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Tarzan and Manu Companion, Nkima: Frazetta and Floyd
art ~ Wallace's King Kong ~ 11 Film Tarzans in
TV Guide ~ John Carter Premiere in Japan ~
Barsoom News: Mystery figure seen on Mars
*** 1875: Edgar Wallace (1875.04.01 - 1932.02.10)
was born on this date. He was an English writer who narrated his words
onto wax cylinders (the dictaphones of the day) and his secretaries typed
up the text. This may be why he was able to work at such high speed and
why his stories have narrative drive. Many of Wallace's successful books
were dictated like this over two or three days, locked away with cartons
of cigarettes and endless pots of sweet tea, often working pretty much
uninterrupted in 72 hours. Most of his novels were serialised in segments
but written in this way. The serialised stories that were instead written
piecemeal have a distinctly different narrative energy, not sweeping up
the reader on the story wave. Edgar Wallace enjoyed writing science fiction
but found little financial success in the genre despite several efforts.
His constant need for income always brought him back to the more mundane
styles of fiction that sold more easily. His last work of science fiction
and the only one widely remembered today is the screenplay for King Kong.
He is given a credit, along with Merian C. Cooper and Delos W. Lovelace,
on the book which features the novelization of that first film.
Among the books Wallace wrote were
a series of jungle stories featuring Mr. Commissioner Sanders, who was
in a number of books with the word "River" in the title. ERB had four
of these books in his library and some see an influence on ERB's writing
from the books, primarily in "The Beasts of Tarzan." Sanders also
invented the name of N'Kima for monkeys, and that may have lingered in
ERB's mind when he finally provided Tarzan with a monkey companion named
starting in "Tarzan and the Lost Empire." (Tarzan also had a monkey
companion in the previous book, "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle," but he was
known simply as "Manu," the generic name for monkey in the language
of the Great Apes.)
Since Tarzan is at home with jungle
creatures, it was only natural that efforts would be made to feature him
in some way with King Kong. There was a German-language book, "Tarzan
Jagd auf King-Kong," in which the ape-man battles the behemoth, and
the more recent Will Murray entry, "King Kong vs. Tarzan,"
in the Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs series. There have
also been some foreign-produced movies with "Tarzan" and "King Kong" in
R.E. Prindle writes about the ERB/Wallace connection
King Kong I: Skull Island by Den Valdron
King Kong II: How Did That Monkey Get So Big by Den
The Entire Screenplay: King Kong 1933
TARZAN AND KING KONG :: 1965 Indian Film Reviewed
By Robert Allen Lupton
Recent ERB Book Releases
The Beasts of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
*** Eleven Tarzans, up to and including
Scott, were featured in a two-page spread in "TV Guide" on April 1,
1961. The article, "Me Tarzan No. 11" was about the fact that a
Tarzan television series was in the works. Scott had been considered for
the role earlier but it ended up going to eRB.
*** And, considering today's date,
one's attention is directed to an ERBzine news page which has an item which
might just tie in with the traditional celebrations which are under way
on this date. It is left to you, dear reader, to find the article on this
page and judge for yourself:
ERBzine News Page 24
*** ERBzine contributor, Rick
Barry, has noted that on April 1, 2012, JOHN CARTER had its
premiere in Tokyo, with Andrew Stanton, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins,
and something green, resembling a Thark, in attendance.
John Carter (of Mars) - 2012 Film
*** While in wartime Hawaii in 1942,
Ed completed the first of a series of radio programs which CBS plans
to air weekly on the mainland.
In 1929 ERB made a formal complaint about royalties paid
by McClurg. . . just one of the reasons he decided to incorporate himself
and to publish his own books under ERB, Inc.
On April 1st, 1935, LA Times photographers, hearing rumours
of ERB's planned second marriage, started to stake out Ed's house and on
April 4th Ed and Florence took a Western Air Express flight to Las Vegas
where they were married.
ERBzine's Perpetual Calender of ERB Events
Tarzan the Ape Man with Weissmuller and O'Sullivan:
Posters and Slide ~ ERB with Tantor and Stars
A Princess of Mars fully illustrated
by Thomas Yeates ~ Tarzan Big Little Book
*** 1932: "Tarzan the Ape Man," perhaps the most well-known
Tarzan movie of them all, was released on this date.
