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Major George Tyler Burroughs: ERB's father ~ ERB's
February 15 Published Novels with Art:
by Studley Burroughs and John Coleman Burroughs ~
All-Story Pulp with Lad and the Lion
*** Major George Tyler Burroughs saw his son, Edgar,
grow up to drift through a variety of occupations and may have wondered
if his boy was ever going to find a niche. But when 1912 rolled around,
his son was suddenly a published author, with "Under the Moons of Mars"
and "Tarzan of the Apes" both showing up in pulp magazines of the
day. In January of 1913, a third story, "The Gods of Mars," began
serialization in "The All Story," which was published monthly at
that time. The serial ran through May but the senior Burroughs did not
live to see the finish of the tale, passing away this date -- Feb. 15 --
Had the publication of three novel-length
stories by his son in the cheap pulp magazines of the day been enough to
assure Major Burroughs that his son had, at last, landed on a successful
career path? We don't know his thinking, of course, but we do know he at
least had the satisfaction of knowing his son had found a way of supporting
his young family. Had he lived, the elder Burroughs would no doubt have
been proud of his son's success, popularity and business acumen.
George was very much the patriarch
and the autocratic ruler of the Burroughs household on Washington
Boulevard, a main thoroughfare with tree-shaded sidewalks and marble-fronted
townhouses. The hub of the neighbourhood was Union Park with its sculpted
lagoons, Gothic gazebos, caged animals, and sprawling greenspace. One of
the functions of the park was to serve as a grazing area for the neighborhood
cows brought there each day by the herdsmen. The Burroughs family was among
those who kept a cow to supply fresh milk.
They lived in upper-class comfort
in a large house with servants and a carriage with a fine team of horses
and coachman. The home was three-story townhouse with the dining room upstairs,
a dumbwaiter, kitchen off the first floor, and a basement. There was an
outside long flight of stairs, and underneath were doors going into a vestibule.
The major's strict control over the household was always tempered by Mary's
maternal common sense and moderation. Day-to-day operation of the Burroughs
house was guided efficiently by Mary with the help of a cook and two Irish
maids -- sisters Katie and Lizzie Sheridan.. She was a petite lady who
exhibited great warmth and humour. George on the other hand was a staid,
conservative disciplinarian. Read much more about ERB's father in ERBzine
0942 and 0943
Remembering GEORGE TYLER BURROUGHS
From the Burroughs Family Stories Series in ERBzine.com
The Gods of Mars: Info ~ Art ~ Pulps ~ e-Text
*** At least seven of ERB's non-Tarzan
novels were published on the same date, Feb. 15, for a period of seven
years,. They were "Apache Devil," 1933; "Pirates of Venus,"
1934; "Lost on Venus," 1935; "Swords of Mars," 1936; "The
Oakdale Affair and The Rider," 1937, "The Lad and the Lion,"
1938, and "Carson of Venus," 1939.
Apparently, after polishing off a non-Tarzan book, ERB
would then get back to the ape man. By September, they were ready to go.
of them -- "Triumphant," "City of Gold," "Lion Man" and "Quest,"
out in different years on his birthday, Sept. 1 -- and several other Tarzan
books, including some published by prior publishers, came out on other
dates in September.
For more on the Feb. 15 seven, see:
Seven non-Tarzan Novels Published on Feb. 15
Pirates of Venus
Lost on Venus
Swords of Mars
Oakdale Affair and The Rider
Lad and the Lion
Carson of Venus
Hulbert Burroughs: Combat Photographer ~ Solo Flight
Banquet Celebration Menu ~ Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Tarzan and the Ant Men: 1st and Argosy pulp
editions ~ ERB Autograph Book ~ Tarzan Strips: Maxon and Manning
*** Just a few days after delivery of his new Security
Airster plane, ERB's son, Hulbert, crashed it. On Feb. 16, 1934,
Hulbert was attempting to land amidst a strong crosswind.
Bob Hyde recorded in his Odyssey
of a Tarzan Fanatic how he once had a chance to ask Hulbert in
person about the crash. He quotes him as saying, "I
crashed the Security Airster that Dad owned. I took my first solo flight
on Feb. 15, 1934, and crashed on February 16, just six days after Dad had
acquired the plane. I did fly again for a short time after that, after
I recovered from the crash, when Dad bought another Airster from Kinner."
Ten years earlier, ERB had unwittingly
prophesied such an event, only the roles of father and son were reversed.
