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Hogarth's illustrated Tarzan of the Apes and Jungle Tales of Tarzan ~ Supreme Court
Tarzan in New York poster ~ Tarzan and the Madman: Canaveral Ed. ~ ERB dictating into his Ediphone

*** 2004: The U.S. Supreme Court decided it didn't want to take sides with the estate of Burne Hogarth against Tarzan, and a lower court decided it didn't want to upset the Lord of Jungle either, when Johnny Weissmuller had his day in court.
United Press International reported on March 22, 2004, that the high court would leave things as they were before Hogarth filed a suit against ERB Inc.
The news dispatch:
"WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand a ruling that left the copyright of art in the 'Tarzan' books with the estate of the author, not the artist.
"The artist, Burne Hogarth entered into an agreement with the estate of the author, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., in 1970 to create pictorial versions of 'Tarzan and the Apes' and stories from the 'Jungle Tales of Tarzan.' Because the work was completed before the 1978 Copyright Act, the case was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act. In 2000, Hogarth's estate and family filed suit against ERB Inc., asking a federal judge to assign them the copyright to the artwork. Hogarth was an independent contractor, not an ERB Inc. employee, they argued. Hogarth assigned his copyright renewal right to ERB Inc., they conceded, but died before that renewal came about -- leaving the renewal right to his family, his estate contended.
"A federal judge and a federal appeals court ruled for ERB Inc., and the Supreme Court denied review Monday without comment."
    A major problem in many states in America seems to be the ease with which anyone can sue anyone over anything - frivolous or not. The Hogarth case was very unfortunate. The hope was that the remaining building of ERB's Tarzana home would stay with ERB, Inc. The royalties from the Disney animated film was about to make this possible. However, a major part of the finances that would have made such a purchase possible were gobbled up by the costs of defending their Tarzan rights in this suit. (BH)
An interview with Hogarth:

Off-Site References:
The UPI story
ERBlist ERBmania's background and legal details

*** 1917: Virginia Grey(1917.03.22-2004.07.31) was born in Los Angeles and died in Woodland Hills, CA. Many years earlier, in 1942, a New York judge decided that Boy could go back to the jungle and live with Tarzan and Jane. The movie was "Tarzan's New York Adventure" and one of the supporting actresses was Virginia Grey, as a night club singer.
An excerpt from information about Virginia's appearance as recorded at erbzine: "Jane and Tarzan go to a club to find Jimmie and meet the club's singer, Jimmie's girlfriend, Connie Beach (Virginia Grey), who fills them in on Buck's circus." Jimmie was the pilot who flew the plane in which Boy was spirited to the U.S.
    Six years later Virginia Grey co-starred with Weissmuller in "Jungle Jim."
- Music Soundtrack: "I'm Through With Love" ~ Music by Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston ~ Lyrics by Gus Kahn ~ Played by the orchestra at Club Moonbeam ~ Sung by Virginia Grey (dubbed by Vera Van)
- The song performed in the nightclub is also sung by Mary Jane Watson in Spider-man 3.
- Music Soundtrack: "Dance of the Hours" from the opera "La Gioconda" ~ Written by Amilcare Ponchielli ~ Played by the orchestra at Club Moonbeam
- Jane and Tarzan go to a club to find Jimmie and meet the club's singer, Jimmie's girlfriend, Connie Beach (Virginia Grey), who fills them in on Buck's circus.
- Some of the appeal of the movie comes from watching the jungle man adapt to the ways of civilization: "Woman sick! Scream for witch doctor!" Tarzan proclaims after hearing an opera singer on the radio. His assessment of the smoke-filled Club Moonbeam is humorous: "Smell like a Swahili swamp. Why people stay?"
Virginia Grey obit among articles at:
Tarzan's New York Adventure: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography

*** 1940: A cylinder with 1,500 words spoken by ERB as he dictated "Tarzan and the Madman" still exists, thanks to the fact that his son, John Coleman Burroughs, saved it. ERB had begun the dictation on Jan. 16, 1940, and finished it March 22. The story, however, was not published until Canaveral Press did it in 1964.
    Munsey's rejected the story on November 26, 1940, while analyzing the obvious defects: "Tarzan doesn't seem to be Tarzan anymore. The present manuscript seems almost completely to lack the motivation and excitement of the earlier Tarzan pieces. Its plot, though it does contain large helpings of action, is pretty repetitious with its constant capture, escape, recapture pattern." A more serious fault, according to Post, was Tarzan's limited role; "under fifty percent of the wordage" centered about his actions. He became a "safety net" in the rescue of others, his own problems or perils being of little significance. Other rejections came from Blue Book and Ziff-Davis in 1940 and from Standard Magazines and Street & Smith in 1941. Never appearing in a magazine, it was finally published as a hardcover book by Canaveral Press in 1964.
Tarzan and the Madman: ERB Bio Timeline entry
Tarzan and the Madman: C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography entry

