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Danton Burroughs: Photos plus portrait by father JCB ~ Danton's bookplate by Thomas Yeates
Tarzan Radio Shows: Starring Jim & Joan ~ Pellucidar in All-Story ~ Land of Terror 1st Edition

*** 2008: The world of ERB was shocked to learn of the death of Danton Burroughs, grandson of the Master of Adventure, who was to become, that very day, the chairman of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
    The day before he died, a fire in the Burroughs home destroyed some family memorabilia that Danton had spent a long time gathering. Bill Hillman, editor and webmaster for thousands of internet pages devoted to Edgar Rice Burroughs, his family, and his creations, was quoted in a May 15 article in the L.A. Times that "it was heartbreaking for Dan to put his life's work into preserving material for the family and see it go up in flames." I had some wonderful visits with Dan in Tarzana over the years. He shared Burroughs family stories and rare collectibles with me. Through the years we had countless hours-long phone conversations. I had phoned him the night of the tragic fire in his Tarzana home. He was very broken up about losing so many of his treasures and was in the process of salvaging what he could from the room where the fire was concentrated. He and friend Prof. John Westervelt took a break from their heartbreaking task to go down for a late-night supper at California Pizza. This was the last conversation I had with Dan. He died a few hours later. Within a few days I was flying to California to give a Eulogy at the Danton Burroughs Celebration of Life.
    Danton was 63 and had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease, the same malady that afflicted his father, John Coleman Burroughs and his grandfather. He was a familiar face at ERB fan gatherings, as well as a friend to many fans, and was always full of energy and enthusiasm. Thus, his sudden and unexpected death was especially hard to take. Two bitter sweet memories stand out in my mind. At the 2003 Louisville Dum-Dum banquet, host George McWhorter called Dan to the podium. They then called me to join them and the two of them presented me with the BB Lifetime Achievement Award. During my last visit with Dan I had him pose for a number of photos at his home, including what are the only photos of the special room he had built to house many of his dad's treasures -- this was the room that caught fire the day before he died. The photos also included the ERB, Inc. office front, warehouse and garden with ERB's burial tree. Then, before we left for the airport we stopped at his boyhood home where he had spent his early years with his mom and dad and sister and brother. The very last photo was of him sitting behind the wheel as we said our farewells. A few weeks later I would fly down to Tarzana to deliver a eulogy at Danton's Memorial Service. Really miss you old pal.
    Danton's wife, Linda, and daughters Dejah and Llana Jane, carry on his memory and the Burroughs legacy by mixing with fans at many ERB gatherings. Search "Archives" for "Danton Burroughs"
Danton Burroughs Eulogy by Bill Hillman: May 17, 2008
Danton Burroughs Remembered
Danton Burroughs
Official press release:
Our Danton Burroughs Site:
My Last Photos of Danton

Off-Site Reference:
La Times Article

2008: Jim Sullos was due to become president of ERB, Inc. on May 1. That same day, board chairman Danton Burroughs -- ERB's grandson and the primary overseer of the Burroughs legacy for the last 36 years -- died of heart failure at the age of 63, a day after a fire at his home destroyed a room full of priceless family memorabilia. "It was tragic and unexpected," says Sullos, who now finds himself pulling double duty -- for ERB Inc. as well as his ongoing role at Windes and McClaughry. Read more about Jim's amazing career and learn some of his many achievements in promoting ERB's legacy in the accompanying links.
Meet Jim Sullos: President of ERB, Inc.
Jim Sullos Photo Tributes I in ERBzine
Jim Sullos Photo Tributes II in ERBzine

