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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
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
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
*** 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,
The full story ran from Feb. 15 to May 31, 1970.
KORAK AND THE RIVER OF TIME by Russ Manning
*** 1950: "Tarzan, My Father,"
by Johnny Weissmuller Jr., included this: "...my
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.
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.
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
Screenwriter Michael Chabon's Interview by Richard
Lupoff for ERBzine
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
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
entry and brief plot summary
story summary from erblist
*** 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
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
"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
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
Featuring the Paul Pulp Interior art for Master Mind
~ Son ~ Master
~ Son ~ Master
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
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
ERBzine Valley of Gold photos:
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: New ERB, Inc. Edition
Kovack photo gallery
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
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
ERB AUTHORIZED LIBRARY: THE SON OF TARZAN
With Joe Jusko Cover Art
*** 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
*** 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
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
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
*** 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
*** 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,
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:
Lex Barker was born Alexander Crichlow Barker, Jr. on May
8, 1919, in Rye, N.Y., and died in New York City on May 11, 1973.
Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island,
Roger Williams, and of Sir William Henry Crichlow, historical governor-general
Lex Barker, a member of an extremely prominent family in
New York society, was effectively disowned by his family upon his decision
to become an actor.
In 1940 he appeared in the theater play "The Five Kings"
which is directed by Orson Wells.
Barker was married five times: Constanze Thurlow (42.01.21
- 50.11.02), Arlene Dahl (51.04.16 - 52.10), Lana Turner (53.09.08
- 57.07.22), Irene Labhardt (1957 - 1962 died), Maria "Tita" del
Carmen Cervera (1965 - 1972)
Lex Barker Stats: Height: 1.93 m ~ Weight: 86 kg Barker fathered
three children: daughter, Lynne (1943) ~ son, Alexander (March 25, 1947)
~ son, Christopher (1960).
Lex Barker, who plays Tarzan half clad, was listed as one
of the best dressed men in Hollywood ~ 1950: Hollywood Report
Barker was one of the few movie Tarzans to perform his own
ape yell -- a version similiar to the familiar MGM Weissmuller version.
The photo of Lord Greystoke in Tarzan's Savage Fury is really
Lex Barker in a beard and mustache. Sol Lesser asked Lex Barker to feature
his real son in the movie, but Barker declined... preferring to keep his
son out of the public spotlight.
For safety reasons, Barker was prohibited from skiing during
the filming of his series of Tarzan pictures.
Young starlet Marilyn Monroe was turned down for the role
of Jane in Tarzan and the Slave Girl.
In La Dolce Vita (1959), Lex was Anita Ekberg’s jealous and
drunken fiance, Robert, an American film actor who played in Tarzan films.
Cashing in on his popularity in "Kraut Westerns," Lex recorded
two German love songs sung in the style of western ballads.
Lex Barker's Euro-Western film, Treasure of Silver Lake,
has remained the great German box-office success story, unsurpassed even
Lex Barker and Ron Ely, the American TV Tarzan, performed
a Tarzan sketch on German television.
Despite his International success as a movie actor ~ Tarzan,
73 films, awards ~ Lex Barker's achievements have never be acknowledge
on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Barker's younger son, Christopher, born in 1960 to Swiss
actress Irene Labhardt, now follows a career of his own as a singer
and actor in Germany where he works in television and has recorded albums
in German and English.
Tarzan’s Peril was the first Tarzan film that was partly
shot in Africa and not relying on African footage taken from other films
(i.e. Trader Horn).
I have fond memories of the Lex Barker Tarzan films as these
were the first Tarzan movies I saw in the theatre.
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
Savage Fury on IMDB
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,
Tarzan and the Wildlife Artist: 12 Sunday pages
See the Mike Grell Intro Page with links to his Tarzan
Sunday reprints in ERBzine
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