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ERB's Thuvia, Maid of Mars All-Story Art: Monahan,
McClurg Art: J. Allen St. John
The Son of Tarzan: McClurg 1st Art by St. John,
Newspaper Serial Art
1916: "Thuvia, Maid of Mars," began appearing
in All-Story Weekly on this date and was completed in three issues
total. Having polished off the opening John Carter-Dejah Thoris saga
in three volumes, ERB turned his attention to their son, Carthoris,
with his fourth Mars book, although it was named after his lady love rather
than him. Both Thuvia and Carthoris had been active participants in the
series starting in the second Mars book, "The Gods of Mars."
PJ Monahan did the cover art for both
the first All-Story issue and for the AC McClurg First Edition. There was
no pulp interior art relating to the story. J. Allen St. John contributed
excellent interior art for the AC McClurg edition and it is featured in
0425. All 10 of the St. John sepia plates are on display there.
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Publishing History ~ Art ~ St.
John Interiors, Links, etc.
Thuvia Pulp Magazine Covers in ERBzine Pulp Biblio
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Read the e-Text edition
The Gods of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
P. J. Monahan Tribute in ERBzine
P. J. Monahan Art Gallery
*** 1920: ERB
liked to start a series with one character and then branch out to another.
In the Pellucidar series, the third book was about
Tanar, son of
David Innes's colleague and friend, Ghak, the Hairy One. In "The
Land That Time Forgot," it was Tom Billings, Bowen Tyler's friend,
and in the Tarzan series, it was the apeman's son,
That story, "The Son of Tarzan," was also serialized
beginning on an April 8, in 1920. The serial appeared over several weeks
in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. Links above each piece of artwork at the
following ERBzine webpage will show full-page scans of the installments
of the series:
The Son of Tarzan: Newspaper Serial Art
The Son of Tarzan: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
*** 1941: "Diary
entries indicate that Ed has fallen into deep depression and complete withdrawal,"
according to the April 8, 1941, ERB Odyssey Calendar compiled by Bill Hillman.
ERB Odyssey Calendar: April
*** A look at another ERBzine page,
the ERB Bio Timeline from 1940 to 1950, adds this for April 8: In
letters to the family around this time he begs that they never doubt his
love for his children nor believe that he ever doubted their devotion for
him. He feels he may have been a lousy father. He never really liked kids
until he had his own... he found them interesting from a scientific point
of view. He jokingly notes that his hopes raised for the future of the
children when he saw them chase each other around with heavy furniture
and even start to steal nickels. He thought they just might have a future
ERB Bio Timeline 1940-1950
*** 1941: Shonfeld: It's
hard to know for how long he was feeling glum. But a further look at the
ERB Bio Timeline from 1940 to 1950, suggests it may not have been for very
long. Jack received a letter on this date that his dad had written in Hawaii
six days earlier. ERB obviously had been thinking of others, suggesting
to son Jack and business manager Ralph Rothmund that they
send something to Frank Shonfeld of the British Army who had written
them numerous times, "something to give him a thrill."
Frank became quite a well-known fan of ERB and, in fact, started the Edgar
Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship, the ECOF.
ERB Bio Timeline 1940-1950
ERBzine's Dum-Dum Dossier:
Correspondence Between JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS AND
*** Ed had death on his mind April
17 and April 19. On the first date, he wrote to daughter Joan, saying,
"I am reminded of a scene of ruin painted on the curtain of the old Hooley's
Theater in Chicago, beneath which appeared: 'So fleet the works of men,
back to their earth again ancient and holy things fade like a dream'."
Much of the world is at war: ". . .contemplate the horrors of war, but
not fearfully, as I realize that some two hundred thousand armed men, the
United States fleet, and a swell air corps are gathered all about to protect
Two days later, ERB sent Rothmund instructions to be
followed after his death.
But he may have nailed down the cause
of any depression by May 3 of that year, when the Bio Timeline states:
decides to swear off drinking. He has lost 11 pounds in the last month."
Then, on May 5, ERB wrote a scathing letter which appeared
in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that date. In it, "he
blasts the Hawaii Legislature. In a follow up letter he outlines a plan
in which an intelligence test could be administered to potential leaders
to better help the voters choose the best people for the job of governing."