Johnny Weissmuller was the face of the ape-man
for 12 movies total over a 16-year period and, for many, is still the one
who comes to mind when Tarzan is mentioned. And if there's anyone who wouldn't
recognize his face, they would certainly recognize his yell.
While many fans of today appreciate the personas of Johnny
Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan as Tarzan and Jane, and can enjoy
the screen stories for what they are, many wish that the Weissmuller movies
would have portrayed Tarzan more in the way he is in the books.
However, it was ERB himself who insisted in his initial
contract with the movie makers that they were to leave out "...any
material which conflicts or infringes upon any story heretofore written
by author," and ERB visited the set frequently to make sure they
stuck to the bargain.
So, accordingn to a "background notes" section at ERBzine,
exchange for substantial royalty cheques, Burroughs now seemed quite willing
to give up his long, ongoing feud with Hollywood over the liberties taken
with his original view of Tarzan that he often had found objectionable
in earlier years. In fact, he made a public statement to MGM: 'Now that
I have seen the picture I wish to express my appreciation of the splendid
job you have done. This is a real Tarzan picture. . . . Mr. Weissmuller
makes a great Tarzan. He has youth, marvelous physique and magnetic personality.'
With that outlook, one can only speculate as to what
ERB would have thought of 2012's "John Carter," which also presented a
story with many alterations from what ERB originally wrote.
Back in 2002 in ERBapa #73, I created
a Chrono-Log of 100 Q and A's based on the film ~ This project is
featured at: ERBzine
The ape in the film was played
by Ray "Crash" Corrigan -- his first appearance as an ape. Crash and his
Corriganville Movie Ranch are legendary. We spent a couple days exploring
the Ranch and recalling all the famous sites there that have appeared in
countless films over the years -- there was even a cement pond with a below-the-surface
camera capsule where underwater scenes were filmed through the glass. We've
shared the many photos we took of these visits across 8-pages starting
at ERBzine 3101
Tarzan the Ape Man: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan the Ape Man: 5 Lobby Displays starting at:
BLB Summary of Tarzan the Ape Man
Colour Trading Cards Adaptation of Tarzan the Ape
Tarzan the Ape Man Log Notes and Study Guide by Bill
100 Q and A Questions
Crash Corrigan's Corriganville Movie Ranch
As seen by
*** The Barnes & Noble illustrated
edition of the John Carter opening trilogy in its "Library of
Wonder" series featured illustrations by well-known artist Thomas
Yeates, who has provided illustrations for many ERB projects, for a
newspaper strip, and, currently, for Prince Valiant. The handsome
volume was titled "John Carter of Mars" and contained "A Princess
of Mars," "The Gods of Mars," and "The Warlord of Mars."
In an interview published at Comicon.com on April 2,
2009, Yeates talked about his enthusiasm for ERB and the Martian trilogy
Read it and see more information about Yeates at:
Thomas Yeates in ERBzine's tarzan.org Companion Site:
Our ERBzine Yeates Tribute contains
a mulitude of spectacular Barsoom illustrations
*** On April 2, 2012, JOHN CARTER
held a press event in Tokyo the day after its Japanese premiere,
with Andrew Stanton, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and singer Sachiko
John Carter: the 2012 film from Disney
Peter Ogden: ERBANIA Publisher and BB Award ~ Jane
Goodall & BB Award and The Hillmans
ERBANIA Early and Later ~ ERB, Emma and Hully: Death
Valley ~ Tarzan, Maynard's Wonder Horse
*** In 1956 on April 3, more than 60 years ago, D. Peter
Ogden published his first issue of "ERBANIA," in England. It
was a 20-pager and included an article by Peter on "The American Tarzan
Strip" and a bibliography of the original appearances of the novels.
Later, Peter moved to Canada and then to Florida, where he continued to
publish ERBANIA up through issue 103 a few years ago.
Peter passed on October 22, 2017.
I'd been exposed to Tarzan and John
Carter in comics, films, strips, radio shows, BLBs and merch as a kid since
the late '40s and into the early '50s. The mid-50s were an exciting time
when I discovered MAD, football, Zane Grey, Elvis. . . and The Chessmen
of Mars. . . followed by the Tarzan Whitmans and G&Ds . . . I had to
find more Burroughs . . . a very difficult task in those years. I contacted
booksellers around Canada which led me to the UK paperbacks and second
hand book dealers, which led me to dealers in England. I discovered a magazine
devoted to Burroughs published by an English fan -- Peter Ogden's ERBANIA!
