Tarzan"
books and comic strip, has volunteered his services to the Army and will
write a column each day on the lighter side of the war, Army authorities
announced last night. The first of these columns follows. Watch for others
from day to day. "
ERB described what he was doing
during and after the Pearl Harbor attack. . . and how brave the citizens
ERB used humor, as well as patriotism and bravado, to
pep up the populace on Hawaii, beginning a few days after the Japanese
sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
An example of the above mixture of
emotions came in this sentence in the column: "Also
during a black out, a colonel and a captain fell into a trench dug in the
lawn at department headquarters -- but maybe I shouldn't have mentioned
it, as it may be giving aid and comfort to the enemy -- something they
are going to need damn bad before this man's army and navy gets through
with them." He forgot to mention the Marines but...okay.
ERB also poked a little fun at himself,
noting that he and his son played tennis during the bombardment, thinking
it was only war games. When they realized the truth, they finished their
tennis game anyway.
Rumors are a part of war, and they certainly flowed during
the first days after the attack. ERB used his first column to put many
of them to rest. One such rumor resulted when an accidental brush fire
broke out on a hill near Fort Shafter and burned a perfect circle, which
some thought was a Japanese signal to ships at sea. Nowadays, people would
probably think that aliens had landed and left a crop circle!!
ERB noted that he personally had seen no panic and that
"I have seen more grins and heard more laughter and jokes than ever before
in all the time that I have spent in the Paradise of the Pacific."
The column was the Army's idea and the newspaper was
happy to cooperate. Who would not want the author of Tarzan to be using
his talents to attract readers to the daily news?
ERB closed this
column with: "This column is intended to reflect the lighter side of what
we are passing through.Army and navy personnel and civilians are invited
to mail in amusing items and anecdotes to Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1298-B
Kapiolani Blvd. for use herein.
Laugh It Off Columns: Dec 13-31,
ERB: War Years: First ERBzine Webpage from 1996
ERB: The War Years
*** 1934: (AP
- News Release: Hollywood, Calif.): Only a final decree of divorce today
separated Edgar Rice Burroughs, the novelist, and Mrs. Florence Dearholt,
jr. from matrimony. Burroughs and Mrs. Dearholt, who is awaiting her final
decree from Ashton Dearholt. Jr., producer of Burroughs' motion pictures,
announced last night they will be married next spring, probably immediately
after the decree becomes final in March. Burroughs recently obtained a
Las Vegas. Nevada, divorce decree, which was immediately final, from his
wife of 34 years.
ERB's Plans to Marry Divorcee Florence Dearholt
*** 1939: In
a letter to Joan Ed sent a TWA brochure by company president Jack Frye.
He asked was this is the person they had invited to a horse show many years
Letters to Daughter Joan.
Joan Horse Show Clipping
*** 1942: Ed spent the day settling
in and getting supplies. He set up his typewriter in a tiny lanai opening
onto the main island road with its 24-hour stream of noisy and dusty military
traffic. Officers invited him to an evening poker party and they formed
the Noumea Chowder and Marching Club.
ERB War Journals and Autograph Books
ERB wrote L. B. Mayer requesting that Joan be given a tryout for
a part in "Old Heidelberg." (The
Student Prince in Old Heidelberg 1927) with Ramon Novarro, Norma
Shearer, and Jean Hersholt
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals
H.R.H. The Rider: All-Story 1918: Brehm Art
~ JCB Illustrating Oakdale Affair and The Rider:
ERB, Inc. 1937 Edition ~ Jock Mahoney: 2 Tarzan Films
~ ERB: New Caledonia Cannibal Village
1989: Jock Mahoney (born Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney,
7, 1919 – December 14, 1989) died of a second stroke in 1989 at the
age of 70, two days after being involved in an automobile accident in Bremerton,
Washington. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. (Seattle
Obit) He played Tarzan in two feature films: "Tarzan's Three
Challenges" and "Tarzan Goes To India" and was associated
in various capacities with several other Tarzan productions. In 1948, he
auditioned to play Tarzan after the departure of Johnny Weissmuller, but
the role went to Lex Barker. Jock went on many ot her roles however, and
to star in the TV series: "The Range Rider" and "Yancy Derringer."
In 1960, Jock appeared as Coy Banton, a villain in Tarzan
the Magnificent, starring Gordon Scott. Mahoney's strong presence,
work ethic, and lean (6 foot 4 inch, 220 pound) frame impressed producer
Sy Weintraub who wanted a "new look" for the fabled apeman.
In 1962, Mahoney became the thirteenth actor to portray Tarzan
when he appeared in Tarzan Goes to India, shot on location
in India. A year later, he again played the role in Tarzan's Three Challenges,
shot in Thailand. When this film was released, Mahoney, at 44, became the
oldest actor to play the jungle king, surpassing Johnny Weissmuller and
P. Dempsey Tabler, a record that still stands. Dysentery and dengue fever
plagued Mahoney during the shoot in the Thai jungles, and he plummeted
to 175 pounds. It took him a year and a half to regain his health. Owing
to his health problems and the fact that producer Weintraub had decided
to go for a "younger look" for the apeman, his contract was mutually dissolved.