Ah, a "scathing letter." Sounds as if ERB was out of
his depression and back to more of his old self, trying to make the world
a better place!
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 2020 Mort Drucker (1929.03.22
- 2020.04.08) died on this date. He was the renowned caricature artist
behind many movie posters and the satiric illustrations of cult comedy
staple Mad magazine.
Drucker, who was born in Brooklyn
and got his start with Mad in 1956, was behind countless magazine illustrations,
album covers, movie posters, children’s books, adult colouring books and
advertisements. He held the longest uninterrupted tenure of any Mad artist.
Drucker discussed his art style, and
how he applied it to his Mad assignments: "I've always considered a caricature
to be the complete person, not just a likeness. I try to capture the essence
of the person, not just facial features . . . I've discovered through
years of working at capturing a humorous likeness that it's not about the
features themselves as much as the space between the features. We all have
two eyes, a nose, a mouth, hair, and jaw lines, but yet we all look different.
What makes that so is the space between them. The artist is actually creating
his own storyboard for the film. I become the "camera" and look for angles,
lighting, close-ups, wide angles, long shots-- just as a director does
to tell the story in the most visually interesting way he can."
I was a devoted fan of Harvey Kurtzman's
Mad Comics in the early '50s. When Harvey and his band of wonderful artists
left Mad Magazine to go on to new projects: Humbug, Help, Trump, etc.
The blow of losing such great comedy guys was softened
a bit with the appearance of Mort Drucker in 1956. Mort blossomed into
a terrific parody and caricature artist and I enjoyed his comedy talents
in Mad for the next 55 years.
ERBzine's ERB Artist Encyclopedia
ERBzine Comics Encyclopedia
Drucker Appearances in MAD Magazine
1989: Taylor Kitsch was born
in Kelowna, BC on this date. He was chosen for the lead role in the 2012
Andrew Stanton film, JOHN CARTER OF MARS. For much more on Taylor and photos
see our cartermovie.com site and our entry in the
April 19 Events
Our massive John Carter Film site with hundreds of
photos, reviews, interviews, etc.
Korak the Killer from ERB, Inc. Comics ~ Cheetah with
his many Tarzan actor friends
The True Ulysses S. Grant by ERB's Mentor:
General Charles King Plus King Photo in uniform
*** 2015: Korak the Killer, the son of Tarzan, made
his online comics debut April 9, 2015, at the Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc., website, written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Rick
Leonardi. This site also has 23 English language comics adventures
along with eight Espanol:
The ERB, Inc. ERB Sunday Page Comics Site
Korak: The Son of Tarzan: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
Korak Strips by Russ Manning
Korak Comic Books
*** "The Sunday Times Magazine"
of Great Britain published an edition with an Africa flavor on April 9,
1972. One article in the issue was "African Elephant" and another was "Tarzan
and Edgar Rice Burroughs" by Robert Lacey.
ERBzine ERB Eclectica: 2018.03
in auction at eBay
*** Cheetah, the chimp of Tarzan
of the movies, probably has as many birth dates as there are ways of spelling
However, April 9 has often been celebrated as Cheeta's
birthday, not because he was born that date, but that was the date when
he was smuggled into the U.S. Even that may not be quite true. To read
the details, go to the Cheetah Scrapbook in ERBzine ...and then scroll
down...way, way down...to the article headlined: "Mystery
surrounds Cheeta, purportedly the world's oldest chimpanzee."
You can have a grand celebration of the event today by
eating Cheerios with sliced bananas for breakfast, banana bread sandwiches
for lunch, and banana cream pie for dessert tonight.
We Have No Bananas!" on YouTube
*** April 9 was also the day in 1865
that Robert E. Lee
surrendered his Confederate Army to Union Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant. This released
Capt. John Carter from his service
to the First Virginia Cavalry regiment. Then, using his worthless Confederate
money as campfire tinder, he began making his way to the West and the Arizona
Territory, enroute to Barsoom.