*** 1930: "Wild" and "ludicrous." A quote from a book reviewer who didn't like ERB? No. 'Twas said by ERB himself of a brilliant idea he had for publicizing his No. 1 character.
    "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," by Scott Tracy Griffin, has a section called "Tarzan on Radio," and Tracy leads it off with this paragraph:
"On May 1, 1930, Edgar Rice Burroughs proposed a 'wild and possibly ludicrous plan of publicity' to publisher Max Elser as a promotion for 'Tarzan and the Lost Empire': to have the Tarzan books read over the radio.` " (Page 220)
    Maybe that particular idea might have been a bit "wild" and "ludicrous," but the idea of Tarzan on the radio was not, and about two years later "Tarzan of the Air" was being broadcast. ERB's son-in-law, James H. Pierce (star of the movie, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion,") and his wife, ERB's daughter Joan, were speaking the parts of Tarzan and Jane in those radio adventures.
Radio's Golden Age: ERBzine Radio Show Broadcasts
James and Joan Burroughs Pierce Tarzan Shows:
Tarzan of the Air
Tarzan on Radio
*** 1915:
Fans lacking an iron mole or dirigible could still have traveled to Pellucidar on May 1, 1915, in the pages of Cavalier All-Story Weekly, which began its serialization in its magazine with that date. In a bit of an oddity, the first two installments appeared in that magazine, and the last three in a magazine titled "All-Story Weekly." Of course, it was the same magazine, just with a title change about midway through the run.
    And for those who wanted to wait until later to go to Pellucidar, they could have waited another 29 years and gone there by reading "Land of Terror," which was published in book form on May 1, 1944. There was no magazine appearance for "Land of Terror."
    "Pellucidar" was the second book in the seven-volume series ERB wrote about the inner world, the first being "At the Earth's Core." "Land of Terror" was the sixth volume, and the last of the seven to be published in ERB's lifetime.
Pellucidar: C.H.A.S.E.R Bibliography Coverage
Pellucidar: Read the e-Text in ERBzine
Land of Terror: ERBzine  C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Land of Terror: Read the e-Text in ERBzine

Off-Site References:
Summaries: Pellucidar and Land of Terror

*** "The Treasure of Opar" took off on May 1, 1983, and ran for 12 Sundays. Gray Morrow drew it and Don Kraar wrote it. You can read it all in ERBzine.
The Treasure of Opar
"Tarzan and the Drug Smugglers" began in Sunday newspapers May 1, 1966. It was written and illustrated by John Celardo and ran for 18 weeks.
Huck's list of Sunday comic start and stop dates at:

*** 1914: Final agreement was reached with A. C. McClurg & Co. for the book publication of Tarzan of the Apes.
1915: The first of five installments of Pellucidar appeared in All-Story Cavalier - complete with Ed's map of the inner world.
1918: Ed researches a Tarzan story based upon the campaign against the Germans in Africa
1930: ERB shared a promotional plan with Elser in which he would read from one of his books on radio each night for 15 minutes. Ed, Elser and Joe Neebe, who was now working for Detroit's Sound Studios Company, were all excited about the potential of radio.
1936: Ed moved to LA
1940: Ed introduced the new Tarzan radio series debuting on Hawaii's station KGU. He said that his Mars stories  would soon be on the air as well, adding that they would be guaranteed not to scare the listening public into believing Mars was attacking the Earth, as had been done by Orson Welles.
ERB's Bio Timeline Series


Harold Foster and his art for Tarzan and Prince Valiant ~ Foster's Tarzan of the Apes b/w strips
Tarzan's Revenge: Glenn Morris and Hedda Hopper ~ Doug Wildey and Gray Morrow Tarzan art

*** 1988: ERB didn't tell us the exact date, but on "a bright May morning in 1888" John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, and his wife, Lady Alice, set sail for Africa.
Foster's Pictorial History of Tarzan of the Apes
*** 1937: Hal Foster
left the illustrated Tarzan Sunday page to do Prince Valiant. Burne Hogarth took over the Tarzan Sunday pages next week.
Hal Foster Prince Valiant Sunday Pages Contents:
Read ALL The Foster Tarzan Sunday Pages
Foster's Last Tarzan Sunday Page
Hogarth's 1st Tarzan Sunday Page
Foster's 1st Prince Valiant Sunday Page
*** 1922: Doug Wildey
(1922.05.02 - 1994.10.05) was born on this date in Yonkers, N.Y. and eventually moved out west. He was involved with just about every kind of comic art there was -- newspaper, comic books and animation.Said historian Quattro, "Wildey shifted seamlessly between pen and brush, from the finest pen strokes imaginable, to the soft nuances of wash, from the monumental close-up of a grizzled Martin Landau, to the sunny sweetness of two women waiting for a stagecoach."
    In the mid-1960s, Wildey collaborated with writer Gaylord DuBois on Gold Key Comics' licensed series "Tarzan" when that long-running comic, which had been featuring stories drawn by Russ Manning, began producing Wildey's work beginning with issue 179 (September 1968). The duo's work appeared through issue 187 (September 1969).
He died Oct. 5, 1994, in Las Vegas.
Wildey first GK Tarzan: Tarzan at the Earth's Core
Wildey last GK Tarzan and the City of Gold

