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John Coleman Burroughs: Edgar Rice Burroughs' younger
son: artist and author with son Danton
Enid Markey: First movie Jane ~ Big Little Book and
Sunday pages: by John Coleman Burroughs
*** 2012: Anniversary of JOHN CARTER's gala World Premiere
the Regal Cinema L.A. world premiere in Hollywood. See ERBzine's photo
spread on the event, which includes many members of the Burroughs family
and the management of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.:
*** A few days before, Sue-On and I were invited
to a pre-showing on the Disney lot. A thrill to see a film I had hoped
for since reading my first John Carter comic 60 years before. Exciting
to see the hundreds of millions of dollars put into the production -- it
even starred a good ole Canadian boy in the title role. Refreshing after
sitting through a lifetime of often hokey Tarzan flicks.
John Carter Premiere Photos
ERBzine's John Carter of Mars Film site
*** 1894: Enid Markey (1894.02.22-1981.11.15),
the first gal to play Jane, was born on today's date in Dillon, Colorado.
She kept making movies and television show appearances until 1968.
Enid Markey was a star on the silent
screen, a decade before Al Jolson broke the sound barrier, and every star
was a do-it-yourself stunt man or woman. Miss Markey returned to Hollywood
after 43 successful years on Broadway to star in a series of films for
television. Things have changed a great deal, she said since Elmo Lincoln
was the first Tarzan of the movies and she was his very first Jane - in
a tan Annette Kellerman bathing suit with a leopard skin sewed on top.
"We shot them out at Selig's Wild Animal Farm," Miss Markey recalled. "Elmo
would swing and sort of gather me up in the trees. They were really ropes,
with vines wrapped around them.
"I was the only Jane who ever wore
clothes," Miss Markey has said. "I remember Mother had that dress made.
It was very expensive -- $150. It had a plaid skirt and a green jersey
top with white flannel collar and cuffs and a patent leather belt around
the hips with big pockets over it and a plain green band at the bottom
and, of course, low heeled white buck shoes and white stockings." As time
passed in the treetops, the dress gave way, sleeve by sleeve, so to speak,
and the leopard skin took over.
Miss Markey turned down a contract
for five more years of Jane to come to New York in 1918, because "I had
no interest in pictures at all. I was studying for the stage."
Miss Markey's early deeds of derring-do
have been preserved for history in the Museum of Modern Art film library
and she even ran across herself in an old-fashioned nickelodeon at Disneyland.
"I think it's rather nice," Miss Markey said. "Except when some old toothless
creature comes up and tells me, 'I used to see you when I was a little
Brian Bohnett's biography of the first Jane, "The
Remarkable Enid Markey," is available from amazon.com
All about Enid Markey:
Enid Markey photo gallery:
Enid Markey in the Press
Tarzan of the Apes
The Romance of Tarzan
Off-Site Reference: Enid's career:
*** John Coleman Burroughs, ERB's
younger son, died on Feb. 22 in 1979, just six days short of his 66th birthday.
a photo on today's EVENTS page shows JCB and son, Danton, with a couple
of JCB's creations, the "John
Carter of Mars" Better Little Book, which he wrote with an assist
from father Edgar, and the "John
Carter of Mars" Sunday newspaper comic strip, which he scripted
Danton shared a tremendous amount
of information on his dad's bio: letters, art, memorabilia, photos, etc.
which I used to create a John Coleman Burroughs Memorial Website. JCB was
the only one of ERB's children that I never met. By the time we made contact
with the Burroughs family and started our visits to Tarzana, Jack Burroughs
was in very poor health. We did have many visits with his second wife Mary
and step-daughter Stacy. They shared wonderful memories of the years they
had spent with him.
With Danton's permission and later
that of Linda, we opened a number of JCB's storage lockers in the valley
and photographed and indexed the contents -- treasure troves of art and
John Coleman Burroughs Memorial Site
John Coleman Burroughs
and ERBzine's companion site
...as well as here
"John Carter of Mars" Better Little Book
John Carter of Mars" Sunday newspaper comic strip
*** 1917: Reed Crandall
(1917.02.22-1982.09.13) created spectacular ERB-related art, notably in
the Canaveral Press editions. He is also known for his work for EC -- horror,
crime, war, and adventure comics and he also contributed to Flash Gordon
in the 1960s. His art was featured in the Classics Illustrated and Treasure
Chest series; he drew the Buster Brown comics for Buster Brown shoe stores
for many years. Later he created b/w comic art for Warren's Blazing Combat,
Creepy, Eerie, etc.
Reed attended the Cleveland School
of Art in Ohio, graduating in 1939, and served briefly in the Air Force
during WWII -- in the major work he did for Blackhawk comics. Reed Crandall
was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Will Eisner
Hall of Fame in 2009.
