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Volume 6312

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Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman

January 8  ::  January 9  ::  January 10
January 11 ::  January 12  :: January 13  ::  January 14


Carson of Venus: Argosy cover, John Coleman Burroughs art: Burroughs DJ and 5 interiors ~ Map of Amtor
Tarzan's Daring Rescue BLB ~ Tarzan: Across the Everglades: Gray Morrow strip

*** 1935: Elvis Presley was born on this date. The Elvis / Tarzan Connection: TARZAN PRESLEY by award-winning New Zealand author Nigel Cox. Nigel  sent me a review copy before it came out - coincidentally it was published on Sue-On's birthday - June 3, although quite a few years later in 2004 :)  Tarzan Presley was the author's  fourth novel and was a runner-up at the Montana awards the next year.
    The book was an imaginative and fascinating read so I featured it in my ERBzine SWAG pages and and as a news item on it in ERBzine NEWS. I later collected and displayed a number of reviews on this award-winning book -- nearly all of them glowing in nature.
    Unfortunately, ERB, Inc. eventually ordered Nigel to cease publication since he was not authorized to use the Tarzan name. Cox admitted that the episode had upset him. "I did feel bitter, and then I got over it. There's just no point." The book was notable for fusing the life story of Elvis Presley and the fictional character Tarzan into a single original narrative. It was nominated in the fiction category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2005, where it was judged runner-up, despite being embroiled in copyright controversy in the United States. The book was republished in 2011 under a different title -- Jungle Rock Blues -- and different character names.
    Nigel Cox died of cancer not long after in 2006. The publisher, however, changed the title and resumed publication.
A Collection of Tarzan Presley Reviews
Tarzan Presley review in ERBzine SWAG
ERB News: Tarzan Presley Author Dies
The Hillman Elvis Tribute Site
Tarzan Presley Book Covers
*** 1938: The serial of “Carson of Venus” began in "Argosy" on Jan. 8, 1938, and ran for a total of six installments.

The primary location of this story, the third book in ERB's Venus series, is the kingdom of Korva in the country of Anlap, centered around the cities of Sanara and Amlot. But there was a brief interlude at the start of the book where Carson and Duare played capture and escape with a tribe of people in which women dominated, and the weak men answered to names such as Lula and Ellie.
The Nazi-like Zanis controlled the city of Amlot and were besieging Sanara, but with Carson on the job the war was soon won by the guys with whom Carson was friendly, and he not only won the right for him and Duare to live in Sanara, but also became the adopted son of Taman, the new jong of Sanara.
    ERB began writing "Carson" in 1937 and the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany influenced him to bring a Nazi-like regime in as Carson’s new foe. The story is a smorgasbord of satire, with ERB using his Zani characters to show that much of Nazi practice was ridiculous, while – at the same time – illustrating the horror of it all.
The Del-Rey paperback of the story shows the copyright date as 1930 – a neat trick for a book not written until 1937 and not published for the first time until 1938! Someone with only the Del-Rey paperback might incorrectly conclude that all of ERB’s Nazi-Zani references were an amazing bit of prophetic writing!
Some of the things ERB parodies, such as the Nazi greeting, salute and marching style, were well-known when he wrote the story. However he is indeed prophetic, in Chapter 10, "The Prison of Death," in which he describes the horrors of Zani imprisonment and torture, and even includes a furnace where the bodies of the slain prisoners are cremated. Though the Nazi persecution of the Jews and others was well under way, in ever-escalating phases in the 30s, the death camps and furnaces were a thing yet in the future when ERB wrote this novel.
    Assigned to prison staff duty, Carson was given a tour by a Zani guard who showed him an imprisoned doctor whose crime was that he had alleviated the agony of an Atorian who was dying of an incurable disease. “Can you imagine?” asked the guard. Carson’s reply was far over the head of the guard’s discerning abilities: “I am afraid that my imagination is permanently incapacitated. There are things that transcend the limits of a normal imagination. Today you have shown me such things.”
Carson of Venus: ERBzine Bibliography series
Carson of Venus: Pulp covers in the ERBzine Pulp Biblio
Articles on Amtor
Carson of Venus: Read the e-Text edition in ERBzine

Off-Site Reference
ERB Summary Project

*** 1942: As the years passed, and more about the murderous Nazi regime became known, ERB took other shots at them, and in particular at Hitler. On Jan. 8, 1942, in a “Laugh It Off” column, ERB wrote:
"THE YANKS ARE COMING! That war cry brought hope to our embattled allies 24 years ago. As it rings out again today, it brings hope to the whole world of human beings -- which does not include Hitler and his stooges.
    "It has been reported that when Adolf is thwarted he flies into a hysterical rage, throws himself on the floor and chews the edge of the rug. After he heard the President's promise of 60,000 planes, 45,000 tanks, and 8,000,000 tons of shipping this year and about twice as many next year, the nazis had to refurnish the room completely."
(Almost sounds like something he could have written about Mephis!)
The Laugh It Off columns:
*** 1938: "Tarzan and a Daring Rescue,"
a Whitman Big Little Book, is one of those items that is so rare you seldom see it, and when you do see it, it has a rather high price! It was copyrighted Jan. 8, 1938, the same date as the first "Carson" installment in "Argosy," and was a Pan-Am Motor Oil giveaway.
But if you don't have it, you can see the cover as well as the covers of many other Tarzan BLBs in ERBzine:
Big Little Book Cover Gallery
...and the inside is 31 illustrations and story adapted from the Rex Maxon strip, "The Return of Tarzan," and you can see ALL the Maxon panels in ERBzine:
The Return of Tarzan: The Rex Maxon adaptation in daily strips
*** 1941: Boris Vallejo was born on this date in Peru.  His works SF/Fantasy art is well known and loved around the world. Boris is famous for his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage and many other fantasy characters, as well as movie poster illustration, advertisement illustration, and artwork for collectibles, trading cards, and sculpture.

    Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction and fantasy paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically sword and sorcery gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle.
    Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell are married and the two often collaborate on projects. They have worked on many paintings together for advertising campaigns such as Nike, Inc., Coca-Cola, and Toyota.
Boris Cover Art for Ballantine Books
Boris Tarzan Cover Art Collage
Boris and Julie at Louisville Dum-Dum 2003 Collage

Off-Site Reference:
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Official Site

*** 2021: Mike Henry, a former NFL linebacker and actor known for playing Tarzan in the 1960s died on this date. Henry died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after many years of dealing with chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Parkinson’s disease brought on by the head injuries in the NFL and at the University of Southern California.He traded football for acting and went on to star in the Tarzan films of the 1960s and worked alongside Burt Reynolds in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies.
    Henry grew up in East Los Angeles. In high school, former city council member John Ferraro saw him play football and facilitated his tryout for USC’s football team. After college, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, for which he played from 1958 to 1961. Wanting to try his luck with acting, Henry requested a transfer to play for the Los Angeles Rams. In one of his final games as a Ram linebacker, a producer spotted Henry and asked him to test for the role of Tarzan. Between 1966 and 1968, he starred in three films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation: “Tarzan and the Valley of Gold,” “Tarzan and the Great River” and “Tarzan and the Jungle Boy.”
    He is maybe best known for his role in three “Smokey and the Bandit” action comedies from 1977, 1980 and 1983. His other movie roles included 1974’s “The Longest Yard,” 1973’s “Soylent Green,” 1970’s “Rio Lobo” and 1968’s “The Green Berets.” TV roles included “General Hospital,” “Lou Grant,” “Rhoda,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “77 Sunset Strip.”
    Henry worked behind the scenes in film and TV for the rest of his professional career until he retired in 1988 as a result of Parkinson’s disease. “You could not find anyone who ever spoke ill of Mike. He was one of the loveliest men ever to grace this earth,” said Cheryl Henry, his wife of 36 years. Mike Henry is also a survived by a daughter, Shannon Noble.
ERBzine's 8-Page Mike Henry Tribute starts at:
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold
Tarzan and the Great River
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy
Authorized ERB Universe Novels

*** 1984: "Across the Everglades," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began in newspapers Jan. 8, 1984, and ran for 12 weeks. I've included all the Morrow Sunday reprints in ERBzine, including this one:
Across the Everglades: 12 Tarzan Sunday pages by Morrow and Kraar


Boys Clubs: Boy Scouts and ERB's Tribe of Tarzan and Tarzan Clan ~ Return of Tarzan: New Story and 1st. Edition
Back to the Stone Age: JCB DJ art and paperbacks ~ Roof of the World: Gray Morrow Tarzan Strip

*** 1928:  In the world of ERB, there's the BSA of Van and the BSA of Von.
The Van was the Van Nuys News in Southern California, which carried ERB's byline for several days in late August and early September of 1928, when it printed a series of articles he had written about the history of the BSA -- the Boy Scouts of America.
    The Von was Willhelm Von Horst, hero of ERB's late 1930s BSA story -- "Back to the Stone Age."
When it first appeared in print on Jan. 9, 1937, the latter story was unknowable by the BSA initials, however, since its first title was "Seven Worlds to Conquer." That was the title used by "Argosy Weekly"
when it serialized the account over six issues of the pulp magazine. Emmett Watson did the colour cover for the first issue and Samuel Cahan provided a black and white interior for each installment.
Von Horst had been aboard the dirigible, the O-220, in which Tarzan and others had flown through the polar opening to the Earth's core, to rescue David Innes from a dungeon in Korsar. Much of the crew had become temporarily lost in Pellucidar in that story, "Tarzan at the Earth's Core," but all -- with the exception of Von Horst -- eventually found their way back to the ship.
BSA detailed the stranded Von Horst's adventures in fighting his way through peril after peril while winning the heart of the spunky La-Ja.
    ERB had actually taken the name of the dirigible from his valley phone number.
The ERB / Boy Scouts Connection
Back to the Stone Age: ERBzine's C.H.A.S.E.R. info page on the story
Back to the Stone Age: Read the entire text in ERBzine