Off-Site Reference:
Doug Wildey's Johnny Quest

"1993: Romance," drawn by Gray Morrow and written by Don Kraar, ran for 12 Sundays starting May 2 in 1993.
Tarzan Sunday Page: "Romance"
*** 1885: Hedda Hopper
(1885.04.02-1966.02.01) was born on this date in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA and died in Hollywood, CA. She played Eleanor Holm’s mother, Penny Reed, in Tarzan's Revenge. Hopper appeared in over 100 films and television shows before and during her career as a gossip columnist. According to IMDB, Hedda didn't want her true age to be known, so she started listing June 2, 1890, as her birthday. Hedda Hopper played Eleanor Holm's mother in Tarzan's Revenge:
Tarzan's Revenge: ERBzine Silver Screen Series

Off-Site Reference:
Hopper in IMDB

*** 1945: In a letter on this date, Ed continued a long distance relationship with DD (Dorothy Dahlberg) whom he dated during his stay on the mainland. He eventually sent her at least thirty tender letters. She wrote of her deep affection for him and of her relief at finally ending her marriage with G. and moving out on her own. Ed was impressed by hearing of DD's kid sister's knowledge of the instruments in the cockpit of a Liberator. He groused over the disapproval that J., H. and R were all displaying over his relationship with DD and the lack of control he seemed to have over his own destiny.  He had no plans for the future as other people seemed to have them. He didn't know when he wouldreturn to the mainland and thought he may be shipped to the Philippines.  He tried to convince the family that both he and DD had had enough of marriage and only wanted to share each other's company. Ed was pleased with Jack having been reclassified A-1 which would mean he'd be sent to basic training before he being sent over... it would help him take off his excess weight.
*** 1946:  ERB started "Xonthron" but nothing remains of this mysterious work.
*** 1964:  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine reprinted a Tarzan story
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB's Wartime Letters: 1945


Hulbert Burroughs and Sue-On Hillman explore the ERB, Inc. warehouse in 1971 ~ 1958 warehouse fire photos
Martian Legion by Buddy Saunders ~ Hogarth's Tarzan reprinted in Comic Strip Reserves