The art that he and Al Williamson
created for the cover of Richard Lupoff's book: Master of Adventure:
The Worlds of ERB is proudly displayed in the offices of
ERB, Inc., Tarzana.
ERBzine Gallery of Reed Crandall Art
"Master of Adventure" Art and Coloured Version
*** On Feb. 22, 1970, "Korak and the River of Time"
began as a Sunday strip and ran for 15 weeks: Feb. 22, 1970 - May 31, 1970
Korak and the River of Time: Tarzan Sunday pages by
Huck's List of Sunday Tarzan Comic Strips: Start/Stop
ERB's Personal Colophon or "DooDad" ~ Metropolitan
Books ~ Tarzan: Lion Man, Leopard Men
Trader Horn: Posters and Book, Director Woody
Van Dyke ~ Tarzan The Ape Man title shot
*** 1931: ERB and Emma were off to the theater to
see the new African epic, "Trader Horn" film on this date. Newspaper
ads for this 1931 "Trader Horn" movie showed you could get in before 1:30
for just 25 cents. If ERB was enjoying the movie, his full enjoyment was
to go unfulfilled, at least that night. At intermission, Emma said they
had to leave because she had suddenly remembered that they had promised
to babysit for daughter Joan that night!
R.E. Prindle, notes that ERB
must have seen the whole movie at some point and also read "Trader Horn"
and "Horning into Africa," although only the latter volume survived
among the books in his personal library. "Horning into Africa" is the story
of the movie crew that went to Africa to film the book "Trader Horn" which
relates the African adventures of Alfred Aloysius 'Wish' Smith, who went
by the name of Trader Horn. Van Dyke was hired to direct and cast the first
Weissmuller film - Tarzan
The Ape Man - and used the Trader Horn footage to good effect through
rear projection and inserts and Van Dyke used an adept mix of scenery,
animal shots, humour, action and cinema tricks to make a film that would
please critics and audiences of all ages. The picture was filmed in five
Prindle makes the case for how Burroughs was influenced
by the books and movie in writing "Tarzan and the Lion Man" and
"Tarzan and the Leopard Men."
Ron lent me "Horning into Africa"
which I read and photocopied. A fascinating read which contained many good
photos which I shared with my ERBzine readers.
R.E. Prindle's Articles on the Trader Horn
influence on ERB:
View the photos from Horning into Africa from
book that Ron Prindle lent me to scan.
ERB's Personal Library Shelf Containing Horning
Into Africa by Woody Van Dyke
Tarzan The Ape Man
Trader Horn Film Booklet
Trader Horn Book Text I
Trader Horn Book Text II
*** On the same day he went to see
the Trader Horn movie, ERB sent a letter to Metropolitan telling them that
he planned to take over the publication of his own books, something some
may have regarded as a reckless move in the middle of the Great Depression.
had published only four ERB first editions: "Tanar of Pellucidar,"
"A Fighting Man of Mars," and two Tarzan novels: "Tarzan and
the Lost Empire" and "Tarzan at the Earth's Core."
ERB Bio Timeline 1931 for info on the Metropolitan
decision and Trader Horn
Tanar of Pellucidar
A Fighting Man of Mars
Tarzan and the Lost Empire
Tarzan at the Earth's Core
1935: The first
episode of the movie serial, The Phantom Empire, was released on
this date. This 12-chapter Mascot Pictures serial combined the western,
musical, and science fiction genres. The film is about a singing cowboy
who stumbles upon an ancient subterranean civilization living beneath his
own ranch that becomes corrupted by unscrupulous greedy speculators from
the surface. This was Gene Autry's first starring role, playing
himself as a singing cowboy. This was also one of the first films featuring
Smiley Burnette who went on to play Autry's sidekick in 62 feature-length
Phantom Empire was the first pre-recorded
VHS tape I purchased in 1979. I made good use of my newly-purchased VHS
recorder by eventually taping thousands of movies, shows, documentaries,
music, etc. on my collection of over 4,500 video tapes. . . . most of them
off a series of satellite dishes we owned through the years. The Nashville
Network broadcast nearly all the Gene Autry (and Roy Rogers) films in the
'80s with Gene on hand in the studio to discuss the films during breaks
-- I taped 'em all :)
The Phantom Empire
ERB-Related Movie Serials
2020: Russ Cochran
(1937.07.03 - 2020.02.23) died on this date. Russ was a long-time supporter
of all things Burroughs and had published spectacular volumes of interest
to all ERB fans. Of special note is his 3-volume set -- ERB: Library of
Illustration and more recently Buddy Saunders' "Martian Legion"
After earning his doctorate in physics
and mathematics at the University of Missouri and teaching for ten years,
Russ made a sudden and impulsive right turn, resigning his tenured university
position to devote himself to publishing books for collectors. Russ's first
publishing venture was The Complete EC Library, consisting of 65 hardcover
collections, in 16 slipcased sets, the only complete reprinting of a whole
line of comic books from the 1940s and 1950s.