Off-Site Reference
A quick summary of the book

*** 2020: Michael Diamond Resnick (1942.03.05-2020.01.09) was an American science fiction writer born in Chicago and died on this date of lymphoma. Mike Resnick won an impressive five Hugos and was nominated for thirty-one more. The Burroughs Bibliophiles presented him with the Golden Lion Award in 2916. The author of the Starship series, the John Justin Mallory series, the Eli Paxton Mysteries, and four Weird West Tales, he has sold sixty-nine science fiction novels and more than two hundred fifty short stories and edited forty anthologies. His Kirinyaga series, with sixty-seven major and minor awards and nominations to date, is the most honored series of stories in the history of science fiction.
    Resnick's "Forgotten Sea of Mars" was originally published in a fanzine-size magazine with color front and back cover, as a supplement to Caz's fanzine ERBdom 12. It was authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and is one of the best ERB pastiches, reading almost as if ERB himself had written it. It was meant as a sequel to Llana of Gathol. Mike later adapted the story, sans ERB characters, for his Ganymede books: Goddess of Ganymede and Pursuit on Ganymede. It was also included in the 2013 anthology, "Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs," edited by Resnick and Robert T. Garcia.
    Mike was strongly influenced by the writings of ERB: "Edgar Rice Burroughs...could pace, he was accessable, he was a brilliant inventor of languages, and he told emotionally satisfying morality plays in an action/adventure framework. He had the capacity to imagine fully-fleshed worlds by the carload. one since then ...has created a greater number of wildly popular imaginative series. Yes, he was followed by many better, more subtle, more erudite writers ...most of whom built upon his foundation...but...he was the first, and he is still very readable and very popular, and what more need you ask of a pioneer?" -- Mike Resnick
*** I was thrilled when FORGOTTEN SEA OF MARS came with my ERB-dom subscription so many years ago back in 1965 -- a great read. I was a bit frustrated though, when I found that the centre pages were mis-collated and duplicated. It wasn't for a few more years that a friend sent me photocopies of the missing pages which I inserted into my original. Of course, I purchased Mike's Worlds of ERB anthology when it came out which Mike graciously signed at the 2016 Chicago Dum-Dum. Now both versions have an honoured place on my ERB bookshelves.
Celebrate Mike's birthdate - March 5, 1942 - at:
Mike Resnick GoH at Dum-Dum 2016
The Forgotten Sea of Mars and The Burroughs Revival
Mike Resnick Receives the Golden Lion Award
Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

*** 1913: Thomas Metcalf was a lot harder to please than most ERB fans. When ERB submitted his manuscript for a story he titled "The Ape-Man" to Metcalf, the editor of "The All-Story" wrote back with a load of criticism, starting with the fact that he didn't like the way the story started! And it seems he didn't like much else either.
Fans, though, have always found much to like about the story, which was retitled as "The Return of Tarzan" when it was eventually published by Metcalf's rival, "New Story." One of the things I personally liked was the part where Tarzan and the Waziri follow the marauding Arabs and start picking the enemy off one by one. Metcalf, however, found that to be "tedious."
    After ERB wrote his Jan. 9, 1913, cover letter to "My dear Mr. Metcalf," along with the manuscript, only to receive a wad of Metcalf's picky comments in return, ERB dropped the niceties and addressed his next letter, simply, "Dear Metcalf." And that should have proven to Metcalf that ERB was, indeed, a great writer, with the ability to get his point across even with the shortest of salutations!
The Return of Tarzan: History ~ Art ~ e-Text
The Burroughs / Metcalfe Letter Exchanges
*** 2000: "The Roof of the World,"
by Gray Morrow and Allan Gross, began in newspapers Jan. 9, 2000, and ran for 16 Sundays.
The Roof of the World: 16 Tarzan Sunday pages by Morrow and Gross:


Tarzan Escapes: 1935 Film, Adapted to BLBs, Weissmuller and O'Sullivan Photos, Title Shot, Lost Vampire Scene
John Carter and the Giant of Mars BLB ~ Man Mountain Dean: Wrestler, US Tank Corps