*** 1958: The Warehouse Fire: Many ERB fans have at least one book with a sticker inside that explains how the book survived a warehouse fire on this date. If they do, that book likely may also have some pages with brown edges, not from aging but from the proximity of that disastrous May 3 fire.
    When Hully guided us through this warehouse in 1971, the building hadn't fully recovered from the effects of that 1958 blaze which had started from combustible nitrate film stock. Labelled storage boxes were stacked floor to ceiling and many of the boxes were charred and in disarray. Enough of the labels were discernible, however, to give some idea of the treasures which lay within: A.C. McClurg & Co., Fan and Personal Letters, Motion Pictures, Real Estate, Tarzana, etc. The boxes that excited me most were the ones labeled Tarzan Radio Serials and they contained the original 16" metal master ETs (electrical transcriptions) of Jim and Joan's 1932 Tarzan radio series. They were of particular interest since I have a personal collection of 600 ETs and three large Gates turntables to play them on. We stayed to meet Jim and Joan the next day and when we returned home to Canada I sent them taped copies of their shows.
     Most ERB, Inc. merchandise and archival materials are now housed in that attached warehouse building, which is not open to visitors. Before his untimely death, Danton and I had made some strides in photographing, scanning and documenting some of the contents of this unique building which had survived such a devastating fire. We even mulled over the possibility of converting the warehouse space to an ERB Museum/store . . . but it would have been a pretty daunting task.
    Many of the Burroughs ERB, Inc. first editions that survived the fire have been offered to collectors over the years. Some of them even exhibit a few char marks from the fire and all of them contain a sticker that explains:
“THIS Book is one of the few survivors of a near-disastrous fire that occurred in our storeroom on Saturday, May 3, 1958. The fire started as a result of the spontaneous combustion of old Tarzan motion pictures printed on nitrate film. Although this book shows some fire damage, we are told it has considerable value among collectors. We sincerely hope it will add to the worth of your own personal collection. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. ~ Tarzana, California”
Photo spreads of the carnage caused by the fire are featured in ERBzine.
Disastrous ERB, Inc. Warehouse Fire
The warehouse in 2012, among other scenes:
Or, start at the beginning of the Hillman 2012 tour
and navigate the rest of the pages with the links at the bottom:
An earlier tour with and some familiar faces:
An insurance ad harkening back to
"The Day Tarzan's Home Burned"
*** 1956:  D. Peter Ogden
published the first issue of his fanzine, ERBANIA on this date. The 20 page issue included the article “The American Tarzan Strip” and a bibliography of Burroughs’ novels. Erbania appeared sporadically, but just over 100 issues were published.
100 plus issues were spread over 60 years, an average of a little less than 1.5 issues per year, but a true work of love. It was always a nice surprise when an issue arrived in the mail.
Early covers featured the art of Jim Cawthorn and several articles by Maurice Gardner, author of the Bantan books. A number of members of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association and numerous collectors, researchers, fans, and other fanzine editors contributed articles through the years.
ERBANIA was the first ERB fanzine I subscribed to back in the '50s. Peter published those early issues while he lived in England, and later in Canada, and for the remainder of his life from Florida, USA.
All the covers and contents may be reviewed in ERBzine starting at ERBzine 0119
Guide to Peter's ERBANIA -
ERBBANIA covers, dates and contents for 1-25
Cover Collage for Issues 1-25
ERBANIA: Issues 26-50
ERBANIA: Issues 51-75
ERBANIA: Issues 76-100
.Peter Ogden Remembered
*** 1946: "Xonthron"
was mentioned in ERB's diary for May 3, 1946, but no manuscript, or partial manuscript, for something with that title has ever been found. The word was used by Jake "Buddy" Saunders in his story, "The Martian Legion, In Quest of Zonthron," in which he brought together Tarzan, John Carter and other fictional characters created by ERB and others.
Xonthron mention in ERBzine's Lost Words of ERB
The Martian Legion, In Quest of Zonthron

Off-Site Reference:
Martian Legion

*** 1942: "Tarzan and the Fatal Fountain" isn't online yet, but it is in three different book collections, the NBM "Tarzan in Color," the Titan Books reprints, and is paired with "Tarzan Against Dagga Ramba" in the Comic Preserves No. 1 collection. It was illustrated by Burne Hogarth and written by Don Garden and ran for 14 Sundays beginning May 3, 1942.
ERBzine Comics Compendium

Off-Site Reference:

*** 1920: Ed assigned rights to an English theatrical company, who produced Tarzan of the Apes and The Return of Tarzan as a stage play. Ed received $1000 and 10% royalites, but the production met with limited success.
*** 1924: Former ERB secretary Shea, now working at Hollywood Studios, returned a Burroughs scenario titled "The Savage Breast." The work has since disappeared.
*** 1931: Ashton Dearholt informed Ed that his and Florence's vagabond, "land yachting" days were over and that they were taking an apartment in West Hollywood.
*** 1941: Ed decided to swear off drinking. He had lost 11 pounds in the last month.
ERB Bio Timeline


Gordon Scott in a "Fight for His Life" with a python ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
with wives Emma and Florence ~ ERB's lady friend Dorothy Dahlberg.

