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From the Madcap Mind of John "Bridge" Martin

The Quest
   We traveled for hours, through the Marsh and across the Heath, searching for the Holy Grell. The lure of the Grell was enough to set us sailing in our Schoonover the sea, with only Crandall Manning the wheel, guided by the Stahr,  with Powers from the boiler and cooking and light from our Coleman. The rest of us were land Lubbers.

  It was rough, with nothing to eat but Oldham, seasoned with Celardo. Frank about Frazetta’d his rear-end off, Fred was constantly Arting, and Dave kept leaning over the side to Hoover, while Mahlon was pointing fingers at everyone and playing the Blaine game.

  The quest had begun with a map found in an artist’s studio in Vallejo, Calif., from where we traveled by Kraar to charter the ship. Now on the Isle of Kaluta we at last spotted the Temple of D’Achille.

  The Chief Abbett, a direct descendant of St. John, came out of his Hoban, leaning on his Kane. "You must Neal before the Gollub," he intoned, but we Krenkeled at the thought. "O Shaw," said Barclay. We began to Jusko for battle positions.

  Just then, we heard some Russelling in the nearby Reeds and a gorgeous girl stepped out. Jeff began Doten on her by Whelan and dealing. But she hauled out a knife, Studley’d with jewels, and cried, "We’ll Burne you on the altar if you dare touch the Grell."

  Suddenly the Grell didn’t seem so important, so we Fostered an escape plan and Maxonized our opportunities to get away.

Gray Lady Down
  Jonagold Carter would rather have been back on Barsoom, escorting Delicious Thoris to a Gala, but here he was, on Earth again, teamed up with detective Honey Crisp and her pet ocelot, Bruce Biteapple, probing the ruins of eerie McIntosh Castle in search of the rampaging Gravenstein monster.

  Anon, they encountered an old crone, crumpled in a heap, obviously a victim of the insane creature. "Granny Smith!" shouted Jonagold as he picked her up. "Are you all right?"

  "Just find my cane for me and it's Pip PipPippin for that lumbering giant," she croaked.

  Honey Crisp saw the cane, lying beside an apple tree, and handed it to the ancient creature, whose bloody wounds were turning her into a Pink Lady. She hauled a small can of lighter fluid out of her pocketbook and doused the end of the walking stick, then flicked her lighter and applied it to the tip.

  "Why are you setting your cane on fire?" worried Jonagold.

  "Because when I find that brute," she growled, "I'm gonna Braeburn his butt."

Burne Hogarth, Mike Royer and Russ Manning.
Photo by Mark Evanier
Burne Hogarth, Mike Royer and Russ Manning.

Ref: John Goodwin
 TorCon 1 (1948 WorldCon)
Top (l to r): L. Ron Hubbard, John W. Campbell, Sam Moskowitz, Murray Leinster
Bottom (l to r): Willy Ley, Richard Wilson, Frank Belknap Long

Author DJ Howell's ERB-influenced Jer-ok novels are serialized in ERBzine.
She attended a recent ComicCon where she had her photo taken with Thor since Tarzan wasn't in attendance.

Update to our ERBzine 1999 Archive
ERB Article Reprints Compiled by Bill Hillman
1. Strange As It Seems
2. How I Wrote the Tarzan Books
3. Protecting the Author's Rights
4. An Autobiographical Sketch
I have tasted fame... it is nothing.
I find my greatest happiness in being alone with my violin.

Hollywood's Citizen News
June 25, 1943
When he was 66, Mr. Burroughs enlisted in the Business Men's Training Corps in Honolulu.
This is a volunteer group of businessmen who banded together after Pearl Harbor
to frustrate any further Jap attacks that might occur.
He was commissioned an officer in this organization.
In drill he could outwalk the younger men.


Pick up the November 2016 edition of National Geographic - Featuring a special Mars Supplement.
 and be sure to look for the Burroughs Crater on Mars:

A Map of Barsoom By Oberon Zell


All 75 episodes of the Wolf Larson & Lydie Denier series.
Submitted by Rob Donkers

Wall Calendar 12 pages and cover 8"x11". Printed on white heavy semi-gloss paper.
This calendar is REPRINT of vintage movie posters and ads.
Available on Amazon

Discovered in a Dutch magazine by Ron de Laat


More in our ERB Artists Encyclopedia

“Tarzan and His Mate,” one of several restored murals
by Howard Chandler Christy in a restaurant recently reopened
as The Leopard, in the old Hotel Des Artistes on New York’s Upper West Side.
Daily Pic: From the Edgar Rice Burroughs FB page

Source ERB-dom 12
Two THE MAD KING panels created for the 1963 World Science Fiction Convention Art Show.
Early art by Mike Royer before he became well known in the comics field.
This was around the time he created an illustrated WIZARD OF VENUS booklet as a Pacificon II souvenir.

