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ERB's Jungle Girl: ERB, Inc. Comic, Film Serial
Title, Art: Studley Burroughs, Herndon, Krenkel, Frazetta, Jones,
The Hillmans in Cambodia ~ Estelle Taylor and Revenge
of Tarzan Marquee ~ Joe Lara ~ Weissmuller
Cover Art by Studley Oldham Burroughs ~ Laurence Herndon
~ Roy G. Krenkel
27 unique modes of travel across the 2700 Kilometres
we took to get to our Angkor Wat destination
*** 1932: The first edition of "Jungle Girl" was published
by ERB inc. on this date with cover art by Studley Burroughs illustration
of Fou-tan riding a decorated elephant. Six interior b/w plates by Studley
were also featured. The pulp version was published by
Blue Book magazine
with a cover by Herndon and had been titled "The Land of Hidden Men."
That title was used for the Ace paperback edition published in 1963 with
an excellent Krenel cover. ERB's original title for the work, however,
was "The Dancing Girl of the Leper King," and some regret the fact
that title has never been used!
We've spent decades visiting many
of the places - real and "fictional" - described in ERB's books. A few
years back we spent a month in SE Asia: Thailand, Lao, Vietnam. . . and
Cambodia -- the home of the Jungle Girl. We've shared many hundreds
of photos and memories of that SE Asia visit, including the 27 unique modes
of travel across the 2700 Kilometres we took to get to our Angkor Wat destination.
The restored ruins of Angkor Wat and
the many temples were extraordinary. A sample of some of the photos from
this adventure is featured at ERBzine
5699. Countless others are found in the TRAVEL section of our online
book: Bill and Sue-On: A +50-year
Musical Odyssey over on our personal Website.
Jungle Girl: C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Bibliography
Covers, Interior art, Pulps, Publishing history, Comics,
Jungle Girl: Read the full book in eText
Jungle Girl: Maxon's art in newspaper serializations
Hillmans in search of Angkor Wat and Jungle Girl
Related Collage of the Journey
Jungle Girl: ERB, Inc. comic version by Powell,
Meugniot and Poliwko
Jungle Girl: Film Serial in 15 Chapters
Bill and Sue-On: A +50-year Musical Odyssey
Jungle Girl variant DJ
*** 1989: Tarzan in Manhattan: TV
Guide announced the showing of this TV Movie with Joe Lara and Kim Crosby
on this date: The TV Guide descriptive paragraph said, "Johnny Weissmuller
enjoyed 'Tarzan's New York Adventure' (1942), and now Joe Lara is
'Tarzan in Manhattan,' where the Lord of the Jungle uncovers a plot
to monkey with simian intelligence."
PLOT: Tarzan uncovers an insidious plot by a covetous
scientist to enhance the natural IQ of African monkeys. To prevent his
beloved Cheetah from falling into the hands of vivisectionists, the Jungle
Lord heads for New York, where he meets his Jane (Kim Crosby) -- a wisecracking
cabbie. Tony Curtis plays Janes father, an ex-cop private eye, barely justifying
his "special guest star" credit. Interestingly, Warren Zevon’s “Leave My
Monkey Alone” is in the soundtrack. Tarzan in Manhattan was the pilot for
a TV series.
~ Joe Lara would later audition
as a TV Tarzan in Tarzan (1991) which he lost to Wolf Larson,
but star as Tarzan in the unrelated series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
~ Jan-Michael Vincent also
played a Tarzan-type character named Nanu in the Disney movie The World's
Greatest Athlete (1973).
~ Tony Curtis makes his role
amusingly funny by constantly over acting. He plays Archimedes Porter,
the ex-cop-father of Jane, who occasionally masquerades as a main part,
and adds a touch of (intended) humour to the film.
Tarzan in Manhattan
Tarzan's New York Adventure
ERB On the Silver Screen
TV Promo on Youtube
*** 1944: The Swedish debut of "Tarzan's
Desert Mystery" was on this date, about three and a half months after
it had been released in the U.S.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery: ERBzine coverage:
*** 1958: Estelle Taylor died
on this date. She had been Olga de Coude in "The Revenge of Tarzan."
The Revenge of Tarzan
Taylor films: IMDB
*** 1964: Lydie Denier was born
on April 15 in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, France. Lydie was raised
in Martinique and attended school at the Lycee Shoelcher in Fort de France,
Martinique. She became a model at 14 years old. Her big break through as
an actress was when she played the role of Jane in the TV series Tarzán
(1991) from 1991 till 1993. Her TV debut was on General Hospital (1963)
back in 1989 playing the role of Yasmine Bernoudi.
