Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
Volume 6320

Collated by John Martin and Bill Hillman
With Web Design, Added Events, Links,
Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman

MAR 8 ~ MAR 9 ~ MAR 10 ~ MAR 11
MAR 12 ~ MAR 13 ~ MAR 14


Click for full-size images


Authors: Jane Goodall, Robin Maxwell, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., Russ Manning
NY Times Article on the Ballantine Tarzan Releases: Sample Ballantine cover Art

1977: International Women's Day Was Recognized by the United Nations On This Date.
Countries around the world elebrate International Women's Day on March 8. The day not only recognizes the achievements made by women, but also brings awareness to the obstacles that still stand in their way.
*** 2013: Reviews for Robin Maxwell's "Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan," many of which appeared on this date. The reviews on this web page are very favorable.

Sample Review: 5/5 STARS: Jane: Filled With Drama and Excitement, March 8, 2013
"Robin Maxwell, in writing Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan, has created an instant classic and I feel sure it will endure the test of time. Her novel is absorbing and filled with interesting characters that are developed with great skill. Jane's father, Archimedes Phinneaus Porter is a Paleoanthrologist and Jane, his daughter, is an avid student of this science. And that is what launches them into the most fantastic adventure of their lives. Halfway through the book the action picks up and races to a heart-pounding conclusion.
    Apparently Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. had given Ms Maxwell creative freedom to write Jane's story as she saw fit. Well Ms Maxwell ran with it and a great adventure tale has emerged that will be read and loved by fans of fantastic literature for decades to come. It was a brilliant move to include Edgar Rice Burroughs himself in the story and have Jane relate her narrative to him. Jane knew ERB would use it to write a great piece of fantastic fiction, and of course he did. He used her story as a basis for his soon-to-be classic, Tarzan of the Apes.
    Robin Maxwell is a talented story-teller who specializes in creating strong female characters, based on real-life women in history, playing prominent roles in her historical fiction dramas. Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan should stand tall with her other works. Or any other author's works.
I love this book and highly reccommend it to anyone and everyone."
Reviews on Robin Maxwell's Jane
More ERBzine Links Spotlighting JANE
JANE: Reviews ~ Photos ~ Video
Meet Robin Maxwell: Author of JANE
JANE: An Excerpt
*** 1917: Leslie Aaron Fiedler
, born on this date, was a literary critic known for his interest in mythography and his championing of genre fiction.
Among his writings was "A Serious Look at Ballantine's Tarzan Series, Lord of the Absolute Elsewhere," which appeared June 9, 1974, in the N.Y. Times.
Agree or not agree with the prof, the article can be read at ERBzine:
Fiedler article on the Ballantine Tarzan paperback series
*** 1970: Russ Manning's Korak and the River of Time debuted.
People will always have opinions about ERB's Tarzan, and always write pastiches which may or may not present him as he really is, but then there is Russ Manning, who did his best to present Tarzan as ERB wrote him in story and illustration. Accompanying this ERB Events installment is a scene from a March 8, 1970, Manning Sunday.
The full story ran from Feb. 15 to May 31, 1970.
*** 1950: "Tarzan, My Father," by Johnny Weissmuller Jr., included this: " father was presented with a gold watch, which was engraved 'To Johnny Weissmuller, World's Greatest Swimmer, 1900-1950. From his Johnny Weissmuller Jr. friends, March 8, 1950.' This gold watch was one of Dad's most prized possessions. As I said earlier, he valued his movie fame far less than his athletic fame."

Tarzan, My Father by Johnny Weissmuller Jr.