Following his visit to Edgar Rice
Burroughs, Inc., in Tarzana where Danton Burroughs showed him the many
ERB-related paintings and drawings, his first thought was that all Burroughs
fans should be able to see this artwork. This led to his publishing the
three-volume Edgar Rice Burroughs Library of Illustration. Following this
were books on guitarists Chet Atkins and Les Paul. His next projects included
collections of Sunday comic pages: Gasoline Alley and Alley Oop. His most
recent project is publishing of the gigantic and lavishly illustrated ERB-related
book by Buddy Saunders: The Martian Legion.
Russ had given Danton a copy of the
book he wrote on Chet Atkins -- now a very rare book that sells for over
$300. I had a great time leafing through and reading Dan's copy which he
treasured. In fact, he treasured it so much that I couldn't talk him out
of it -- but I plan to get a copy somehow, someday :). I've been a longtime
fan of Chet's -- a Chet Atkins Gretsch model guitar was the first expensive
guitar I bought back in the 1962. I later met with Chet in his RCA Nashville
office. I've corresponded with Russ and we were Facebook friends, but sadly
never had a chance to meet with him. ERB fans owe him a lot.
*** I still don't have Russ's Library
of Illustration in my library. But I'm well acquainted with Volume 2 that
is devoted to the art and writing of John Coleman Burroughs. I had a long
visit during the Tarzana 2002 ECOF with Nanette Mark, JCB's personal care
provider, who assisted him during his battle with Parkinson's disease.
She had helped JCB with many projects in his last years when he had been
so disabled. One of her duties was to help Jack collate the artwork and
accompanying descriptions for Russ Cochran's ERB Library of Illustration.
During our visit we went through Volume 2 page by page and she shared some
wonderful back stories behind the JCB treasures presented in the book.
A memorable experience. Through the years Nanette has been a very staunch
JCB supporter and has led an ongoing campaign to achieve more recognition
for his art and contributions.
Library of Illustration
Tarzana ECOF 2002 ~ Nanette Mark's Memories
The Martian Legion
Russ Cochran: Major ERB Music Publisher - with Frazetta
Roy Krenkel: At Work, ACE art: Land of Hidden Men
(Jungle Girl), Thuvia Maid of Mars,
CANAVERAL art: Tales of Three Planets ~ Herman
Brix: New Adventures of Tarzan/Green Goddess
*** 1918/2007: Two men who brought Edgar Rice Burroughs
worlds and characters to life in different ways passed away in different
years on Feb. 24.
Roy G. Krenkel, born in 1918, helped sell ERB
books off the paperback newsstands in the 1960s when his work, along with
that of Frank Frazetta, brought a weird and wonderful mystique to
the fiction of ERB.
Herman Brix, who later changed his name to Bruce
Bennett, became one of the many faces of Tarzan when Edgar Rice Burroughs
himself tried his hand at movie-making. Brix played the ape-man the way
ERB wrote him, not as a pidgin-speaking wild man but as an intelligent
being who could be comfortable in a suit and tie as easily as in a loin
Krenkel illustrated for Ace Books and did sci-fi
covers for other authors as well as ERB. Fans came to appreciate his style
of art so much that the mere presence of it on a cover was often enough
to sell a book. Krenkel also illustrated some of the hardback Burroughs
novels published by Canaveral Press.
Brix was born in Tacoma in 1906 and was a star shot-putter
in the Olympics. He lost out to Johnny Weissmuller for his first
chance at playing Tarzan but got the role for ERB's production in 1935.
He then played in a Lone Ranger serial and was also a Tarzan-like character
in "Kioga of the Wilderness." After that, he dropped out of films
long enough to study acting in more depth and returned under the name Bruce
Bennett and made many more films.
The serial, "The New Adventures of Tarzan," was
also made into a film titled "Tarzan and the Green Goddess."
Bennett passed away Feb. 24, 2007, in Santa Monica, Calif.
ROY G. KRENKEL TRIBUTE
Roy Krenkel Background Info and Ace Art I: Earth's
Moon and Core
Krenkel Bio and Ace Art II: The Planets
Krenkel Ace Art III: Savage Earth
Canaveral Press ERB Covers:
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN:
9-Page coverage starting at:
"Kioga (Hawk) of the Wilderness."