In Worldvision Enterprises’ Tarzan
a weekly, half-hour, action series for syndication, Lydie assumed the central
role of Jane Porter. She sees her Jane as “a modern woman who brings the
positive aspects of civilization to the Jungle to conduct research on endangered
species. But she also has come to find herself. Jane is independent and
intelligent. She has no fear and will do anything”. Tarzan, the series,
was sold in 87 countries around the world.
When the producers of Tarzan were
searching for an actress to play the role of Jane, the well-educated, contemporary
and passionate scientist, they needed only to meet with Lydie to find exactly
who they were looking for.
Lydie is also an accomplished artist.
She paints acrylic on canvas and her work has been sold both in Europe
and America. She is also a writer and a producer. Her film company is Pathway
Pictures in Los Angeles. In 2010 she published the book: "Me Jane...
* Won a "Miss Legs International" pageant in 1984.
* Lydie Denier is the 15th screen Jane in Tarzan written
by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
* Lydie Denier is the first actress to portray the role
of Jane in Tarzan on television.
* Lydie has worked with 4 actors who have portrayed the
role of Tarzan: Wolf Larson, Ron Ely, Joe Lara and Miles O'Keefe.
* In 1995, Lydie Denier was engaged to Chris Stevens,
the ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
* Lydie played two different characters on two different
* Lydie has been a favourite guest at numerous ERB conventions
* Lydie is also an American citizen.
Lydie Denier Bio and Photos
Lydie's Book: Me Jane. . . Not You!
ERBzine REVIEWS of the Tarzan Shows that Lydie appeared
TARZAN TV SERIES ~ 1991-1994: Wolf Larson & Lydie
Denier - 75 Episodes
Meet Lydie and Wolf
Tarzan the TV Epic Adventures: Lydie in Parts 1 &
2 of a 2-hour movie
War Chief: ERB, Inc Comic, Argosy & McClurg
covers (Paul Stahr art) ~ Forgotten Tales:
Frolich Cover art ~ Princess of Mars: Armchair
Fiction reprint ~ Rob Wagner's Script Magazine
Click for full-size
*** 1927: "The War Chief" rode out of the imagination
and the experience of ERB in the April 16, 1927, edition of Argosy All-Story
Weekly when the magazine with the first installment hit the newsstands.
The cover art for the first part was by Paul Stahr, and the same
cover art appeared later on the dust jacket of the hardback book. Each
of the five serial installments had a black and white illustration by Roger
Morrison. ERB began work on this in August 1926 with a working title:
War Chief of the Apaches
ERB's time in the 7th Cavalry in
Arizona put him in the very spot where the Apaches roamed and provided
him with a familiarity with the region that enabled him to write descriptively
of it in the story took place. We've documented his Arizona experiences
in ERBzine.com/arizona . . . We also tracked many of the places he visited
during his time in the Cavalry while we attended the 2019 Dum-Dum in Willcox,
* Edgar Rice Burroughs Comments On The War Chief:
Burroughs found the following note with the manuscript for The War Chief:
"I have gone over the 'copy' carefully
and have indicated a number of phrases, sentences and paragraphs deleted
by them, which I wish to have retained.
"The preparation of the manuscript
required considerable research work and as it is necessary for the reader
to be able to understand the viewpoint of the Indian, if he is to be in
sympathy with the principal character, it is essential that much of the
matter deleted should remain even though it draws comparisons that may
be odious to some people of our own race and sometimes shocking to people
whose religious convictions are particularly strong.
"I should also call your attention to an
Indian name and an Indian word concerning which the magazine editor and
I seem not to agree.
"The name is that of a famous Apache
Chief, Mangas Colorado, variously spelled Mangus and Magnus. From a very
old book I obtained the suggestion of the derivation of this name, which
in Spanish means colored sleeves. The author supposed that the name may
have been given to him by the Mexicans, either because of the garment he
wore with colored sleeves or from the fact that his sleeves or arms were
stained with the blood of his victims.
"The other word to which I refer is
Izzo-Kolth, which the magazine editor insisted on changing to Izze-Colth.
My authority for this spelling is an article by John G. Bourke, THE MEDICINE
MAN OF THE APACHES, which appeared in the annual report of the Bureau of
Ethnology for 1887 and 1888.
"The magazine editor deleted what
evidently appeared to him tiresome descriptions of Indian customs, such
as burial ceremonies and the decoration of the bodies of medicine men,
but as there is not a great deal of this and I believe that it is all based
on good authority, it should be permitted to remain." ~ ERB.