Off-Site Ref:
Tarzan, My Father in Amazon


John Carter film posters and art by Paul Privitera ~ Tarzan Twins/With Jad-Bal-Ja:
1st and 2nd books, Juhre comic strip adaptation ~ Gil Kane Tarzan Sunday Pages

*** 2012: On this date, Disney's "John Carter" opened at theatres throughout the nation. Because of Disney's "remarkable" advance publicity, some people actually went to theatres to see the movie! IMDB reports the Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $284,139,100. . . but it still fell short of making a profit for Disney.
    "From a financial standpoint, the film did far better internationally than it did domestically, adding some $70 million to its gross. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, it could be poised for some more quality weekends ahead. John Carter posted the fourth-biggest Russian opening of all time and it's performed strongly in Asia, without even opening in China or Japan, the continent's two biggest markets. Box Office Mojo expects the film to ultimately take about $300 million globally. Add to that perhaps $60 or $70 million domestically and you don't have a profit-maker, but losses would be drastically reduced. Post-release revenue (DVD sales, TV etc.) could conceivably push the film closer toward the black . . ." ~ The Atlantic (March 12, 2012)
    I viewed and purchased foreign DVDs of JOHN CARTER OF MARS in Malaysia and China. The film was very popular in those countries and in many other Asian countires we have visited. I had looked forward to seeing such an ERB film made since reading my first ERB Mars book in 1955. I was not disappointed. I've been a lifelong film junkie with over 20,000 titles in my personal library and this film has made it to my list of all-time favourites. Sue-On and I visited its filming locations across the American SW and were invited to the film's pre-release showing on the Disney lot in 2012. We were excited to see that a fellow Canadian had been chosen for the lead, John Carter, role. We even featured the interview that Richard Lupoff had taped for us in which he asked the film's scriptwriter, Michael Chabon, a series of interesting questions about his influences and his experience in the writing the screenplay. See ERBzine
My disappointments regarding the production were Disney's terrible promotion (they had just purchased the Star Wars franchise and they didn't want anything to spoil this coup and future profits from it) and their decision to not follow through with the Andrew Stanton's Gods of Mars sequel that had been planned.
ERBzine's multi-page, full coverage of the John Carter 2012 film
Screenwriter Michael Chabon's Interview by Richard Lupoff for ERBzine

Off-Site Refs:
Atlantic: John Carter Did Not Bomb

*** 1936: "Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja The Golden Lion," the great big book with the colourful cover and the long title, was published on this date.
The book is a sequel to "The Tarzan Twins," published nine years previously. The earlier book was a prequel, in a sense, to "Tarzan and the Lost Empire," since it introduces the Von Harben family.
Since this novel and its predecessor were written for the juvenile market, they are usually not listed as part of the regular Tarzan series, although some would doggedly disagree.
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja The Golden Lion
Covers, publshing history, interior art, summary, cast, chapters, etc.
Read the e-Text edition in ERBzine:
Tarzan Under Fire: The William Juhre/Don Garden Comic Strip adaptation

Off-Site Refs:
Wikipedia entry and brief plot summary
Chapter-by-chapter story summary from erblist
From erbfirsts

*** On March 9, 1980, "The Sankuru Princess Suvivors" story started and ran for 19 Sundays. It was drawn by Gil Kane and written by Archie Goodwin.
The Sankuru Princess Suvivors - 13 Tarzan Gil Kane Sunday pages


The Return of Tarzan: 1st Ed N.C. Wyeth Cover Art ~ The Son of Tarzan: 1st Ed McClurg with
St. John cover art and interiors ~ The Master Mind of Mars: 1st Ed. St. John Illustrations

*** March 10 was the publication date for at least three ERB books.
"The Return of Tarzan" was published in 1915, with an N.C. Wyeth dust jacket and J. Allen St. John interior illustrations -- small ones, that is, at the start of each chapter.
"The Son of Tarzan" came out March 20, 1917, with St. John doing it all -- wraparound scene on dust jacket, double-page frontispiece, full-page and partial page illustrations, and chapter headings featuring a tiny scene along with a large hand-drawn letter for the first letter of the first word of each chapter.
"The Master Mind of Mars" was a 1928 book and had five St. John line-drawing illustrations that were printed on coated paper with a yellow background. Plus there was a small rectangular illustration by St. John on the title page, showing Ras Thavas operating on Valla Dia and Xaxa. If St. John had added a couple of music notes in the air then it would have shown that Thavas was whistling while he worked.
The Return of Tarzan
Featuring All the St. John Interior Art for Return and Beasts
Return of Tarzan Chapter Heads by St. John