*** 2007: "Tarzan's Fight for Life" film was that very thing in more ways than one. The script called for Gordon Scott to wrestle a python. The 19-foot constrictor had been given a sedative so it wouldn't be too active, but they did take after take, giving the snake time to wake...and wake...
    On May 4, 2007, following his April 30 death, Scott was quoted in many a remembrance article about the hazards that can accompany the wrestling of a big python. See the first article after the introductory information in ERBzine. And a later article recalls how it took six men to pull the python off Scott.
    When Sue-On and I were exploring the Mekong Delta in Vietnam we had an encounter with pythons. Although we had visions of Gordon Scott's near-death experience with a python, we couldn't resist the opportunity of wrestling with a giant histah. With the aid of two assistants we stretched out the critters and wrapped them around our shoulders as Gordon Scott had done. Horrific battles ensued. When I grabbed the beast below its head he wrapped his tail around behind me and tried to lodge himself in my butt crease. We survived. Soon after, a local band invited us celebrate by joining them in a jam session, followed by a large glass of cobra wine. I was glad to survive the battle . . . probably because I'm much more muscular than Scott :)
Scott's Python Fight: Articles ~ Obits
From our Tribute site with 12 Giant Webpages
Tarzan's Fight for Life
Hillman Vietnam Adventure: 39 Photo Galleries
Hundreds of Photos (See Gallery 37)

*** 2012: There's a "Secret World of Edgar Rice Burroughs" out there. I assume it was probably unknown to many. May 4, 2012, was the deadline for an Edgar Rice Burroughs writing contest sponsored for young students by an organization called Reading Rockets. It was planned as something to tie in with the 2012 release of Disney's "John Carter," based on ERB's "A Princess of Mars." The organization's website gave some biographical information about ERB and added: "To celebrate the long life of Burroughs' beloved characters, and to recognize the inspiration Burroughs has provided to many readers, writers and filmmakers, you can give your students the chance to learn more about Edgar Rice Burroughs and have a writing adventure of their own with these thought-provoking prompts." The winners were announced on the website. Categories included designing a bookplate, designing a travel brochure, writing a science-fiction haiku (skifaiku), and "What's In A Name." The entries were not necessarily supposed to be on ERB and his worlds, but rather the pupils were urged to use their imagination in the various categories.
Reading: Rediscovering a Classic

Off-Site References
Deadline for writing contest on ERB
Announcement of winners

*** 1945: After his divorces from Emma and, later, Florence, ERB's children weren't enthusiastic about him ever marrying again. For awhile, he showed an interest in Dorothy Dahlberg, who had divorced her husband. ERB wrote to her and expressed his love for her, but apparently they both decided ultimately that they were better off not becoming man and wife. ERB mentioned as much in a letter he wrote to her May 4, 1945: "Had a letter from Jack the other day in which he revealed that he is much worried for fear that I intend to remarry. That made it almost unanimous as both Hulbert and Rothmund have harped on the subject. In answering his letter I asked what had started all this interest in my connubiality, and was it my friendship with you? I told him that I could think of no other reason.
"I think that you and I agree that we had each had about all the matrimony we could stand and that marriage was often a swell way to spoil beautiful friendships. I also told him [Jack] that I was very fond of you and that I intend to see a lot of you if I ever get back home. That should clear the atmosphere and relieve any future misunderstanding about our association. I hope that he passes on the information to Joan and Hulbert."
Some letters to Dorothy Dahlberg
Dorothy Photos
*** 1943: A few years earlier, May 4 had a different marital significance to ERB. His second marriage was to Florence Gilbert, on April 4, 1934. Eight years later, on May 4, 1943, their divorce decree was to become final. Florence, however, didn't want to wait a whole year and was anxious for it to be official sooner, so she went to Mexico and filed a second divorce suit, reported in an L.A. Times article of June 26, 1942, one that was to take effect sooner than the May 4 date of '43. Articles on the marriage, divorce and other events in ERB's life are at:

LA Times Articles On ERB
*** 1942: In his letter home to Joan  Ed reflected that since he had arrived in Hawaii two years ago for "a short stay" that his life "has been radically changed; and it finds me happy and contented, in good physical condition, and still with three of the finest children any man ever had."  Ed had been on strenuous drills in the mountains with the BMTC.