Learn more about ERB's influences
and references across our ERBzine site using our Internal Google Search
feature, some of the links below plus Apache Devil in C.H.A.S.E.R. and
ERB's Personal Library Project:
The War Chief: Covers, Pulps, Background, Publishing
The War Chief: Read the complete e-Text edition
The War Chief: ERB, Inc. Comics: Martin Powell
and Nik Poliwko
The War Chief: ERB / US Cavalry / Apaches Connection
ERB's Personal Library Project
*** On April 16, 2012, Armchair Fiction & Music
published an extra large edition of a stories about a couple of sirens
of our solar system. The first story was "Captive of the Centaurianess"
by Poul Anderson and the companion story was "A Princess of Mars"
by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The "Princess"
cover is pictured. This cover, as well as many other PM reprint
covers are featured on our C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography series.
A Princess of Mars: History ~ Art ~ Info
*** 1932: One of ERB's short reader-challenging
mystery stories -- "Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?" -- appeared in the
edition of "Rob Wagner's Script" dated April 16, 1932. Use the directory
link below to navigate to other stories in the series:
ERB's Note to Rob Wagner, Editor of SCRIPT magazine
Re: "Mystery Puzzle from Tarzana
You have a right to boast of the high order of intelligence
of your readers.
Let's see how high it is. The enclosed murder mystery
may be solved logically from the clues given in the story.
There is no "catch" to it. Ask your readers to time themselves
and then tell you how long it took them
to reach the correct solution logically. Also ask them
not to lie.
Who Murdered Mr. Thomas? mystery The Script
ERB's Script Mysteries were also reprinted in
Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder
ERBzine Directory to All Our ERB Mystery Puzzle Reprints
Wagner in Wikipedia
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Sears Manager, 3D Stereoview2
Cards of Sears in Chicago and ERB's Steno staff
Taylor Kitsch as John Carter ~ Rex Maxon's Tarzan
~ Soviet Tarzan
*** 1907: It's common to hear how ERB failed at "everything"
until he started writing. ERB himself made jokes about his previous endeavors
that have helped to create that impression. And, it's true that not everything
he did worked out, but that is probably typical of many in the work force.
However, he also had his pre-author successes. On April
17, 1907, ERB was promoted to manager of the Stenographic Department
at Sears, where he excelled! Read that tidbit and other key events
"So many people have written that
I was a failure in business before I began writing that most people take
for granted the statement's true. Contrary to that belief I never was fired
from a job. If Sears, Roebuck & Co. records go back far enough, I'll
bet they show I was a good departmental manager for them." ~ Edgar Rice
Burroughs ~ Chicago Daily Times Interview 1939
Seeing a great future in the mail
order business, 32-year-old Ed Burroughs applied for a position at the
Sears, Roebuck and Company in early 1907. Sears was one of the fastest
growing companies in American and its thousand-page mail order catalogue
was a cherished item in homes across the country -- especially in rural
areas. He was given a position in the correspondence department, but was
soon promoted to Manager of the Stenographic Department.
This department consisted of 150 stenographers,
dictaphone operators, multigraph operators and typists, and as such, was
a kind of showroom that attracted regular visits and inspections by company
executives and visiting VIPs. Ed's business sense, efficiency and managerial
skills were soon noticed by company executives and his supervisors wrote
glowing reports on his work.
Throughout his almost-two-year stint
at Sears there were many instances where Ed improved the efficiency of
the department and developed procedures that saved the company considerable
sums of money. He carried out his managerial duties with great attention
to detail, imagination and a sense of humour, as is shown in the creative
bits of writing and cartoons that he created and are featured on the ERBzine
Danton Burroughs shared a complete
set of 50 3-D Stereoview Cards from his family archive. These were
issued by Sears, Roebuck & Co. at this time. I have uploaded
images of all 50 of these cards which may be viewed in 3D. These are posted
on my John Coleman Burroughs Companion site. See the opening link below.
The ERB / Sears Connection
ERB's life in the Sears era
50 Stereoview 3D Cards from Sear, Roebuck & Co.
- starting at:
*** Speaking of books about ERB,
John Taliaferro's "Tarzan Forever" quoted an April 17, 1924, New
York Times article by correspondent Walter Duranty who, in turn, quoted
a Moscow newspaper that Russians preferred reading Edgar Rice Burroughs
over Karl Marx. Find out what authors besides ERB that the Russians liked.
If you don't have the book itself, read that page of Taliaferro's
ERB's Words: "Having been
pirated in Soviet Russia, he gained such popularity among the proletariat
that the Soviet government was forced to take official cognizance of him.