Korak had acquired an airplane and let his dad, Tarzan, fly it. Tarzan
crashed on his maiden flight and had the adventure related in "Tarzan
and the Ant Men." Coincidentally, part three of the story's seven-part
serialization in "Argosy
All-Story Weekly" had run in the Feb. 16 issue 10 years before.
See the Hyde Odyssey, Chapter XXVII:
Danton's Hully page (mirrored from ERBzine
Tarzan and the Ant Men
Argosy All-Story Weekly
Hidden Jungle," starring Gordon Scott in his first role
as the ape-man, opposite Vera Miles, whom he wound up marrying off-screen,
premiered this date, Feb. 16, in 1955.
Read all about the movie in the ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
For more than a quarter of a century, I have been
Jungle in IMDB
*** In 1943, ERB went for awhile without
writing any more books. Instead, he let other people write his books for
him -- his autograph books, that is. On Feb. 16, 1944, ERB noted
that his pride and joy was his autograph books in which he had obtained
signatures of almost 600 signatures and, very often, brief messages in
the autograph books he carried with him during his time as a war correspondent
in World War II, Pacific Theater.
Ed Burroughs' desire for an active
role in the war zone led him to a new goal; after resigning from his duties
with BMTC - the civilian corps - he sought to be a war correspondent for
the United Press. On October 23, 1942 with the approval still not
received, Ed wrote in his diary, "Am now all ready to go ó almost. I know
that, at my age, it is probably a fool thing to do. My decision, then,
is not based on faulty judgement. I want the experience. If I don't come
back, I am at least definitely expendable. So it won't make any difference.
. . ."
The United Press credentials arrived
and on November 2 Ed sent a thank-you letter to old friend George Carlin,
of the United Feature Syndicate, who had been a great help in Ed's quest
Carlin responded, "Your example in always seeking fresh
adventure at an age when most of your contemporaries are content to give
up and just stay waiting is an inspiration to me and gives me a goal at
which to aim."
Now an accredited war correspondent
at the age of sixty-seven, Burroughs waited for his army approval and assignment
to a plane. On November 6 he started his autograph album which he planned
to carry with him. Fittingly, the first entries were by longtime friend,
Captain Phil Bird and fellow United Press correspondent, William Tyree.
Ed confessed that one of the real reasons for this project was that he
had difficulty remembering names. The books helped him considerably in
the writing of his war journals and the stories he submitted as a correspondent.
On the opening page of the first book
Thousands of them. And I have never asked for one.
The worm has turned. He wants your autograph. Thanks!
Edgar Rice Burroughs
United Press, Honolulu
*** I scanned these pages from Danton Burroughs' personal
Tarzana Archive during one of the visits that Sue-On and I made to Tarzana.
ERB's WWII Autograph Book - Feb 16 page:
The ERBzine ERB Autograph Project
One autograph he didn't have in the book
is that of Ernest Hemingway :)
*** 2019: Don Bragg, 1960
Olympic pole-vaulting champion who almost fulfilled his lifetime ambition
of being Tarzan on the silver screen, passed away on this date at his home
in Northern Calfornia. He was 83. From the time he saw his first Tarzan
movie, Don dreamed of becoming the ape man. To that end, he built a series
of tree houses in his backyard to practice vine-swinging.
Police actually tore down his tree-house complex twice,
due to complaints of neighbors, so Don finally rebuilt it in a nearby swamp
where he pursued his hobby of travelling a 200 metre. Kenneth, "His haven
was not molested again, and Don was able to pursue his hobby of traveling
a 200-metre vine-trail to develop strength and skill.
Don Bragg's Gold Medal victory in
the Olympics brought him to the attention of Sy Weintraub, producer of
Tarzan films, who called him for a screen test after Gordon Scott quit
the role. Tragically, Don had cut his foot and it required several months
of healing and Weintraub couldn't wait. The role for the next two Tarzan
films went to Jock Mahoney instead.
From Wikipedia: "Nicknamed Tarzan because of his size
and strength, Bragg's goal was to play that role in the movies. Few have
so actively pursued a role. He toured Europe and Africa for the U.S. State
Department as a goodwill ambassador, climbing trees and swinging from vines.
He met Johnny Weissmüller, who agreed that Bragg would be perfect
as Tarzan. When he won the gold at the 1960 Olympics he did the infamous
Tarzan yell from the podium, shocking the crowd."
In August 2010, Bragg made a speech
in Rome at a ceremony commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1960
Summer Olympics. He concluded this speech with his Tarzan yell.
Don Bragg Remembered in ERBzine
Don Bragg references at ERBzine:
Bragg is Dead at 83
Winner Who Didn't Get To Be Tarzan
Bragg in Wikipedia
Also see Ken Webber's writeup in ERBdom No. 8.
