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In poor physical and mental health, Edgar Rice Burroughs tries to convince Hollywood to restore the dignity of his greatest creation, Tarzan of the Apes.
Development: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Poor Playwrights’ Theatre 1992
Production: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Fall One-Act Festival 1992
Wasn't the Future Great?
A PULP TREK TIMELINE:
A timeline certain to irritate Star Trek and Pulp Purists
By Matthew Baugh and Dennis E. Power
Below are culled excerpts featuring ERB references
13,000 B.C. To combat the rapidly drying rivers and inland seas, Martian City States dig massive system of canals channeling water from the oceans.
12,000 B.C. Martan Oceans nearly gone despite the best efforts of the Martian people. A strange ocher moss covers the covers the empty Ocean beds. Many Martians develop various methods to survive in a dying world, some races become oviparious, (Burroughs) others develop vast mental powers the Lotharians and an unknown race attempting to develop a gestalt mentality (Mars Minus Bishna-Brackett)
10,000 B.C. Believing himself dying, John Carter's somehow transports himself to Mars, from Earth 1866 A.D. It is not certain whether or not he physically transformed himself into energy and somehow reformulated a new body or if the effect of the transfer merely gave him the illusion that he was standing over his dead body, much like patients under anesthesia often claim to hover over their bodies and watch the operation. The fact that it seems to be an innate ability triggered by near death rather than a portal is indicated by the fact that he does uses this ability from differing locations.
John Flint Roy has speculated that Carter passed through a dimensional barrier to reach Barsoom, since the Mars was demonstrably not Barsoom. That is true but Carter passed through time and space to the Mars of the past. By having Carter's adventures take place in the distant past, the questions of where were the Barsoomian cities, animals etc in the Brackett, Moore, Hamilton future. Also it helps to explain the discrepancies between the martian desert of those books and Barsoom's moss covered planet.
10,000-9,500 B.C. Events of ERB's Martian series. Towards the end of the first book, John Carter saves Barsoom by fixing the Atmosphere Plant. This is very dramatic but possibly over-dramatized. The Atmosphere Plant was possibly the main humidifier, taking water from the underground table and atomizing and spraying it into the Barsoomian atmosphere as a means sustaining the moss and keep desertification at bay. The Plant was probably attacked by Green Men or by terrorists of some type and John Carter did have to rescue it else have the moss die and drastically change the planet's ecology.
Around this time the deciding to flee the dying planet Sarmaks launch an invasion of the earth which they expect to be in a very primitive state. However John Carter's travel through time and space and the use of the Gridley Wave has created a temporal anamoly around Barsoom which causes the Sarmaks to arrive in the future equivalent to John Carter's personal
John Carter destroyed the launching cannon and prevented a second wave.The Sarmaks studied the anamoly and regrouped and launched a second attack while John Carter was evidently occupied with another crisis. They traversed time and dimensional space to attack the parallel earth named Annwn. They were unsuccessful in this venture as well.
8,000 B.C. The giant humidifiers are destroyed and rapid desertification of Mars begins. John Carter and his family having discovered from further discussions with Jason Gridly and Carson Napier via the Gridley wave that he was living in Mars' distant past and that Mars was doomed to become a harsh desert planet despite everyone's best efforts. Carter and as many of his people as could fit into vessels designed by Fal Sivas and emigrated to Saturn, which was the real home of the Morgor and Savator. (In Captain Future's Saturn the inhabitants are blue skinned.) Shortly after John Carter physically left Mars the temporal anamoly surrounding it disappeared.
7,500 B.C. The great cities advanced cities of Helium, Gathol and others become buried in the desert sand. Even the immortal Rama perish finding their efforts at stopping rapid desertification futile. (Secret of Sinharat-Brackett) Gone are the green hordes, the apts, most of the cultures and animals described by John Carter.
c. 1930 Carson Napier builds his own rocket aided by Hans Zarkov. His intention is to fly to Barsoom, unaware that Barsoom lies in the distant past. He finds himself out of trajectory having forgotten to take into account the gravitational pull of the moon. He instead lands on Venus or Amtor as it is called by the citizens of the continent of Vepaja. Events of Pirates of Venus and Lost on Venus by E.R. Burroughs
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c 1933. Events of Carson of Venus by E.R. Burroughs.
1935-8 Events of Escape on Venus by E.R. Burroughs
c. 1938 Events of Wizard of Venus by E.R. Burroughs
c. 1939 Unnamed pilot, but possibly of the Carter clan, is apparently shot down over Germany by a Messerschmidt. Utilizing the power that runs in his famly, he transports himself out of danger, although he believes himself to be dead. He lands on Poloda, a unique solar system several light years away from earth. A pocket of air traverses the entire solar system making interplanetary travel as simples as flying a plane. He is named Tangor (Man Who Came From Nowhere) Poloda is in a state of perpetual war which turns the the warrior into something of a pacifist. Unfortunately Beyond the Farthest Star was the only adventure that Burroughs wrote of Tangor.