Whether they murdered him in a cellar or knouted him to Siberia, I do not
know; but they got all het up because groups of illiterate peasants gathered
in the streets while a more educated fellow, oftentimes a soldier, read
Tarzan out loud to them instead of Soviet propaganda or the intriguing
dream books of Mr. Marx."
Collier's 1953: "The
Reds got their Tarzan pictures in 1945, when the Russians stormed into
Berlin and grabbed some German-dubbed versions. Since Tarzan was raised
in the jungle by apes uncontaminated by the democracies, the Russians took
the pictures back to Moscow and released them in the Soviet Union. Fragmentary
reports indicate the movies are extremely successful there, too."
In Paul Mandel's Life Magazine article, "Tarzan of
the Paperbacks," the Russians were also mentioned: the "Soviets felt
that although Tarzan was a peer, he had been brought up by proletarian
apes so it was all right for young Communists to like him."
ERB speaks of Tarzan in Russia in "Story of Tarzan"
Tarzan in Russia: The Burroughs Boom
He Tarzan - You Fan: Collier's 1953
*** 1931: On this date ERB advised
Carlin of United Features against the use of children in the Sunday
color page. He wished to impress upon people that his stories were primarily
for adults. ERB's secretary, Ralph Rothmund, later met with Carlin
in New York to emphasize these concerns. Nonetheless, the syndicate didn't
get rid of the kids in the Maxon-Carlin strip until
Maxon's Tarzan Sunday Pages featuring children
ERB Comments on the Maxon strip
*** 2011: Though he was playing
Carter on Mars,
Taylor Kitsch was actually "over the moon" with
excitement about the coming film. What were they saying a year before the
premiere of Disney's "John Carter." Read some of Kitsch's comments from
April 17, 2011, as well as several other articles from that time period:
is in great company and he knows it. “I wake up, I’m working with [Willem]
Dafoe, [Mark] Strong, I’ve got Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris.” Before wrapping
up, Kitsch humbly added, “I’m a lucky man to go to work with these guys.
* BACK IN TIME. . . TO WHERE THE
JOHN CARTER PROJECT STARTED . . . From the ERBzine.com/news Archive - October
"John Carter" Team Visits Tarzana ~ Pre-production for
the Disney"John Carter of Mars" film is gathering steam
The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring
the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura
Blvd. Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews
(script) discussed the "John Carter of Mars" film project with Burroughs
representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos.
All six members at the meeting expressed
a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired
by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the
excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy
faithful to the Burroughs books. Projected release date is sometime before
Danton Burroughs presented the creative
team with a wealth of resources, including art samples and books by ERB
scholars such as Irwin Porges and John F. Roy. They noted that their
major resource to date had been the thousands of official ERB, Inc. Webpages
Taylor Kitsch John Carter Comments
Interviews/Trailers with Taylor Kitsch, et al
John Carter Film Reviews in the Press
(Note: In the years since these links were collected,
a number of them have expired)
JOHN CARTER PHOTO GALLERIES
2022: Willie Jones
passed away on this date - April 17. Willie was a vital part of the Tarzana
ERB, Inc. Office Staff for 42 Years.
Willie was hired as a secretary under Marion Burroughs
in 1977. She went on to become an integral part of the ERB, Inc., team,
being promoted to Assistant Secretary and working closely with the executive
staff on matters related to the company’s intellectual property, until
she retired in 2019. She is survived by her son, Robert Jones.
Willie loved dogs and country music.
She was known to fans from her attendance at some of the Burroughs Bibliophiles
Dum-Dum conventions over the years, and even travelled to New York City
to see Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway theatrical premiere.
Sue-On and I always looked forward
to meeting her in the Tarzana offices and chatting with her on the phone.
We have shared many photos of Willie across our ERBzine pages, some of
which are displayed in the tribute collages featured on this page: appearances
and guest at ERB Dum-Dum and ECOF conventions ~ exploring the Tarzana Safari
Walk ~ the night the ERB, Inc. office staff were presented with the BB
Golden Lion Award ~ her participation in the "Inside
ERB's World" Panel for ERB fans and scholars with Janet, Cathy and Danton's
wife and daughters, the pub crawl across the Chicago Blues bars ~ visit
to the Chicago ERB and Coke collection of Jerry Spaanraft ~ the after-premier
party for Tarzan the Musical in New York's Marriott ballroom full of Broadway
celebrities ~ gala celebration of the US Postal Service release of the
Commemorative Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp ~ dining in Louisville, Chicago,
Tarzana, etc. ~ and always back to her busy office desk in Tarzana.
Willie’s hard work was invaluable
in protecting the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs for more than four decades.
We will all miss her deeply.