York Times obituary
G. Krenkel biography
2020: Baby Peggy died on this date:
Diana Serra Cary (born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, 1918.10.29-2020.02.24)),
known as Baby Peggy -- American former child actress of the Silent Film
Era. She went on to become a noted author and historian. She is the Last
Living Silent Star. She made the Equivalent of $14M a Movie and Lost It
All. Baby Peggy's family bought a plot out in the San Fernando Valley at
ERB's urging (she doesn't say if it was one of ERB's Tarzana Ranch properties),
and they were regulars at his prohibition-era parties. Baby Peggy's father
later decided a move to Beverly Hills was in order to promote her image
by allowing magazine photo layouts of their lavish home. Baby Peggy's parents
were friends with Ed and Emma Burroughs, and there are several anecdotes
in her biography (along with a fascinating first-person account of Hollywood
from the silent era foreword). At the age of 4 1/2 she was signed to a
remarkable $1,500,000 contract. ( Her co-stars included the likes of Clara
Bow, Irene Rich, Edward Everett Horton, Hobart Bosworth, and other major
names. However, by the age of 6 it was all over. The film career of Baby
Peggy abruptly ended in 1925 when her father had a falling out with studio
executives over her contract. They retained their friendship with Emma
Burroughs after the Burroughs divorce.
ERB Family Friend: Baby Peggy - Child Star
Appeal to Help 98-year-old Baby Peggy
Brenda Joyce: Tarzan's Jane in Amazons, Leopard
Woman, Huntress, Mermaids, Magic Fountain
Triumphant: source of Maxon's
~ UK Editions: Lost Empire & Lord of the Jungle
*** 1912: Brenda Joyce (1917.02.25-2009.07.04) was
born on this date in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. as Betty Leabo.
She was known to family and friends as Graftina. When Betty grew up, she
became an actress and eventually made it to the top of the heap in Hollywood
by winning the coveted role of Jane. She changed her name to Brenda
Joyce and first played Jane in "Tarzan and the Amazons" in 1945
and followed that up by repeating the role in "Tarzan and the Leopard
Woman," 1946; "Tarzan and the Huntress," 1947; "Tarzan and
the Mermaids," 1948, and "Tarzan's Magic Fountain," 1949.
In the first four, she played opposite
Weissmuller, and in the last with Lex Barker. Thus, she was
one of two actresses who was Jane to more than one Tarzan. The other was
Schramm, who played Jane in "The Revenge of Tarzan," which starred
Pollar as the ape-man, and in the serial "The Son of Tarzan,"
which had P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan. "Magic Fountain" was
her last film as she retired after that. She had appeared in films for
She married old school friend, Owen
Ward in 1941 with whom she had three children before their divorce in 1960.
As Betty Ward, she became director of the Catholic Resettlement Office
in Monterey, California, and helped hundreds of refugees find new lives
in America. Joyce died of pneumonia at age 92 on American Independence
Day 2009, in a nursing home in Santa Monica, California. Her remains rest
in the elephant burial ground in Santa Monica, the city where former Tarzan
movie stars go to die.
BRENDA JOYCE FILM APPEARANCES AS JANE
Tarzan and the Amazons
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Tarzan and the Huntress
Tarzan and the Mermaids
Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Joyce in Wikipedia
Joyce in IMDB
*** 1931: Cassell and Co. published
two Tarzan editions in Great Britain. "Tarzan,
Lord of the Jungle," was published in 1928. The other, which was
published Feb. 25 in 1931, was "Tarzan
and the Lost Empire." It is interesting to note that the
Cassell "Lost Empire" edition came out several months before the
book of "Tarzan the Invincible" was published (November, 1931);
and before "Tarzan Triumphant" (1932) and "Tarzan's Quest"
(1936). Yet, the inside front jacket blurb uses terms which are reminiscent
of all of those titles as well: "Once more Tarzan the Invincible sets out
. . . his quest ends in triumph.
An advantage of living in Canada is
that we have ready access to books published in the UK, USA and Canada.
Back in 1962 -- before the invasion of the ACE and Ballantine ERB paperbacks
-- I was thrilled to find paperbacks published by Four Square from England.
My favourite local bookstore, Smart's Booksellers in Brandon, displayed
a whole shelf of these gems -- for only 60 cents each. Throughout the '50s
I had spent most of my allowance money on the available Grosset and Dunlap
and Whitman editions, after which I scoured catalogues from book dealers
across Canada, UK and USA to find the elusive out-of-print ERB titles.
