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MAY 15

Tarzan and the Mermaids: Johnny Weissmuller & Brenda Joyce: Poster and COOP Chocolate Trading Cards
Fighting Man of Mars: Cover art: Hutton, Blaine, Frazetta and Interior by Crandall

*** 1931: "A Fighting Man of Mars," published on this date, ended ERB's brief, four-book association with Metropolitan as publisher of his first editions. The next books would bear ERB's own imprint at the bottom of the spine.
Perhaps it was Hugh Hutton's sub-par wraparound cover for the book that was the last straw. More interesting cover art has been featured in editions from later years: Canaveral ~ Doubleday ~ Charlie Madison's ERBgraphics alternate ~ and a host of paperback releases.
    Hutton recalled the effort of completing the painting for the dust jacket. "All I can remember was working against a deadline," he says. "I caught a 'bug' and had a temperature of 103 degrees. The only way I could keep going was to alternately paint and lie flat on the floor under the drawing board. Mrs. Feg Murray walked in once and let out a shriek  that cracked the door glass -- she though I had dropped dead at work."
ERB had actually commenced writing this seventh Mars novel on February 28, 1929.
A Fighting Man of Mars: Full ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage
A Fighting Man of Mars: Read the entire book in e-Text
More about Burroughs artist Hugh Hutton

Off-Site Reference
ERBlist Book Summary

*** 1948: "Tarzan and the Mermaids," starring Johnny Weissmuller and Brenda Joyce was released released on this date.
Among the many Trivia bits featured in our Silver Screen series:
* Weissmuller's last appearance as Tarzan ~ he started to show his age and went on to make several Jungle Jim films.
* Problems during the shoot: Sol Lesser suffered a heart attack  and had to return to Los Angeles ~ Weissmuller's stunt double Angel Garcia was killed. After diving from a cliff at Acapulco ~  an inexperienced Mexican crew ~ bad  weather, including a hurricane that destroyed the sets
* Johnny Sheffield, 'Boy', had grown to manhood, so he was written out of the script, under the pretext of being 'away at school' ~ he then made a series of Bomba movies
* Linda Christian played Mara in this film. She also played James Bond's love interest in the Climax TV series early rendition of "Casino Royale."
* This was the first Tarzan film to make extensive use of singing and dancing. It features a musical score by the brilliant film composer, Dimitri Tiomkin.
   More Trivia at ERBzine 0628
Tarzan and the Mermaids: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan and the Mermaids: Lobby Display
COOP chocolate card set

Off-Site Reference:
Mermaids at IMDB

*** "The Prisoner of the Cadi" was a short story, running for only 18 days starting May 15 in 1944. Rex Maxon did the drawing and the writing. The title reads "Cadi" but the strip itself has Tarzan battling the "Caid." Tarzan gets bonked on his head a couple of times in this short story.
The Prisoner of the Cadi: 18 Maxon Tarzan Strips
*** 1921: "Angel's Serenade" a story outline, was sent to the Century Film Corporation in Hollywood. It was rejected. Ed reworked the story in 1936 and three years later expanded it into a 24,000-word story. Its main character, Dick Crode, grows up in the tenement streets of a large city and progresses through early years of petty thievery to become head of a crime syndicate. The title "Angel's Serenade" refers to the song his mother had played on a violin ó a song Crode could never forget. Burroughs had originally conceived the story, in outline form, as the basis for a motion picture with the main role assigned to Lon Chaney. On May 15, 1921, he sent two copies of "Angel's Serenade," described as a "rough draft," to Lewis Jacobs of the Century Film Corporation in Hollywood. A month before, Burroughs had contracted with Jacobs for the production of ten stories, five Tarzan and five non-Tarzan, to be filmed within six years. In offering "Angel's Serenade," Burroughs explained the title:

"If you do not happen to recall Angel's Serenade, I may say that it is one of the beautiful old compositions that has survived the ravages of time and the onslaught of many years of popular songs and modern jazz. It was suggested by Mrs. Burroughs, who says that it makes an especially beautiful violin solo." The story was rejected by Jacobs.
*** 1939: Ed sent a warning letter to a wrestler who was making unauthorized use of the name, Tarzan. Ed later expressed his concern to MGM over the bad publicity surrounding a Wyoming murderer called "Tarzan."
*** 1943: In a letter home to Joan ERB wrote of going to battery dances and problems in getting his stories run in mainland papers -- they were too often bumped by the flood of war news.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 16