I bought 'em all. I've been a fan and in awe of Pete's treasure trove of
ERB knowledge ever since. It was a thrill to finally meet and visit with
Pete and Joan at numerous ERB conventions. I've tried to convey my appreciation
of Pete's contribution to ERB fans by compiling a lengthy illustrated bibliography
featured in the links below, starting at ERBzine 0119. We miss you Pete.
.Peter Ogden Remembered
Peter Ogden Receives the Prestigious Empire Medal
Guide to Peter's ERBANIA -
ERBBANIA covers, dates and contents for 1-25
Cover Collage for Issues 1-25
ERBANIA: Issues 26-50
ERBANIA: Issues 51-75
ERBANIA: Issues 76-Last
*** "Somewhere in Sonora," released April
3, 1927. featured the first appearance of
Tarzan the Wonder Horse.
Tarzan was born in 1925 and Ken Maynard, star of many old cowboy
movies, trained Tarzan to do amazing tricks. ERB was at first very unhappy
that Maynard had named the horse Tarzan and filed suit, but the issue was
settled amicably and Tarzan was allowed to keep his name. ERB thought Maynard
went too far, however, when, in 1932, one of the movies bore the Tarzan:
"Come on, Tarzan." Note: There was a remake of "Somewhere in Sonora"
in 1933, starring John Wayne.
Ken Maynard's Tarzan, the Wonder Horse
Ken Maynard's Wonder Horse,
about Tarzan in IMDB
in Sonora: IMDB
*** Most of us couldn't tell what we
were doing on past April 3's if our lives depended on it. ERB kept better
records than most, though, so we do know some things that he did on April
3's, such as:
1917 -- ERB returned to Oak Park to buy a larger
home at 700 Linden Avenue.
1921 -- Ed's Packard was hit by a dangerous driver
on Ventura Boulevard. He fired off a letter to the Automobile Club
asking them to prosecute the driver, the likes of whom should be kept off
the roads, he asserted. "Only my good driving prevented a serious accident,"
1933 -- From April 3 to 7, the Burroughs family took
a vacation trip to Death Valley. ERB wrote a humorous account of
the expedition in a nine-page, 2,700-word piece titled "The Death Valley
Expedition of the Intrepid Thirty-Threers."
The 1933 trip is described on pages 549-50 of "Edgar
Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan," by Irwin Porges. It says in
part that "Burroughs sets the amusing theme in which
he contrasts the obstacles and dangers faced by the original gold pioneers
[the Forty-Niners] with the 'sufferings' of the intrepid Burroughses."
ERBzine's ERB Perpetual Calendar:
ERB Bio Timeline
*** April 3, 1934 is the birthdate
of Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, the world's foremost expert on
chimpanzees and fan of the Tarzan books. When, as a young child, Jane read
about Tarzan’s adventures, she herself began to dream of going to Africa
to live among the apes. Burroughs' stories of the African forests sparked
her love for that wild world. Jane also developed a bit of a crush on Tarzan,
and thought she would be a much better partner for him than the Jane that
he chose. “Silly man,” she says. “He married the wrong Jane.”
Although she was never Tarzan’s Jane,
Dr. Goodall did fulfill her dream of living among the apes. Famed anthropologist,
Louis Leakey, had been looking for someone to study chimpanzees in the
wild when he met Jane and the rest, as they say, is history. What began
as the love of a story turned into decades of groundbreaking research on
chimpanzees that redefined our understanding of both them and us. From
her discovery of tool-making behavior to her establishment of the Jane
Goodall Institute, and wide-ranging programs to protect chimpanzees and
their habitat, Dr. Goodall has had a profound impact on the world. We have
Tarzan to thank for starting Dr. Goodall on the path to becoming the prolific
scientist and dedicated conservationist she is today!
Dame Goodall was our special guest speaker at the 2012
Tarzana Dum-Dum where she was awarded the Golden Lion Award.
One of the main events at this Dum-Dum
was the Tarzan Yell Contest. I had the pleasure of acting as moderator
for the event and we called up a long line of contestants who gave their
versions of the famous Tarzan yell. The judges were the Linda, Dejah, and
Llana Jane of the Burroughs family, as well as Johnny Weissmuller's granddaughter,
Lisa Maria. Sue-On had surprised me when she entered the contest at the
last minute and was declared the female contestant winner.
While the judges had been making their
decision as to winners, I escorted a surprise guest contestant to the podium.