*** "Tarzan and the Lion Cub," written
and illustrated by Rex Maxon, began Feb. 16, 1946, and ran for 36
Tarzan and the Lion Club: 36 daily strips by Rex Maxon
*** "Korak and the Amazons of
the Mammoth/Elephants' Graveyard," written and illustrated by Russ
Manning, began Feb. 16, 1975, and ran for 26 Sundays.
Korak and Elephant's Graveyard: 26 Sunday strips by
Geronimo: Painting, Stamp, Photo as an old man, 3D
Stereoview card ~ Stamps of the Old West
ERB's US Cavalry years at Fort Grant ~ ERB's Apache
Novels: War Chief and Apache Devil
*** The first ERB character to be honored on a U.S. postage
stamp was Geronimo, also known by his given name of Go-Yat-Thlay.
Geronimo, died at Fort Sill in Oklahoma Territory Feb. 17, 1909.
ERB documents some of Geronimo's adventures in "The
War Chief" and "Apache Devil" as seen through the eyes of
the Black Bear.
*** ERB wrote two Apache novels drawn
from his experiences in the US Cavalry station at Fort Grant, AZ ~ I've
featured ERB's Cavalry Days: Memories, Photos, ERB's sketches, 3D cards,
etc. in my 10 ERBzine pages starting at ERBzine 3482 and 3469. Before
writing these books Ed did extensive research and some of his resource
materials are shared at ERBzine 1153.
Apache influences on ERB: Texts, Sketches, Old Photos
ERB Cavalry Days: Memories, Photos, ERB's sketches,
References used by ERB for his Apache Novels
The War Chief
*** 1928: ERB was always good for some
great quotes and interesting insight, local newspaper reporters learned.
In one article for which he was interviewed, headlined "Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sees Valley As World Mecca For Men At Play," he gave some opinions
about the San Fernando Valley. The article appeared in the Van Nuys News
Feb. 17, 1928.
Among other things, ERB said: "With
our freedom from persistent fog, with ten months without high winds, with
our ideal winter climate, the only danger that I can see menacing lies
in the possibility, which is by no means a remote one, that San Fernando
Valley may eventually become as over-populated as are many of the districts
that were formerly the playgrounds of Los Angeles."
ten years I have roamed these hills with my family, both afoot and on horseback.
I have watched my children grow to a sturdier health, achieving cleaner
minds and morals because of their close companionship with nature, and
when, one after another, the country clubs and golf courses sprang into
existence upon our side of the mountains, until now they stretch almost
uninterruptedly for nearly fifteen miles along Ventura boulevard, I was
more than delighted for I felt that this meant that the San Fernando Valley
was going to be dedicated for all time to the pursuits of play and peace
Van Nuys News ~ 1919: The selection
of the Van Nuys country for a home by Mr. Burroughs is another tribute
to the attractiveness of this locality, for this noted author had all of
Southern California to select from after a thorough search for a location.
. . . Van Nuys welcomes Mr. Burroughs to our valley and trusts he may find
here true enjoyment of California country life and a profitable field for
his farming operations.
I have to agree with ERB's assessment
of the San Fernando. We love our Manitoba summers but the weather in the
valley is sure a nice break from our long Canadian winters. We have great
memories of the many visits we've made to the Tarzana area. Danton Burroughs
and his friends Ralph Herman, Prof. John Westervelt, and the ERB, Inc.
staff have been great hosts and promoters of the area. We've explored most
of valley, but have concentrated on ERB's Tarzana Ranch area and other
Burroughs properties, which we've explored by foot and golf car and antique
vintage cars. These adventures have been shared all across our ERBzine.com
site and easily found by using our internal Google search feature at the
top of every Archive Page; www.ERBzine.com/all
ERB Article in Van Nuys News Feb. 17, 1928
Memories of ERB's Tarzana
Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley
Gateway to the ERBzine Archive
*** 1942: In a later Star-Bulletin
article ERB described a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber ride he had taken on
this date: Tarzan Creator Thrilled By Ride In U.S. Bomber by ERB
-- a few excerpts from ERBzine 0213:
"I flew in a flying fortress the
other day. Six of the great capital ships of the sky flew in formation.
I was in the sixth with Jack Rice, cameraman for the Associated Press.
