Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 10,000 Web Pages in Archive
 Volume 4509

Eclectica Archive
Edgar Rice Burroughs

ECLECTICA v.2013.08

Eclectica Archive

Hear it via YouTube at our George McWhorter Tribute site
A greeting to attendees of the 2012 Dum-Dum from Burroughs Bibliophiles
Spiritual Leader and Jeddak of Jeddaks, George T. McWhorter.
Meet George at the 2013 Dum-Dum in Louisville, KY ~ August 8-12
and marvel at the incredible McWhorter Memorial ERB Collection

View George's Greeting

Visit the mammoth ERBzine George McWhorter Tribute site
See GTM photos at the ERBzine Poster Collage site:
Register for the Dum-Dum ERB Convention
and see our coverage of Dum-Dums past at:

Frolicing with the Lions
This is shocking! The most amazing thing you'll ever watch!

Tarzan in Sand
Tarzan, King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and Marvel comic heroes
are some of the sand sculptures delighting visitors at a Tel Aviv museum.

Tarzan's Tree House At Disneyland
 Tour Tarzan's jungle home—built aloft in an 80-foot-tall tree—and see what it's like to live on the wild side!
Tarzan's Treehouse and rope bridge at Disneyland Park
Tarzan's Treehouse and rope bridge at Disneyland Park
Tarzan’s Story Comes Alive
Two boys play and pull a rope at Tarzan's TreehouseTwo boys play and pull a rope at Tarzan's Treehouse
Climb high into the sky, see Tarzan’s improvised living conditions and learn the story of his wild jungle upbringing. The adventure begins as you climb a tree stump and walk across a rope bridge to the tree house.

Overgrown with vines and constructed with salvaged parts from Tarzan's parents' shipwreck, the tree house features vignettes from Tarzan's life story. As you tour the ingeniously designed room built into the huge tree, look for illustrations from Jane's sketchbook that provide the details of how Tarzan was saved from the savage Sabor, raised by a kindly gorilla Kala and fell in love with Jane Porter.

A Tree with a View
Figure of Jane taking notes and sketches of the wild Tarzan
Explore the 150-ton mammoth tree with 450 branches containing over 6,000 leaves.

The tree’s scientific name is Disneydendron semperflorens grandis or "large ever-blooming Disney tree."

As you near the top, you're treated to astonishingly beautiful views of Adventureland far below you.

Make Some Noise at the Base Camp
A boy plays with musical cooking pots at Tarzan's Treehouse
Once you've experienced the tree house, the fun continues on the ground at the base of the tree.

You're invited to investigate Jane's collection of scientific equipment and improvised cooking gear.

Inspect a magic lantern, play with musical pots and pull vines for a delightful assortment of fun surprises.

ERB Art by Dave Seeley
Scott Tracy Griffin - ERB writer - met artist Dave Seeley at Comic Con 2013.
Dave is posing by his twin artworks of John Carter and Tarzan
that will grace the cover of the forthcoming Baen Books ERB anthology,
See our previous ERB Eclectica editions for promos and contact info.
Mike Resnick is featured numerous times in ERBzine:
Den Valdron's "Ganymede or Bust" Series
ERBzine 1930
1. Tarzan On Mars
ERBzine 1931
2. Forgotten Sea of Mars
ERBzine 1932
3. Mike Resnick's Ganymede
ERBzine 1933
4. Ganymede: Two Universes
ERBzine 1934
5. Resnick's Ganymede II
Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile: Joan Bledig

An update from Mike Resnick.
The real story behind 
I wrote THE FORGOTTEN SEA OF MARS in 1963, when I was 21 years old, at the request of Vern Coriell, who was editing the Burroughs Bulletin. He sat on it for 2 years, so I pulled it back and gave it to Camille Cazedessus Jr., editor/publisher of ERB-dom. Had Vern not initially requested it, the novella would never have been written.

I met Don Grant at Tricon, the 1966 Worldcon. He'd seen THE FORGOTTEN SEA OF MARS and told me if I'd lose the copyrighted characters but keep the plot as part of a novel, he'd buy it. And he did.

Paperback Library then contacted me amd offered a 2-book contract, for THE GODDESS OF GANYMEDE and a second GANYMEDE book (which I'd already written: PURSUIT ON GANYMEDE).