The Tarzan art that adorned the Four Square covers was very appealing and
added to my excitement of having found these new treasures. I bought all
the titles the bookstore had -- and they are still a valued part of my
Burroughs collection. They are scattered across by ERB Bibliography series,
but I thought that our readers would appreciate seeing them all in one
place at ERBzine 4562
The history of ERB books and comics
published in Britain is a long and complex one. The first British publication
of an ERB novel was on September 13, 1917 when Methuen and Co.debuted Tarzan
of the Apes -- the first of a long line of ERB novels that would be published
in Great Britain. The Methuen editions usually appeared a year or two after
the American releases. Throughout the years they occasionally reprinted
US dust jackets but very often drew upon their own stable of artists which
included: Champneys, Leist, G. W. Goss and G. P. Micklewright. From
1929 to 1937 Methuen published no new ERB titles, preferring to reprint
titles they had originally debuted between 1917 and 1929. They would resume
their publishing of new titles in 1937.
UK EDITIONS OF ERB BOOKS
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
Tarzan and the Lost Empire
"ERBzine checklist of British titles and publishers
Four Square Editions from the UK
and the Fire Gods," a revised comic strip version of "Tarzan
Triumphant," began in newspapers Feb. 25, 1935, with art by Rex
Maxon and story by R.W. Palmer. It ran for 162 days. The newspaper
syndicate thought the plot of "Tarzan Triumphant" would offend too many
people, so enough changes were made in the names of characters and the
plot for Rex Maxon's comic strip version that ERB remarked, "Personally,
I think you've spoiled the story. But what's the use?" ERBzine has reprinted
all the Maxon strips at ERBzine.com/maxon
"Tarzan and the Fire Gods" - 162 Maxon Daily Strips
ERB's Tarzan Triumphant
*** 1943: The USS Shaw and
McKean entered dangerous waters and were joined by two PBYs and the destroyer
Boggs from Palmyra for protection. The McKean was fueled at cruising
speed from the Mississippi. A fifty foot boom from the battleship held
the fuel pipe over the destroyer. Pearl ETA: March 2.
ERB and the USS Shaw
ERB: The War Years
2009: Philip José Farmer (1918.01.26-2009.02.25)
died on this date. He was an American author known for his science fiction
and fantasy novels and short stories.
Farmer is best known for his sequences of novels, especially
the World of Tiers (1965–93) and Riverworld (1971–83) series.
He is noted for the pioneering use of sexual and religious themes in his
work, his fascination for, and reworking of, the lore of celebrated pulp
heroes, and occasional tongue-in-cheek pseudonymous works written as if
by fictional characters. Farmer often mixed real and classic fictional
characters and worlds and real and fake authors as epitomized by his Wold
Newton family group of books. These tie all classic fictional characters
together as real people and blood relatives resulting from an alien conspiracy.
He has often written about the pulp
heroes Tarzan and Doc Savage, or pastiches thereof: In his
novel The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, Tarzan and Sherlock
Holmes team up. Farmer's Lord Grandrith and Doc Caliban series portray
analogues of Tarzan and Doc Savage. It consists of A Feast Unknown
(1969), Lord of the Trees (1970) and The Mad Goblin
(1970). Farmer has also written two mock biographies of both characters,
Alive (1972) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life
(1973), which adopt the premise that the two were based on real people
fictionalized by their original chroniclers, and connect them genealogically
with a large number of other well-known fictional characters in a schema
now known as the "Wold Newton family." Further, Farmer wrote both an authorized
Doc Savage novel, Escape from Loki (1991) and an authorized
Tarzan novel, The Dark Heart of Time (1999). In his 1972
novel Time's Last Gift, Farmer also explored the Tarzan theme
combined with time travel, using the transparently reverse-syllabled name
of "Sahhindar" for his hero (and the book's initials, TLG, as code for
"Tarzan, Lord Greystoke"). A short story on this theme is "The Jungle Rot
Kid on the Nod" (1968): "if William S. rather than Edgar Rice [Burroughs]
had written Tarzan," Farmer also wrote Lord Tyger (1970)
about a ruthless millionaire who tries to create a real Tarzan by having
a child kidnapped and then brought up subject to the same tragic events
which shaped Tarzan in the original books.
In his incomplete historical Khokarsa
cycle — Hadon of Ancient Opar (1974) and Flight to
Opar (1976) — Farmer portrayed the "lost city" of Opar, which plays
an important part in the Tarzan saga, in the time of its glory as a colony
city of the empire of Khokarsa. One of the books mentions a mysterious
grey-eyed traveller, clearly "Sahhindar"/Tarzan.
How ERB Inspired PJF: by Win Scott Eckert
The Philip José Farmer / Edgar Rice Burroughs
Philip José Farmer Remembered and covers of
his Tarzan-related books:
Tarzan the Broadway Musical: Poster, Cast Photos,
Richard Rodgers Theatre: Front Marquis and
Seating Sections ~ Show Credits ~ Tarzan on Broadway
1921 starring Ronald Adair
*** 2006: This article, published on this, in the Journal
News, tells of some differences between the screen version of Disney's
"Tarzan" and the on-stage version.