We flew above, below and around the formation that Rice might shoot from
various angles. And what shots! I do not know at what altitude we flew;
as I stood between two open gun ports, holding to both because of the roughness
of the air. . . . It is difficult to conceive, viewing them from the ground,
the stately majesty of these great ships moving steadily through the air
against a backdrop of blue sky flecked with little bomb bursts of soft,
white cloud - moving in faultless formation, guided by a single mind as
though by a single hand, bound together by the thousands of hours of intensive
training and flying behind the six young pilots who flew them."
After reading ERB's wartime article
many years back I was very envious of his experience in the B-17. Three
of my uncles had been Lancaster bomber pilots in WWII -- all three had
lost their lives over Europe. In my eight years as a Royal Canadian Air
Cadet I had flown in many types of aircraft, but never in a large bomber.
So it was a thrill when I was offered a ride from Winnipeg to Brandon in
a B-17 -- one of the perks of being the Webmaster for the British Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum.
I stood at the same gun ports and
had a view of the distant ground below -- much as Ed had done so many years
before. The big difference was that I was viewing Manitoba prairie farm
and town landscapes rather than the islands and Pacific around Hawaii --
and there was no threat of enemy attack.
Tarzan Creator Thrilled By Ride In U.S. Bomber
ERBzine Creator Thrilled by Ride in B-17 Bomber
Chessmen of Mars: All-Story pulp and Mc.Clurg
1st Edition: Art Monahan and St. John
Jetan set and pieces by James Spratt ~ Pirates
of Venus: Stahr 1st. Ed art and Shrouded figure visiting ERB
*** 1922 "The
Chessmen of Mars" is a favorite of many ERB fans because of ERB's
use of it to invent the game of Martian chess. Jetan, as it is known
on Barsoom, can be played with a pocket-size board like the one John Carter
always carries on his person, all the way up to a giant, stadium-size playing
field with live players battling one another to the death for possession
The game is a major feature of the novel, and ERB even
includes the rules in the back of the book, inspiring many ERB fans to
create their own 100-square boards and appropriately configured pieces.
The magazine appearance of "Chessman of Mars"
(without the "The") was first published on Feb. 18, 1922, as a seven-part
serial in "Argosy All-Story
Weekly." The first issue had a P.J. Monahan cover and each
installment had black and white art on the lead page. The first edition
hardback cover art was by J. Allen St. John and showed the Jetan
*** I worked closely with scuptor/artist/writer James
Spratt for many years up until his death. He created marvelous Jetan
pieces and even expanded the game into a variant that he invented and called
One of his Jetan sets and board were a major feature in George McWhorter's
ERB Memorial Collection at in Ekstrom Rare Books Library at the University
of Louisville. My Hillman ERB Library in Brandon also proudly displays
the Jetan set that James presented to me. James also did a graphic version
of A Princess of Mars with his own unique artwork. The highlights
of his ERB-related work grace many Webpages across the ERBzine Web jungle.
Some Jetan websites:
Chessmen in ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.:
the publishing history including the text, art and
James Spratt: Sculptor of Jetan-variant pieces and
6-Part Review of Chessmen and Jetan starting
The Seven Wonder of Barsoom: The Field of Jetan at
"Chessmen," the magazine covers:
Exploring Jetan by Fredrik Ekman
ERBzine's Tribute Pages to Artist P.J. Monahan
site using the ERBzine info
Variants: Intro and Jetan
Portable Jetan Set
*** In 1932, Pirates
of Venus first appeared as a pulp serial, and readers read that
lead-in about a figure in a white shroud entering ERB's bedroom at night.
Three years earlier, on Feb. 18, 1929, ERB had written a letter to The
Boston Society of Psychic Research, telling of his first-hand experience
with such events.
ERB didn't really believe in psychic
phenomenon, and he had a logical explanation for the strange occurrences
in the middle of the night. The shrouded figures he saw were definitely
not shrouded in mystery, as far as he was concerned. However, he didn't
seem to have much of an explanation for the case of the relocated key,
which formed the major part of his letter.
*** By all reports from family members,
Rice Burroughs was a Free
Thinker and most believe he was an atheist. He had little patience
with organized religions and was not a church goer, although as evidenced
in his writings he was a "Cultural
Christian." More on ERB's thoughts on religion may be found in
our feature at ERBzine 1434.
The second Barsoom
book I read as a young one on the Canadian prairies back in the mid-'50s
was The Gods of Mars -- it jibed nicely with the views that
and my family held toward religion - I was forever hooked.