The Son of Tarzan
Featuring all the St. John Interior Art for Son

The Master Mind of Mars
The Master Mind of Mars: Read the novel in e-text in ERBzine
Featuring the Paul Pulp Interior art for Master Mind

Off-Site Summaries:
Return ~ Son ~ Master Mind
ERB firsts:
Return ~ Son ~ Master Mind



Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: Mike Henry Dave Hoover Art, Film Posters and Stills,
Nancy Kovack photos, Mike and Sharon Tate with Numa

*** 1935: Nancy Kovack gave a new meaning to the term "blonde bombshell" when she starred opposite Mike Henry as Sophia Renault in "Tarzan and the Valley of Gold." She was in constant danger and it was difficult for even the ape-man to help, since villain Augustus Vinero, played by David Opatoshu, had placed a chain around her neck with a locket that would explode and blow her up if she tried to remove it.
    Nancy was born Nancy Kovach on this date 1935, in Flint, Michigan where her father was the manager of a General Motors plant. She enrolled at the University of Michigan when she was 15 years old and graduated by age 19. She was an active participant in beauty contests, winning eight titles by the time she was 20.
She is currently known as Nancy Mehta, having retired from show biz in 1969 to marry Indian orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta, then music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later music director of the New York Philharmonic.
    Besides the Tarzan film, she played Medea in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and has been in other movies and numerous TV shows, such as "Star Trek," "I Spy," "The Invisible Man" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Sharon Tate was originally slated to have the female lead in "Valley of Gold" but Martin Ransohoff had her under contract and changed his mind about this being Tate's first film, so Kovak got the job.
    Nancy Kovack's other 1966 film release was the Elvis Presley film, Frankie and Johnny.
    Besides her acting in the United States, Kovack starred in three films that were made in Iran.
    At long last, Tarzan and the Valley of Gold, Fritz Leiber’s classic novel of the Lord of the Jungle, is back in print—available for the first time in hardcover as an ERB, Inc. edition, and featuring brand-new cover art by Richard Hescox and interior art by Douglas Klauba! Now readers can once again enjoy Fritz Leiber’s classic Tarzan and the Valley of Gold in this handsome, new illustrated edition, with an all-new foreword by Burroughs scholar Scott Tracy Griffin (author of Tarzan on Film).
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold film and book report in ERBzine
ERBzine Valley of Gold photos:
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: New ERB, Inc. Edition

Off-site refs:
Nancy Kovack photo gallery
Wikipedia bio


Tarzan and the City of Gold in Argosy pulp ~ Son of Tarzan: St. John art,
Dedication to Son Hulbert ~ Hully Birth Day Poem ~ Hal Foster and Russ Manning strips

*** 1932:  "Argosy" gave the world its first look at "Tarzan and the City of Gold" in its issue of March 12, 1932, and it also gave the world a look at a golden-haired Tarzan. Paul Stahr illustrated the opening installment of the serial, painting Tarzan with a hairdo some what akin to that of a blonde Breck girl.
There was also one interior illustration with each of the six installments, done by Samuel Cahan.
    See Tarzan's golden locks in all their glory and other info at ERBzine 0725 and in my ERBzine Pulp Bibliography.
    This book differs from most of Burroughs' other writing by exhibiting increasing sullenness and loss of good-natured humour in his writing. Also, the way Tarzan runs away from his obligations like a deadbeat jungle lord, kind of suggests that the author was acting out his own inner struggles on the page. It's almost inevitable with writers. Two years after he wrote this agonized book, Burroughs separated from his wife of thirty years and applied for divorce. It wasn't until after he re-married his new love that Jane returned to the printed page. So reading Tarzan and the City of Gold as a sort of playing out of the author's conficts gives the book some depth the text itself doesn't provide.
Tarzan and the City of Gold
Read the e-text edition in ERBzine
*** 1917: It didn't take ERB long to react back in 1917, when he examined the first hardback edition of "The Son of Tarzan." The book had been published March 10 and two days later, on the 12th, ERB was firing off a letter to McClurg, complaining about the fact that his newest book did not have the dedication to Hulbert Burroughs as he had ordered. They put it into subsequent editions, thus making it simple for bibliophiles to tell the difference between a true first and all the rest.