Jane Goodall received a standing ovation before she even performed. Following
a description of the chimpanzee sounds that she was so familiar with, she
gave a thrilling authentic ape yell -- quite different from the ones that
we had heard from the previous contestants. It was the highlight of the
Meeting Dr. Jane Goodall at the Tarzana 2012 Dum-Dum
Jane Goodall performs at our Tarzan Yell Contest
Guest Speaker Jane Goodall Receives the Golden Lion
Lane Batot's Association With Jane Goodall and ERB
Married the Wrong Jane
ERB and Bride Florence: Honeymoon and Marriage Certificate
~ Sy Weintraub and Tarzans
Mexican Tarzan Reunion ~ Tarzan's Quest: St. John
Art ~ ERB article in Urbanite Magazine
*** 1935: ERB married Florence Gilbert Dearholt on
this date. In his book, "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," Scott
Tracy Griffin noted that shortly after the marriage ERB began writing "Tarzan's
Quest," which explores the concept of immortality: "The
eternal-youth formula that drives this story may represent a personal fantasy
for Burroughs....At 30, Florence was half his age; Burroughs' April 4,
1935 marriage to her began a cycle of nightly socializing and parties with
Hollywood friends as he approached life with redoubled vigor." (Page
Following their Las Vegas wedding,
Florence and Ed returned to LA via Western Airlines. For their honeymoon
they then sailed on the S.S. Lurline to Honolulu, where they stayed for
a month at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. ERB, Florence and her two kids, Caryl
Lee and Lee, later sailed a number of times on this ship between Honolulu
and the Mainland.
ERB's stepson Lee Chase shared many
photos with us that relate to this event. I have displayed some of these
photos on our ERBzine
4119 Webpage. I've also shared photos and events of many of the
couple's activities in Hawaii and on the mainland across other ERBzine
Ed and Flo Photos and Memorabilia from the Lee Chase
A Collage of Photos from Lee Chase's Family Album
Tarzan's Quest: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio entry
*** Among ERB's writings published
in 1918 were an April 4 article in the Chicago Tribune, "How I Became
an Author," and the novelette, "Out of Time's Abyss," published
in Blue Book Magazine in December of 1918.
Six years later, on April 4, 1924, ERB used the "Out
of Time's Abyss" title for another piece of writing. This was an article
for the weekly Urbanite, the official organ of the Urban Military
Academy in Los Angeles.
In keeping with his "time's abyss" theme, ERB indicated
in the Urbanite article that his own days at a military academy had been
"eighty or ninety years" ago.
One of ERB's experiences at the Michigan Military
Academy may well have been the seed for the duel that Tarzan fought
in "The Return of Tarzan."
ERB described the great Michigan Military Academy "duel
to the death" in his Urbanite article, which may be read here:
ERB's "Duel to the Death" article in Urbanite
ERBzine has scanned and typed out the text for an
The Return of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
The Return of Tarzan: Read the e-text edition
*** As for the 1918 article, "How
I Became an Author," ERB's tongue was in cheek about as much as it
was in the 1924 article. Among other lines was this: "At
home Tarzan is vulgarly known as our meal ticket. Whenever the sheriff
gains on me and is about to levy on my coat-tails I draw my trusty Underwood
and dash off another Tarzan novel."
"How I Became An Author" article by ERB - Keyed for
*** 1922: Actress Dorothy Hart
was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the tenth actress to play Jane, starring
opposite Lex Barker in “Tarzan’s Savage Fury.”
She won (over 20,000 contestants) a movie contract at
Columbia Studios when a newspaperman friend entered her picture in Columbia's
"National Cover Girl" contest in 1944. Instead of taking the contract,
she studied drama at the Cleveland Playhouse and in New York because she
felt she "wasn't ready." A few years later, Columbia signed her.
Hart played mostly supporting roles
during her eight year career from 1947 through 1955, appearing in sixteen
films and thirteen television series. Her first film was 1947’s “Gunfighters,
“with Randolph Scott. Her last films were "Tarzan's Savage Fury" with Lex
Barker and “Loan Shark,” with George Raft. She grew to detest
Hollywood, left the film business in 1952, moved to New York and did occasional
guest spots on TV dramas and game shows. Eleanor Roosevelt appointed Hart
to the “American Association of the United Nations’ speakers committee
in 1952 and she was very active in working through the United Nations for
the world's children. She continued to model and appeared on the covers
of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Vogue.