Beasts of Tarzan: All-Story 1 of 5 Installments: F.W. Small Art ~ Lynn Collins: Privitera Art and Film Poster
Hogarth's Tarzan Sunday Reprints in Flying Buttress' Tarzan in Color Reprint

*** 1977: Viola Lynn Collins was born on this date in Houston, Texas. Lynn has had a successful film career and played many fantasy roles, including Dejah Thoris in "John Carter" and Kayla Silverfox in X-Men movies.
    Lynn's thoughts on the John Carter film and her Dejah Thoris role: " The most extraordinary thing about this film to me is that it is such a milestone in science fiction.  The books, and even the script, work with ideas that are so far reaching and the visual is so huge. The book itís based on was published in 1917.  Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the series of books and my grandfatherís generation grew up with these stories.  Many films have taken themes from them and even visual ideas.  Itís been sort of the backbone of a very archetypal story that I think we really want to see in films. Itís so amazing to be part of a project that is so broad and that is creating a world that no one has ever seen before."
"You really donít know exactly where they are history-wise on Mars in the film, but you do know that females are considered equals and that there are men and women fighting together.  I found it so wonderfully modern and so exciting to be part of.  I think Dejahís in touch with both sides of her persona, the feminine and the masculine, and thatís so powerful.  And as an actor it is so rewarding to play somebody who is actually so well-balanced in that masculine and feminine to where the part about being a princess in a classic sense really just kind of comes in ever so slightly. Itís so exciting to be working on a character like this because sheís such a strong feminine force with also all the vulnerabilities that come with being a female but with strength as well." ~ Lynn Collins
    Lynn Collins Stats: Viola Lynn Collins  ~ Date of birth: 16th May 1977 ~  Place of birth: Houston, Texas, USA  ~ Zodiac sign: Taurus ~ Nationality: American  ~ Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee ~ Spouse: Matthew Boyle ~ Height: 1.73 m ~ Weight: 62 kgs ~ Eye colour: Green ~ Hair colour: Brown ~ Profession: Actress ~ Net worth: $3 million ~ Parents:  Patricia Lynn and Phillip Dean Collins. Her parents were both martial art experts, and they enrolled their daughter to learn the practice when she was just four years old.
TRIVIA: Conversation with Lynn Collins about "John Carter"
ERBzine's John Carter (of Mars) film site:
Lynn Collins as Dejah (art by Paul Privitera)

Off-Site References:
Collins in Wikipedia

*** 1914: If you want pure jungle adventure with good guys, bad guys, and lots of animal action, "The Beasts of Tarzan" has it all. It even has Tarzan fighting a crocodile, something which was in just about every Tarzan movie, but not something that ERB normally dealt with in his books.
    The first of five parts of "Beasts" appeared in the All-Story Cavalier Weekly dated May 16, 1914. F. W. Small did the cover with a b/w copy of the cover used as a headpiece for each issue. A. C. McClurg published the first edition on  March 4, 1916. It had 336 pages  ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 19,500 ~ Total: 502,200 ~ Heins word count: 70,000. J. Allen St. John did the wrap-around dust jacket.
The Beasts of Tarzan: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Coverage
*** "Tarzan on the Island of Mua-Ao," by Burne Hogarth and Rob Thompson, began May 16, 1948, and ran for almost a year, concluding May 1, 1949. The story has also been reprinted in "Tarzan in Color" Vols. 16-17 "Tarzan and the Lost Tribes."

Hogarth in the Tarzan in Color Series

Off-Site Reference
Lost Tribes: Amazon Purchase

*** "The High Priestess of Zimba" ran for 74 days, starting in daily newspapers May 16, 1952. It was the work of Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren.
High Priestess of Zimba: 74 Tarzan strips by Lubbers
Bob Lubbers Strips in ERBzine
The ERB Comics Files
*** 1927: Ed became a member of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, Inc., Washington, D.C. Ed had numerous problems and experienced many different attitudes toward alcohol over the years.