Willie Jones Photo Collages
Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion" art by John
Coleman Burroughs ~ The Mucker: All-Story and later reprint
H.H. Knibbs: Three photos of ERB's favourite poet
~ Saddam Hussein's favourite art
April 18 is a day for some rather strange ERB connections.
*** 1931: First, Otis Adelbert Kline's
"Jan of the Jungle" began as a serial in Argosy All-Story Weekly
on this date. It is a rousing jungle adventure of revenge, lost worlds,
wars and romance. Raised in a lab (alongside a chimp) by a brilliant, but
misguided scientist, a young boy is trained to be a killing machine. But
the young boy, Jan, is clever enough to escape from the lab and make it
out into the surrounding swamp with his chimp mentor at his side. The swamplands
offer Jan his first taste of freedom. He grows up fast, and has several
run-ins with the wildlife of the swamps -- crocodiles, snakes, bears, etc..
He soon discovers a lost world, a Lemurian princess and adventure beyond
his wildest dreams.
I first noted the appearance of OAK's
young jungle boy in one of my first ERBzine Webpages in 1996 . . . this
was one of the first times I had used my new ERBzine logo created by our
daughter China and adapted from out SOO'S Restaurant logo.
Jan of the Jungle by Otis Adelbert Kline: Read It
Adventures of Jan by Den Valdron - Pt. 1
Jan adapted for the film CALL OF THE SAVAGE
Reference in one of the first ERBzine pages created
Otis Adelbert Kline Tribute Pages in ERBzine -- 12
Pages Start Here:
*** 2003: Saddam Hussein
Fantasy Art Collection: Saddam apparently loved the same type of art
as many of us ERB fans do! On April 18, 2003, an article, "Rogue's Gallery
of Blonde Bombshells," reports on some of the Iraqi dictators specialized
taste. Also, see another article, "Don't laugh at Saddam's art collection,"
by Franklin Harris on this page. It comes to the defense of the ERB fans'
taste in art.
At least two of the original fantasy
paintings that U.S. Marines found in Saddam's "love nest" were painted
by Rowena Morrill. One of these paintings had been produced as the cover
for the fantasy novel
King Dragon by
J. Offutt. This painting was based on one of 50 illustrations drawn
by Esteban Moroto for a proposed Ace Books illustrated edition of ERB's
the Earth's Core. When the Ace project fell through the publishers
commissioned Offutt to write a novel around the illustrations. The result
was the novel King Dragon with a cover painted by Rowena based upon
one of Moroto's Pellucidar drawings of the sacrifice of a girl to a mahar.
Read about the type of art Hussein collected for his
The ERB / Saddam Connection: Personal Fantasy Art
*** 1775: Paul
Revere made his famous ride this date, as immortalized by William
Wadsworth Longfellow when he wrote:
Listen my children and you shall hear ~ Of the midnight
ride of Paul Revere, ~ On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; ~ Hardly
a man is now alive ~ Who remembers that famous day and year.
What was the ERB-Longfellow connection? Pretty darn wispy,
apparently. We could say that H.H. Knibbs was encouraged, as a youth,
to read the works of Longfellow and others, and he grew up to write his
own poems, including "Out There Somewhere," which served as a literary
device in the second half of ERB's "The Mucker." Or, we could say
that ERB is said to have been influenced by Longfellow's "The Wreck
of the Hesperus."
Or, we could mention that ERB placed the poet's name
as an Easter egg into "Tarzan and 'The Foreign Legion' " when he
"Well, so long, fellow." "So long, Bum." A couple of
soldiers entered the room. They cut away the bonds, and dragged the two
men to their feet....
Henry Herbert Knibbs Tributes in ERBzine:
Knibbs' Poem that inspired The Mucker
POEM THAT INSPIRED THE
Knibbs' Out There Somewhere
Knibbs and a little Longfellow in ERB's Library
Longfellow's Hesperus mentioned in Prindle's Article:
Tarzan and 'The Foreign Legion': ERBzine ERB Bibliography
The Return of the Mucker
Edgar Rice Burroughs Logo Font ~ ERB and Grandson
Danton at the ERB, Inc. Tarzana Archive
Tarzan Statues: Old and New ~ Taylor Kitsch as John
Carter ~ ERB's LA Examiner Article
*** 1990/2012: Patrice Apodaca of the L.A. Times had
an article about ERB's foresight in incorporating himself on this 1990
date. Burroughs was the first American author to have incorporated, she
wrote. "All his works are property of the corporation." The article quoted
Mastrangelo, an independent agent for ERB Inc. at the time.