ERB's Letter home to Joan
*** 1928: Nestor Redondo
(1928.05.04-1995.12.30) was born on this date in Candon, Ilocos Sur, Philippine Islands. He was very talented comics artist best known for his work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, fanzines, and other American publishers in the 1970s and early 1980s. Nestor studied architecture at the Mapúa Institute of Technology, but left it to begin a career in illustration:  Penciller, Inker, Publisher, Animation Designer, Painter, etc. In 1979, Redondo received the Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic-Con.
The Art of Nestor Redondo
ERB Artists Encyclopedia
*** 1942: The Honolulu Advertiser reported the finalizing of the Burroughs divorce.
*** 1944: Captain Hulbert returned to the island. The Blackout was called off - after 879 nights. Because of the multi-racial situation the 10 PM curfew stayed in effect.
ERB Bio Chrono Timeline


ERB's The Moon Maid's five parts in All-Story: Moon Maid, Moon Men, Red Hawk ~ WWII ERB
with Hully, Tyrone Power and Brinkley's mention ~ Burne Hogarth at work ~ Celardo's Tarzan strip

*** "The Moon Maid" began its five-part run in the Argosy All-Story Weekly dated May 5, 1923. "Maid" was actually written several years prior to its sequel, an unpublished story about communism, titled "Under the Red Flag." ERB reworked the plot into "The Moon Men," conquerors of Earth used the same tactics as the communists. "Maid" was written to provide an opening story in what eventually became a trilogy, with the final story titled "The Red Hawk."
In an odd but irrelevant coincidence, the date of the first installment of ERB's anti-communist trilogy coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, author of "The Communist Manifesto."
The Moon Maid Trilogy:  History ~ E-text ~ Art
Moon Maid Pulp Covers: ERBzine Pulp Biblio
Moon Maid: Read the e-Text Editions in ERBzine
Pulp Magazine Covers

*** ERB was an equal opportunity critic, and lambasted all elected officials without regard to party. In a letter to the editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, he called for an intelligence test to be administered to any seeking public elective office. "I believe that if bulbous domed psychologists went into a huddle they could evolve such a test as would at least keep a majority of the nitwits out of public office," he wrote. "If this fails, we can put the street cleaners in our legislatures. At least, we know that they can read and write."
The editor tacked a brief note to the bottom of ERB's letter, asking him to design such a test himself, but ERB probably did not regard himself as having the "bulbous dome." The letter, all of which remains just as valid today in regard to politicians as it was then, appeared May 5, in 1941.
ERB's Letter to the Honolulu Star Bulletin

*** 1913: Born on this date: Actor Tyrone Power was one of many Hollywood stars who volunteered for service during World War II. Power joined the Marines and became a pilot, and, in midsummer of 1945, was at the controls of a plane which took combat correspondent Edgar Rice Burroughs from his final war patrol in Guam, back to Honolulu. According to ERB's Wartime Journals he left Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Cahaba, a fleet oiler, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Julius Burnbaum. they sailed to the Carolines and other islands in the Western Pacific.
    They came under sniper fire at Ulithi Atoll, a bombing and kamikaze attack on Kerama Retto atoll. A spoof of the visit appears in William Brinkley's satiric novel, Don't Go Near The Water. He then flew in the plane piloted by Tyrone Power and on to Hawaii, having travelled 5,000 miles by air and 11,000 miles by ship over a period of two months. This was also described in Scott Tracy Griffin's "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration." He writes that ERB's visit to the South Caroline Islands, which include Guam, resulted in a photo op which may have inspired the opening chapter of William Brinkley's humorous World War II novel, The first chapter featured a discussion among a group of Navy P.R.types on how best to capitalize on an impending visit from the creator of Tarzan.
     After the war, Power -- who had previously turned in a memorable performance in "The Mark of Zorro" prior to the war, returned to Hollywood after the Japanese surrender. He starred in 1947's "Captain from Castile" and stayed in the reserves long enough to be promoted to a Captain of the Corps in 1951.
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs on Ulithi Atoll ~ Photos sent to ERBzine from The Estate of Arnold E. Frishberg (Pharmacist's Mate aboard the U.S.S. Cahaba in 1945)
ERB's Wartime Journals adapted by ERBzine:
Edgar Rice Burroughs on Ulithi Atoll

Off-Site Reference:
Power's Marine career

*** "Tarzan and the Peoples of the Sea and the Fire" began May 5 in 1940 and ran for 51 Sundays. It was done by Burne Hogarth, illustrator, and Don Garden, writer. It has also appeared in several hardcover reprints.
*** "The Temple of Golconda" began this date in 1954 and ran for 52 days, drawn by John Celardo and written by Dick Van Buren.