Ulysses S. Grant by Charles King: King Bibliography
Meet Captain John Carter: On The Arizona Hills
Edgar Rice Burroughs' I Am A Barbarian: ERB,
Inc. Comics Illustrated ~ ERB and Florence 1935
Honeymoon to Hawaii on S.S. Lurline: Dining Room,
Menu, Hawaii Arrival ~ Gay's Lion Farm
*** 1935: The first hotel opened in Hawaii on April 10, 1825.
A few more were built after that, and 110 years later, Edgar Rice Burroughs
and his new bride, Florence, came to Oahu and stayed in the
Royal Hawaiian, for their honeymoon at Waikiki Beach. The Honolulu
Star-Bulletin ran a story, on April 10, 1935, saying that the couple
would arrive the following day, a Thursday.
The article also noted that ERB was one of the most popular
authors of the day.
ERB Article in Honolulu Star-Bulletin
*** 1935: During their 40-day Hawaiian
honeymoon, Ed and Florence sailed on the S.S. Lurline, a Matson Line
ship. During the voyage they dined at the Captain's table with Jeanette
McDonald and her mother. Ed also found time during the voyage to write
a letter to Joan, Hulbert and Jack (started on the 7th, finished on the
10th) in which he described their adventure aboard ship. They played deck
tennis in the morning and contact in the afternoon. There were horse races
every morning at 11, movies at 8:30 pm and dancing afterward.
ERB's Bio Timeline
Ed's letter to the Kids written during the S.S. Lurline
*** A few years earlier, on April 10, 1912, the Titanic
sailed from Southampton, England. Fortunately, ERB was not aboard, and
there were no books by him in the ship's library since none of them had
been published at that time. AbeBooks has an article speculating that there
might have been a copy of "Under the Moons of Mars" aboard but perhaps
the author of that article, who said he sought authenticity, should have
dug a bit deeper. It's conceivable that a couple of copies of The All-Story
might have started out on the ill-fated voyage, but since the complete
story was serialized in that magazine from February to July of 1912...no
way that the whole thing was there!
Under the Moons of Mars serialized in All-Story: Pt.
A Princess of Mars: Book Release 1917
thought to have been in the Titanic's library
*** 1934: Ed and Jack visited
Lion Farm. Ed talks while Jack takes photos of lions. In the evening
Ed and Hully went to the evening fights at Olympic Stadium.
1943: Ed writes in a letter to Joan that he is sending
the kids a huge parcel of souvenirs of his travels in the Pacific area.
ERB's Bio Timeline: 1930s
ERB's Letter to Joan
*** It was April 10, 2015, when
Rice Burroughs, Inc., announced ERB's "I Am A Barbarian" as
the newest comic to start serialization on its web page.
ERB, Inc. announces debut of the "I Am A Barbarian"
I Am A Barbarian: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage of the
Johnny Sheffield: As Boy and Bomba, with Weissmuller
and O'Sullivan, Tarzan Finds a Son Marquee
ERB Honeymoon ~ Kings of the Jungle by David
Fury ~ Tarzan Slept Here by Michael Hatt ~ Pellucidar
*** 1931: John Sheffield was born this date in 1931
in Pasadena, Calif. Eight years later, he got a starring role in his first
full-length movie, "Tarzan Finds a Son," playing the part of Boy,
a child who was adopted by Tarzan and Jane after his parents died in a
jungle plane crash.
John was billed as "John Sheffield"
in his first three Tarzan movies, before being listed as "Johnny" Sheffield
in others. He also starred in a series of film as "Bomba the Jungle
Johnny passed away in Chula Vista at the age of 79, dying
of a heart attack four hours after he fell off of a ladder on Oct. 15,
Monogram's Bomba the Jungle Boy
film series was inspired by the adventure-book series by Roy Rockwood.
Bomba the Jungle Boy turned out to be one of Monogram's most successful
series. Back in the mid-'50s I collected many of the Rockwood Bomba books.
I enjoyed them at the time -- but never had a chance to see a Bomba movie
until we bought a Dish antenna about 20 years later.
More on Johnny Sheffield and, of course, many Tarzan
and Janes, is in David Fury's "Kings of the Jungle," which was published
by McFarland & Co. on April 11, 2001.
Tarzan Finds a Son
Boy and Jane in Colour - Collage
Boy in Colour - Son of Tarzan Collage
films in IMDB
of the Jungle on Amazon
*** The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
on April 11, 1935, featured a large picture of ERB and his new wife at
the top of the front page. It reported that one of the world's great adventure
writers was met aboard ship by a living image of his creation -- Tarzan.