ERB Bio Timeline

Off-Site Reference
Prohibition Amendment in Wikipedia

MAY 17

Danton Burroughs: Celebration of Life at Tarzana Cultural Centre and with dad and grandfather
Maureen O'Sullivan ~ Mahlon Blaine Art for three Canaveral Releases ~ Darrell C. Richardson



*** 2008: Danton Burroughs' memorial service was on this date. The Burroughs Family and ERB, Inc. requested that I fly down from Canada to give the Eulogy at The Celebration of Danton's Life held at the Tarzana Cultural Centre on Ventura Boulevard. My tribute to Dan started with:
    "I've worked closely with Danton for many years to promote and preserve the Burroughs Family legacy. I flew from Canada to be with you to remember and to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Dantonís world was full of wonder Ė he found such joy in living . . . and giving. His excitement, enthusiasm . . . his kindness . . . And his dream touched so many people. . . . . . look around you.
    "The times I spent with Dan have given me a sense of how multi-faceted this man was. I'd like to share some memories of events that showed these many sides of Danton Burroughs:" The remainder of my tribute is featured at ERBzine 2189.
The following links begin a series of several pages of remembrance of Danton, along with articles on the service.
Danton Burroughs Memorial in Tarzana
Hillman Eulogy given at the Memorial Service
My Friend Dan
*** Canaveral put three ERB stories back into circulation in hardback form this date, May 17, in 1962, and tinkered with the titles of two of them in the process. For "The Moon Maid," they retitled it "The Moon Men." That was a lot better than titling it "The Men in the Moon." For "A Fighting Man of Mars," Canaveral worded the title correctly on the DJ front, but referred to it as "The Fighting Men of Mars" on the spine. The Moon title change was no doubt intentional; the Fighting Man/Men alteration was a goof.

    The actual Fighting Man book uses a unique typeface on the DJ spine. The same typeface is used on the spine of the book itself, only there it is rendered correctly. One can imagine the typesetter taking a quick glance at the book's spine before setting the type for the dj. He (or she) obviously had a faulty memory and didn't doublecheck the spelling!
"The Monster Men" was the third book and its title made it through the Canaveral process just fine.
It was a big day for Mahlon Blaine as all three of the books were illustrated by him.

    Mahlon Blaine (1894-1969).The artist's best work walked the razor's edge between the grotesque and beautiful. Though few facts of his life are verifiable, insomuch as anyone can gather, he lived in that no manís land as well. A childhood accident left the artist blind in his left eye, an accident that contributes to the flattened perspective that marks his work.  A well-documented chronic injury to his left arm possibly was the result of a WWI war wound. The plate in his head of which he boasted was probably fictional. Few photographs of the artist survive, but there are numerous self-portraits.
     In 2,000 drawings published between 1917 and 1967, illustrator Mahlon Blaine revealed his subjects Ė from Demons to Deities, Maylasians to Martians, Biology to Biography, Lasciviousness to Literature. He painted, but he is best known for pen and ink Ė an uncanny artistic master of Erotica and Exotica who lived for decades in cheap hotels and borrowed rooms, acutely observing humanity while wielding pens and brushes dipped in wit and wry.
    With everything from children's classic tales to cookbooks to treatises on witchcraft to mainstream fiction to literature (including Steinbeck, Hemingway and Voltaire), the publishing industry relied on Mahlon Blaine often. His best book productions feature twenty to a hundred illustrations each, and he garnered several awards for design and illustration. His personal life is obfuscated by a combination of time's grime and his own desire for privacy and outlandish cover stories.
    His last significant contract would come in 1962, when the early fantasy and science fiction publishing house Canaveral Press hired Blaine to illustrate their reprints of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. By the '60s, Blaine was in fact elderly and hough Blaine's illustrations for the Burroughs's line are far from his most technically proficient, the series represented a turning away from the heroic, literal-minded approach to book illustration. The images were widely disparaged at the time but they introduced a generation of artists and cartoonists to Blaineís genius. His influence on the underground cartoonists of the 1970s is powerful, with visionaries like Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman referencing his work. Mahlon Blaine died in poverty and obscurity in 1969.
Canaveral covers and dates at:
Mahlon Blaine art for Canaveral
Blaine Bio and Bibliographic Info