He noted that "...the Burroughs corporation wields
veto power over how the character will be used." One company, for instance,
wanted to make a plastic Tarzan figurine, said Mastrangelo. "He was squatty,
the arms were out of proportion and the face was wrong," he said. "So we
just walked away."
Danton Burroughs was quoted
in the article as saying he also has high hopes for a motion picture then
in development at Disney that was to be based on his grandfather's first
adventure novel, "Princess of Mars." Variety reported that Disney
hoped to land Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck or Kevin Costner for the lead. Disney,
however, wouldn't confirm or deny that the project was in the works.
It's interesting to look back and see that this Disney
project would not come to pass until 22 years after this article appeared,
when the three stars suggested were getting a bit long in the tooth. And
when the article appeared in print, up in Canada in Kelowna, BC a boy named
Kitsch had just celebrated his ninth birthday a few days earlier, on
April 8, 1981. Taylor was raised in Vancouver where he started started
playing hockey when I was 3 or 4 years old on a backyard pond. He went
on to play in the Canadian BCHL for the Langley Hornets before a career-ending
knee injury in 2002. Taylor moved to New York where he studied acting for
two years after which he appeared in a number of television and movie roles,
was a successful model and became very involved in work with world charity
organizations. All this led to his being chosen to play the lead role in
Disney's John Carter of Mars. John Carter recalled no childhood,
but Taylor Kitsch did. His life goal was to be an actor and he made it
to the big screen, playing ERB's interstellar traveller, Captain Carter,
CSA, among other roles.
On filming John Carter Taylor said:"You
can name any part on my body and at one point I'm sure it was swollen or
hurt or pulled or yanked or something. You're just in insane shape that
you gotta keep up. It's excessively tough, man. I passed out from
exhaustion on 'Carter'. There's nothing more I could have given to that
On if the "bad press" over "John
Carter" was hard for him: "I mean, look man,
it wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if
I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If
I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to
let go. I still talk to Lynn Collins almost daily. Those relationships
that were born won't be broken by people we never met."
On if he wishes there had been
a sequel to "John Carter": "I miss the family.
I miss Andrew Stanton. I know the second script was fucking awesome. We
had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one.
The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome."
Taylor Kitsch Interviews and Bio in our JC Film Site
Our massive John Carter Film site with hundreds of
photos, reviews, interviews, etc.
Our Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
ERB Incorporates Himself: ERB, Inc.
Kitsch's biography and filmography
Times: ERB, Inc.
*** 1928: When William Bradford Ross,
governor of Wyoming in 1922, passed away, his loyal supporters did not
tell his wife, "Whoa, Nellie!" To the contrary, they hitched their hopes
to Nellie Ross and urged her to run for governor in the special
election to fill the sudden vacancy. Nellie obliged, but did not campaign.
Nonetheless, she won easily, thus demonstrating that most people appreciate
it when politicians keep their mouths shut! Nellie eventually paid a visit
to Los Angeles and there she encountered ERB, who interviewed her for an
April 19, 1928, article in the L.A. Examiner. The Examiner also syndicated
the article to other newspapers and so it also appeared April 19 in The
Cincinati Enquirer. A couple of weeks later, on May 1, it showed up in
the St. Petersburg Times, and the Florida newspaper's display of
the article can be enjoyed in ERBzine.
With his tongue,
typically, in cheek, ERB wrote: "By reason
of heredity and sex I am congenially antagonistic to the idea of lady sheriffs,
lady governors and lady everything else except lady ladies. Of course the
foundation of my antagonism lies deeply imbedded in the bed rock of intolerance
and bigotry and fear. I am, like other men, afraid that if women get the
reins they may show us up."
Check the link above to find out what else ERB had to
say about ladies in politics and this lady in particular.
ERB and the Press: '20s/'30s Decades: Nellie Ross
Bio in Wikipedia
history on Nellie
Tarzan and His Mate 1934 film: Johnny Weissmuller
and Maureen O'Sullivan ~ Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar:
All-Story and McClurg Editions ~ J. Allen St. John
DJ and Interior Art
Click for full-size image bars
*** "Tarzan and His Mate" was released this date --
April 20 -- in 1934. Jane's nude swimming scene stayed on the cutting room
floor for several decades before being picked up, dusted off and spliced
back in. But while movie-goers were denied a view of that, watchers from
every era have always been treated to another scene which gets the adrenalin
going: The climactic convergence of beasts and men when a few dozen lions,
summoned by fierce natives, ganged up on the safari to kill and eat as
many people as they could cram into their cavernous maws.