ERB's own "locked room" - Pirates of Venus mystery:
Pirates of Venus: History ~ Covers ~ Art ~ e-Text
Burroughs' Thoughts on Science and Religion
Religions of Barsoom by Den Valdron
The Gods of ERB by Dale Broadhurst
Outlaw of Torn: ERB's 2nd Novel: St. John art,
Letter to Metcalf, Outlaw Prince (Hughes Adaptation),
ERB, Inc. strip, New Story ~ Tarzan Triumphs:
Weissmuller and Gifford ~ Celardo Tarzan Strip
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs thought, at the time, that
"The Outlaw of Torn"
was the best story he had ever written. However, trying to get others to
agree proved frustrating. The story didn't charm Thomas Metcalf,
editor of "The All-Story," so finally ERB gave up trying. He found
the editors of "New Story" magazine more agreeable, and it ran there
as a five-part serial in 1914.
But taking the next step proved nearly as difficult.
No one wanted to publish the story between hard covers. So after some frustrating
attempts, ERB had to set the book aside and wait a few years. During those
years, he wrote the highly successful "Tarzan of the Apes," and
added sequels to his first story, "Under the Moons of Mars," as
well as to Tarzan.
Finally, 13 years later, on Feb. 19, 1927, A.C. McClurg
was happy to add "The Outlaw of Torn" to its stable of other ERB
titles, because his rising fame had ensured that his name on a book spine
would bring big sales. Probably out of gratitute, ERB dedicated the book
"To my friend Joseph E. Bray," who was one of the editors of McClurg at
*** The Outlaw of Torn was very difficult to find
during my first collecting years back in the '50s. I roamed through all
our local bookstores in Manitoba and wrote to sellers across Canada and
England. I finally tracked down a 1953 UK
Pinnacle paperback edition in 1961. It wasn't in great shape, but it
is one of the treasured volumes in my collection. In fact, that edition
and the ACE paperback are still the only versions of this title I have
It was a treat when Rob Hughes sent
me his graphic version of the story that he titled The Outlaw Prince.
adaptation was lavishly illustrated by Thomas Yeates and Michael Kaluta
and belongs in every ERB fan's collection.
ERB's The Outlaw of Torn
Read the entire book in e-Text in ERBzine
The Outlaw Prince Graphic Novel: Hughes ~ Kaluta
Outlaw of Torn Illustrated Series in ERB, Inc.
ERB Correspondence with Thomas Metcalf of "The All-Story"
Outlaw Prince: Rob Hughes Adaptation - Yeates and
Our 10-page Coverage: Project Evolution ~ Interviews
Off-Site Reference: Plot summary
*** 1943: RKO had taken over the Tarzan movie franchise
and Maureen O'Sullivan was under exclusive contract to MGM and reportedly
tired of playing Jane anyway, so Johnny Weissmuller and Johnny
went their way without her in the wartime film, "Tarzan
Triumphs," which premiered this date, Feb. 19, in 1943. Jane's absence
in this movie was explained away as her visiting friends in London. Pulchritude
was provided by Frances Gifford (1920.12.07-1994.01.15),
who played Zandra, princess of a lost civilization who sought Tarzan's
help against the Nazis.
The body count in Tarzan Triumphs is 14. This
has to be the most violent of all the Tarzan films.
Filming Locations: Sherwood Forest, California, USA
Made during wartime, the film contained much anti-Nazi propaganda
and emphasized Tarzan as a symbol of freedom and spokesman for democracy
and the American way of life while presenting the Nazis as being vicious
Tarzan's famous line, "Now Tarzan make war!" was a real crowd
pleaser -- a great wartime morale booster
This wartime film was Lesser's biggest money earner and brought
ERB, Inc. more than a quarter of a million dollars in royalties.
Female star, Frances Gifford, had previously starred in the
popular Republic serial, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Jungle Girl
Carroll Young, who wrote the storyline for Tarzan Triumphs,
also wrote Tarzanís Desert Mystery, Tarzan and the
Leopard Woman, and Tarzan and the Mermaids. He also
wrote many of the Weissmuller Jungle Jim films and Bomba and the
In the final battle, Cheta kills Bausch with a sub-machine
gun, and Boy shoots a Nazi private who has Tarzan in his rifle sights.
The film ends with a Hitler joke. Cheeta reaches Berlin on
the shortwave radio. The Nazi brass, after hearing the chimp's jabbering,
determine that they are talking to the Führer.
*** Francis Gifford played Nyoka, the heroine
in the very first ERB film I saw as a kid back around 1950. The film was
an episode from the serial Jungle Girl. Even though it featured
the name "Edgar Rice Burroughs" above the title I was to learn many years
later that the serial, although it used the title of a Burroughs book,
had very little to do with ERB's story. Our local theatre had started running
serials from a few years back in its line-up of pre-feature shorts. I was
thrilled by this jungle adventure with its brave jungle girl and of course
the cliffhangers at the end of each episode had me looking forward to next
week's installment. It also started me on a lifelong love of movie serials.