Mahoney made three appearances on the Ron Ely Tarzan series--
Ultimate Weapon (1966), The
Deadly Silence (1966) (a two-part episode, later edited into a
feature film) and Mask of Rona (1967).
In 1981, Mahoney returned to the Tarzan film series as
the stunt coordinator on the John Derek-directed remake of Tarzan,
the Ape Man. He was billed as "Jack O'Mahoney".
"I loved the
role of Tarzan," said Mahoney, "because it
was such a distinct challenge. I remember being 40 feet up in a tree, sunburned
as hell. And I thought to myself, 'What is a 42-year-old man doing 40 feet
up in a tree, getting ready to swing out over a bunch of thorn bushes that
if you ever fell into you would be cut to ribbons and damned near killing
myself to get up there?' So I laughed and thought, 'Well
now, who wouldn't want to play Tarzan??!' " (IMDB).
Jock Mahoney's poem, "Coming Home,"
was read at his memorial service by his wife, Autumn.
Tarzan's Three Challenges: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan Goes To India: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan the Magnificent: ERBzine Silver Screen
.....Remembering Jock Mahoney.....
By John Martin
(Slightly updated from original appearance in Winter
1989-90 edition of ERBapa)
ERB Amateur Press Association
Gene Autry signed him to a role
'Cause he liked what he'd seen,
And as the "Rider" of "The Range,"
He blazed the TV screen.
And then, as Yancy Derringer,
He tipped his hat again;
You could safely place a bit:
This hero'd always win!
But next he donned a villain's hat,
A Coy, but not so coy,
And "Tarzan the Magnificent"
Took care of this bad boy.
How many men have ever played
The villain...then, the good guy?
Well, Jock Mahoney's one, we know,
Who turned in quite a good try.
He battled Gordon Scott (and lost)
When Gordon was the ape man,
But later donned the cloth himself,
And had us all agape, man!
In India the bad guys said,
"The elephants be dammed!"
So Jock, as Tarzan, drove that herd,
Up to the wall, and rammed.
Challenges? Jock wanted more,
And so, he got to be
A Tarzan in an Asian land,
Where "Challenges" were "Three."
Was it the climate or the water?
We may never know:
Jock got sick but, challenge met,
He finished up that show.
Later, he returned to roles
Of bad guys, plotting violence,
Toward Wolf and Ron -- including
"Tarzan's Deadly Silence."
Some never got to meet the man,
But many fans have told,
Of a Tarzalumnus, friend to fans,
Who had a heart of gold.
Sometimes villain, sometimes hero,
Tarzan movies four;
Have earned ol' Jock a solid place
In Tarzan movie lore.
But more than just his history
(Though that's a place to start),
For Jock Mahoney earned a place
In every ERB fan's heart.
*** 1918: December 14-28: H.R.H the
Rider was serialized in three parts in All-Story
Weekly ($800) with George Brehm cover art in #1. It was also sold
to Western Farm Life on October 8, 1919 for $25. This 38,000-word short
story was about European royalty. See the ERBzine Webpages for the text
and art. When it was finally released in hardcover by ERB, Inc. on February
15, 1937 it was combined with The Oakdale Affair (previously published
in Blue Book in 1918). The H.R.H (His Royal Highness) was left off the
title. Also omitted where the chapter titles that had appeared in the pulp
version. The wrap-around DJ and frontispiece art for the hardcover were
by John Coleman Burroughs -- the first of his father's books that
he had illustrated. . . he went on to do the artwork for many more -- 125
illustrations in all. His models for the DJ art were family members: wife
Jane Ralston Burroughs, Brother-in-Law James Pierce, and brother Hulbert.
Oakdale Affair and The Rider: History, Art, Info
The Rider: e-Text Edition
***1941: In encouraging folks to
"Laugh It Off," ERB, in his second "Laugh It Off!" column in Honolulu
newspapers after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, did an exercise in verse
to poke fun at the anti-U.S. broadcasts already emanating from enemy radio
stations. On Dec. 14, 1941, he wrote this:
Have you heard the Little Bad Wolf, Baron Hee Haw
of Japan, who broadcasts daily, ostensibly from Tokyo? He is trying to
give us the jutters, but all he gives us is a laugh; so more power to you,
little man! You move me to verse:
Your line is horrendous,
Your fancy tremendous,
As it comes to us over the air;
But instead of the gaff,
You give us a laugh;
Little man who is not all there
Which is rotten verse, but you get what I mean --
"Laugh It Off" Our 1941 Collection
*** 1942: December 14 - 16: After
his arrival in New Caledonia, the days were spent getting to know the officers
and fellow correspondents -- mainly in poker parties. A captain gave Ed
a bunch of full-page color comics from the L.A. Times - the first he'd
seen in a year.
ERB On New Caledonia
New Caledonia Photos
ERB Wartime Journals
Rogers reported that: "Cadet Burroughs has made excellent progress
in his studies during the last three months and is satisfactory in discipline...."
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals
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