Interesting Mars map. . .  mmm. . . Korak on Mars?
Artist unknown

John Carter by Mark Schultz

Visit our Frank Frazetta Gallery of
Edgar Rice Burroughs Art:

This souvenir item is from the 1998 Dum-Dum,
which was held in Baltimore, Maryland, the home of Jane Porter, later Clayton.
The cover artwork is by Frank Cho, (Cho sketch courtesy Ray Cuthbert)
the booklet was limited to 100 copies,
and contains photos of different versions of Jane in the Tarzan movies.

Google the other Dum-Dum coverage in our Archive Page

Reprinted from as
"10 swinging fun facts behind The Legend of Tarzan"
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first Tarzan story, Tarzan of the Apes, was published in the October 1912 edition of The All-Story pulp magazine. The author first began writing the tale of the orphaned babe raised by apes on Dec. 1, 1911.
  • Tarzan was raised by the fictional simian tribe known as the Mangani, meaning “great-ape” in their own elaborate language, which was invented by Burroughs. Other Mangani words include: Tarzan (white-skin); Numa (lion); Histah (snake); Bolgani (gorilla); Manu (monkey); and Tarmangani (white human being or white great ape.) You can read a scholarly article by Dr. Peter Coogan about the great apes’ language and an extensive listing of words over at the Official Philip José Farmer Web Page.
  • Batman is often considered the first “superhero” without actual super-powers, but the truth is that Bob Kane’s caped-crusader was at least partially inspired by Tarzan (not to mention The Shadow and Doc Savage as well.) Both Bruce Wayne and John Clayton (Tarzan’s real name) were orphaned as children, inherited fortunes, and would go on to fight injustice and evil using their wits and physical prowess. The big difference is that Tarzan doesn’t have all the fancy gizmos. As Jane states in the upcoming film, “No man ever started with less.”
  • The love of Tarzan’s life, Jane, has been portrayed in the movies as both American and British. The best known Jane was played by Maureen O’Sullivan in the Johnny Weissmuller films from the ’30s and ’40s, where she was an English woman named “Jane Parker.” The real Jane, from the books, is an American woman (Jane Porter) from Baltimore.
  • Tarzan’s father, the British Lord Greystoke, is killed by the Mangani leader, Kerchak; but when Tarzan, nurtured and raised by the she-ape Kala, becomes a young adult he avenges his father by killing the malevolent Kerchak and taking on his role as the king of the tribe.
  • The first Tarzan movie was a silent film released almost 100 years ago. Tarzan of the Apes hit theaters in 1918 and starred the very stout Elmo Lincoln as the Ape Man, and the doe-eyed Enid Markey as Jane. The movie was a huge hit, but author Edgar Rice Burroughs was not thrilled with the casting of Tarzan. (You can watch the film on YouTube HERE!)
  • The Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan pulp stories have been re-published into 24 novels in multiple languages. Most of the tales are set in Africa, although the author never actually set foot on the continent
  • Jane Porter is one of the first female characters in popular culture to be written as a strong, independently-minded woman; even though her Ape Man often arrives just in the nick of time to save her skin.
  • The fictional character of Tarzan is one of the best known and most popular characters the world over. His pulp magazine heroics have inspired countless other adventure heroes and have greatly influenced the serial storytelling medium as a whole.
  • While some believe that Burroughs’ Ape Man was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the late author always maintained Tarzan of the Apes was his original tale and that if he was subliminally influenced by anything it was most likely the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus.

    Many Cartoons in
    Thanks to John "Bridge" Martin for submitting many of these.

    Not long after being marooned in Caspak, Bowen Tyler
    had traded away the few coins in his pocket
    and the last remaining bills in his wallet to stone-age natives,
    who were happy to exchange fresh vegetables
    for the strange objects with the pretty pictures.
      So, it was fortuitous that he did not have to pay any high postal rates
    to get his message to the outside world.
    ~ Bridge

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