This particular night at the movies was even more memorable since the main
feature introduced me to Tarzan movies. The actor was Lex Barker and the
film was probably Tarzan's Magic Fountain. Barker remains one of
my all-time favourite film Tarzans.
"Tarzan Triumphs" in the ERBzine Silver Screen Series
Triumph Photo Gallery 1
Triumph Photo Gallery 2
Triumph Photo Gallery 3
Triumph Movie Trailer
*** On Feb. 19, 1954, "Tarzan
and the Blood Ruby" started and ran for 64 days, featuring the artistry
of John Celardo and the scripting of Dick Van Buren.
"Tarzan and the Blood Ruby": All 64 daily strips reprinted
in ERBzine: Nos 4535-4598
Portal to the thousands of ERBzine ERB Comics Reprints
Constantin Films Motion Capture Tarzan film
~ Resurrection of Jimber Jaw in Argosy
(expanded ERB's Elmer short story) ~ ERB and
second wife Florence ~ Tarzan Strips by Grell and Maxon
*** 1937: ERB's boys had a human skull in their den and it
had a name -- Elmer. This shrunken head had been give to Hully and
Jack by Ed's physician, Dr. Elmer Belt. When ERB wrote a novelette about
a stone-age man released by thawing of glacial ice, his working title for
the story was "Elmer" in honor of the boys' bonehead. However, when it
was first published in "Argosy" on Feb. 20, 1937, it was a revised
version that bore the title of "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw."
When notified of Argosy publisher
Byrne's intention to change the story title to "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw,"
Ed wrote, " `Elmer' may not have been so hot, but I think that `Jimber
Jaw' is a hell of a name." Byrne later responded: "So 'Jimber Jaw' is a
hell of a name? Well, maybe it is -- but it certainly fitted the cover
of that recent issue much better than 'Elmer' would have done. I don't
want to outrage your sensibilities, but doggone it, we've got to sell magazines."
As a novelette, it never rated a hardback
volume all its own, but its first appearance between hard covers was in
"Tales of Three Planets," which contains "Jimber-Jaw," who
hails from one of those planets, Earth, along with two other novelettes,
"Beyond the Farthest Star" and "The Wizard of Venus."
ERB's original version, "Elmer,"
can be read in ERBzine 5568 and a comparison of the original and the revised
version makes for an interesting study. Elmer, the shrunken head, lived
on and Danton often took pride in shocking visitors to his Tarzana home
by showing it off.
"Jimber-Jaw" ~ ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.: Publishing History
~ Art ~ Text ~ Links
Jimber Jaw: Read the e-Text Edition in ERBzine
Elmer - ERB's Original Version
of the story
*** 2013: "Tarzan," the
motion-capture effort by Constantin Films, was released Feb. 20,
2013, in Germany.
The computer images of Tarzan and Jane were created from
action recorded from the body-suits worn by Kellan Lutz and Spencer
Locke, who also voiced the characters.
Tarzan by Constantin Films
Tarzan in IMDB
*** 1904: ERB's second wife, Florence
Gilbert Burroughs, was born this day in Chicago, near where ERB himself
Florence was the wife of ERB's business
partner, film producer Ashton Dearholt with whom he had formed Burroughs-Tarzan
Enterprises to produce Tarzan pictures. Ed and Flo came together when
both their marriages were failing. Ed welcomed the Ashton children, Lee
and Caryl Lee as his own.
At age 14 she moved to Hollywood in
1918 at the encouragement of Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart.". Realizing
her strong resemblance of her petite, 5' "2 daughter to Mary Pickford,
her mother, Maude, had sent Florence's photos to the movie star. Pickford
wrote back, encouraging her to bring her daughter to Hollywood. Before
long Florence, as well as sister Mae and brother Eddie were all working
working as Hollywood extras for $2 a day and lunch. This launched her on
a fairly successful Hollywood film career which I've described in more
detail in Tribute pages starting at ERBzine
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Tribute
*** 1934: On this date, Ed left wife Emma Centennia
Burroughs to live at The Garden of Allah, Villa 23, a residential
hotel in Hollywood owned by silent movie star Nazimova. His diary entry
is in capital letters: "LEFT HOME AT DINNER TIME." Most of his time
was now spent with Florence and a few days later the couple took a trip
to Palm Springs. Ed's children's efforts to persuade him to try a reconciliation
were unsuccessful and he encouraged them to help Emma draw up divorce papers.