I had no illusion about the quality of these things. I wrote the pair of them in less than two weeks, while holding down a full-time editing job. I wanted to use a pseudonym -- I didn't mind 400 ERB fans (Grant's hardcover print run) knowing I wrote them, but I didn't want 100,000 people thinking these books, which I ground out for filthy lucre, were typical of what I could do. They said No, that GODDESS was already copyrighted in my name, and they were using my name.

I did one more grind-it-out-for-cash job, REDBEARD, in 1967, though it didn't come out until 1969. Then one day I was in New York, having lunch with Lin Carter. He told me he had just finished a Leigh Brackett book, and was embarking on an ERB book, and had just signed to do a Robert E. Howard book. I asked him when he was going to do a Lin Carter book. He just stared at me, as if the question had no meaning to him -- and in that instant I realized that I didn't want to grow up to be Lin Carter, spending my whole life copying other writers' styles and ideas.

I stayed away from science fiction (as a pro, not as a fan) for eleven years, long enough (I hoped) to give people time to forget those three books. (Didn't quite happen; they still come back to humiliate me at autograph sessions.)

I still get offers every year from publishers who want to bring the Ganymede books back into print. I will never allow that to happen, and I myself have not opened either of them in 45 years.

There is nothing wrong with Edgar Rice Burroughs. In fact, THE WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, an anthology I co-edited, will come out from Baen Books this October. What was wrong was trying to write like Edgar Rice Burroughs instead of like Mike Resnick.

Since 1980 I have written only Resnick books and stories, and I think the record speaks for itself: 71 novels, 260 stories, 3 screenplays, editor of 41 anthologies, and according to Locus I am the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction.

-- Mike Resnick

Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia

Original theme anthology.  Eleven new tales set in the legendary worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Contains stories by top writers such as Mercedes Lackey, Sarah Hoyt, and Mike Resnick.

368 pages
Publisher: Baen; Original edition
ISBN-10: 145163935X ~ ISBN-13: 978-1451639353

Available October 1, 2013 at bookstores and

Frazetta Remembered

Visit ERBzine's Gallery of ERB Art by Frank Frazetta:

Tarzan Art by Neal Adams

See Neal Adams Tarzan cover art for Ballantine in ERBzine

Nick Cardy, 92-Year-Old Comic Artist,
Sketched His Time As A WWII Soldier
Ref: Huffington Post

See the sketches in the July edition of our Military Tribute Webzine:

Tarzan by John Celardo

See hundreds of daily Tarzan strips by John Celardo in ERBzine.

Korak by Roy G. Krenkel

I. ERBzine 3330 : Earth's Core and Moon

II. ERBzine 3331 : The Planets
III. ERBzine 3332 : Savage Earth


Painted, color original that was offered for sale at the


Russ Cochrane at age 8 ~ Fishing 1941

A pair of Hooters :: Russ Cochran and Sammy

ERB Fan Remembers MAD from the Good Ole Days
When Mad Magazine did a parody of the Flying Nun show they titled it "The Flying Nut."
It inspired me to write the only letter I ever managed to get published in Mad.
A few months later, with a new issue in my hands,
I was sitting on the toilet reading it when I saw my letter.
I can't think of a more appropriate place to discover that one's letter has been published in Mad.

John Martin (Bridge)
EDGARDEMAIN: Celebrating the literary legerdemain of Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Just As I Am, The Autobiography of Billy Graham."
  "At home, from my earliest years, Mother encouraged me in the habit of reading. The exploits of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest entranced me. I read the whole Tom Swift series, and the Rover Boys. Among my favorite adventure reading were the Tarzan books; they came out every few months. I could hardly wait for the next one to be issued, and my mother would always buy it for me. In the woods in back of our house, I tried to imitate Tarzan's vine-swinging antics and distinctive yell, much to the amusement of [sister] Catherine ."

The Overstreet Hall of Fame: John Buscema

Who are the individuals who have made great contributions to the comic book arts? Who are the writers, artists, editors, publishers and others who have plied their craft in insightful ways? The Overstreet Hall of Fame, which spotlights many such creators and leading figures, is featured in The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics.