The "ape man" who greeted ERB at the dock was a husky, dark-skinned Hawaiian
youth who looked every bit a "Tarzan." In the article ERB is quoted as
saying, "My first Tarzan story was just a vagrant
idea...a new type of story and not more unusual than a new type of stove."
He mentioned how he had sent it in on the backs of old discarded letter
paper with little hope of it being accepted and was "completely surprised"
it sold. The rather lengthy article goes on to tell that ERB had never
swung from a tree and had never been to Africa. At the time of this article,
ERB had 43 books published and the filming of the 12th Tarzan movie had
just been completed in Guatemala.
ERB and Florence stayed at a cottage owned by friend,
actress Janet Gaynor. ERB and his bride swam, surfed (ERB took surfing
lessons) and relaxed on their honeymoon in Hawaii.
ERB in the Hawaiian news:
*** 2014: Michael Hatt's
account of ERB's Michigan vacations, TARZAN SLEPT HERE, was reviewed
by Chuck Carlson in the Battle Creek Enquierer on this date.
For over two decades,
the "small town" of Coldwater, Michigan provided a "big city" getaway for
Edgar Rice Burroughs. Michael Hatt's TARZAN SLEPT HERE details the
author's time spent in Coldwater, the summer home to his wife's family,
the Hulberts. A pair of Burroughs' well-known works were penned in Coldwater:
THIRTY was imagined at Sunnyside Farm; and the fourth chapter of JUNGLE
TALES OF TARZAN was writen while overlooking Morrison Lake. Michigan
author and historian, Michael A. Hatt has illustrated his book with numerous
photos and artifacts of the period. TARZAN SLEPT HERE tells of life-changing
decisions made by Burroughs, in this often overlooked chapter of his life.
Michael's book served as a prelude
to the very successful Coldwater Dum-Dum that he hosted in 2017.
We attended this unforgettable event and I covered it across six ERBzine
Webpages where we've featured many photos and memories of the gathering
among Burroughs fans.
Tarzan Slept Here: Author Michael Hatt in ERBzine
Michael Hatt's 2017 Coldwater Dum-Dum: Across 6 ERBzine
Hatt recounts Tarzan creator's affection for Coldwater
Hatt's "Tarzan Slept Here" facebook page
*** RELATED OFF-SITE REVIEWS
~ "Pellucidar: At the Earth's Core," an illustrated
version of ERB's stories by Dennis O'Neill and Len Wein, features
a cover by Mark Schultz and interior art by Mike Kaluta.
It collects the DC Comics versions and was published April 11, 2017, by
Dark Horse. The volume takes readers along for the journey as explorers
descend to the land of Pellucidar, located at the center of the earth.
The explorers find a land inhabited by prehistoric reptiles, strange creatures,
and beings enacting dark rituals. But most importantly, they discover the
beautiful Dian, who captures their hearts and leads them on a wild adventure
to aid her and win her trust.
~ A totally unrelated line from a Sherlock Holmes novel
came to the mind of Michael Dirda when he wrote a review of John
Taliaferro's "Tarzan Forever." The review was published April
11, 1999, in The Washington Post. To read both lines that Dirda is talking
about, as well as the whole review:
~ Ryan Harvey is one of many who has stepped across
the threshhold of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He tells of his visit
in a Black Gate blog article posted April 11, 2013:
~ On April 11, 1956, the British humor magazine Punch
a full-page "Map of Mars." It wasn't specifically an ERB map. However,
most of the locales shown on it were places from ERB's stories. After all,
ERB is the king of Mars!
ERBzine's Maps of Barsoom
ERBzine Tribute Site for ERB's Pellucidar
At the Earth's Core on Amazon
Review of Taliaferro's Tarzan Forever
Harvey's visit to ERB, Inc.
Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival and
Restored Tarzan the Ape Man by Al and Allison Bohl
ERB: MMA Quarterback ~ Tarzan and the Lost Safari:
Book and Film with Gordon Scott
*** The Louisiana State Museum in Patterson opened
a special Tarzan exhibit on April 12, 2012, to celebrate the legacy
of the ape-man, who first appeared on the silver screen in a movie filmed
in the wilds of Morgan City. The Museum's exhibit was opened in
connection a Tarzan Festival, which took place in Morgan City starting
the very next day for a two-day run.