Fortunately, Tarzan and the elephants showed up in time
to rescue Jane and they lived happily ever after, including long enough
to go broke so that Tarzan would have to make a trip to a lost African
city to restock his safe. That account was actually delivered to the public
some years earlier, also on April 20, in 1918, when that adventure was
published in book form under the title of "Tarzan and the Jewels of
Tarzan and His Mate: Full Coverage in ERBzine
Tarzan and His Mate: Lobby Displays starting
Tarzan and His Mate: Big Little Book Adaptation
and Stills :: Weissmuller
and His Mate in IMDB
of Opar Summary
*** 1918: "Tarzan
and the Jewels of Opar" was published on this date by A.C. McClurg
with cover and eight interior coated halftone sepia plate illustrations
by J. Allen St. John.
Publishing Info: 350 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 50,000
~ Total 426,500 ~ Heins word count: 60,000
The book doesn`t have a linear
plot as much as a tangle of threads weaving in and out (Burroughs basically
sets a dozen characters loose in the jungle and has them bounce off each
other for a hundred and fifty pages), but the writing itself has much more
energy and enthusiasm than the latter half of the series showed. There
is more description and detail, and plenty of vivid incidents which may
not be plausible but are still dramatic (a rhino in a trench fighting seven
lions may be something that wouldn`t happen in real life, but it`s a wild
image.) And the final paragraph is in effect a wonderful punchline that
leaves the reader knowing something which the puzzled characters will never
An interesting aspect of Tarzan is
his duality. He`s unique in the world, the only one of his kind. He can
enjoy an art gallery in London with Jane, while not being really happy
in the constricting clothing and stuffy interiors. Yet back among the great
apes or his Waziri, he`s also somehow not fully at home either. Tarzan
is the classic misfit and outsider, living in two worlds but not wholly
of either. This is something that was lost after the tenth book or so,
where the Apeman apparently abandoned his family and went back to a simplistic
jungle life. In JEWELS OF OPAR, he comes back on horseback "from a tour
of inspection of his vast African estate" and then spends "the afternoon
in his study, reading and answering letters". Yet the very next night,
he`s droppng naked out of a tree onto a deer because he just HAS to kill
something himself and devour some blody flesh. Tarzan is actually more
savage than his tribe of Waziri, since they will not eat some of the odd
items he enjoys and they prefer their meat cooked. The Apeman enjoys fresh
meat, uncooked and unspoiled.
Opar itself is one of the great lost
civilizations in pulp fiction. Crumbling and nearly ruined, the last surviving
outpost of one of Atlantis` colonies, Opar has a population of males who
sound a lot like stereotyped Neanderthals. Short, stocky, with long powerful
arms and bent legs, the Oparians also have interbred with the apes. In
fact, they speak Mangani and have some of the apes living with them.
You have to like La, she`s got such
a hopeless life. Incredibly beautiful but condemned to eventually have
to choose a mate from the Opar galoots, she has spent her life sacrificing
people in cold blood on the altars of the Flaming God. As soon as she sees
Tarzan, she`s smitten with lust and becomes a "pulsing, throbbing volcano
of desire"! But of course, Tarzan isn`t interested in her in the least
and she decides to torture him to death.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: ERBzine Biblio:
Art, History, Links
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Complete e-Text
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Part II plus
St. John Art
II :: St.
John Art Collage
1894: Homesick Ed
indignantly explained his side of his MMA offense in a letter to his father.
He later climbed back up through the ranks to Captain.
ERB Bio Timeline
1925: The Red Hawk
the last of the Moon Maid trilogy was published on this date.
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Illustrated Bibliography
1934: On this
day the Montreal Star published a report that Nazi Germany had banned
the American Film, Tarzan of the Apes. The article is not entirely
accurate. The films in the early 1930s were 1932’s Tarzan the Ape Man,
starring Weissmuller, 1933’s Tarzan the Fearless, with Buster Crabbe,
and 1934’s Tarzan and His Mate with Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan.
Which film was actually banned? It was Tarzan and His Mate, banned
in Germany by the National Socialist Party on the grounds that it showed
a Nordic man in brutal surroundings.
2004: Sue-On and I worked with Danton for an afternoon
in the ERB, Inc. Tarzana Offices to scan clippings from ERB's personal
scrapbook of news clippings related to his work. I've shared these clipping
in ERBzine and even typed out much of the text for
an easier read. The text from the Montreal
Star text is as follows:
"Surely nothing but a grossly exaggerated
view of Nazi Germany could ever have prompted the Berlin Film Board to
ban the American-made picture, "Tarzan of the Apes," a film version of
one of Edgar Rice Burrough's [sic] weird romances of the West African jungle.