*** 1931: William Shatner (OC-Order of Canada) played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series. Shatner is an award-winning Canadian actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer.
    And we would be remiss if we didn't mention, in passing, that James Tiberius Kirk, who will grow up to command the Starship Enterprise, is scheduled to be be born March 22 anywhere from 2228 to 2233 in Riverside, Ohio.
    For an ERB connection, we note that Gene Roddenberry, creator of Captain Kirk, once wrote a script for a Tarzan movie that was never filmed. It's an interesting read and has been in my library for many years.
Roddenberry's script is mentioned in a Casper Van Dien interview:
Read the Summary of the Script in ERBzine

Off-Site References
Roadside America
Copies of Roddenberry's Tarzan script for sale


US 7th Cavalry at Fort Grant: Coins, Trooper Burroughs, Apache Kid, a Burroughs-in-uniform pose
later in Tarzana ~ Weissmuller with Johnny Sheffield ~ BMTC Shooters ~ 1868 Mars Map

*** When Edgar Rice Burroughs became an Army private in the 7th Cavalry, he was stationed at Ft. Grant in Arizona Territory. It sounds like a romantic assignment, but being in the real cavalry was a gritty and boring job, made worse by ill-tempered officers.
ERB soon tired of riding for days and sleeping in blankets soaked with horse sweat while chasing Apaches that didn't seem to want to be found. He soon enlisted the aid of his father to obtain a discharge. He had some good reasons, having been diagnosed with some heart troubles. ERB had to endure several more months of Cavalry life before finally getting his discharge on this date, March 23, in 1897.
    But ERB wasn't through riding horses. He enjoyed being in the saddle a lot more, however, when he moved to Idaho and worked on his brothers' ranch. Eventually, he moved on from that, too, and, after a number of other jobs, finally became that famous author whose riding experience enabled him to describe horse-riding accurately in a few Old West tales, though he will ever be more well-known for his stories of Tarzan and John Carter.
    As a bit of a homage to ERB's service, the movie "John Carter" included Ft. Grant as a scene of some of the action at the start of the film, where John Carter had a run-in with a Col. Powell, named after John Carter's friend in ERB's first Martian story, "Under the Moons of Mars."
    Both ERB and the movie John Carter were glad to get away from Ft. Grant, and John Carter was particularly happy when his trail led to the planet Mars, where he found "A Princess of Mars."
    During the 2019 Dum-Dum we explored much of the area that young Ed Burroughs got to know pretty well during his 10-month posting with the US 7th Cavalry. Fort Grant was located at the foot of some of the area's roughest highlands. We can sympathize with ERB's reports of hardship during that assignment. Fort Grant today is now a peneteniary and there is very little evidence of how it appeared in 1896/97. In the accompanying links I've included many photos of what Ed would have seen, along with many present day photos.
ERB'S Life in the 7th Cavalry in Arizona:
FORT GRANT, ARIZONA Photos from the 1880s-1900
ERB fan Frank Puncer: Ft. Grant Then & Now:
Exploring the Fort Grant, Arizona Area during Dum-Dum 2019
FORT GRANT III: Entering the New Site Now A Peneteniary

Off-Site Refs:
Ft. Grant today is a prison

*** After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, ERB had occasion to refer to his Cavalry discharge date. He had become involved with and was a staunch supporter of the BMTC (Businessmen's Military Training Corps), a civilian readiness organization. An ex-master sergeant, in a letter to the "Honolulu Advertiser," had questioned the wisdom of placing arms in the hands of men not qualified to use them.
    An annoyed ERB answered the letter by telling of the training procedures and weapon instructions which were part of the BMTC course, and he added,in his "Laugh It Off" newspaper column of Sept. 30, 1942, "BMTCers Can Shoot: There are many old-time Army men in the BMTC. Mr. Pinchon should be in it. We need all the experienced men we can get, regardless of age. From the date of his service, 1898, I judge that Mr. Pinchon is about the same vintage as I, although probably younger. I was discharged from the 7th Cavalry in 1896 (actually March 23, 1897 after ten months' service).
Dean of WWII War Correspondents in the Pacific Theatre
"BMTCers Can Shoot": ERB Column
"Paladines of Paradise" By Maj. Edgar Rice Burroughs, B.M.T.C.

