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Students at Western Carolina University located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, under the direction of Mr. Don Connelly, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communication, will transcribe excerpts from previous Tarzan recordings from 1932-33 that will become a 60 minute radio program. The recordings are available at

The first 22 episodes provide the overall story line from the landing of Lord and Lady Greystoke through the rescue of Jane from Terkoz or Kerchak The Ape (not sure which one) by Tarzan when he and Jane meet and speak for the first time. The specific shows that they will take excerpts from include:

Episode 1 Tarzan's First Birthday
2 Battle with the Apes
3 Tarzan in Young Manhood
5 Tarzan Sees a Ship
8 Did the Bottle Really Go Over the Side
9 The Captain is in Quicksand
10 A Fight Aboard Ship
11 Tarzan's Shack
19 Morning Arrives
21 Tarzan Rescues Jane From the Apes

There will be one live performance of the show on February 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the University's Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and a radio broadcast of the show on WWNC AM in Ashevlle, North Carolina. All proceeds go to benefit academic scholarships for students in the participating departments at the University. A television production class will do a live multi-camera shoot as a class project for archival purposes. They will enter the archival recording in academic festivals for peer review. No recordings of the show will be produced for the public or offered for sale. They will enter the performance in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Representatives of the festival attend the live performance and present a review to the company. If selected in advance, the show is performed at the regional competition, and if it advances from there, it would be performed at the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.

Should be a lot of fun for all!
As a sneak preview and a bit of a curiosity
listen to the original 1932 radio shows in ERBzine:

Volume 3: THE SAVAGE LANDS :: Soon to be Released in USA
The rave reviews keep coming in:
Tarzan Book No. 3 by Andy Briggs
MrRipleyEnchanted Books
The Book Bag
See our many Andy Briggs features across the 
ERB Eclectica Archive
also featured in our
Andy's Appearances at the 2012 Tarzan Conventions
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: 
The Sunday Comics Volume 1, 1931-1933
Beautifully restored and printed at giant size, this first volume in Dark Horse's comprehensive collections of Hal Foster's Tarzan Sundays reprints over one hundred strips on high-quality paper and in eye-popping color, replicating their appearance when they were brand new! Featuring historical essays on Tarzan and Foster, this astonishing volume is a must for every collector! Collecting every Tarzan Sunday strip from September 1931 through September 1933!

* From Hal Foster, creator of Prince Valiant!
* Introduction by Mark Evanier!
Writer: George Carlin
Artist: Hal Foster
Publication Date: July 31, 2013
Format: FC, 120 Pages; HC, 15" x 20"
Price: $125.00
ISBN-10: 1-61655-117-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-61655-117-9

Return of Tarzan: 
Petar Meseldžija’s 
European jungle comics reprinted
In the late ’80s, Spectrum award winner Petar Meseldžija worked on a series of European Tarzan comics for Serbian publisher Marketprint. Now, Dutch publisher Dark Dragon Books is reprinting Meseldžija’s issues in a collection that also includes unpublished material like sketches and a complete, never-before-seen issue of the comic. It’s a limited-edition collection (only 500 copies), and each copy will include a signed print.

Meseldžija is sharing some of the art from the book at the Muddy Colors blog, and it’s tempting stuff, even for readers who don’t understand Dutch. Besides, as legendary artist William Stout notes in the post, “Doesn’t matter, the drawings are in English.”

Robot 9

The Writers Section

Poster | Web | Card | Thumbnail
Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882)
Edgar Rice Burroughs Personal Library: Shelf D1
Ed Burroughs was greatly influenced by the discoveries of Charles Darwin and these ideas figured prominently in his teaching geology at MMA in the 1890s and in the later novels he wrote about Tarzan, the Mangani and primitive man.