The reason given in the board's decision is that the picture in question
is "dangerous to Nazi principles of race-conciousness, offensive to ideals
of matrimony and womanly dignity," and "dangerous" because "the German
nation's sensibilities have been sharpened as regards questions of hereditary
biology." This sort of thing would move to laughter but for
the fact that it is obviously intended as no jest but in deadly earnest.
When will Hitler's Nazis learn to develop a sense of humor?"
ERB scrapbook clippings, including the one from the
Montreal Star ~ April 20, 1934
9-ERBzine Project: ERB's Press Clipping Scrapbooks:
Andie MacDowell and Christopher Labert in Greystoke:
Legend of Tarzan ~ JCB Art for Frank Shonfeld
Danton Burroughs with Shonfeld and John Coleman Burroughs
~ ERB Article in Writer's Digest 2012
*** 1958: Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell
is an American actress and fashion model born on this date. She made her
film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
Her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close because her Southern accent was too
pronounced for her to play the role of an Englishwoman. This was ironical
as the Jane Porter in ERB's books was from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Andie
went on to a full award-winning career in film, television and music. She
currently resides in Marina del Rey, California.
Rosalie MacDowell was born this date,
April 21 in 1958,
And one fine evening at Greystoke Estate,
She chose Mr. Clayton to be her mate.
Rosalie's middle name was Anderson,
Shortened to Andie for her movie run;
It may be true that blondes have more fun,
But Greystoke thought she was No. 1.
Yes Andie was born, a' way back when,
Down in the state of the Carolina wren,
When she said "can" it came out "ken,"
So all of her lines were dubbed by Glenn.
Yes, Andie played Jane and she did just fine,
Even though Close spoke her every line.
But voice lessons soon made her speech divine,
And she snagged a role in "Jane by Design!"
~ John "Bridge" Martin
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan: ERBzine Silver Screen
Trademarks: Curly ringlet-filled black hair ~ Southern-inflected
accent ~ Characters who smile and laugh a great deal
She has English, French, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Former cosmetics model who had worked at McDonald's
and Pizza Hut as a teenager and prior to acting used to be a door to door
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful
People in the World in 1991 and 2000.
Maryam d'Abo was considered for the role of Miss Jane Porter.
When she met with director Hugh Hudson, she felt that he had already cast
someone else in his mind. In the end, the part was cast with Andie MacDowell.
Hudson and d'Abo met again at a dinner party in 1999, became involved,
and married in 2003. Brigitte Nielsen was also briefly considered for the
role of Jane.
Andie MacDowell's voice was dubbed by Glenn Close. Close
also voiced Kala, Tarzan's adoptive mother, fifteen years later in Disney's
Quote: (1996, on having her voice dubbed by Glenn Close for
Greystoke (1984)): When I heard the news, I was in my hotel room, alone.
At the time of Greystoke, I was not even in a good relationship, so I had
no one to share it with. I didn't deceive myself for one minute about what
the media was going to do with it or what people in the business were going
to think. I said to myself, "Either I jump out that window out of humiliation
and embarrassment or I fight." The choice was there: die or fight. It was
set up so perfectly for people to think that I had no capabilities, whatsoever.
So, I decided to go to class, to evolve. Until Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989), I was untouchable. My manager was fighting for me with people who
would not even see me. It certainly hasn't been easy, but I'm proud of
In an alternate ending, Jane ran off into the jungle with
Tarzan. It was cut during editing, and no one knows if it still exists.
Andie MacDowell: Then and Now
Andie MacDowell: IMDB
*** On April 21, 1930, at the request
of Writer's Digest, ERB sent the magazine an article titled "Entertainment
is Fiction's Purpose." The article was published in the June issue
and can be read here:
ERB's "Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose"
*** John Coleman Burroughs
created a special piece of art and sent it to longtime ERB fan Sgt.
Frank E. Shonfeld of the British Army on April 21, 1941. This was done
at the request of ERB, then living in Hawaii, to show his appreciation
for Shonfeld's support over the years. The artwork features some of the
major ERB characters that John Coleman Burroughs had illustrated: Tarzan,
John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas and David Innes.
The dedication on the artwork reads: "Best
Regards and Lots of Luck"
JCB's Art created for Sgt. Frank E. Shonfeld
Our JCB Tribute Site
*** On April 21, 1998,
astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs
of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away. It's not
quite beyond the farthest star (which would be in a galaxy at least 13.3
billion light years from Earth), but it's a good start.
*** "The Life and Times of Edgar Rice
Burroughs," a 28-page tome written by who-knows and bearing the imprint
of Golgotha Press, was published April 21, 2012.
Edgar Rice Burroughs in ERBzine
and Times: Amazon.ca
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