*** Bob (Robert Bartow) Lubbers (1922.01.10-2017.07.08) was born in Brooklyn, Long Island, NY, USA on this date.  Bob did comics and comic strips, best known for his work on Tarzan, Li’l Abner, Long Sam, Secret Agent X-9 and Robin Malone.  Later he broke into the field of animatics for television ad agencies, and even later than that he began creating crossword puzzles for Newsday and the NY Times Sunday puzzle, where he won an award for best Sunday crossword in 1995 – his first attempt at cross wording.
    In 1950, he was offered the job of drawing the Tarzan Sunday and daily strips and signed on for a three-year contract. Of that experience Bob remembered:
"The dream of a lifetime come true -- the big time. But to me Tarzan was only Foster and Weissmuller. I'd never read a Burroughs book, had no real insight into Tarzan's character. I was not fully prepared for this massive step, but did know I wanted to get the feel of Foster. Plenty of action, interplay with jungle animals, colorful backgrounds and as many exotic girls as the scripts would allow. So off went the roof of my detached garage and up went a little studio with a potbelly coal stove for heat. I dug in full bore, charged with inspiration. Seven-day weeks were not uncommon in the beginning, but only nine to five. What fun it was using the (George) Bridgeman tricks -- twisting the figures and animals into dynamic action drawings. For the first time in my career it was serious illustration. Some of the vignette panels, sans copy, seem to tell more of the character of Tarzan I was after than the main frames.
 "Dick Van Buren got the scripts to me on time and we were rolling. When he wrote exotic females into the scripts, it was fun to reprise some of the fun of those Fiction House cover girls. modified slightly. The stories could never be truly topical, but played in an amorphous, Burroughsian time period." "Plenty of action, interplay with jungle animals, colorful backgrounds and as many exotic girls as Dick?s scripts would allow."
    In 1998, Lubbers was honored with the prestigious Yellow Kid prize at Rome's Expo Cartoon Festival. Sunday strips by Lubbers were displayed in 2003 at the Tarzan! exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Writing about his experiences in the comics industry, his encounters with stars, presidents and models, his passions for playing music and golf, and his  success at devising crossword puzzles, Lubbers comes across as a genial, big-hearted man, who has always enjoyed his life and developing a variety of talents.
    Bob Lubbers died on July 8, 2017 at the age of 95.
Bob Lubbers Bio and Guide to all his daily Tarzan strips reprinted in ERBzine
Bob Lubbers Tribute Collage

Off-Site Reference
Lubbers in Wikipedia

*** 1936: Back on Nov. 6, 1935, the MGM film "Tarzan Escapes" was released. Two months later, on Jan. 10, 1936, The Big Little Book version of the story was copyrighted. Read the Big Little Book version
Tarzan Escapes: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan Escapes: Adapted to a Big Little Book
*** Some of the Big Little Books, were abridged versions of ERB stories, and some, such as "Tarzan in the Land of Giant Apes" and "Tarzan and the Journey of Terror," were based on Dell comic stories. Five were based directly on movies. In addition to "Tarzan Escapes," there was "Tarzan the Fearless," "Tarzan of the Screen," "New Adventures of Tarzan" and "Tarzan's Revenge."

    My how things have changed! Back then, after a film played for maybe three or four days at the local theater, you never saw it again. And after you and your friends had read all of your comics until the covers and middle pages were missing, it would have been nice to find a BLB that reprinted the comic story. Today, with old movies on TV and the internet and DVD copies we can watch just about any movie any time we want -- including "Tarzan Escapes." It's nice to be so spoiled!
Tarzan the Fearless: Big Little Book adaptation keyed onto the web by Bill Hillman
Tarzan of the Screen:  Big Little Book adaptation keyed onto the web by Bill Hillman
All about Tarzan (and John Carter) Big Little Books starting at:
*** For his Jan. 10, 1942, "Laugh It Off" column, ERB made a note about Man Mountain Dean: "Appropriate: Man Mountain Dean, the 280 pound wrestler, has enlisted in the tank corps. I have met a lot of chaps on Oahu who could qualify for the tank corps, though not necessarily on the strength of avoirdupois." Man Mountain Dean served both in World Wars I and II.

ERB's "Laugh It Off" columns:

Off-Site Reference:
Man Mountain Dean in Wikipedia

*** 1944: Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944.01.10-2011.05.19) was born on this date in Atlanta, Georgia, US.Jones provided more than 150 covers for many different types of books through 1976, as well as venturing into fine art during and after this time. Frank Frazetta called Jones "the greatest living painter". The World Fantasy Artist Award of 1986 was among the many awards received.
Although Jones first achieved fame as simply Jeff Jones and lived for a time as male, she later changed her name and was legally recognized as female.
Jones Art for the 1998 Tarzan Calendar


Sue-On (my Dejah) and I Celebrating my Birthday on Barsoom: Thomas Yeates art ~ Return of Tarzan:
Monroe DJ art, Africa Map ~ Monster Men: St. John Art ~ Tarzana Logo ~ Maxon and Celardo Tarzan Strips