Dorothy Hart died of Alzheimer's disease
on July 11, 2004, in Asheville, North Carolina, at age 82. She was survived
by her son, a sister, and three grandchildren.
Tarzan's Savage Fury: ERBzine Silver Screen
Savage Fury Lobby Display I
Savage Fury Lobby Display II
*** Sy Weintraub held the rights for
the "Tarzan" franchise from 1958 to 1984. According to IMDB, "His
depiction of Tarzan was an educated well-spoken lone adventurer...."
His Tarzans were played by Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Mike Henry and
Ron Ely. At a Tarzan reunion in Mexico, a few ape-men sat down with
Sy Weintraub to give voice to the Tarzan yell. In the ERBzine Photo: from
left, Jock Mahoney, Johnny Weissmuller, Jim Pierce, Weintraub and Ron Ely.
Man in back is an AP reporter with a microphone.
Sy Weintraub Obituary in ERBzine
SY WEINTRAUB, PRODUCER OF TARZAN MOVIES DIES
Mary Eveline Burroughs: ERB's Mother and Memoirs
of a War Bride author ~ ERB Family and
Tarzana Ranch views ~ Tarzan and the Huntress:
Weissmuller & Morison ~ Celardo Tarzan strip
*** 1920: In the last month of her life, while staying at
ERB's Tarzana Ranch, his mother, Mary Evaline Burroughs,
enjoyed herself and wrote cheerful letters to family members. But undiagnosed
disease was taking its toll, and she passed away this date, April 5, in
1920. "As her condition worsened, Mary Evaline asked that she be examined
by Ed's physician,
Dr. Egerton Crispin. The doctor found that her
heart was badly affected and, in addition, discovered a tumorous growth
on her kidney. Her death, at age seventy-nine, came shortly afterward.
The Burroughs family had shown a preference for cremation, and this practice
was followed with Ed's mother. The first plan had been to scatter her ashes,
but it was decided to place them in a receptacle at the Los Angeles Crematory.
"The ashes were stored at a crematorium for over 24 years.
In response to a letter from ERB in Hawaii, John Coleman Burroughs moved
the ashes to Tarzana. A memo dated Oct. 13, 1944 states:
"Today the cremated remains of
Mary Evaline Burroughs were buried at 18354 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, California,
in the ground at the south side of the walnut tree growing in front of
the building at that location." It is signed "John Coleman Burroughs,
Joan Burroughs Pierce, C. R. Rothmund."
Six years later, her son Ed's ashes would be buried next
to hers by that same walnut tree.
Mary Evaline Burroughs, at the encouragement
of sons Edgar, George, Henry (Harry), and Frank, wrote and distributed
her memoirs to all members of the Burroughs family in 1914. Ed and his
brothers collaborated in preparing the book for the printer and in assembling
the genealogical sections. The original handwritten manuscript is still
preserved at the ERB, Inc. office in Tarzana, California. It is dated
Chicago, June 23, 1914 and addressed to "My dear son Edgar." I've shared
more information on the book in the Events entry for June 23.
Mary Evaline Burroughs last month at Tarzana Ranch
Mary's book, "Memoirs of a War Bride" - All pages
reprinted here in ERBzine
ERB's bio and burial of his ashes:
*** 1947: "Tarzan
and the Huntress" was released April 5, 1947. Modern fans might think
of a "huntress" as someone in a skimpy, two-piece animal fur bikini, leading
about two wild saber-tooth tigers, as depicted by Frazetta for the Ace
edition of "Savage Pellucidar." But this huntress was more conservatively
dressed, armed with a black whip instead of spears and with safari-outfitted
men instead of savage cats as hunting companions.
Patricia Morison (1915.03.19 - 2018.05.20) was
born on March 19 in 1915, 35 years to the day before ERB died in 1950.
She has a terrific singing voice and used it in productions of "Kiss Me,
Kate" and "The King and I." She is 103 years old. She shared memories of
filming "Huntress" (with a romantically preoccupied Johnny Weissmuller,
a rampaging chimpanzee, and a loose lion).
"In 1947, Morison found herself
at war with the loincloth-clad jungle hero Johnny Weissmuller in 'Tarzan
and the Huntress.' 'Johnny was beautiful to watch, whether just standing
or gracefully swimming. I didn’t socialize with him much as he was too
busy with a new love affair.'