All through the spring Ed and Florence, Ashton and actress Ula Holt were
inseparable. Ed was a regular dinner guest at the Dearholts, they dined
out together, went out to parties together, and even visited Gay's Lion's
Farm together. Ashton had brought Ula back from the Guatemala shoot with
the idea of having her move into the Dearholt household. Florence wanted
no part of this arrangement and their marriage started to dissolve. A divorce
decree was granted to the Dearholts on March 29 but nothing seemed to change
socially or business-wise between Ed and Dearholt. Meanwhile, Emma, Ed's
wife of 34 years, was taking the separation very hard. She was despondent
and kept hoping that Ed would come to his senses and return to her -- she
even started taking flying lessons thinking that Ed might be impressed.
Sadly, the marriage was over. More about Emma Burroughs in the Tribute
pages starting at: 6750
Emma Centennia Burroughs
*** "Tarzan and the Fires of
Tohr," by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began Feb. 20, 1939, and
ran for 162 days.
"Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr: All 162 Maxon strips
*** "Tarzan and the Crocodile,"
by Mike Grell, began Feb. 20, 1983, and ran for two Sundays. (Yeates'
Lion Sunday strip also shares this page)
Tarzan and the Crocodile: Two Grell Sunday Pages
Richard Lupoff: Dick and Pat as Captain and Mary Marvel,
Master of Adventure
Lupoffs, Hillmans and John Goodwin ~ Tarzana Airship
~ Manning ~ Danton and Gov. Wallace ~ Moon Men
*** Richard Lupoff (1935.02.21
- 2020.10.22) who was born on this date was the man at the helm back in
the '60s when Canaveral brought back hardback editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs
books and also published some new ones for the first time. Lupoff also
wrote a book of his own, "Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure,"
which remains a fan favorite.
Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs" is also the title of an anthology
of new, authorized fiction on the worlds of ERB, put together by Mike
Resnick and Robert T. Garcia. Lupoff contributed to that with a short
story, "Scorpion Men of Venus," which takes Carson and Duare to
adventure unlike any before! In fact, after I read Mr. Lupoff's story in
that anthology back in 2013, I emailed him with a question or two and he
was gracious enough to respond:
"In actuality," he said, "I think
that Edgar Rice Burroughs had his tongue slightly in his cheek when he
wrote the Amtor books. After all, he'd been in the interplanetary romance
business for a long time, and he may have been getting a little bit tired
of it. Having Carson Napier set out for Barsoom by spaceship and forget
that there was a little thing called the moon in the way, I think that
rated a chuckle and I think ERB thought so too. I tried to capture his
style and his mood in my story."
In commenting specifically on one of the elements of
his Venus story, Lupoff added, "I grew up on comic
books and while I'm not really 'au courant' with the present comic book
scene, I do retain a strong nostalgic fondness for the superheroes I followed
in my childhood, and for their adventures. Of all these. My favorite was
Captain Marvel. His arch-enemy, the self-proclaimed 'Rightful Ruler of
the Universe,' was the classic mad scientist, Dr. Sivana.
"In the earliest Captain Marvel
stories, which I read at the age of five, we learned that the villain's
full name was Thaddeus Bodog Sivana. He was a little, scrawny guy who wore
glittering eyeglasses and always dressed in a white laboratory outfit.
He had two children, the gorgeous Beautia (pronounced Byoo-tee-uh, not
Byoo-sha, BTW), and the handsome, muscular Magnificus.
"They lived on the planet Venus.
As far as I know, how they got there was never explained. (In later stories,
Beautia and Magnificus seemed to disappear from the story line, to be replaced
by Georgia Sivana and Sivana Junior -- but these two never really sparked
my imagination as did Beautia and Magnificus.) Beautia, incidentally, looked
exactly like a movie star of that era, Alice Faye. I don't recall any specific
model for Magnificus.
"Anyway, I think that will tell
you a little more about the background of 'Scorpion Men of Venus.'"
He went on to discuss the amazing surprise ending of
"Scorpion Men," something I won't reveal here for the benefit of those
who have yet to read his story. But he did say that the ending was his
idea of a "springboard to a novel," although he doubted that he would be
writing such a novel. Mr. Lupoff is a gentleman and always happy to sit
down and talk ERB with someone.