*** 1943/1955: Not everyone keeps track of exactly what day they acquired each ERB book, but Bill Hillman is one who did. "Until the ACE, Ballantine, and Canaveral editions flooded the market in the '60s, finding these titles was a major accomplishment for a kid," said Bill. "With blissful ignorance, I lovingly entered my name, address and date of purchase into each book as it fell into my hands."
Two of those dates are Jan. 11, for "The Return of Tarzan," the 1950s G&D edition, in 1955, and, for "The Monster Men," the old G&D, in 1958.
    The books received on this date were very special -- they were both birthday presents. The '55 present was unforgetable as described in ERBzine 6263  We were going through a bit of a stressful time in January '55 since my grandfather, John Campbell, had just been hospitalized in serious condition. I sought solace in reading my birthday gift -- a really exciting Tarzan tale. Curled up on the chesterfield with our pet cat on my lap, I had reached Chapter XXV: "Through the Forest Primeval," when my mom answered the phone. The news was not good -- Grampa had just died. Mom screamed -- I leaped up and the cat fell from my lap. As the cat fell, her claws ripped a gash across a page in my new ERB book. I still have the book and every time I reach page 295 the memories of that day come rushing back.
List of my ERB books in the order I found them (early years)
The Return of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
The Monster Men: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio info
William G. Hillman: A Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile
My Return to Tarzan 1955
*** 1943: ERBzine's Bill Hillman was born in Strathclair, MB.
Confession: I've been a lifelong packrat. Through the past 70 years we've amassed two houses full of family photos and antiques, Chinese art and furniture, stage clothes and instruments, books, magazines, records, tapes, videos, comics, electronic stuff . . . and junk.
Most of these treasures are housed in the main floor and basement levels but there is a smaller trove of treasures that Sue-On, my very patient and understanding mate of 50 years, has allowed me to move into our main and guest bedrooms: Our Edgar Rice Burroughs Collectibles.
    Since many of  these items are probably of some interest to readers of ERBzine, I'm sharing some photos of this memorabilia over a few ERBzine pages.
Hillman ERB Library: 7 Web Pages Starting at:
*** 1923: We all know that ERB tried a variety of occupations before he finally succeeded as a writer, but he also continued to explore and sometimes try various other occupations after he became a professional writer, as well. Once, ERB announced that he was ready to start his own transit system, to be known as The Tarzana Stage Line. It was on Jan. 11, 1923, when the L.A. Times ran the story about the "Laird of Tarzana" filing an application with the city.

"I have no desire to go into the stage line business," he said, "but I am interested in obtaining stage service across San Fernando Valley. The existing stage line buses go like h--l, are always crowded, and give no local service, so I thought I'd start a stage line myself."
Was ERB serious? He was no doubt serious about wanting stage service, but perhaps, in filing his application, he was not that serious about starting such a company himself, but more than likely was lighting a fire under the existing company by raising the specter of competition. The story states that he would withdraw his application if the existing company worked out some way of providing the service he desired.
    We can imagine that something was worked out. And so, when ERB gatherings take place in the Tarzana neighborhood -- alas -- there will be no opportunities for ERB fans to pose for photos in front of a vintage motor coach with the name "Tarzana" on it.
LA Times Story on ERB
*** 1930: Rod Taylor
(1930.01.11-2015.01.07) became famous across Australia for his performance as Tarzan. 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 Rod Taylor.
    The show aired at 6 p.m. Monday to Friday in 1954. It was one of many action-adventure serials for young listeners that were so popular in the 1950s. Other actors took over the Tarzan role after Rod left the show to become a popular Hollywood film actor.
Rod Taylor as Tarzan on Australian Radio
Tarzan On The Air
Listen to two of the Australian Tarzan Episodes:
*** 1943: "The Revolt of the Beasts," by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began Jan. 11, 1943, in daily newspapers and ran for 58 days. I was born in time to read this Tarzan strip on that day -- alas, may eyes weren't open yet :)

The Revolt of the Beasts: 58 daily Tarzan strips by Maxon and Garden
*** 1954: "Tarzan and the Ghost" by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began Jan. 11, 1954, in daily newspapers and ran for 34 days.

Tarzan and the Ghost: 34 daily strips by Celardo and Van Buren:


Ron Ely TV Tarzan and Guests: The Supremes ~ Joan Burroughs: Collage of Family Photos
Tarzan Battling Germans in WWI in Tarzan the Untamed: Book and Comics ~ Korak Sunday Page: Russ Manning

*** 2002: Jane Ralston Burroughs (1913.12.08-2002.01.12) died on this date. Jane was the first wife of John Coleman Burroughs. She was heavily involved in assisting Jack with his art, co-wrote short stories with him, and posed for many of his photos and painting. She was the mother of their three children: John, Danton and Dian.
     My first assignment as a professor at Brandon University before being assigned my own office and classrooms was to fly into Manitoba's far north to teach Education courses to indiginous adults. I had just started this four-month teaching stint on a remote Indian Reservation: Pukatawagan - a university classroom in Manitoba's north.
    Danton reached me via satellite phone to inform me of his mother's death. My mother had also recently died and we shared our grief in a long tearful conversation. I regretted that it was impossible for me as the sole professor available in this remote northern area, to fly to California to be with him at this difficult time. When I returned to the southland I worked with Dan to create a large Web tribute to his mom using his scans from her personal photo albums.
Jane Ralston Burroughs: A Multi-Page Tribute
Jane Burroughs: Model for Dejah Thoris
Danton Burroughs Tribute
Pukatawagan Adventure by Prof. William Hillman
*** 1876: Jack London
(1876.01.12-1916.11.22) was born on this date. Edgar Rice Burroughs admired fellow-author Jack London enormously. Following the amazing success of his own early writings, ERB's ambition was to become a rancher-writer, modeling his life on the one that Jack London had pursued and then abruptly lost due to his sudden death in 1916. In fact, Burroughs and his family were wintering in California when they learned of London's death. The two authors had never met or corresponded but Ed was deeply moved by London's passing. Upon learning of London's death ERB considered writing a biography of the author but couldn't interest any magazines in the project.
    Back in 2005, expanding upon ERB's interest in London, I created a series of eight ERBzine Webpages comparing their lives and careers.
ERB / Jack London Connection: 8 Pages:
ERB / Jack London Connection: Photo Collage