"While the film used stock footage
for many African scenes, there were animals on the set. 'I remember the
chimp going berserk, tearing around the set trying to beat up the crew.
We had to hide in our cars until he calmed down. They also used an old
MGM lion. It was very hot on the set, so the big stage doors were opened
to let in air. Then suddenly, the lion disappeared. We found him walking
down La Cienega Boulevard with people fleeing in all directions.'
"Morison’s apartment, where she has
lived since the 1960s, has been home to more manageable critters, including
dogs and birds. Her last pet was a cockatiel that would perch on her head
and sing. 'I can still sing, too,' she laughed, referring to her performance
at her recent birthday celebration. When you consider I’m 100, I probably
should only be able to croak! But I’m a very fortunate woman. I’ve done
what I wanted with my life and worked with some wonderful people along
the way.'” ~ Mesquite News
Tarzan and the Huntress: ERBzine Silver Screen Entry
Tarzan and the Huntress Lobby Display
Morison Wikipedia bio
and the Huntress in IMDB
*** "Professor Plandome's Secret"
was eventually revealed in the Tarzan Sunday comics story which started
this date, April 5, in 1959 and continued for 10 weeks. John Celardo
drew it and
Bill Elliot wrote it. It was fortunate the story was
not titled "Professor Palindrome's Secret," as it would have had to reverse
itself halfway through!
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates at:
Professor Plandome's Secret: Tarzan strips by John
"Tarzan Yell" sound graph and Film Tarzans doing the
ERB: WWI Militia Uniform and St. John Portrait ~ ERB
Oak Park home on Linden Ave
*** 2008: "Tarzan yell may hold lesson for
today's kids" was the headline April 6, 2008, in The Wichita Eagle, in
which the author,
Patric Rowley, reminisced about the yell and what,
exactly, it meant when kids used it. "The yell,"
he wrote, "was an opportunity to exercise free speech without fear of impediment
by parents, teachers, cops -- or any other authoritarian figures. In a
culture where kids were expected to be seen but not heard, it gave us our
own unique voice."
Patric went on to say other things
about the yell as well. Robert (Bob) Barrett saw the article, clipped
it out, and sent it to George McWhorter, who published it in The
Gridley Wave. See the article in that issue of the Wave, along with
another of Barrett's discoveries -- a page that was supposed to be in a
Tarzan comic book but didn't make the cut.
It was a real thrill
seeing and hearing Danton Burroughs giving the Tarzan yell as he swung
on a "vine" through the trees on his Tarzana mansion property. Dan had
provided the Tarzan yell for the Filmation Tarzan animated series.
Gridley Wave #308 in PDF
Alt: A typed-out copy of the article, and other ERB
ERBzine pages on evolution of the Tarzan yell: Parts
I and II
Tarzan Yell Contest in Tarzana with guest Jane Goodall
Original 1918 Tarzan Yell
MGM Tarzan Yell
RKO Tarzan Yell
1950s Radio Show Yell
too, can do the Tarzan yell
*** Well-known Burroughs fan Stanleigh
Vinson passed away April 6 in 1982. He was vice president of The
Burroughs Bibliophiles and also a contributor to its publications.
The Vinson family is still represented in the ERB community by his son,
Brad, who is a regular at ERB conventions.
Stanleigh Vinson: A Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile (5
ERB's Portrait by J. Allen St. John
ERB EVENTS APRIL 6: ERB'S OAK PARK HOME:
*** 1917: On his return to Oak Park from LA on April
3, 1917 ERB sought a larger, more elaborate home in Oak Park. He found
and bought a two-story residence at 700 Linden Avenue. An advertisement
offering "Two houses and a vacant lot" for sale ran in an Oak Park newspaper,
March 16, 1918. The 1918 advertisement said, “The home, with eight bedrooms,
three baths, four toilets, a sun parlor and a glazed sleeping porch, still
in splendid shape, is at 700 Linden Avenue.”
On the day that the U.S. declared war on Germany - April
6, 1917 -- ERB and his family moved into their new three-story brick house
at 700 Linden Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. Because of his patriotism and
military know-how, ERB immediately had a desire to join the Army to help
in the war effort, but he was a bit past the prime of his life and his
wife at that time, Emma, prevailed upon him to join only a U.S.-stationed
militia, which he did, helping to train recruits for the war effort.