The festival was set up by Al Bohl who, with his
daughter, Allison, filmed a documentary, "Tarzan, Lord of the
Louisiana Jungle," which told the story of the production of the first
Tarzan movie. The Bohls treated Festival attendees with a screening of
the documentary and their restored version of "Tarzan the Ape Man"
-- complete with live music. Elmo Lincoln had played the adult ape
man in this classic silent.
*** AL BOHL: "From the moment we decided to make
this documentary about Tarzan a reality, I have found people everywhere
who are interested in this project. I sent just one or two emails
to people like Bill Hillman and suddenly I had a lot of Tarzan fans writing
to encourage me. Dick Spargur allowed me the privilege of showing
a little of our rough footage we had amassed for the documentary at the
2009 Dum-Dum Convention in Dayton, Ohio this past summer.
"A big part of the fun of sharing
the vision was the stories about the people we'd met and the places we
had been. I have always loved watching the behind-the-scenes special
features of DVD movies and so I decided it would be fun to tell the story-within-the-story
and introduce to you the wonder and colorful experiences we have encountered
in this adventure of producing Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle. I
greatly appreciate the generosity of Bill and Sue-On Hillman for making
it possible to bring these stories to you."
Al's very successful 2012 Tarzan
Festival was highlighted by the premiere of the incredible restoration
job that he and daughter Allison had done on restoring "Tarzan the Ape
Man." Be sure to peruse the many ERBzine Webpages documenting all the loving
work that Al and Allison put into the restoring the film and planning the
2012 Tarzan Festival.
"Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" project
Film Centennial Celebration
Al Bohl Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
*** Seven years after the death
of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan fans may have been surprised to spot a
new Tarzan book on the shelves of their variety stores -- it was "Tarzan
and the Lost Safari," featuring a color photo of Gordon Scott
beating a drum. Although authorized by ERB Inc., the book was not actually
written by ERB, but reportedly by Frank Castle, who was not credited
as the author. Castle was a fairly prolific author at the time, having
created a string of westerns, mysteries and adventure novels.
The book was a novelization of the
first Tarzan movie to be shot in color. The film was also released in 1957.
the publisher, later came out with a second edition of the book, featuring
an illustrated cover instead of a photo cover. The illustrated cover showed
Tarzan looking toward a crashed airplane, from which he rescued the "lost
safari" members whom he would lead out of the perils of the jungle during
the rest of the film.
One important difference between the
book and the movie is that the movie has star Gordon Scott speaking in
Tarzan's broken English, but the book shows Tarzan speaking in the normal
way that Tarzan speaks in the ERB books.
Artist David Hoover created a matched
set of DVD jackets for the Warner Archive releases which I've also included
in today's promo splash bar to complete the movie tie-in.
ERBzine on the book and movie: Tarzan and the Lost
Gordon Scott Memorial
Safari in Wikipedia
Castle in Goodreads
*** Ed Burroughs' rank was reduced from
second lieutenant to "cadet" on April 12, 1894, as punishment for alleged
gross neglect of duty while pulling duty as officer of the day at the Michigan
Military Academy. ERB managed to take it all in stride.
ERB's Early Military Timeline
Tarzan Morgan City LA Festival 2012 ~ Outlaw Prince
(Outlaw of Torn) Graphic Ed.: Hughes, Yeates, Kaluta
Tarzan Stage Musical ~ Tarzan of the Apes 1st
Ed. McClurg and Contract
*** 1914: TA CONTRACT: It was official: There would
be a book publication of ERB's pulp story, "Tarzan of the Apes."