The Supremes didn't sing "Baby Love" and they didn't do the "Baby Elephant Walk" when they played three nuns on episode #47 of Ron Ely's TV "Tarzan" on Jan. 12 in 1968. As nuns, though, they paddled their canoe while singing "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore." That one didn't make it onto their album of "The Supremes Greatest Hits." They played three nuns who had come to a native village to set up a hospital and became unwitting pawns in a struggle between the village chief and a scheming land developer.
Read the Reviews of ALL 57 Episodes of the Ron Ely Series (1966-1968) plus screen captures
REVIEW: 47. The Convert (Malachi Throne ~ Larson, James Earl Jones ~ Diana Ross & Supremes as Nuns)
ERB-TV Tarzan Summaries Guests and Dates
*** 1908: On this date, the history of Joan Burroughs (pronounced Jo-Anne by the Burroughs family) began as she was born to Ed and Emma at Chicago's Park Avenue Hospital. From the ERB Bio Timeline: "Ed dotes on new baby: Joan is a son-of-gun, she is THE BOSS of the ranch. She is spoiled, ruined curdled. But what do we care. We are proud of it."

Just what Joan thought the first time she got a glimpse of her father hasn't been recorded.
    However, on another Jan. 12, in 1942, ERB described himself in unflattering terms. Writing in his "Laugh It Off" column, he said, "I had my picture taken the other day for my press pass. If Chief Gabrielson or the FBI ever sees it, I'll be wearing horizontal stripes. They are all that it lacks."
    Sue-On and I spent an unforgettable afternoon with Joan, Jim Pierce and Hully during our 1971visit to Tarzana.
Sadly, we visited Joan and Jim's gravesite a few years later at Forest Hills Cemetery ~ Shelbyville, Indiana.
Joan Burroughs Bio in ERBzine in 5 giant Webpages
Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce Gravesite
1971 Tarzana Visit with Joan, Jim and Hully
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB Celebrates Baby Joan's Birth with Cartoons and Photos
Joan Burroughs Early Years Collage
*** 1934: In the same column, ERB wrote: "It is reported that Nazi morale is going -- probably to join their morals, which have always been gone."

Yes, ERB had reason to be a bit miffed at some Germans, and the onset of World War II didn't help matters. Many years earlier, he had written a brief article about his book-writing career and several newspapers had run it, including "The Tacoma News Tribune" on Jan. 12, 1934.
    Among other things, ERB wrote in that article: "In Germany he (Tarzan) aroused the jealousy of a publisher because of his popularity, and this good sportsman dug up a story that I had written during the heat of anti-German propaganda in this country following the sinking of the Lusitania. He had a book written and published, telling all about the two horrible creatures, Tarzan of the apes and Edgar Rice Burroughs; and he distributed it so effectively that the German press made Tarzan an issue, lambasting him editorially and advising all good Germans to throw their Tarzan books into the garbage cans -- which they did."
    The German issue cropped up periodically during ERB's career. On another Jan. 12, in 1928, he "...expresses bewilderment to his publisher that his name is not in Publishers' Weekly list of the ten most popular authors in America. By all reports, his book sales are among the three highest in the country. He attributes this rejection to the snobbishness of the literary intelligentsia and the German furor against some of his books."
The ERB/German Incident
The News Tribune Article:
*** 1969: "Korak and the Elephant Girls," by Russ Manning
, began Jan. 12, 1969, and ran for 20 Sundays.
Korak and the Elephant Girls: 20 Weekly Sunday Pages


Edgar Rice Burroughs photos from WWII: Oldest WWII Press Correspondent ~ Painting by son John Coleman
Tennis with Burnsides and Hully ~ Canteen ~ Press Briefing ~ New Caledonia

*** 1921: ERB started writing The Chessmen of Mars . . . a project he wouldn't complete until November. Before beginning this major project he said, "Played one game of chess with Shea. Won. If scientific theories are correct it is more of an honour to lose at chess than win. I do not recall ever having lost a chess game — though I have played but few times. . . ." He obviously put much thought and effort in the writing of this book -- even inventing a game of Martian Chess: Jetan.
    This was the first Mars book that I found and read back in 1954, so it has a special place in my mind and ERB collection. I had salvaged it from a school waste basket and became enthralled by St. John's depiction of headless creatures and the idea of chess battles to the death on a giant board in a huge arena. It so intrigued me that I made my own board, complete with Jetan game pieces. It was pretty crude as one might expect from an 11-year-old farm kid, but I pestered everyone in our household and school to learn the rules and challenge me to games.
    Over six decades later, arriving just two days after my January 11th birthday, a wonderful gift arrived from sculptor/artist/writer James Spratt: a beautiful set of Jetan pieces that he had sculpted along with a hand-crafted board. This set is very similar to the one that used to be on display in George McWhorter's collection at the University of Louisville . . . the big difference being that I haven't gotten around to painting my pieces yet. This amazing set is a good incentive for pestering everyone again to be my Jetan partner :)
    Sadly, James passed away a few years back, but my ERBzine tributes to his Jetan creations, as well as the serialization of, his graphic interpretation of A Princess of Mars are proudly displayed on my Website.
Chessmen of Mars: History, Art and Rules
Jetan Set: Hillman Collection ~ Splash Bar Collage
James Spratt Jetan Features
Exploring Jetan By Fredrik Ekman
The Rules of Jetan by Fredrik Ekman
Princess of Mars: Adapted by writer/artist James Spratt
*** 1942: ERB's "Laugh It Off" column would continue to run in the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" through Jan. 28, 1942. Here's some of what he wrote on Jan. 13:

"These," said a man finishing a midnight snack during blackout, "must be a new brand of sardines. They had a different flavor." His wife turned her flashlight on the empty can. "That was canned dog food, you sap," she said. "You have eaten Fifi's breakfast."
    A young seaman was bending over his work below deck on the morning of December 7 when something hit him in the seat of his pants. He wheeled around and swung a haymaker for the chin of the fresh guy, only to find that there was no one there. Then he felt around and pulled a shell fragment out of his trousers. It had come in through an open porthole.
    From a letter signed only "Sylvia": "The reason the war is 'running out' on you, is that you live at a hotel where there are flunkies to do the blackout and air raid shelter work." Sister, we ain't got any air raid shelters; and the flunkies are so busy laying out our evening clothes and putting studs in our dress shirts that they haven't had time to dig 'em.
Sylvia also says that some of us guys who have been released from guard duty and have nothing to do should volunteer to dig shelters for defense workers who are employed all day long. That is a sound suggestion, and I am sure that the proper authorities would receive generous response from men physically able to do this work.
    Sylvia again: "I don't suppose that you resemble Tarzan: but if you can play tennis, you can dig." If you could see my tennis dear, you might change your mind. Furthermore, I dug my quota of ditches in Arizona for the commanding officer of the 7th cavalry, probably before Sylvia's father was born; and I ain’t digging no more ditches. However, if anyone wants to dig a ditch, I'll loan him a shovel and help him grunt.
The Laugh It Off Columns:
*** Speaking of ERB's tennis, in a letter a few days before the Jan. 13 column, ERB had written to daughter Joan and said, "Hulbert and I manage to get in from three to five sets of tennis every day. It helps to keep us in condition.

    "Our partners are usually Cecil Burnside, whose husband is a submarine commander, and 'Duke' Wylie (sic), a Mainland business man stranded here like myself.”
    The photo accompanying this post shows the foursome of, from left, Hulbert, Willey (Wylie), Deedee "Cecil" Burnside, and ERB. From the photos sent to me to share in ERBzine.
Rare Wartime Photos from the Deedee (Cecil) Burnside Collection

*** The World War II history book, "Silent Victory," by Clay Blair Jr., mentions Cecil’s husband several times. Lt. Commander John L. "Johnny" Burnside was skipper of the USS Saury, SS-189, a Sargo-class submarine named for the long-beaked relative of the flying fish, found in the temperate regions of the Atlantic.
    The Saury was in Manila when Pearl Harbor was attacked and immediately began the first of three patrols under Burnside. A patrol could last from one to two months, on average.
    The Saury seemed to be out of luck in engaging the enemy, its orders taking it to areas where action may have been anticipated but didn't materialize. On a couple of occasions, when the Saury did have an opportunity to fire torpedoes at Japanese destroyers, it missed. That may not have been the Saury's fault. The book notes: "The war had shown some deficiencies in U.S. submarines. The most serious...were torpedo problems. It was now clear that the Mark XIV was running deeper than set and that the magnetic exploder was not always reliable. The H.O.B. engines had not borne the test of combat well; those boats with H.O.B engines would ultimately receive Wintons or Fairbanks-Morses as replacements." [Burnside's Saury was one of those with the less than efficient engines.]
    The Saury under Burnside did have some close calls, when it had to dodge depth charges from Japanese destroyers.
    Eventually Burnside was moved to surface ships and the Saury assigned to someone else. With its upgraded power, it went on to sink several ships and win seven battle stars.
Cecil was spared the loss of her husband in combat. Unfortunately, however, he contracted Hodgkin's disease, spent most of the rest of the war in hospitals, and passed away on Oct. 9, 1946, more than a year after the war ended.


ERB Poem, Article and Colourized Photo featured in ERBzine ~ Tarzan and the Golden Lion: James Pierce
Tarzan Radio Show: Starring Jim and Joan as Tarzan and Jane ~ Tarzan the Fearless: Film, Strips, BLB