The Temple of Golconda

*** 1934: Production of the debut series of the Radio Branch of ERB, Inc. was completed at Hollywood’s Radio Recordings Inc. Hulbert Burroughs is assigned the job of salesman for the series and makes the rounds of  potential markets to which he distributes a full colour brochure: Tarzan of the Air.
1944: LETTER to Australian friend Thelma Terry whom he met while in Sydney during Xmas leave 1942/1943. He writes that he is  just back from some island hopping -- twelve  islands in six atolls. "Got as far as Eniwetok. Had a wonderful time. Passed over several Jap held islands, from which they threw everything they had at us - which was not much. Was in a heavy bomber that dropped 500 pounders on them -- a beautiful sight. On two different atolls I bumped into my son, who is in the Army Air Force. He was recently promoted to captain." He asks if she knows the British officer, Lieut. Lieth, G.E.I.D.F.
ERB: The War Years
ERB Bio Timeline


Wizards of California: ERB and L. Frank Baum ~ The Girl from Farris's and The Efficiency Expert:
In All-Story and House of Greystoke publications ~ Wilfred Hyde White ~ Gray Morrow Tarzan strip

*** 1966:  "The Efficiency Expert" first appeared as a serial, beginning Oct. 8, 1921, in Argosy All-Story Weekly. It would be awhile before it appeared in a book, and that was a softcover edition published by The Burroughs Bibliophiles imprint, House of Greystoke, on May 6, 1966. It featured a Frazetta cover and was similar in format to the Bibliophiles edition of "The Girl from Farris's," published the previous August, which also featured a Frazetta cover. Today there are hardback editions of both, published by ERBville Press and any number of print-on-demand publishers and of course it has been featured in ERBzine for many years.
*** When ERB wrote history-based novels, he had some difficulty getting them published. He wrote "The Outlaw of Torn" in 1912 and it didn't appear in a magazine until 1914 and not in book form until 1927. Nearer to the end of his writing career, in 1941, he wrote "I Am a Barbarian," a first-person account of a slave of Caligula, and that hadn't even gotten into print by the time of his death in 1950. When his heirs finally published it, in 1967, it was well-liked by fans.
    After writing a slew of fictional adventures from characters of his own invention, ERB really was getting tired of the same old thing, and yearned to break out into other types of writing. Scott Tracy Griffin, in "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," quoted ERB in a May 6, 1940 interview with the Honolulu Advertiser: "When you've written a book about a character and told all you can about him and then have to write about twenty more it gets to be a chore. I'd rather write along different lines...historical novels, for instance, but I've been typed!" Tracy's comment, on page 308 of his book, is: "If Burroughs felt he missed his calling, at least he was able to work ancient Romans and doughty knights into his Tarzan tales," a reference to "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" and "Tarzan and the Lost Empire."
The Efficiency Expert: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Efficiency Expert: Read the original pulp version
The Full-Size Efficiency Collage in the Photo Bar
Girl from Farris's: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Girl from Farris's: Read the e-Text Edition
ERB's "I've been typed" quote in Honolulu Advertiser
*** 1919: L. Frank Baum
(1856.05.15 - 1919.05.06), writer of The Wizard of Oz books, died on this date.Destiny limited the Baum/ERB friendship to just three years, but they enjoyed each other's company while they could. ERB formally met L. Frank Baum, creator of the Oz books, in Hollywood in 1916. In our ERBzine page titled "ERB and LFB: The Wizards of California," it is written: "The two became fast friends from the start. Baum took the younger Burroughs under his wing and even invited him to join the prestigious men's club, the Uplifters. After studying the biographies of the two men, it comes as no surprise that the two got along so well -- there are many striking similarities in their backgrounds."
    ERB and Baum made their first contact during the 1893 Columbian Exposition where ERB paraded with the MMA cadets and worked with his father in their display at the Electricity Building. Dignitaries, artists, writers, thinkers, inventors, adventurers and showmen from all over the world gathered here for inspiration and entertainment.  Both men attended, and were dazzled and inspired by this historic worlds fair. The magnificent buildings of the Magic White City inspired L. Frank Baum to create his Emerald City and most certainly influenced ERB many creations of fantasy lands 20 years later.
Baum passed away May 6, 1919.
To read more about Baum and ERB's friendship, check out:
Baum, Burroughs, and the Theosophy Connection
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' Remarkable Summer of '93
A Docu-Novel by Bill Hillman