The Son of Tarzan
The Son of Tarzan online e-text edition in ERBzine
On Hold
With Joe Jusko Cover Art

Off-Site Ref:

*** 1933: "The Egyptian Saga II: Wrath of the Gods," with illustrations by Hal Foster and scripting by George Carlin, began March 12, 1933, in Sunday newspapers and ran for a total of 10 weeks.
The Egyptian Saga II: Wrath of the Gods: 10 Sunday Pages
*** 1971: "Tarzan and the Cult of the Mahar," written and illustrated by Russ Manning, began in the daily newspapers March 12, 1971, and played out over a total of 122 days.

Tarzan and the Cult of the Mahar: 122 daily strips


The Cave Girl and Cave Man in All-Story ~ 1st Ed with St. John art, Island map
on Dell Paperback ~ Tarzan's Peril: Poster, Lex Barker and Virginia Huston, native

*** 1917: After you've written a novelette titled "The Cave Girl," what do you call the sequel? "The Cave Girl Returns"? ERB decided to call it "The Cave Man," which makes a lot of sense, too. The story of Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones and Nadara the cave girl continued in this story, which began in the edition of "All-Story Weekly" dated March 13, 1917. It was a four-parter.
Eventually, both novelettes were combined into one book, "The Cave Girl."
    ERB wrote "The Cave Man" in 1914, but readers of "The Cave Girl," originally published in 1913, had to wait four years to read it, unlike readers of the book, who had only to turn a page to continue the story.
    The magazine cover was a silhouette of Waldo sitting in a tree, backed by the moon, a shot somewhat on the same order as the original Fred Arting cover for Tarzan of the Apes. "The Cave Man" illustration cover was by Fred, too -- Small, not Arting. That cover image has been made into a variant book jacket by Charlie Madison of erbgraphics.
The Cave Girl: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
Publishing History ~ Cover Art ~ Pulp Covers ~ Artists: St. John, Frazetta, Krenkel, etc.
The Cave Girl: Read novel in the e-text edition

Off-site reference

*** 1951: "Tarzan's Peril," the third of Lex Barker's five Tarzan films, was released on this date.
TRIVIA items I compiled for my ERBzine 1951,
* It was the first Tarzan film to be shot in Africa.
* The film was originally shot in color, but more than half of it was ruined on location. It was converted to black and white, the remaining footage winding up in later pictures.
* The first time Barker showed up on the set in a loin cloth, the native extras burst out laughing. I wonder if they also laughed at one of their own, whose headdress looked like a giant toilet brush?
* The area around Mount Kenya was so cloudy that Lex Barker's tan disappeared and he had to use body makeup.
* The chimps wouldn't perform, so Cheetah's part had to be cut.

    DOROTHY DANDRIDGE had an interesting role as  Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba.
* Dorothy was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life magazine.
* Although she was a top-notch nightclub/cabaret singer, she despised that.
* Suffered from near paralyzing stage fright whenever she had to perform.
* Was considered for the role of Billie Holiday in a movie; however, the project did not materialize in her lifetime. When the movie did come to pass, the role was portrayed by Diana Ross.
* She was first choice for the role of Cleopatra but ultimately the role went to Elizabeth Taylor.
* She was the first African-American to be nominated for a "Best Actress" Oscar. Halle Berry, who portrayed Dorothy in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), became the first African-American to win "Best Actress" at the Academy Awards.
* Died broke and deeply in debt in her apartment at 8495 Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood.
* Had been involved with Rat Packer and actor Peter Lawford, who attended her funeral.
* Referred to by Lena Horne as " . . . our Marilyn Monroe.".
* Madame Sul-Te-Wan was not her real-life grandmother, as is often rumored. In the definitive biography on Dandridge, by Donald Bogle, it is suggested that this rumor started because she played Dandridge's grandmother in Carmen Jones (1954).
* Now thought to have suffered from manic-depression, also referred to as bi-polar disorder. At the time of her death, there was $2.14 in her bank account.