Off-Site Reference
Hawaii at War

*** 1901: Did ERB read "The Chicago Tribune" thoroughly on March 23, 1901? If he did, he must not have taken it to heart, or we might have been reading "John Carter of Sumatra" or some other exotic locale on Earth. The article, by Professor Edward S. Holden, pretty much debunked the idea that there could be life on Mars.
    Holden noted that, the daily press might sell a few newspapers by speculating about life on Mars: "The general reader, hearing only one side, and having the unfortunate nomenclature of 'seas' and 'canals' before his eyes, has naturally, accepted results that appealed to his imagination and that he had no way of testing for himself....
"Professor Young of Princeton has this to say on the matter of temperature on Mars: 'Recalling the fact that the the solar radiation is less than half as intense as here...the temperature must be appallingly low - so low that water, if it exists at all, can exist only in the form of ice'....
"These are not the conclusions that have been generally accepted by the readers of recent popular astronomical literature. But any one who will take the pains to examine all the evidence can come to no other judgment."
The article said that humans would likely freeze solid before long if hopping about on the surface of Mars. Well, at least now we diehard ERB enthusiasts know why Dejah Thoris made a hand-signal to John Carter that she needed help. With hardly any clothes on, the poor Princess was probably about to catch her death of a cold!
ERB and the Press: What We Know of the Planet Mars
*** A March 23, 1945, file photo showed six-year-old Johnny Weissmuller Jr., looking up to his former swimming champ dad Johnny Weissmuller, with 14-year-old Johnny "Boy" Sheffield of Pasadena, Calif., in the centre.

File Photo: Weissmullers Sr. and Jr. with Johnny Sheffield
*** 1927: Acress Monique Van Vooren
was born in Brussels, Belgium. She was a championship level skater and a beauty queen in her home country before entering films. Her film career spanned 62 years with scores of film and TV credits. Monique played Lyra, the She-Devil in the Lex Barker's final Tarzan film in 1953 “,” She starred in Andy Warhol’s “Flesh for Frankenstein” (1973) Wall Street (1987) and was in the "Batman" TV series. She toured the US performing in summer stock theatre for several years. Monique was a polyglot, speaking English, Italian, French, German Spanish, and Dutch. She wrote one book, “Night Sanctuary,” which was published by Signet in 1983. More info about her Tarzan film appearance may be found in
Trivia and Quote:
* Was one of the judges in the 1969 Miss Universe pageant.
* Came to New York in 1950 as an exchange student.
* Became a naturalized United States citizen on January 4, 1951
* She suggested a dancer in her nightclub act named Ronnie Walken change his first name to Christopher. He did. The rest is movie history.
* "Sure, I have a sex life. What girl with my equipment wouldn't have?"
Tarzan and the She-Devil
Large-Image Lobby Card Display At:
Movie 3-D Trading Card Display:
Robert Allen Lupton featured the actress
in his 100-word ERB Drabble Story for March 23:


Tarzan and the Golden Lion by many artists: Monahan, St. John Krenkel, et al ~ Tarzan and the Slave Girl
with Lex Barker and Vanessa Brown ~ Tarzan Sunday page by Russ Manning

*** If you are an illustrator who is asked to design a cover for a new edition of "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," it might be that the first thing you would think of is how to depict Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja, and particularly in a way that has not already been done. The task was a bit easier for J. Allen St. John. His only predecessor was P.J. Monahan, who designed the cover picture for the "Argosy All-Story Weekly" in which the story first appeared on Dec. 9, 1922.
    St. John's idea was also to depict Tarzan and the lion, but a bit differently. Monahan's looked as if Tarzan was attempting to restrain his jungle companion, while St. John's showed man and beast more relaxed, but vigilant. Monahan's lion had his head low; St. John's had his lion's head high.
    St. John also departed from the usual practice of using paint for the cover illustration. He used a black and white line drawing, though the lion was colored "lion yellow" on the finished product.
The book edition of "Golden Lion," with St. John's illustration, was published March 24, 1923.
Both are classic images and have been used repeatedly over the years by ERB Inc. to identify the Tarzan brand. A newer version, patterned by Roy G. Krenkel in the pose of the Monahan version, was used on the cover of "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan," by Irwin Porges, and is also dominant in the current ERB Inc. Tarzan logo designed by Thomas Yeates.
There are many artists who have made illustrations of Tarzan with his lion. It is a favorite subject.
P.J. Monahan's Tarzan and the Golden Lion
St. John's Tarzan and the Golden Lion
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography Entry
Tarzan and Golden Lion Classic Pose by many artists
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan by Irwin Porges:
Ray Bradbury Introduction
*** Smylla Brind
was born March 24, 1928, in Vienna, Austria. Her family fled to France in 1937 to escape Nazi persecution of Jews and she ended up in the U.S. a few years later. Her interest in a stage career was aided by her fluency in several languages (German, French, and Italian as well as English), by her Teutonic accent and by her IQ of 165. She also excelled at oil painting.
RKO Studios changed her name to Vanessa Brown and she played the role of Jane to Lex Barker's ape-man in 1950's "Tarzan and the Slave Girl."
    California location shooting for the film was done in Baldwin Park, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the Iverson Movie Ranch with most of the filming was done on the RKO Forty Acres backlot.
    The film marked actress Vanessa Brown's only outing as Jane. According to director Lee Sholem, producer Sol Lesser was looking to cast a new "Jane" to replace actress Brenda Joyce, who had portrayed Jane in the five previous films. Sholem brought Marilyn Monroe out to see Lesser eight times but Lesser didn't think she'd be right for the part as she was too much of a bombshell. In the end Lesser settled on Vanessa Brown.
    Brown had been a popular performer on the Quiz Kids radio show, and at age 21 already had a six-year acting career which included a number of prominent roles in important films. After her contract was dropped she took the role in RKO's Tarzan and the Slave Girl because she needed the money. She later recalled, "My intellectual friends said, 'My God, what you won't do for money.' I needed a job, I had to pay the rent." Lesser picked Brown because of her Quiz Kid background.
    Director Sholem found her pompous: There was a situation one day where she had about three words to say, and she asked, "What is the underlying meaning of this?" In a Tarzan picture [laughs]! "What is my feeling here? What is my attitude?" Oh, you never heard such shit!  Later that year, Vanessa became a Broadway star after Katharine Hepburn picked her to play Celia in As You Like It.
Tarzan and the Slave Girl
Tarzan and the Slave Girl Gallery - Still and Posters
Two pages of ERB Heroines beginning at:

Off-Site Reference
Internet movie database

*** "Tarzan Returns to Castra Sanguinaurus," written and illustrated by Russ Manning, began in Sunday newspapers March 24, 1974, and ran for 33 Sundays.
Read the story starting here, including the previous week's strip with a lead-in:
Tarzan Returns to Castra Sanguinaurus


Tarzan's Desert Mystery: poster and stills featuring Johnny Weissmuller,
Nancy Kelly and Johnny Sheffield ~ Gray Morrow Tarzan Sunday page

*** 1921: Nancy Kelly (1921.03.25-1995.01.02), who provided the female pulchritude while Jane was off in London in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery," was born this date in Lowell, Mass.
Bill Hillman's ERBzine describes "Desert Mystery" this way: "In response to a letter from Jane, who is in England nursing British troops, Tarzan and Boy trek across the desert looking for jungle plants to be used in creating a malaria serum. On the way they save a Jaynar, a wild horse, from a German, arrive at an Arab city and rescue a stranded American magician, Connie Bryce (Nancy Kelly). When they reach Bir Herari they meet Hendrix, who is really the Nazi, Heinrich, whom Connie is on a mission to expose. Heinrich arrests Tarzan as a horse thief. Heinrich and his crony, Strader, follow Connie who is delivering a message to the sheik's palace. The Germans kill the sheik's son, Prince Selim (Robert Lowery) and frame it on Connie, who is sentenced to hang. Tarzan escapes and summons the stallion Jaynar and during the resulting stampede, Tarzan is able to rescue Connie and take her to a nearby jungle where Tarzan fights off prehistoric monsters to obtain the fever medicine. He battles a maneating plant and throws the Nazis to be killed by a giant spider."
    For you Maverick fans out there, Nancy Kelly was the sister of Jack Kelly, who played Bart Maverick. Nancy herself was in lots of TV westerns as well as other series and movies, including her role as the suicidal mother in both the stage and film versions of "The Bad Seed," for which she had an Academy Award nomination.
"Tarzan and the Sheik" was a title that was under consideration for this movie. Some posters were even printed with that title. At the 1989 ECOF in Tarzana, when Forrest J Ackerman invited ERB fans to tour the collection room at his home, Roy White spotted one of those posters in Forry's "for sale" room and bought it.
    Kelly died at her Bel Air, California, home on January 2, 1995, from complications of diabetes at the age of 73. She was survived by a daughter and three granddaughters. She was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery in ERBzine
Nancy Kelly Photo Gallery from "Desert Mystery"
Silver Screen Series with three lobby displays

Off-Site References
Nancy Kelly at IMDB
Nancy Kelly's biography in Wikipedia:

*** Before we get too upset at Disney for reshaping the Therns as interplanetary travellers and conquerors, we should remember that Gray Morrow and Allan Gross did it first! The Sunday strip, "Tarzan and Queen Xiona," started this date in 2001 and ran for 16 weeks. Catch the strip, complete with Therns on Earth and a bald Jane, at:
Tarzan and Queen Xiona: 16 Morrow Sunday pages


Llana of Gathol: Last published during ERB's lifetime: JCB art ~ Girl from Hollywood ~ Pellucidar
Tarzan and the Golden Lion:: hardcover, Rex Maxon strip ~ John Celardo Tarzan strip

