Erbzine.com Homepage
Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
Volume 6324

ERB'S LIFE and LEGACY :: DAILY EVENTS
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Collated by John Martin and Bill Hillman
With Web Design, Added Events, Links,
Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman
BACK TO DAILY EVENTS CONTENTS

APRIL CONTENTS :: WEEK 2
APR 8 ~ APR 9 ~ APR 10 ~ APR 11
APR 12 ~ APR 13 ~ APR 14

GO TO WEEK 2 PHOTO ALBUM
 www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6324pics.html
BACK TO APRIL WEEK I
http://www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6323.html
Click for full-size images

APRIL 8

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 ERBzine 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.
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0425.html
Thuvia Pulp Magazine Covers in ERBzine Pulp Biblio
http://www.erbzine.com/mag2/0223.html
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Read the e-Text edition
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/m4tmm.html
The Gods of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0423.html
P. J. Monahan Tribute in ERBzine
https://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1671.html
P. J. Monahan Art Gallery
https://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1672.html
*** 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, Korak.
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag17/1752.html
The Son of Tarzan: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0487.html
*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0564.html
*** 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 as gangsters.

ERB Bio Timeline 1940-1950
http://www.erbzine.com/bio/years40.html
*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/bio/years40.html
ERBzine's Dum-Dum Dossier:
http://www.ERBzine.com/dumdum
Correspondence Between JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS AND FRANK SHONFELD
https://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1159.html
https://www.erbzine.com/cards/bb/frankshonfeld.jpg
*** 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 me."

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: "Ed 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
http://www.erbzine.com/bio/years40.html
*** 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
https://www.erbzine.com/art/
ERBzine Comics Encyclopedia
https://www.erbzine.com/comics/
ERBzine Archive
https://www.erbzine.com/all/

Off-Site References
Mort 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
https://www.erbzine.com/mag63/6325.html#APRIL19
Our massive John Carter Film site with hundreds of photos, reviews, interviews, etc.
http://www.cartermovie.com


APRIL 9

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
https://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/?p=1172
http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/
Korak: The Son of Tarzan: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0487.html
Korak Strips by Russ Manning
http://www.ERBzine.com/manning
Korak Comic Books
http://www.erbzine.com/comics/korakgk1.html
http://www.erbzine.com/comics/korakdc1.html
*** "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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag62/6262.html

Off-Site Reference
Article in auction at eBay


*** Cheetah, the chimp of Tarzan of the movies, probably has as many birth dates as there are ways of spelling his name.
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.
Cheetah Scrapbook
http://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1697.html

 Off-Site Reference
"Yes, 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag12/1269.html
Meet Captain John Carter: On The Arizona Hills
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/m1pm.html#Chapter I


APRIL 10

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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1127.html
*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/bio/years30.html
Ed's letter to the Kids written during the S.S. Lurline voyage
http://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1049.html#Sunday,%20April%207,

*** 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. 1: 2012
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/pmall1.pdf
A Princess of Mars: Book Release 1917
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0421.html

Off-Site Reference
Books thought to have been in the Titanic's library


*** 1934: Ed and Jack visited Gay's 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
http://www.ERBzine.com/bio
ERB's Letter to Joan
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0440.html
*** It was April 10, 2015, when Edgar 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" strip
https://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/?cat=3&paged=7
http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics
I Am A Barbarian: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage of the original book
http://www.erbzine.com/mag8/0863.html


APRIL 11

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 Boy."
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, 2010.
    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.
Goodbye, Johnny:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag31/3198.html
Tarzan Finds a Son
http://www.ERBzine.com/mag6/0620.html
Bomba
http://www.ERBzine.com/mag8/0897.html
Boy and Jane in Colour - Collage
https://www.erbzine.com/cards/film/boy1all.jpg
Boy in Colour - Son of Tarzan Collage
https://www.erbzine.com/cards/film/boy2all.jpg

Off-Site Reference:
Johnny's films in IMDB
Kings 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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1127.html#2
*** 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: BEYOND 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
https://www.erbzine.com/mag56/5648.html
Michael Hatt's 2017 Coldwater Dum-Dum: Across 6 ERBzine Webpages
https://www.erbzine.com/mag62/6250.html

Off-Site References
Michael Hatt recounts Tarzan creator's affection for Coldwater
Michael 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 published 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag28/2807.html
ERBzine Tribute Site for ERB's Pellucidar
http://www.pellucidar.org/

Off-Site Links
Pellucidar: At the Earth's Core on Amazon
Dirda Review of Taliaferro's Tarzan Forever
Ryan Harvey's visit to ERB, Inc.


APRIL 12

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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag31/3110.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3565.html
Film Centennial Celebration
http://www.erbzine.com/mag63/6389.html
Al Bohl Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3588.html
Photo Collages:
http://www.erbzine.com/cards/film/bohl1tarzanfilmall.jpg
http://www.erbzine.com/cards/film/bohl2tarzanfilmall.jpg
*** 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. Whitman, 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 Safari
http://www.erbzine.com/mag19/1954.html
Gordon Scott Memorial
http://www.erbzine.com/scott/

Off-Site References:
Lost Safari in IMDB
Lost Safari in Wikipedia
Frank 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0130.html


APRIL 13

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
https://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0783.html
Tarzan of the Apes: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
https://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0483.html
*** 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 pages:
Al Bohl's 2012 Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
Full 13-Webpage Coverage
http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3588.html
*** 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 this date.

The Outlaw Prince a graphic version of ERB's The Outlaw of Torn in Dark Horse
Adapted by Rob Hughes and Illustrated by Thomas Yeates and Michael Kaluta
http://www.erbzine.com/mag36/3601.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag33/3392.html
*** 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
Broadway
http://www.erbzine.com/disney/
Holland
http://www.erbzine.com/holland/
Hamburg
http://www.erbzine.com/germany/

Off-Site References
Disney's 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 drawn by 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag22/2292.html

APRIL 14

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 6800
ERB at Michigan Military Academy
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1170.html
ERB's military experiences and other life events
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0130.html
ERB in the US Cavalry - Arizona
https://www.erbzine.com/arizona/
ERB's Wartime Journals - 50 pages starting at 6800
https://www.erbzine.com/mag68/6800.html
*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1059.html
Our Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
http://www.dantonburroughs.com

Off-Site Reference
Sellers Danton Visit Reprint



*** 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 editions.
    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. In 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."
Richard Lupoff's ERB: Master of Adventure
http://www.erbzine.com/mag30/3048.html
Richard Lupoff: The Canaveral Press ERB Editions
http://www.erbzine.com/mag28/2805.html
Pat Lupoff Remembered
https://www.erbzine.com/mag67/6728.html

Off-Site Reference:
Various editions of Lupoff's Master of Adventure: Wikipedia


BACK TO APRIL WEEK I
http://www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6323.html

BACK TO DAILY EVENTS CONTENTS
www.ERBzine.com/events



BILL HILLMAN
Visit our thousands of other sites at:
BILL AND SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
ERB Text, ERB Images and Tarzan® are ©Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.- All Rights Reserved.
All Original Work ©1996-2018/2020 by Bill Hillman and/or Contributing Authors/Owners
No part of this web site may be reproduced without permission from the respective owners.