*** During our promotion of the 2012 film, John
Carter of Mars film, I worked with Richard on an interview with
the film's screenwriter, Michael Chabon. Dick interviewed the writer
in a California restaurant and sent me a cassette of the interview. I then
laboriously keyed the text onto my ERBzine Webpages which I illustrated
with photos of the two famous authors.
Added to this were short bios and
an illustrated list of their books. Sue-On and I have had some great visits
with Dick and his wife Pat during California conventions - fun times
as indicated in one of the accompanying photos and Webpages. Sadly, Richard's
beloved partner and wife Pat, passed away in 2018.
The Canaveral Press Story - Editor: Richard Lupoff
More on Richard Lupoff at:
Richard and Pat Lupoff as Captain and Mary Marvel
The Canaveral Press Story - Editor: Richard Lupoff
MICHAEL CHABON INTERVIEW (Writer of the screenplay
for John Carter of Mars)
Conducted by Richard Lupoff for ERBzine in 2010
The Lupoffs at the 2012 Tarzana Dum-Dum
On stage with the always entertaining Hillman/Goodwin
Lupoff's "Scorpion Men of Venus" in the Resnick Worlds
of ERB Anthology
Pat Lupoff Remembered
Richard Lupoff Remembered
of Adventure in Wikipedia
Men of Venus"
Worlds of Adventure"
*** 1925: Stockton Mulford sounds
like the name of a guy who ought to be illustrating Hopalong Cassidy stories,
but instead he illustrated the cover for ERB's "The Moon Men" when
it began as a four-part serial Feb. 21, 1925, in "Argosy All-Story Weekly."
It was the story of Julian 9th who -- uncharacteristically of ERB heroes
-- doesn't live forever. The story formed the middle part of ERB's trilogy,
"The Moon Maid"
*** Stockton Mulford (1886.06.21-1960.09.20): was born
in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania but his early days were spent on the West
coast. In 1893 Stockton was pushed into a metal hinge and was blinded
in the right eye. After recovery he was fitted with a glass eye. His love
of drawing began while still a small child. He graduated high school in
1905 but could not afford to enroll in art school full-time, so he began
to work as a bank clerk and to attend only weekend art classes. By 1913
he had begun to sell an increasing number of freelance illustrations which
led to sales to The Christian Herald, The New York Herald Tribune, People's
Home Journal, and Every Week. He soon was illustrating books and painting
book covers for Harpers & Brothers and Houghton Mifflin Company. By
1920 he had an art studio was at 364 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea district
of Manhattan, from which he created freelance art for all the pulp magazines
of the day Munsey's, Argosy, Amazing, etc. and eventually for the "slicks":
Liberty, McCall's, Saturday Evening Post, etc. Some of his art appeared
under the penname of Ray Dean. By 1945, after their children had
grown, he and wife Mina left NYC and permanently moved to Sandy Hook, CT.
He retired from painting and instead concentrated on restoring his antique
home. He became an expert cabinet maker specializing in rare antique replicas.
"The Moon Maid": History, Art, Info
Moon Pulp art/cover gallery:
*** In honor of the 100th anniversary
of the year in which ERB was born, Alabama Gov. George Wallace proclaimed
the week of March 7-13, 1975,
to be Edgar Rice Burroughs Week in that state.
Danton Burroughs was there to witness the signing and acceptance of the
*** In 2012, Sue-On and I were thrilled to witness the
passing of a similar proclamation at the Louisiana State Capitol, House
of Representatives. Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed April 13, 2012 as
Tarzan Day in Louisiana and presented the Official Proclamation Documents
to filmmakers Al Bohl and daughter Allison, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
and the Burroughs Family. This was in conjunction with Al Bohl's Celebration
of the 100th anniversary of the filming of Tarzan of the Apes
in the Morgan City, Louisiana area.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Week in Alabama
Tarzan Day Declared by the Louisian House of Representatives
*** The aircraft is ready; now we
just need some volunteers to pony up the cash to buy the fuel, food and
other supplies for a trip through the North Pole opening to Pellucidar.
From a news release of Feb. 21, 2006. During a visit to Tarzana, Bill Hillman
visited and toured the Tarzana Aeroscraft Airship Company Factory,
but there were restrictions against my taking photos. I was surprised to
learn that the company had Canadian roots. The operation was an exciting
venture but short lived.
Tarzana Aeroscraft Airship Company
*** "Tarzan and the Egyptians,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began Feb. 21, 1954, and ran
for four Sunday.
"Jane in Pal-ul-don," by Russ Manning,
began Feb. 21, 1971, and ran for 59 Sundays.
Jane in Pal-ul-don: 59 Tarzan Sunday Pages by Manning
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