THE APE MAN COMETH -- TO BROADWAY
Journal News ~ Feb. 26, 2006:
When Tarzan learned the ropes for the 1999 Disney movie,
principal animator Glen Keane had him glide across vine-covered limbs like
Tony Hawk: Tarzan the Skate Man. But when he takes to the stage at the
Richard Rodgers Theatre this spring, Tarzan will be more of a rock-climber,
says Thomas Schumacher "Everybody wears a visible harness," Schumacher
says. "There are visible ropes all over the stage, both for gorillas and
for Tarzan — and you see them literally clip in and harness up. It's part
of the language of the piece. There's no naturalism in this show, nothing
is created to look like the natural world."
Director Bob Crowley has come up with a set described
as a green box lined with vines and rope-climbing apparatus. "We've created
a universe on stage, a flexible environment in which the show is staged
both on the ground and above the ground. . . . and the characters all sing."
Phil Collins has added eight new songs — and has fleshed out a Broadway
score, his first.
There have been changes in the script, from screen to
stage. The villain Clayton, "a middle-aged big, British blowhard" in the
film, gets a bit of a makeover, Schumacher says. "In our version, he's
an American and a potential love interest of Jane's."
The show premiered on Broadway on
May 10th. Fortunately, this was between terms at my university and I had
a break before starting to teach the summer classes. Sue-On and I flew
down and joined Danton and family and ERB, Inc staff from Tarzana for the
premiere. The show at the Richard Rodgers Theatre was spectacular and the
after-show party at the Marriott ballroom was packed with the cast, Broadway
personalities, invited guests and media. The live band was loud and there
were food and drink bars scattered everywhere in the huge room -- a gala
event. The production was a success and it later opened for long runs in
Hamburg and Holland -- we were also fortunate to attend these European
premieres and took many photos that we shared in ERBzine.
THE APE MAN COMETH -- TO BROADWAY reprinted on the
ERBzine News Site:
The more extensive Hillman Preview Notes for the Tarzan
Tarzan's First Appearance on Broadway was in 1921
The later Opening Night (May 10, 2006)
Tarzan Broadway Musical Coverage
Other ERBzine Premiere Reports for Tarzan the Musical
Holland ~ Hamburg ~ Utah ~ and Local Productions
will be shared in this EVENTS series on the dates
that they opened.
1948: Robin Maxwell was born on this date. Robin
is an American historical novelist who specializes in the Tudor period.
She is also a screenwriter and political blogger.
Maxwell was raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated
from Tufts University. She and her husband Max live in Pioneertown, California.
Robin is best known to ERB fans for
having written JANE: THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TARZAN. JANE is the first
version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar
Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marked the centennial of the original
of the Apes.
After the 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs
Centennial Celebrations in Tarzana, Sue-On and I drove south to HIGH DESERT
EDEN. This is a fantastic California Desert Retreat hosted by Robin Maxwell
and Max Thomas. During our stay with Robin and Max we took hundreds of
photos documenting this unforgettable experience. We've shared many of
these photos in a series of Webpages starting at ERBzine 4529.
JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan
JANE: Reviews ~ Photos ~ Video
Tarzan Never Dies by Robin Maxwell
HIGH DESERT EDEN: 100s of Photos
A Fantastic California Desert Retreat
Hosted by Robin Maxwell and Max Thomas
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ape Friends (Privitera Painting)
~ Tarzan of the Apes: First appearance in
1912 All-Story pulp, cover and pages ~ ERB and second
wife Florence ~ Celardo and Grell Tarzan strips
*** Feb. 27, 1913 -- "A Day That Shall Live in Fame.":
The daring Edgar Rice Burroughs made a life-changing decision on
Feb. 27 of 1913: He quit his day job.
He had gained so much confidence from the success of
"Under the Moons of Mars" and "Tarzan of the Apes" that he
decided he could make a living by writing full time.
He was right. He not only was able to support his family,
but became a multi-millionaire.
And, he not only changed his life, and the lives of his
family, but he changed the lives of millions of people worldwide who purchased,
borrowed or stole his books. Some of them had a lot of fun just reading
the stories, and their lives were made more enjoyable; others made money
of their own publishing and illustrating his stories, making movies about
them, or creating and selling licensed materials from Big Little Books
to computer games. And every business related to ERB characters did lots
of hiring -- actors, typesetters, technicians of various kinds.
Still others, inspired by his writing
and the worlds he created, came up with characters and scenarios of their
own which, in turn, sparked other prosperous lines of comics, books, movies
and related things, all of which helped untold others make good livings.