*** Edgar Rice Burroughs incorporated his name on March 26, 1923. A few months later, "The Girl from Hollywood" was published as the last ERB novel to be copyrighted by him alone. The first book to have the "Inc." added to his name was "Pellucidar," which came out on Sept. 5, 1923.
    ERB Inc. did not start doing its own book printing until "Tarzan the Invincible" came out in 1931.
    In 1948 on this date, the Burroughs Corporation published its last first edition book to come out during ERB's lifetime, Llana of Gathol. On the same date, it published reprint editions of the later Tarzan titles, along with the previous Mars titles and the first three Venus titles.
Celebrating ERB, Inc.'s Centennial
Edgar Rice Burroughs Incoporates Himself
Frank Puncer leads off his saga with the incorporation info:
Llana of Gathol entry in our C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio: Publishing history, cover and interior art, etc.
Llana of Gathol complete e-text edition in ERBzine
The Girl from Hollywood: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
Tarzan the Invincible: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry

Off-site Reference
Summary of Llana

*** "Tarzan and the City of Gold," illustrated by Rex Maxon and scripted by R.W. Palmer, began running in daily newspapers on March 26, 1934, and continued a total of 120 days.
Tarzan and the City of Gold adapted in Rex Maxon's 120 daily strips
*** Tarzan and the City of Gold: The Book in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Entry
*** "Tarzan and the Storm," written and illustrated by John Celardo, began March 26, 1962, and continued for 36 days.

Tarzan and the Storm: John Celardo's 36 Sunday Pages


Ashton Dearholt producer of New Adventures of Tarzan in a film scene ~ Dearholt and wife Florence
Tarzan the Ape Man poster ~ Tarzan Sunday by Morrow ~ Tarzan daily strips by Maxon
*** 1933: On this date you could read, in your newspaper, the first installment of the comic strip version of the MGM movie, "Tarzan the Ape-Man," but this time by Rex Maxon and R.W. Palmer. It ran for 138 days and was reprinted by the House of Greystoke as "The Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 13." It was also reprinted in ERBzine 3257
Tarzan the Ape-Man: 138 Daily Strips by Rex Maxon and R.W. Palmer
Tarzan the Ape-Man: 1932 MGM Film
*** 1988: Fifty-five years later on this date, you could settle in for 12 Sundays of reading "The Tigers of Madhya Pradesh" in the Tarzan Sunday comics and, along the way, you might figure out how to pronounce "Madhya." The story was done by Gray Morrow, illustrator, and Don Kraar, writer.
    ERB wrote of Tarzan-tiger encounters by mistake in his first book, and on purpose in "Tarzan and 'The Foreign Legion'," the last Tarzan book published in his lifetime. Meanwhile, comic illustrators and writers have often found ways to put the ape-man into encounters with the great striped cats, and so it is in the saga of Madhya Pradesh.
The Tigers of Madhya Pradesh: 12 Sunday Pages by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar
Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Bibliography entry


Outlaw of Torn: art by St. John, title of recent graphic edtion ~ Danton Burroughs and Bill Hillman
empty a long-unused JCB locker containing Treasure of the Black Falcon ~ Pirates of Venus in Argosy pulp

*** 1914: ERB had trouble getting The Outlaw of Torn published, but it finally appeared in five monthly installments of "New Story Magazine" in 1914. Getting it into hardback proved another challenge, but 13 years later, on Feb. 19, 1927, he finally achieved that goal as well. A.C. McClurg didn't have as much faith in the story as ERB did, printing just 5,000 copies, but ERB received a measure of satisfaction when, just over a month later, on March 28, 1927, McClurg informed him the edition was a sell-out. ERB, at that time, considered "Outlaw" to be one of his three best stories.
    More background on the rocky road followed by Norman of Torn to get into print is featured in our ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage.
    Rob Hughes' graphic adaptation of  The Outlaw of Torn creates another dimension to ERB's second novel. His The Outlaw Prince brings together many different elements: an adaptation of a classic novel by the Master of Fantasy Adventure - ERB ~ romance, action and intrigue from old England -- actual historical events -- and striking colour illustrations by two greats artists of comicdom.  The project is a collaboration in which Michael Kaluta took Rob's script and did detailed breakdownss with various notes and suggestions.Then, Thomas and Rob discussed every panel and moved onto the penciling stage. The finished art sequences provide a unique experience for fans of this ERB classic. The results are featured in a beautifully put-together book by a major publisher of vintage and contemporary comics: Dark Horse.
    The most recent graphic adaptation of The Outlaw of Torn is the "Sunday page" series from the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Comics Project. This excellent series is scripted by Tom Simmons with art and colouring by Jake Bilbao and L. Jamal Walton. The series and over 20 more adaptations of ERB's novels are available via a low cost online subscription at ERB, Inc.
The Outlaw of Torn: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibio Entry:
Background, Cover and Interior Art, Publishing History, Summary, Reviews, ERB's Opinion, Pulps, Links, etc.
The Outlaw of Torn: Recent Graphic Novel Adaptation
The Outlaw of Torn: Read the e-Text Edition
The ERB, Inc. Graphic Adaptation from ERB, Inc.
*** On March 28, 1929, ERB let "Blue Book" magazine know that he was planning to start a new series, this time set on Venus. Four years later, the first story, "Pirates of Venus," appeared in the pages of a pulp magazine. But it was serialized in "Argosy Weekly," not "Blue Book."