Sue-On and I have visited Oak Park
many times and during each visit we make a point of stopping at the former
homes of the Burroughs family. The Linden home is still there -- in excellent
condition and surrounded by lush foliage. Recognizing the Centennial of
ERB's birth, a plaque had been placed by the house:
IN THIS HOME RESIDED EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS ~ MASTER OF THE ADVENTURE
STORY AND PIONEER IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE FICTION WRITING, CREATOR OF TARZAN
OF THE APES AND JOHN CARTER OF MARS ~ A RESIDENT OF OAK PARK 1910-1919.
~ PLACED TO MARK THE CENTENNIAL OF HIS BIRTH, SEPTEMBER 1, 1875-1975. ~
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST.
ERB And The Great War
Burroughs Home: 700 Linden Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois
Photos of ERB Residences and List of Books Written There
Visits to Oak Park Residences
*** 1893: At the Columbian Saddle
Horse Show at the Detroit Riding Club, Ed rode with the Orchard
Lake Cadets' in exhibition drills with and without saddle and equipment.
Ed and his horse, Captain, won second prize. The audience and newspapers
*** 1927: Ed commenced writing his play: "Mary Who?"
aka "Why Razz the Kids" aka "Holy Bonds of Wedlock". It was perhaps
written for Joan but was never published.
*** 1932: Ed writes Lost on Venus at ERB's
beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa.
*** 2000: Gil Kane (1926.04.06
- 2000.01.31) was a Latvian-born American comics artist whose career spanned
the 1940s to the 1990s and virtually every major comics company and character.
In 1997, he was inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame
and the Harvey Award Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. Gil created the B/W dust
jacket art for ERB's Beyond Thirty and The Man-Eater for
Bradford M. Day's Science-Fiction & Fantasy Publications in 1957.
Along with Archie Goodwin (writer) he did the art for
84 Tarzan Sunday pages. Gil did 28 issues of the Marvel Comic: John
Carter - Warlord of Mars in the '70s.
I've been a fan of Gil's art since
I bought the Beyond 30 book back in '57. Since then I've collected all
his John Carter comics and his Tarzan Sunday pages.
Beyond Thirty and The Man-Eater
Tarzan Sunday Pages by Gil Kane
John Carter: Warlord of Mars ~ 28 Marvel Comics
The Big Swingers ERB Bio by Fenton and Republished
Edition by GTM
George T. McWhorter through the years ~ Worlds of
ERB Art ~ Horseman ERB on Tarzana Ranch
1967: "The Big Swingers," by Robert Fenton,
a parallel biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, was published
this date, April 7, in 1967.
If it had been published today, we would have known about
it months in advance, through the internet and facebook groups such as
this one, where it would have been discussed, and anticipated.
It may have been known about among some fans in advance
back in 1967 too, but the knowledge was not as widespread as it would have
been today. I was a subscriber to a fanzine or two back then, and it's
possible it was mentioned in one, but I never saw it. A few years later
I picked up a copy in a book sale at the Brandon Library.
In 2003, it was republished by McFarland
with a new introduction, by George T. McWhorter, along with a new
title: "Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan." George used a close-up
of ERB with an action photo of Denny Miller as Tarzan in the background.
This was the first commercially published biography of ERB. George realized
that it was an excellent source of information and entertainment for a
later generation of readers and provided a great service for fandom when
he released his reprint edition -- 30 years after the appearance of the
original "The Big Swingers." George, as meticulous as always, was careful
to include the many additions and changes that occured in "ERBworld" since
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan by George T. McWhorter
George T. McWhorter Tribute Site
The ERBzine Swag Site
*** Another ERB book, made available
April 7, 2016, was an ebook that claimed to have just about everything.
The description at amazon states: "One of the most imaginative writers
of the twentieth century, Edgar Rice Burroughs created popular and exciting
heroes such as Tarzan and John Carter, whose thrilling adventures continue
to entertain millions of readers across the world. This comprehensive eBook
presents most complete edition possible of Burroughs' works in the U.S.,
with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and
the usual Delphi bonus material."
To find out if the eBook is what it is cracked up to
be, it will cost you just about two bucks.
Meanwhile, I worked hard since 1996
to include pretty much all this material in ERBzine and much, much more
in the +15,000 pages on the site plus in a dozen more of my ERB companion
sites. Finding this material is made easier through the opening page icon/links,
the ERBzine logo with its hot links at the top of every page, and the archive
pages with their internal Google search features.
The Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
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