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ERB'S LIFE and LEGACY :: DAILY
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Collated by John Martin and
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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Hogarth's illustrated Tarzan of the Apes and
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
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:
ERBmania's background and legal details
*** 1917: Virginia Grey: 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. Virginia was born on March 22, in 1917.
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."
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 of 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 of the Madman: ERB Bio Timeline entry
Tarzan of 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
Read the Summary of the Script in ERBzine
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
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 and THE "BLOODY 7th" CAVALRY: A Scrapbook
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
FORT GRANT III: Entering the New Site Now A Peneteniary
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,
Hawaii at War
*** 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
"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
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
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
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.
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:
*** "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
*** 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
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
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
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.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Incoporates Himself
Frank Puncer leads off his saga with the incorporation
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
The Girl from Hollywood: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
Tarzan the Invincible: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
*** "Tarzan and the City of Gold,"
Rex Maxon and scripted by R.W. Palmer, began
running in daily newspapers on March 26, 1934, and continued a total of
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
*** 1942: Ashton Dearholt died on this date. Dearholt
was ERB's Partner in Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises Inc. and the producer/director
of The New Adventures of Tarzan
and former husband of ERB's second wife, Florence
Gilbert. He was also a veteran film actor, having starred in dozens
of silent movies.
Ashton Dearholt: Producer/Director
The New Adventures of Tarzan
Florence Gilbert Burroughs
*** 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
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
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
Rob Hughes' graphic adaptation of
The Outlaw of Torn creates another dimension to ERB's second novel. His
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
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,
"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
"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."
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
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
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
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
Jungle Tales of Tarzan: Interior Art by J.
Allen St. John
*** 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
career, so far in IMDB
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
the Ruark Article here
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
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
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
The People That Time Forgot: A Review
The People That Time Forgot: ERB's Words in e-Text
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
*** "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
*** 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
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.
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 ~
Hundreds of related text ~ Thousands of words and
More feral kids:
The Origin of Tarzan: The Mystery of Tarzan's Creation
by Sarkis Atamian with Foreword by George T. McWhorter
a copy of "Sleuthing in the Stacks"
A bit of sleuthing
concerning "Sleuthing in the Stacks"
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. 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:
Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site
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