Pirates of Venus: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Entry including Pulp Cover Gallery
Pirates of Venus: e-Text Edition in ERBzine
ERB Bio Timeline Entry:
*** 1967:
"Treasure of the Black Falcon" by ERB's younger son, John Coleman Burroughs, appeared on paperback racks in March of 1967 and was quickly snapped up by many fans. There followed a lot of letters by fans to JCB, sent via Hulbert at ERB Inc., and many of them are shown at the ERBzine website, including one written on March 28 of that year by James Bleton in Winchester, Hants, England.
Belton asked,
    "Are you interested in obtaining any of the early English 1st Editions Burroughs titles? I see various 1st Eds. at times, looking around the second hand bookshops. Naturally, you will have them all, but possibly some issues are not in good condition. "Just before Easter I received a copy of 'Treasure of the Black Falcon' sent by Rev. Hardy H. Heins. I have just finished it, and I enjoyed it very much.. It certainly did cheer me up, and I should like very much to congratulate your brother John Coleman Burroughs on a great job.
"I must explain further about cheering me up. For some time I have been troubled with sharp pains in my chest (upper) and last Thursday I was carrying a cup of coffee upstairs to my wife, when this sudden pain overcame me, and I unfortunately dropped the cup. My wife called for our doctor -- who, at once placed me on a diet, and I have to see a specialist on 29th March at our local hospital. I certainly hope all is well."
    The Burroughs family have stored massive amounts of art and effects related to John Coleman Burroughs in storage lockers across the San Fernando Valley. Back in 2003, Danton and I opened one of these lockers and transferred the contents up to the original Tarzana Ranch site for sorting and storage. I took many photos of the art, books, memorabilia, etc. while we were transferring the treasures. One interesting find was a box packed with 50 complimentary paperbacks of JCB's TREASURE OF THE BLACK FALCON accompanied with a covering letter from the publisher, Ballantine Books. Tucked further back behind this box was a piece of original art: the painting by Michael Aviano that was used as the cover illustration for the book.
Treasure of the Black Falcon fan letters congratulating author John Coleman Burroughs
Treasure of the Black Falcon: Review by Mary McGeehan Wild
Treasure of the Black Falcon: Synopsis
Danton and Bill Raid the JCB Treasure Vaults ~ 10 Pages Starting At:
Treasure of the Black Falcon: Rescued Treasures from JCB's San Fernando Valley Locker
Our John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site

On this date in 1931, ERB hired Van Nuys High School teacher Bischoff to proofread galley proofs of Tarzan the Invincible
Tarzan the Invincible: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography: Studley Burroughs Art
     ~ Publishing History ~ Summary ~ Cast ~ Chapter Titles ~ Cover Art
Tarzan the Invincible: Read the e-Text Edition in ERBzine


Jungle Tales of Tarzan: Cover and interior art by J. Allen St. John ~ ERB portrait by St. John
Christopher Lambert in Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan ~ Robert Ruark column praising ERB

*** "Jungle Tales of Tarzan" was published in hardback by A.C. McClurg & Co. on this date, March 29, in 1919. It was one of the most prolificly illustrated ERB Tarzan books, with a full-page illustration on regular book paper at the start of each of its 12 chapters, plus five illustrations on coated paper, including the frontispiece.
    The first printing of the first edition is in orange binding and later McClurg editions are in green.
John Martin bought his first edition of this at a reasonable price somewhere or other many years ago. Around that time (over 20 years ago), John and his wife were travelling up the Oregon Coast, stopping in antique and book stores along the way. One thing he found out -- Coastal Oregon antique stores all had extra high prices on everything. They stopped in one town and he saw an orange Jungle Tales with price well over $100. They stopped in another store in the same town, and they also had an orange Jungle Tales, priced similarly. Going on to yet a third store in that town, and there also was an orange Jungle Tales with a price of over $200. "Gee," he said to his wife, "that must be priced so high because it's a really scarce book."
Jungle Tales of Tarzan: ERBzine Biblio Entry: Publishing History ~ Articles ~ St. John
Cover and Interior Art ~ Cast ~ Summary ~ Titles ~ Paperback Gallery ~ Links
Jungle Tales of Tarzan: Read the entire e-text in ERBzine
Jungle Tales of Tarzan: Interior Art by J. Allen St. John