From the ERB Bio Timeline: 1899: January: "Darwin's Descent of Man" is added to Ed's book collection.
Ed's notation: "E. R. Burroughs Jan '99" appears on the flyleaf. Beneath the notation is a pencil drawling by Ed of a large monkey or ape in a typical position, somewhat crouching, knuckles resting on the ground. On the right of the drawing he had written "Grandpa" 
A later edition is given to son Hully with inscription "To Hully from mom and pop 1929"

Andrew Stanton Gets Albert Brooks For Nemo 2,
Disney Blessing For Second Live Action Film ~ February 12, 2013
There’s been a supposition that I never quite understood that John Carter would kill Andrew Stanton‘s career in live action filmmaking. I don’t get this and never did. Not only did Carter get lots of positive reviews – including mine – there would be plenty of other avenues for Stanton to pursue in getting another live-action movie off the ground besides a mega-budget Disney blockbuster. But it just so happens, in any case, that his next live-action feature is likely to be for Disney after all. Deadline don’t have any more details, they just say: I’d heard that the studio will also give him another live-action shot after his disastrous live-action debut on John Carter. Disastrous? Depends what you’re counting. Seemed like a triumph to me. Their note comes in the middle of a story about Albert Brooks signing on to play Marlin once again in the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel. The story is money-fixated on this front too, opening with the words: "Albert Brooks has closed a fat deal."
Me Tarzan, You Jane: A centennial book of jungle action!
(2013 Video Interview)
First things first. I may be the only grown man in America who will admit to loving the movie John Carter. Sure, the story was imperfect, the whole thing a wee bit too long and no doubt puzzling to anyone not familiar with the origins of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs superhero. Oh, and Disney erred mightily in dropping “… of Mars” from the title. That might have distinguished the title character from John Carter of… accounting, let’s say. But I thought the movie kicked ass in much the way Star Wars did the first time I saw it more than 35 years ago.

  SCOTT TRACY GRIFFIN audio excerpt: “Edgar Rice Burroughs was extremely intelligent… He wasn’t particularly outgoing or extroverted, however. He was self-effacing and humble.”

You can LISTEN to this interview with writer SCOTT TRACY GRIFFIN, author of TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, by clicking the audio player above! So I was a good candidate to be interested in Scott Tracy Griffin’s new illustrated book, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration. It’s a stunningly attractive piece of work, bringing together a century’s worth of the art, films and stories that make Burroughs one of the Western world’s most remarkable creative minds.

In one place you can now find the book covers and interiors by Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel, the comic book work of Joe Kubert, the comic strips of Hal Foster, and movie stills from all the great – and not so great – Tarzan films. TV’s Tarzan, Ron Ely – who will always be Doc Savage to me – even wrote the introduction.

Watch the exclusive Mr. Media interview with Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Tarzan and the Hillmans

Hachette’s Tarzan et les Chinois ~ 1939 French Edition
No.6 in Hachette’s Tarzan series of the late 1930.
Illustrated by the American illustrator Hogarth Burne (1911-1996)

TARZAN Swings Back Into Action in 
San Diego, CA (February 8, 2013) - IDW Publishing is proud to announce that the Library of American Comics will be collecting comics legend Russ Manning's classic run with Edgar Rice Burroughs' King of the Jungle in 2013! TARZAN: THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS is a four-volume series. The first three volumes will chronologically collect all of Manning's daily black & white and full-color Sunday strips from 1967 to 1974, while the fourth volume will collect the remaining Sunday strips, which Manning continued to do until 1979.

"The addition of Tarzan to the Library of American Comics amplifies even further that the imprint is the premier archival home for comic strip reprints and collections," says IDW's President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Goldstein. "Russ Manning's Tarzan run is one of the real highlights of the modern age of adventure strips and we are extremely excited to be the home of its long-anticipated return to print."

The series of hardcover volumes will commence May 29th with Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1: 1967 - 1969. Fans will be treated to the first-ever collection of a historic turning point in Tarzan history: when Russ Manning was handpicked by the Burroughs estate to return the strip to its creator's original vision. Manning put together a dream team of assistants in this historic endeavor, including future comics greats Dave Stevens, William Stout, and Mike Royer, creating one of the most loaded rosters in comics history, and a perfect opportunity for new fans to discover the adventures of Viscount Greystoke.

In his introduction to Volume One, William Stout writes, "Russ Manning was a natural storyteller. He may also be one of the most underrated writers in comics. His beautiful art is so captivating that it's easy to understand how it might overshadow his scripts. He was as adept with telling Tarzan tales in contemporary Africa as he was setting Ape Man stories in dinosaur-infested Pal-ul-don."