ERB's prosperity not only trickled down to others, but
it became a gushing torrent. All because a pencil sharpener salesman read
storiers in pulp magazines and decided that he could write ones that were
just as rotten.
ERB's early days at Oak Park
ERB Biographical Sketches I
ERB Biographical Sketches II
*** 1991: ERB's second wife, later known as Florence
Gilbert Smith Dearholt Burroughs Chase (1904.02.20-1991.02.27), died
on this date. Read our bio info on Florence in Events Feb. 20 and in the
Florence Gilbert - Mrs. Edgar Rice Burroughs
*** 1943: While sailing the Pacific
aboard the USS Shaw: Following a morning sub alert the convoy took
defensive maneuvers. Depth charges from the destroyers killed hundreds
of flying fish and shook the Shaw violently. Sub alerts and Shaw depth
charge drops continued through the day.
1943 ERB's Wartime Journals
ERB / USS Shaw Connection
*** Feb. 27 in ERB comics:
-- 1955, "Tarzan and the Diamond Thieves," drawn
by John Celardo and scripted by Dick Van Buren, started a 12-Sunday
-- 1957, "Tarzan Returns to Zimba" the Celardo-Van
Buren team again, started a 68-day run.
-- 1983, Mike Grell wrote and drew his last Tarzan
Strip: Tarzan and the Crocodile
Tarzan Returns to Zimba: 68 daily strips by Celardo
and Van Buren
Tarzan and the Crocodile: Last strip by Mike Grell
John Coleman Burroughs: With father and Oakdale Affair
art, Indian art, Emma, Burroughs aircraft,
Grad photo, On the beach with Tarzan, the dog ~ ERB
dictating Fighting Man of Mars, Virginia Huston and Lex Barker
*** 1913: John Coleman Burroughs (1913.02.28-1979.02.22),
and Emma's third child, was born in Chicago, Illinois on this date-- just
at the time that his father's famous creation, Tarzan, was beginning to
catch on. February was same month in which his father, Edgar Rice Burroughs,
decided to make a full-time career of writing. In fact, ERB dedicated the
first novel he wrote, A Princess of Mars, to young John. "John"
was obviously a favourite name of ERB's -- as well as giving the name to
his youngest son, he also christened his two best-known heroes with the
name, and even used it once as a pseudonym: John Tyler McCulloch. The ancestor
of whom Ed was most proud was Virginia settler, John Coleman. Coleman was
also Ed's brother's name. JCB (Jack) and his older sister and brother –
Joan (pronounced Jo-Anne) and Hulbert (Hully) – were all brought up on
Tarzan stories and were encouraged to develop a great appreciation for
the outdoors and nature. By all accounts ERB was an excellent father
and his most prolific and artistic writing period coincided with the period
of time when his three children were probably most demanding. He had said,
"Were I literary and afflicted with temperament I should have a devil of
a time writing stories..."
JCB went on to illustrate many of
ERB's books as well as comics and Sunday pages. He and wife Jane Ralston
worked together on art and also co-wrote SF-based stories. They gave birth
to three children: John, Danton, and Dian. Later in life JCB was
afflicted with Parkinson's, the same disease that struck his father ERB
and his brother Danton. Another thing he shared in common with ERB and
Dan was his passion for creating, collecting and storing a lifetime of
memorabilia and artistic creations.
Following his death in 1979 most of
these treasures were preserved at son Danton's home and in storage units
in the valley. It was a thrill to help Dan break into these dusty units
-- the keys were long lost -- and to itemize the contents and to transport
stacks of art work, books, photos and family memorabilia back to Tarzana.
I photographed and indexed most of the contents and much of it I've shared
It was a major thrill when I was able
to handle and view what has to be ERB's one-of-a-kind, rarest book: TARZAN,
JR. in The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Website
Tribute pages to Jane Ralston Burroughs
Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
Raid on the JCB Treasure Vaults
Exploring the Tarzana JCB Treasure Vaults
ERB's Rarest Book - TARZAN JR. - Illustrated by JCB
EVENTS FROM ERBzine's ERB BIO TIMELINE
*** 1913: Ed decides to give up his job with Shaw's Systems
to devote full time to writing.
*** 1928: Starts dictating Fighting
Man of Mars on his Ediphone
*** 1931: The day is spent planting trees -- Japanese
Plum Plant, etc., playing golf and celebrating Jack's 18th birthday.
Ed is worried that his medical condition is not improving
fast enough. He sits for a magazine interview.