It was official because on April 13, 1914, ERB and A.C. McClurg
& Co. finalized a contract for the terms of the publication. Read
more about the contract, which eventually found its way into the collection
of ERB's brother-in-law,
Eddie Gilbert in ERBzine:
"Original signed agreement for the
book publication of one of the most famous and influential literary creations
of the 20th century, the first edition of Tarzan of the Apes. Though A
Princess of Mars had been published in magazine form in the spring
of 1912 (under the pseudonym of "Norman Bean), it was Tarzan, written during
the first six months of 1912, and published complete in the October, 1912,
issue of The All-Story, who was Burroughs' most famous and enduring character,
and the foundation of his enormous success. A year and a half later he
signed this contract with McClurg for his first book publication, with
many more to come. Upon this foundation was built his vast empire based
upon books, films, radio programs, newspaper comic strips, and many advertising
campaigns featuring Tarzan. Burroughs even lived in his own city,Tarzana,
developed from the 540 acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley he purchased
in 1919. ERB, as he became known to his many fans and readers, had come
far since his struggles to support his family with myriad jobs and enterprises
prior to his excursion into pulp literature.
"The contract itself is a standard
agreement, McClurg to publish the manuscript in book form "at its own expense
and in such style and manner and in such quantity as it deems most expedient,"
with plans to sell it at $1.25 per copy. Burroughs was to receive a royalty
of 10% upon the first 5000 copies, 12½% upon the second 5000, and
15% thereafter (there were about 10,000 copies printed for McClurg in 1914).
Burroughs was also to receive gratis 12 copies of the book, and he could
purchase additional copies at a discount of 40% off the retail price. He
was to be paid an advance of $250."
McClurg Contract for Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
*** The Tarzan Festival in Morgan
City, Louisiana, got under way in earnest this date, after the opening
of an exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum the day before. The Festival
was April 13-14, 2012, and was arranged by Al Bohl to present his
new documentary, "Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle," filmed
and edited by his daughter Allison, an expert in such things.
If you're enjoying a quiet day
at home, sifting through your ERB-related email, you're missing all the
fun! Down in Morgan City, Louisiana, they're having a wild time at the
Tarzan Festival in honor of Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle. The first-ever
such festival (may it not be the last) is taking place this weekend, April
13-14, thanks to mover and shaker and documentary maker Al Bohl!
Read all about it here. Opening page with links to other
Al Bohl's 2012 Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
Full 13-Webpage Coverage
*** 2011: Dark Horse released
its paperback and hardback editions of "The Outlaw Prince," its
beautifully illustrated version of ERB's "The Outlaw of Torn," on
The Outlaw Prince a graphic version of ERB's
Outlaw of Torn in Dark Horse
Adapted by Rob Hughes and Illustrated by Thomas Yeates
and Michael Kaluta
*** 2018:"Disney's Tarzan,"
the stage play, opened in Florence, Oregon on this date with more performances
Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15. This was just one of a string
of productions staged worlwide since its original debut on Broadway. Sue-On
and I attended and shared full reports in ERBzine for three premiers: Broadway,
Holland and Hamburg. We were lucky to see other performances in Canada
and the USA and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
Tarzan the Musical Premiere Performances
Reviews ~ Backgrounds ~ Photos
Tarzan Musical: 2018 Performances I
Disney's Tarzan Musical:
2018 Performances II
*** "Tarzan on the Isle of Ka-Gor"
debuted in Sunday newspapers April 13, in 1947. For 17 Sundays, it was
Ruben Moreira and written by Don Garden; for the
next five Sundays after that, Burne Hogarth took over the artwork.
At the end of that run, Hogarth assumed the writing chores as well and
took another 13 weeks to finish the story.
Checklist of Hundreds of Tarzan Sunday Comics
with links to their reprints in ERBzine
ERB: Master of Adventure by Richard Lupoff
~ Michael Sellers: Danton Visit, John Carter and Gods of Hollywood
ERB at MMA: Cadet, Football Captain, Deserter Telegram
from Commandant King, Later Instructor
*** 1894: ERB Escapes: There's nothing quite so thrilling
as making a successful escape. ERB's characters would make many of them
over the years. When he wrote about escapes, he wrote from experience.
At Michigan Military Academy, ERB was under
discipline (and not for the first time) on this date and made an unsuccessful
escape attempt. He was caught while trying to climb out a window. Undaunted,
he made a new attempt the next day, learning from his mistakes, and this
time -- on April 14 -- he was successful. Free at last, ERB hightailed
it for Chicago and home, utilizing a railroad pass.
However, his father, Major Burroughs, received
a telegram from Capt. Charles King, Academy commandant, which read:
"Your son deserted Thursday. Letter will follow."