Off-Site References
Story summary
First edition identifiers

*** Christopher Lambert, who performed as ERB's Tarzan for half a movie in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," was born March 29, 1957 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Although born in the USA, Lambert is French. His father was a French diplomat stationed in the US at the United Nations at the time of Lambert's birth. Lambert's formative years were spent in Geneva, Switzerland, to where his family moved when he was two, before returning to Paris when he was 16. Lambert has served in the French military. The patented, intense gaze he often shows in his roles is the result of myopia from an early age. He was John Glen's first choice for the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights. But he was ultimately turned down due to his accent.  Two years after Greystoke, Lambert brought to the screen Gregory Widens' legendary Connor MacLeod, the immortal Highlander (1986), born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518.
    GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984) is a beautiful piece of filmmaking which met with great critical acclaim for both Lambert and its director. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a BAFTA Award, as well as a César Award amongst other nominations. But the movie still deviates from the jungle action from which the character was born. Tarzan is discovered in the wilds of Africa by D’Arnot (Ian Holm). He is then taken to England where he meets his grandfather, The Earl of Greystoke, played by Sir Ralph Richardson in his final role. It is here that Tarzan also encounters Jane Porter, portrayed by Andie McDowell but dubbed by Glenn Close post-production, much to Miss McDowall's embarrassment. Ironically, this was because her US Southern accent was considered too pronounced for her role as an Englishwoman -- ERB's Jane was actually from the US South and was not English.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes:
Starring Christopher Lambert

Off-Site References
Lambert's career, so far in IMDB
The Greystoke trailer in YouTube

*** Robert Ruark, who fell in love with Africa and wrote a book, the title of which likely inspired the name of a Star Trek character (Uhuru), also had something to say about Tarzan of the Apes. He called him the "greatest single fictional achievement of our time" in a column he wrote on March 29, 1950.
Tarzan Greatest Fictional Achievement of Our Times by Robert Ruark

Off-Site References
Read the Ruark Article here
Robert Ruark biography in Wikipedia

*** On this date in 1935: Tarzan and Jane (Tarzan's Quest) was  rejected by Argosywho considered it to be too stereotyped. It was later published in Blue Book.
Tarzan's wife Jane (her first appearance since Tarzan and the Ant Men and also her last as a major character in the series), becomes involved in a search for a bloodthirsty lost tribe reputed to possess an immortality drug. Also drawn in are Tarzan and his monkey companion, little Nkima, and Chief Muviro and his faithful Waziri warriors, who are searching for Muviro's lost daughter Buira. Nkima's vital contribution to the adventure is recognized when he is made a recipient of the treatment along with the human protagonists at the end of the novel.
Tarzan's Quest: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Bibliography
Tarzan's Quest: Read the e-Text Edition


Actress Dana Gillespie in The People That Time Forgot - 1977 ~ ACE Reprint
Tarzan Strips: by Hal Foster, John Celardo, Rex Maxon ~ John Celardo photos

*** Ajor, a cutie from Caspak, was born this day, March 30, in 1949. Oops! That wasn't Ajor! That was Dana Gillespie, the girl who played Ajor in the 1977 film, "The People That Time Forgot!"
At birth, in London, Dana's full name was Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie.
Nine years before starring in "People," Dana was in a movie titled "The Lost Continent." Alas, it was not ERB's "Lost Continent," although the plot description makes it sound like a cross between an ERB plot and the backup feature on Mystery Science Theater 3000. IMDB reveals: "This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Porter's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent storm strikes, the ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea and our heroes find themselves trapped on an island of man-eating seaweed, populated by giant monster crabs and some Spanish conquistadors who think the Inquisition is still on."
Dana's last role on celluloid was in 1990. So what's she been doing since then? Singing the blues, man! Check out her website.
The People That Time Forgot: ERBzine Silver Screen entry
The People That Time Forgot: A Review
The People That Time Forgot: ERB's Words in e-Text

Off-Site Reference
Dana Gillespie Website
IMDB: The People That Time Forgot

*** "The Law of the Jungle," written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, began March 30, 1946, and ran for 51 days.
The Law of the Jungle: 51 Tarzan daily strips by Rex Maxon
*** "Tarzan and 'The Fox" written and illustrated by John Celardo, began March 30, 1964, and ran for 36 days. (Note: There was also a Harold Foster story called "Tarzan and the Fox" which ran back in 1932).

Tarzan and 'The Fox: 36 strips by John Celardo
Tarzan and 'The Fox: Harold Foster's 1932 series


Cave Girl and Cave Man in All-Story ~ Cave Cover art gallery ~ Cave Girl: 1st. Ed with St. John art
Cave Girl ACE reprint with Krenkel art ~ Dodds'Ape Man: His Kith and Kin series in ERBzine