*** 1991: Another May 6 death, this one in 1991, was that of Wilfrid Hyde White, a character actor who usually played the definitive elderly Englishman, sometimes a friendly or even comical old chap, and other times one whose persona was outwardly friendly but concealed a bit of skullduggery he was up to.
    He is credited with roles in two Tarzan movies. His first was as "Doodles" Fletcher, one of the passengers on the airplane which crashed at the start of "Tarzan and the Lost Safari." His second role was voice-only, one of the gentlemen at the men's club discussing the story of Tarzan of the Apes before Bo Derek took to the screen as Jane, followed by Miles O'Keeffe as a mute Tarzan, in 1981's "Tarzan the Ape Man."Among his other roles, Hyde White played the character Dr. Goodfellow in the TV series, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
Tarzan and the Lost Safari.
Tarzan The Ape Man

Off-Site References
Hyde White in Starlog

*** 1990: "The Last of the Tribe of Kerchak," drawn by Gray Morrow and penned by Don Kraar, began May 6 in 1990 in the Sunday newspaper, running for a total of 12 Sundays.
The Last of the Tribe of Kerchak


John Carter of Mars: Asylum film with Traci Lords ~ Princess of Az-Lium: Mars novel
by Den Valdron with Paul Privitera art ~ John "Bridge" Martin: Leading ERB poet ~ Celardo Tarzan Strip

*** 1968: Traci Lords: Nora Louise Kuzma was born this date -- May 7 -- in 1968 in Steubenville, Ohio. She grew up to play the incomparable Dejah Thoris, the lady heroine in ERB's first novel, "Under the Moons of Mars," published in 1912.
    In Hollywood, she changed her name to Traci Lords and after a remarkable and stormy career played the Martian heroine in 2009's "Princess of Mars," which has also been released under the titles of "John Carter of Mars," Avatar of Mars" and "The Martian Colony Wars."
    Long-time ERBzine contributor, Den Valdron, wrote a giant 80-chapter novel featuring some of the plot and characters created by Asylum: A Princess of Az-Lium. We formatted and published Den's novel in ERBzine and added illustrations. Our  illustrated Web version is now on hold as he adapts it for publication in hardcover. Meanwhile, Den's in-depth review of the film is featured at  ERBzine 3033
Den Valdron's in-depth review of Princess of Mars
See more about the film in our December 29 Events Feature
PRINCESS OF AZ-LIUM: Novelization in 80 Chapters
Novel adapted from Princess by Den Valdron - On Hold
Meanwhile enjoy Den's many ERBzine articles at:
Enjoy related MARS art in our Paul Privitera Galleries
View the Authorized "Princess" at:

Off-Site References:
Traci Lords in IMDB
Princess of Mars in IMDB
Billy York's review of Princess

*** 1962: "Tarzan and the Poachers" was a strip that began this date -- May 7 -- in 1962 and ran for 132 days. It was drawn and written by John Celardo.
Tarzan and the Poachers
Enjoy ALL the Tarzan Daily strips by Celardo in ERBzine

There's only one Tarzan, but, sadly, there are many crooks in the jungle who like to shoot or capture animals illegally. Fortunately, there are other jungle men on patrol in addition to Tarzan to contend with these interlopers. Here is the saga of one, as reported by John "Bridge" Martin:
The crackle of khaki awoke Benedict, the Egg-Man, who was napping in his nest. He rolled over easy and saw a safari.
"Poachers," he said, eyes narrowing at the dozen.
Boiling, he scrambled from his perch.
"You trespass in the land of Ben, King of Feasts," he said. They had brought two oxen to carry plunder and Ben broke their yoke.
"Now beat it, all of you!" sizzled the Egg-Man.
"You're kind of rotten aren't you?" said the chief hunter, Foo Young.
"Don't mix with me if you want to save your bacon," warned Ben. "Pop up around here again and you're toast."
Read the many remarkable John "Bridge" Martin features in ERBzine:
*** 1929:  Bray
, while promising better promotion and larger royalties, refused to apply larger royalties on titles covered by previous contracts.
ERB Bio Timeline




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