ERB said, "I think it was the word
'deserted' in the telegram that got me, and the next day I was back at
Orchard Lake walking punishment. But walking punishment has its compensations,
one of which was that the old boys could not subject us to any of the refined
and unrefined torture of hazing, which was carried on to an exaggerated
extent at Orchard Lake at that time."
Ed redeemed himself well. After graduation
he returned to MMA to serve a stint as an instructor. He went on later
to serve in the 7th Cavalry in Arizona and, much later, serving
in uniform as a war correspondent. He also was a major in the BMTC --
Business Mens Training Corps -- in Hawaii, when civilian men were training
in weapons and military discipline just in case the Japanese invaded the
islands as a followup to their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. As a major,
ERB was a public relations director and a drill instructor. In his role
as "the oldest war correspondent in WWII" he flew and sailed all over the
Pacific. Many of these adventures are described in the 50-page personal
journal that I transcribed and illustrated in a major year-long ERBzine
project starting at: ERBzine
ERB at Michigan Military Academy
ERB's military experiences and other life events
ERB in the US Cavalry - Arizona
ERB's Wartime Journals - 50 pages starting at 6800
*** 2012: Michael Sellers
is author of "John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood" and
a man who has been involved in other aspects of ERB fandom. For instance,
he organized the John Carter Reading Project, which resulted in many elementary
school students reading "A Princess of Mars" (some attended
the 2012 ECOF); made fan-produced trailers for "John Carter," and
operates the web fan page, The John Carter Files.
On April 14, 2012, Sellers posted on one of his web pages
an article titled, "An Evening with Danton Burroughs, Keeper of the
Flame for Edgar Rice Burroughs." The article told of an evening Sellers
and his wife, Lorena, spent visiting with Danton Burroughs at Edgar
Rice Burroughs, Inc., several years earlier. The article was originally
published at ERBzine, along with a biography of Sellers.
Later, the article was also published on Sellers' web
page along with a new introduction by Sellers of how his love for ERB was
stoked while he was in Germany.
Michael Sellers' Evening With Danton Burroughs
Our Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
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*** 1965: Richard A. Lupoff's
"Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Master of Adventure" was first published in hardcover by Canaveral
Press in 1965 under this title and featured a plain green dust jacket..
It included a preface by Henry Hardy Heins and twelve black and white illustrations,
including four by Al Williamson and Reed Crandall, two by Crandall alone,
and six by Frank Frazetta; these materials would appear in all four print
2. A revised and enlarged second
edition with a new introduction by the author was published in paperback
by Ace Books in 1968. It featured cover art by Frank Frazetta recycled
from the publisher's earlier edition of Burroughs's The Beasts of Tarzan.
Lupoff's "Introduction to Second Edition," he noted:
"The present Ace edition is not
a simple reprint of the hardbound Canaveral edition. Considerable new material
is included in the text. A number of errors which had crept into the first
edition despite all efforts at accuracy have been weeded out and correct
information supplied. Certain new information, both of historic and current
matters, has been added. Finally, a number of points which were made in
the first edition have been somewhat clarified and expanded." Richard
A. Lupoff, April 14, 1968
3. A third "centennial edition,"
adding a new introduction by the author and also in paperback, followed,
also from Ace, in 1975. It also featured cover art by Frazetta, in this
instance a new work.
4. A fourth edition, again
revised and enlarged with new content, was published as a trade paperback
by Bison Books in 2005. For this edition the work was retitled Master
of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. New content included
a foreword by fantasy author Michael Moorcock, an admirer of Burroughs's
work, a new foreword by the author, an essay by Phillip R. Burger. The
cover illustration was a colorized version of the frontispiece common to
all the print editions, "Edgar Rice Burroughs and His Most Famous Creations"
by Al Williamson and Reed Crandall.
Richard Lupoff, recalling the
time he worked in New York: ". . . I had a second job, moonlighting
as an editor for Canaveral Press at 63 Fourth Avenue. Working for Canaveral,
I found myself acting as Edgar Rice Burroughs' posthumous editor. After
assembling a couple of volumes of Burroughs' previously uncollected short
stories and preparing several of his unpublished novels for release, I
was asked by the owners of the company, Jack Biblo and Jack Tannen, to
write a book about him. That was the genesis of Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Master of Adventure, my first book."
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