*** 1917: "The Cave Man," sequel to "The Cave Girl," was first published as a serial, starting with the "All-Story Weekly" issue dated March 31, 1917 -- 101 years ago. If you had been among those who had read "The Cave Girl," the earlier novelette serialized in the summer of 1913, your wait for the rest of the story would have been over three and a half years. That's long enough to have forgotten a lot about Nadara and Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones, but fortunately "The Cave Man" text was preceded by a recap with "the story thus far."
The Cave Girl: Cover ~ History ~ Art
Publishing History ~ Summary ~ Links
The Cave Girl: Read the Complete e-Text Edition
The Cave Girl: Art Collage
The Cave Girl: Pulp Covers in the ERBzine Pulp Biblio
*** 1937: On this date, ERB wrote a letter commenting on the sources of his ideas for the creation of Tarzan. He was responding to a letter written to him two days earlier by Rudolph Altrocchi, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of Italian studies. ERB stated, "I believe that (the Tarzan concept) may have been originated in my interest in mythology and the story of Romulus and Remus. I also recall having read many years ago the story of a sailor who was shipwrecked on the coast of Africa and who was adopted and consorted with great apes to such an extent that when he was rescued a she-ape followed him into the surf and threw a baby after him. Then, of course, I read Kipling: so that it probably was a compilation of all three of these...." (From Porges . . . See ERBzine 7094)

    Altrocchi was doing research for a book, "Sleuthing in the Stacks," which would be published six years later in 1943. The book contains chapters on a wide range of literary achievements of the past with Altrocchi's investigations and ideas about books and characters, written with his hope that the volume would be "a jolly, bookish escape."
    Based on his correspondance with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rudolph Altrocchi in his "Ancestors of Tarzan" stated:
    There was another source for Tarzan. Somewhere, perhaps in some magazine and certainly before 1912, Mr. Burroughs read a story about a sailor who, as the only survivor of a shipwreck, landed on the coast of Africa. There he tried to make the best of a difficult situation, à la Robinson Crusoe. During this forced sojourn in the jungle, a she-ape, which he had tamed, became so enamored of him that when he was finally rescued, she followed him into the surf and hurled her baby after him. This modern story I have been unable to find. (Altrocchi, p. 95)
    Two issues devolve from this and the theme of Tarzan being raised by apes: (i) the story of survival of a shipwrecked sailor among friendly apes, (ii) the miscegenation of human with ape, and the consequences of the "divorce." With regard to the second question I am preparing a folklore paper which expands significantly on Altrocchi's search in these matters, particularly with respect to the 16th century origins of the tale. This will eventually be submitted the a folklore journal Estudos de Literatura Oral. However, I propose two 19th century English sources where Burroughs might have come across the story.
ERB Discusses the Inspiration for his Literary Creations
Altrocchi and other influences in ERBzine
The Ape-Man: his Kith and Kin by Georges T Dodds ~ McGill University:
Hundreds of related text ~ Thousands of words and photos
More feral kids:
The Origin of Tarzan: The Mystery of Tarzan's Creation Solved
by Sarkis Atamian with Foreword by George T. McWhorter

Off-Site References
Rudolph Altrocchi
Purchase a copy of "Sleuthing in the Stacks"
A bit of sleuthing concerning "Sleuthing in the Stacks"
Review of Atamian's treatise on "The Origin of Tarzan"

1937: Pablo Marcos was born in Laran, Peru on this date. Pablo is an illustrator and comic book artist, and is best known as one of his home country's leading cartoonists and for his work on popular American comic characters. His American debut was in the 1970s for Warren Publishing where he worked on Creepy and Eerie issues. Following this he worked for Marvel and DC comics in the '80s and later did a series of illustrations for the Conan and Star Trek series. Throughout the '90s and until present day his own Pablo Marcos Studio turned out an amazing amount of fantasy adventure illustrations. Some of his best known work was for Waldman Publishing's Great Illustrated Classics series of young-adult adaptations of famous novels. Through the years he has done projects with fellow artists, Boris, John Buscema, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta and many more and for an abundance comics companies.
    In 2013 Pablo signed a 5-year contract with Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. to work on "Tarzan of the Apes" and "The Land That Time Forgot" in their online digital series. He also worked on a graphic interpretation of Jungle "Tales of Tarzan."
    I've admired Pablo's work since his Warren days and it was great to finally meet him when he was a special guest at the 2014 Fargo ECOF hosted by Rudy Sigmund.
2014 ECOF Fargo
ERBzine's ERB Artist Encyclopedia

1984: Llana Jane Burroughs was born on this date. Jane is great granddaughter of Edgar Rice and Emma Centennia Burroughs, granddaughter of John Coleman and Jane Ralston Burroughs and daughter of Danton and Linda Burroughs. She and Nick Bodden are parents to daughter, Luna and son, Sonny. Llana Jane carries on the heritage of the Burroughs family and is a talented model, artist, collector. writer and business woman. She is an ERB fan favourite and is a very popular and welcome guest and presenter at many Burroughs conventions and related functions.
Burroughs Girls Open House in Tarzana
Llana Jane Burroughs in Oak Park Patch article
Dejah, Llana, Linda, Denny Miller and ERB Inc. staff: Vegas Expo
Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site





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