Reproduced from the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. file copies, fans can expect TARZAN: THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS to receive the same critically acclaimed, award-winning treatment that Dean Mullaney, The Library of American Comics, and IDW Publishing have become renowned for.

Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1: 1967 - 1969 ~ (HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages.)

A Few Amtorian and Carson References in ERBzine

Source of the name "Napier" ~ See
1896: "May 24: The new recruit arrives at Fort Grant, Arizona Territory to join Troop B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. The "Bloody Seventh" had seen action at the Little Bighorn, Wounded Knee and the Chicago Pullman strike. This was the start of many adventures, including a search for the Apache Kid,  separated by long periods of  boredom. He had expected to spend most of his time chasing Apaches but much of his time is
spent on guard duty and digging ditches.

"He passes much of his time sketching and soaking up knowledge about the geography and history of the area. He becomes friends with Carson Napier, a cashiered British Army officer who had served in India and was starting a new life in the USA. "Carson Napier" later becomes the model for the hero of Burroughs' Amtor (Venus) stories, written between 1931 and 1941."

Interesting Articles:
In Defense of Carson Napier by Phil Burger
Amtor Guide I by Bill Hillman
Amtor Guide II by Bill Hillman
Carson Before Venus by Fredrik Ekman

ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Publishing info, cover and interior art, reviews, trivia, links, etc.
Pirates of Venus
Lost On Venus
Carson of Venus
Escape On Venus
Wizard of Venus

Our Tarzan the Fearless and Buster Crabbe Features start at:
with many photo galleries such as:
Plus summaries of both the feature film and serial
plus all the text and photos from the Big Little Book adaptation
Weissmuller's New Rival
Buster Crabbe at the Verdun Natatorium

BBs present the Golden Lion Award to Buster Crabbe

Check out the Zane Grey films that Buster appeared in at our ZG site:

See Buster as Flash Gordon with James Pierce 
in the photo section of our Pierce Autobio feature

The ERB's John Carter / Flash Gordon Connection

By Roland Trenary

Roland Trenary the leading authority on the works of Mahlon Blaine has recently completed a book on this unique artist who was an illustrator his entire life. 

He died in 1969 and I have been researching him since 1974. 

The Trenary book has over 350 of his works reproduced, plus biography and bibliography. 

He illustrated a few Burroughs books in 1962, including A Fighting Man Of Mars

The Amazon link: AMAZON.COM

See the Tributes on Mahlon Blaine, who illustrated many of ERB's Canaveral titles, starting at: ERBzine 0880
Mahlon Blaine self portrait

Mahlon Blaine
ERBzine 0880
ERB Artist Encyclopedia
The Moon 'Men'
Land That Time Forgot
Tanar of Pellucidar
The Monster Men
The Ramblings of an Author, Screenwriter, and Producer
A teaser trailer from Andy Briggs' new video blog
following his Tarzan Adventure into the heart of Congo.

The latest from Master Leather Crafter: Bob Hibbard
Belt buckles for the 2013 Dum-Dum
Film star, Rod Taylor, made his professional debut as Tarzan in a series of Australian radio shows in the early '50s
In the early '50s Australian radio imported the Tarzan radio show from America. After they had aired 104 of these episodes they produced 1040 12-minute episodes of their own serial -- Tarzan, King of the Apes. The series started about 1953 and many of the storylines were based upon ERB's books. The most intriguing thing about these shows is that they starred Australian actor, Rod Taylor, who soon after became a major Hollywood star.




PDF: May 4, 1933
Woodland Democrat
Woodland, California

PDF: Nov 15, 1933
Woodland Democrat
Woodland, California

Submitted by Ron de Laat
Another fine addition to our ERB Signal Oil page at
ERBzine 0169

Another ERB/Baseball Connection to add to our ERBzine 1709 Feature
The Edgar Rice Burroughs / Baseball Connection
with rare photos of a Tarzan 'wannabe':
Baseball Great, Lou Gehrig

Ed Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs at MMA and Tarzan "wannabe" Baseball Great, Lou Gehrig


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