*** 1934 Ed and both boys each take a half-hour flying
lesson. Ed's 34th
*** 1981:Virginia Huston
(1925.04.24-1981.02.28) died in Santa Monica, CA on Feb. 28, 1981, of cancer
at the young age of 55. Although she had appeared in many stage and radio
productions, Virginia struck career gold by playing Jane in Lex Barker’s
1951 Tarzan movie: Tarzan’s Peril. The film was well made and decently
acted. As a plus, actresses who played Jane are something akin to James
Bond actresses, no matter what they did for the rest of their career, at
least they will be featured on every “Actresses who acted in Tarzan movies”
list, and, to some degree, remembered.
In interviews she made it pretty clear
how ill suited she was for the highly hectic Hollywood life. She said how
her stomach was often in knots during filming, and she could not eat properly
as a result. In order to maintain her strength, she drank a strong beef
concentrate with an egg thrown in it. Sometimes, her anxiety would get
so intense she would feel she was about to faint. She could reverse the
process and not faint by doing a form of self hypnosis, where she would
imagine nice things and tell herself calming words.
Tarzan's Peril with Lex Barker and Virginia Huston:
ERBzine's Virginia Huston Gallery
Off-Site Huston References
comic Tarzan-Jane tribute:
went to Mars in a movie
to Mars" in Wikipedia
29 (Leap Day For Leap Years)
Tarzan of the Air Radio Show poster using St. John
art ~ Collage of photos and memorabilia
from the Tarzan Radio Shows starring Joan Burroughs
and husband James H. Pierce
*** In a Feb. 29, 1932, letter to his niece, Mrs. Carleton
(Evelyn) McKenzie, ERB wrote that he was impressed with the sound effects
created for the first two preview episodes of the new Tarzan radio show.
There is no truth to the rumor, however, that those sound effects included
the howl of a hyena, the bleat of a camel, the growl of a dog, and the
plucked sound of a violin G-string. That rumour legend belongs to the Tarzan
yell from film Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller.
Quote from an interview at ERBzine 0003:
"Mrs. McKenzie has proof that ERB's writing career started much earlly
than with Under the Moons of Mars. She has three small handmade
books composed, lettered and illustrated by the man whose Tarzan of the
Apes would beocme one of the most popular and profitable characters of
all time. Her Uncle Ed made them to entertain his little niece around the
turn of the century, when he was gold-dredging with his brother Harry,
her father, in the rugged Northwest. The books show the same imagination
and liveliness their creator would display later in his published work.
He was about 25 at the time, an impractical dreamer with a droll sense
"I adored him," (she) said...as she
leafed through a neat collection of yellowed photographs from the time.
"He was my favorite uncle. He was always full of jokes and nonsense. And
he had a twinkle in his eye that was...well, it was just different."
When her uncle was producing his first
books for her personal pleasure, she was a curly-haired child spending
summers on the Snake River in southwest Idaho. Her mother would take the
two children -- Evvie and her brother Studley -- from Chicago, their winter
home, by train. Her first book is called Snake River Cotton-Tail Tales,
the cover embellished with two cotton-tail bunnies who continue through
Another book her uncle put together is Grandma Burroughs'
Cook book, also illustrated in color and hand-lettered, inscribed (with
old-fashioned long Ss like Fs), for Miftrefs Evelyn, Christmas 1901. The
recipes are subdivided for a child, some of the measurements so small they
are given in gills, drops and pinches. They seem quite accurate. "They
must have been, for I remember making biscuits when I was 5 or 6 and getting
praised for it." There are recipes for cookies, fried chicken, angel-food
cake, and other goodies...all illustrated with performing angels, one of
them startled by a star bouncing off her halo.
A third little book by the unknown
author is a kind of family book, rhymed stories with jokes referring to
the various personages of the household. It also gives advice to Mistress
Evelyn on the kind of a man a girl should seek to marry -- not a Dude or
a Ward Heeler or a "Hahvaahd Boy," but a real Yale Man. (Harry was Yale
'89). The book shows the same playful wit as the others, and the pen-and-ink
sketches exaggerate the costumes the times, including the women's big leg-o-mutton
sleeves. Ed liked women of generous proportions, she said, and the illustrations
bear her out. They are highly expressive of character. "He never had a
drawing lesson," his niece said, "and he never studied writing.
Mrs. Evelyn Burroughs McKenzie Interview
Tarzan of the Radio: Hear 200 Tarzan Radio Shows:
Plus the Hillman summaries of the first 77 shows
The First Tarzan Radio Episode
Much later Tarzan radio episodes: February 1951 and
Tarzan and Simba Hudari
Tarzan The Killer
A special ERB Bio Timeline page designed to show
ERB's total involvement with the media:
The Tarzan Yell - Weissmuller style
*** February 29, 1929: Son Jack
(John Coleman Burroughs) was given a Kodak enlarger and diffuser
equipment for his birthday.
Photography had become a major interest and became a
vital part of his career as an artist.
Jane Ralston Burroughs' poses for husband Jack's Dejah
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