Personal Dandrisge Quotes
* "It [prejudice] is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away."
* "If I were white, I could capture the world."
* "Carmen Jones (1954) was the best break I've ever had. But no producer ever knocked on my door. There just aren't that many parts for a black actress."
    See the photo montage along with other information about the film at: ERBzine 1951 and 1951a and 1951b.
Tarzan's Peril: ERBzine Silver Screen Entry
PHOTO GALLERY I: Large-image lobby cards with four colour photos of Dorothy Dandridge:
LOBBY CARD GALLERY II: Featuring Virginia Huston

Off-site reference

*** 1921: Al Jaffee, American cartoonist, was born on this date He is notable for his work in the satirical magazine Mad, including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in. Jaffee, a regular contributor to the magazine for over 65 years was its longest-running contributor. In the half-century between April 1964 and April 2013, only one issue of Mad was published without containing new material by Jaffee. In a 2010 interview, Jaffee said, "Serious people my age are dead." In 2008, Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as the Cartoonist of the Year. New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth said, "Al Jaffee is one of the great cartoonists of our time." Describing Jaffee, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz wrote, "Al can cartoon anything."
    On March 30, 2016, it was officially declared that Jaffee had "the longest career as a comics artist" at "73 years, 3 months" by Guinness World Records. Guinness noted that he had worked continuously, beginning with Jaffee's contribution to the December 1942 issue of Joker Comics and continuing through the April 2016 issue of Mad Magazine.
ERBzine Comics Archive


Tarzan's Savage Fury: Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart, Tommy Carlton,
3-D Trading Cards ~ Gil Kane Tarzan Sunday Pages

*** 1952: "Tarzan's Savage Fury" was released on this date, almost exactly a year after "Tarzan's Peril."
The movie spawned a set of 3-D trading cards, as did its successor, "Tarzan and the She-Devil."
Plot Summary: Tarzan's cousin comes to Africa in hopes that Tarzan will help him secure a fortune in diamonds essential to England's military security. The cousin is immediately killed off by his guide Rokov who persuades Edwards to impersonate the cousin. Joey (Boy's substitute) was used by natives as crocodile bait until Tarzan rescued him.
More racial prejudice. The movie has black killers, too, but only the white ones get a mention in the poster ;)
LEX BARKER / TARZAN TRIVIA See the reviews, photos and reprints of all of the cards in four pages at ERBzine, beginning at:
I have fond memories of the Lex Barker Tarzan films as these were the first Tarzan movies I saw in the theatre.
See the reviews, photos and reprints of all of the cards in four pages at ERBzine, beginning at:
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Silver Screen Entry and start 3D Trading Cards series
Barker Bio and 3-D Cards Continued
Barker Filmography and 3-D Cards Continued
Barker on Covers of Tarzan Comics -
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Lobby Display and links for 3D Cards

Off-Site References
Tarzan's Savage Fury on IMDB
Bridge's somewhat irreverent synopsis

*** 1982: "Tarzan and the Wildlife Artist" began in the Sunday papers on this date, featuring the work of Mike Grell, illustrator and writer. It ran for 12 Sundays. Read it for yourself, thanks to the  Bill Hillman and Dennis Wilcutt collections, at:
Tarzan and the Wildlife Artist: 12 Sunday pages
See the Mike Grell Intro Page with links to his Tarzan Sunday reprints in ERBzine



Visit our thousands of other sites at:
ERB Text, ERB Images and Tarzan® are ©Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.- All Rights Reserved.
All Original Work ©1996-2018/2022 by Bill Hillman and/or Contributing Authors/Owners
No part of this web site may be reproduced without permission from the respective owners.