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War Correspondent Edgar Rice Burroughs
Writes of Hijinks in the South Pacific
“In Port Somewhere,”
June 10, 1945
“It has all been tremendously interesting, the only drawback being the damnable tropical heat... Several days ago I called on the Atoll Commander and asked permission for some of the ship’s officers and me to visit the island where all the natives have been congregated...yesterday a navy tug called for five of the Cahaba’s officers and me. All together we were a party of about thirty, including some ten or more Army and Navy nurses. Each party contributed sandwiches, in addition to which we took along several cases of beer and plenty of ice... We were introduced to the King, an infantile paralysis victim who is pushed around in a two wheel cart, and he shook hands with each of us...The married women wear a sort of lava lava skirt around their hips... The men were the first aborigines I had ever seen who wore nothing but a very sketchy g-string. The older men were all tattooed. Most of them had designs covering their entire torsos...And did they love to be photographed...The Port Director and the PRO invited us all to come to a dance on another island...I begged off, but am
afraid I shall have to do it later on....The Captain is good to say that my presence abroad has done much for the morale of the crew. I hope so. There is not much else I could do for them. The eight Chiefs had me down in their wardroom for supper Friday. Filet of beef...In the midst of this letter I have had a session of bridge with three officers. Being a correspondent is rugged...”
signed "Papa" and “Edgar Rice Burroughs” and “Papa.”
Published in England. 9 ¼" x 12” ~ 48 pages
Cover story "How Tarzan Was Born"
(about his creation by Edgar Rice Burroughs).
Cover and two pages of the article are pictured here.
The third page has the rest of text plus photos of Lex Barker and Johnny Weissmuller with Johnny Sheffield.
In 1941 Edgar Rice Burroughs witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and at the age of 64 volunteered his services as a war correspondent, the oldest to cover the Pacific war. There have been some 15 film Tarzans played by screen strongmen often remembered more for their muscles than their acting ability.
To Edgar Rice Burroughs, a struggling writer with a family to support, the birth of Tarzan could not have come at a better time. By the 1930s, Tarzan stories and Tarzan films had a world-wide following of fans and even today this evergreen jungle giant is still something of a cult here.
As Japanese planes roared over Pearl Harbor to blast the unprepared U.S. fleet into ruin, among the amazed spectators was a tall, tanned American. His country was suddenly at war. Real life had finally caught up with his vivid and violent imagination. He was 66 years old but soon he would be volunteering his services as an official war correspondent, the oldest to cover the Pacific campaign.
It would not be his first time in uniform. In 1896 he served in Arizona with the famous 7th Cavalry until they discovered that he was underage. Between that time and Pearl Harbor he had been a ranch hand, a gold prospector, a railroad cop in Salt Lake City, a shopkeeper in Idaho -- and the author of more than sixty books, including "Tarzan of the Apes." He was Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Few writers make a good living entirely from acting. Even those who eventually become famous have usually worked at a number of jobs while selling their first stories. Burroughs did not quite fit this pattern. He had tried a variety of ways of making money, but they did not include writing. Only after he, his wife Emma, and his two children were reduced to selling their possessions and moving to his parents' home in Chicago, did he think of the fiction market. Magazines filled with adventure stories were being published by the dozen every month. Burroughs decided he could write the sort of colourful material they needed. At the age of 36 his real career was just beginning.
At first Burroughs kept his literary efforts a secret. He considered that writing was a shameful occupation for a healthy man! And a lady editor who interviewed him for her magazine in 1913, described his hands as looking better fitted for a sledge hammer than a typewriter. He was still ashamed of being an author when the novel "Under the Moons of Mars" was completed. It was submitted to All Story Magazine under a pen name. All Story accepted it and paid Burroughs a badly needed 400 dollars, which helped to cure his embarrassment. But he still kept his job in the office of a magazine. This was fortunate for his next novel, "The Outlaw of Torn," was rejected. In his first year of authorship, 1911, he had completed two novels, and now he began work on a third. He had studied 13th century English history for the background of "The Outlaw of Torn." For the third novel, he turned to "In Darkest Africa" by the famous reporter/explorer Henry M. Stanley. It was the first step in the creation of the most popular character in fiction, Tarzan of the Apes.
The facts about Tarzan are scarcely less incredible than the fiction. Twenty-six Tarzan books were written and published, each of them in several hard cover editions, over a period of 53 years. They had a world-wide appeal. Tarzan never said, "Me Tarzan, you Jane," but if he had he would have said it in 30 languages, plus Esperanto. In 1914, the National Film Corporation put the ape man on the cinema screen. A silent film, starring the professional strongman, Elmo Lincoln, made over one. . .CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE
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Swordsmen and Saurians by Roy G. Krenkel
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Great ERB and Dinosaur Art
Introduction by William Stout
OTIS ADELBERT KLINE
Published by Saint Enterprises,
including five of Kline's
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Stories by Kline, Meek, Eschbach,
and Breuer (Aboard the Martian Liner)
Illos & Cover by Morey
The Thing That Walked in the Rain
Otis Adelbert Kline
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Otis Adelbert Kline
Argosy ~ August 24, 1929
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Vol.2 No.1 JULY 1950 ~ 130 pages
Featuring a Pictorial Tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs, including a rare last picture taken of ERB on the inside back cover.
Front cover by Malcolm Smith with interiors by Malcolm Smith and Jon
1928 GROSSET & DUNLAP STORE PLACARD
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A GAME BY EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS 1939
This is an extremely rare Depression-Era "Tarzan" Parker Bros. game graphically designed by the "Art Department of E. R. Burroughs, Inc." (as printed on the box and board). The box is 13-1/4" x 15-3/4" x 2" deep. The game board is lithographed cardstock with folded sides that fits snugly up against the player compartment. There are 13 game pieces and an instruction "booklet."
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