*** 1929: James Pierce said his one outing as the ape-man in "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" helped to kill his film career, since he had been typecast. He almost got a chance to be in another Tarzan film, though. On Jan. 14, 1929, ERB inked a contract with two moviemakers -- G. Walter Shumway and Jack C. Nelson, for a new film to be titled "Tarzan the Fearless." ERB made sure that the contract specified that Pierce, who had become his son-in-law, would get the title role.
    However, along came Sol Lessor in 1932. Lessor bought out the contract and gained the right to cast whomever he wanted. Pierce had apparently put on a few pounds and had less-toned muscles, so Lessor wasn't anxious to use him. He gave him a perfunctory screen test, though, and then said to Pierce, "Don't call us. We'll call you. And by the way, don't call yourself Tarzan." (or something like that...)
*** James Pierce was further typecast when he and his wife Joan (ERB's daughter) were signed to star as Tarzan and Jane in a series of 1932 radio shows. Through the years I've collected thousands of radio shows from '20s-'60s. My first acquisition were 77 episodes of their 1932 Tarzan series. In 1972, when Sue-On and I met the Pierces in Tarzana they said that they hadn't heard these shows for decades. When we returned home to Canada I sent them tape reel copies of the shows. Some time later I was surprised to receive a huge box of Burroughs edition books and dust jackets from Tarzana. They've become favourite items in my ERB collection.
Listen to my 77 Tarzan Radio Shows starring Jim Pierce and Joan Burroughs.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Silent film starring James Pierce
Tarzan the Fearless: ERBzine Silver Screen entry
Hillmans Visit Jim and Joan Pierce in Tarzana
*** 1933: "Tarzan the Fearless" isn't near the top of many fans' lists of favorite Tarzan stories, but it has had a remarkable number of encores in various formats. It was originally a 12-chapter serial, released in 1933, but the first four episodes were edited into a movie with the same title.

    Read the serial's Chapter One script that I've keyed into my ERBzine pages to share with readers. "Tarzan the Fearless" has also been available as a Big Little Book by Whitman, featuring stills from the film; a magazine-size paperback by L.W. Currey, Inc., and VHS and DVDs by any number of companies with a variety of sleeve and clamshell art.
The Maxon comic story in the Currey book includes Dr. Brooks and his daughter Mary, characters from the movie-serial, but also uses characters with other names and different settings.
Tarzan the Fearless: Serial
Tarzan the Fearless: Serial Script for Ch. One
Tarzan the Fearless: Big Little Book
Tarzan the Fearless: 96 Daily comic strip adaptation by Rex Maxon
*** 1939: At least one of Tarzan's adventures was never printed in the official canon, but found its way into print, instead, via "Rob Wagner's Script," the magazine for which ERB is well-known for having written several short detective mysteries.

But Tarzan himself made his appearance in "Script" on Jan. 14, 1939, in a story titled "Even Apes Fight For It." The story was not identified as a Tarzan story, but began with a peaceful jungle scene featuring an ape tribe and such other Tarzan novel characters as Tantor, Numa and Usha. The head ape, Um-Gah, goes on a rampage and a "jungle lord" arrives to stop him. Near the end of the story it is revealed that this jungle man is Tarzan himself. And then there's another surprise revelation -- which explains why the story was written in the first place!
"Even Apes Fight For It" in Script Magazine
*** 1914: With a few books already under his belt, ERB broke into new territory on Jan. 14, 1914, when he finally saw some of his poetry published. "The Chicago Tribune" did the honors with "Nay, It Hath Not Gone" which carried the byline of Normal Bean.

Nay, It Hath Not Gone: Poem by ERB NAY, IT HATH NOT
Poems by ERB
This and other poems from ERBzine's 1996 ERB Poetry collation that Danton and I were collating for future publication. They were reprinted in the book ERB Tells All (without Danton Burroughs' approval)
ERB Tells All
*** 1919: ERB was excited about his move to California where he planned to become a rancher and to raise swine. The permanence of this removal to Los Angeles was without question; included in the travelling assemblage were two canary birds and the Airedale terrier Tarzan, and on January 14, 1919, Ed informed Arch Burdick, his insurance agent, that he was shipping the household furniture and the Packard automobile.  In trying to allay the concern of his mother about the separation, Ed wrote, "You must not feel that you are not going to see us again as we have been planning on having you and Mrs. Hulbert out as soon as we are located in California." 
*** 1913: In his workbook Ed prepared three sheets for "At the Earth's Core," the first a glossary of characters and locations, the second a typed list of categories — characters, animals, tribes, and geographical places with the chapters and page numbers where they are first mentioned, and the third, dated January 14, 1913, containing data about the Inner World.

    On the sheet Ed listed what seemed to be alternate titles for the story. He typed the words "interior," "buried," "abysmal," "subterranean," "entombed," "intombed," and "sepulchral" (i.e. "Interior World," "Buried World," etc. were the possibilities). The dimensions of the "Inner World" were shown — area, diameter, circumference, etc. as compared to the earth. The measurements of "The Inner World" were smaller than the earth, and the land and water areas were reversed. "The Inner World" contained 3/4 land or 124,110,000 sq. mi., and water, or 41,370,000 sq. mi. Ed showed the earth as 53,000,000 sq. mi. of land and 144,000,000 sq. mi. of water.
    On the same sheet the speed of the prospector was listed as follows: 611 feet per minute; seven miles per hour; 167 miles per day; 500 miles in three days. There is also a table of "Order of Stratification" showing the various epochs and periods. Ed had noted, "Igneous, or iruptive rocks running through all." A handwritten note states, "The Mahars are Rhamphorynchi, a genus of pterosaurs."
At the Earth's Core: History ~ Art ~ Info
Pellucidar Map
ERB Bio Timeline and Porges



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