Inspired by the work of Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, and Burne Hogarth, John Buscema began his career at Marvel Comics in 1948, when it was still Timely Comics. He stayed on staff there for a year and a half, afterward freelancing for a number of companies. After leaving the comics field to go into advertising in 1958, Buscema returned to comics — and Marvel in particular — in 1966, when his old boss Stan Lee brought him back to the “House of Ideas.” His Silver Age output could be seen within the pages of Avengers, Conan the Barbarian, Fantastic Four, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Silver Surfer, among others. He also co-wrote How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way with Stan Lee. His final published comics work was DC Comics’ Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Buscema Creating Superman. His is a talent that is greatly missed, but lives on in myriad four-color tales. – Scott Braden


A birthday party held for Forry Ackerman in 1967.
Ray Bradbury at the lectern and seated are Wendayne Ackerman and Forry Ackerman.

Visit Forry's Ackermansion in ERBzine
and more Ackerman features:
Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies 
Forrest Ackerman Lives On by Guillermo del Toro
Many More Dum-Dum Visits



Visit the Harold Foster Tribute Pages
Tarzan and Prince Valiant
in ERBzine


Joseph C. and Ottilie K. Pohler
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Central Cemetery
The grave of Tarzan #2, Gene Pollar (Joseph C. Pohler) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida



WHO??? WHA???

Health and Fitness Guru
It ain't Gordon Scott in the middle photo image from a video cover.
But it is ERB fan favourite: DENNY MILLER

The Top Ten Botched Escapes from Gilligan's Island

6. The Surfer
Is it my imagination, or do an inordinate number of other people land on the island and somehow get off and manage to leave all seven castaways stuck there? And so we see the champion surfer, played by actor Denny Miller. Yes, he can surf off the island and get back to the mainland, but the muscular surfer has eyed the voluptuous Ginger and the innocent hottie Mary Anne. The girls respond in kind. After all, after several months of nothing but Gilligan, the skipper, and the professor, wouldn't you, ladies? But soon the ladies realize that they must act disinterested or the surfer dude will never want to leave. So Ginger and Mary Anne feign indifference to muscle boy (after initially drooling over his physique) and he decides to surf back to civilization. And he makes it -with one caveat. Surfer boy hits his head on a rock, gets amnesia, and can't remember any of the castaways or his experiences with them.
Appearing Now in ERBzine:
A weekly feature
Denny will share memories from his amazing film and televsion career.
ERBzine 1480
ERBzine 1959
Denny Miller Photo Gallery
Tarzan Centennial Convention at Bridgewater College
Tarzan the Ape Man 1959
Denny Celebrates Tarzan's Centennial
The Denny Miller / ERB Stamp Connection

Bonomo Coulda Bin a Contender
Photo from the Ted McKosky Collection

Tarzan the Mighty (1928) -
The original star was to have been Joe Bonomo, promoted by the studio as "the greatest of all Tarzans.''

Near the end of work on another picture, Perils of the Wild (1925), Bonono fractured his left leg and injured his sacro-iliac.

Frank Merrill, who had doubled for Elmo Lincoln in Perils of the Jungle (?) was offered the job and began work the next day.

Warner Archive has announced new releases.
The DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD).; to order, fans must visit
The Warner Archive Collection ( or
Hugh Hudson's refreshingly adult revisionist take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal apeman arrives on Blu-ray like a blast of warm rain forest air. Robert Towne's script (writing as P.H. Vazak) hews close to Burroughs' origin as found in Tarzan of the Apes by way of modern anthropology. The second half may thread in some movie mythos (like Jane as English gentry) but plays out its savage vs. civilization theme. Gorgeously shot by John Alcott (The Shining, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?), Greystoke also boasts an acting pedigree worthy of Burke's peerage, including Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm , David Suchet, James Fox, and Nigel Davenport with Andie MacDowell and Glenn Close handling Jane physicality and vocality respectively. But the film belongs to Lambert's heart-wide open performance as Tarzan and Rick Baker's amazing simian simulations.
Special Features: Commentary with Hugh Hudson and producer Garth Thomas, Theatrical Trailer. 16x9 Widescreen

Read more about GREYSTOKE Among Warner Archive's New Releases - BWWMoviesWorld by


1979-1980 jam art for Martin Greim Collection
From J. David Spurlock

Ted Cassidy appeared on the game show "Storybook Squares" as "Tarzan."



Visit our thousands of other sites at:
All ERB Images© and Tarzan® are Copyright ERB, Inc.- All Rights Reserved.
All Original Work © 1996-2013 by Bill Hillman and/or Contributing Authors/Owners
No part of this web site may be reproduced without permission from the respective owners.