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Off-Site Reference 4

*** 1911: Maureen Paula "Jane" O'Sullivan (1911.05.17-1998.06.25) was born this date in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland.
As a child, O'Sullivan attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, in London, where future screen legend Vivien Leigh was a classmate. At age 18, O'Sullivan was discovered at a horse show in Dublin by Hollywood director Frank Borzage. She moved to Hollywood and started her film career dubiously with the 1930 musical flop Song O' My Heart co-starring John McCormack. Her first real success came in 1931 with Will Rogers in A Connecticut Yankee. Maureen is often dubbed 'Ireland's first film star'.
    Legendary producer Irving Thalberg tapped her for what became her most famous role, as Jane in the Tarzan series, opposite Olympic swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller.
    Her career, spanning 64 years and over 60 films, included Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Hannah and her Sisters (1986) with her daughter Mia, and directed by Mia's then-boyfriend Woody Allen. O'Sullivan died in 1998 at the age of 87.
 * Her oldest son, Michael, was killed in a plane crash while taking flying lessons, in 1958.
 * Despised working with the chimpanzee Cheetah during the filming of the Tarzan movies at MGM and, according to daughter Mia Farrow, privately referred to the primate as "that ape son of a bitch".
 * Was a favorite of Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer at MGM and they had big plans for her as a big star. Thalberg's sudden death at age 37 of pneumonia in 1936 put a big damper on the momentum in her pursuit of stardom and was soon relegated to romantic interest roles.
 * She was a very active member of both the Hollywood Democratic Committee and The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League and donated her time and money to many liberal causes (such as the creation of the United Nations and the Civil Rights Movement) and political candidates (including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton) during her lifetime.
 * Was a supporter of: UNICEF, The United Nations, The Democratic National Committee, and the Habitat for Humanity.
 * She was of Irish, with some English and Scottish, ancestry.
 * Irish-born O'Sullivan was sent by her father, a British army major, to Roehampton, a convent school just outside of London, because her brogue had become so thick. She was two years older than Vivien Leigh, her best friend at the school. While Leigh was determined to be an actress, O'Sullivan's ambition was to be an aviatrix.
 * Is represented with an Audio Animatronic figure in The Great Movie Ride in the Tarzan scene, at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
 * In May 1934, she received police protection after reports surfaced that she was in danger of being kidnapped.
 * She appeared in three films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Tarzan and His Mate (1934), The Thin Man (1934) and The Tall T (1957).
 * [on Johnny Weissmuller] "An amiable piece of beefcake; a likeable, overgrown child."
 * "I don't think I ever got parts that interested me. Well, I did occasionally, but more often than not, they did not interest me. I wasn't the standard beauty type--it was all marvelous-looking people like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford--and I didn't have the glamor or whatever it is that was the style of those days, so consequently I got landed with parts that were not terribly interesting to me, and it was rather hard to be ambitious under those conditions. I probably would have fared better nowadays when looks count less."
 * "There was a period when I got so sick of all they would ask me about Tarzan, as though I had done nothing else. I changed my mind when my oldest son said to me he was very proud that I was Tarzan's mate."
 * [on meeting Edgar Rice Burroughs] "[He] was a nice guy . . . He asked me if I had read any Tarzan books, and I had to say no. I had barely heard of Tarzan. He sent me a copy of every one of his books . . . He thought [Johnny Weissmuller] and I were the perfect Tarzan and Jane, which is lovely."

Maureen O'Sullivan Tribute: 12 ERBzine pages
Maureen O'Sullivan's Tarzan Movies

Off-Site Reference:
O'Sullivan in IMDB

*** 1918: Well-known and longtime ERB fan Darrell C. Richardson, "The Old Tiger," was born May 17, 1918. He was a Baptist minister and author of 40-plus books and had a collection of ERB which was legendary.  All the major science fiction and fantasy writers are represented, mostly in first editions. The collection contained over 30,000 books, 20,000 pulp magazines and hundreds of related items, in over twenty languages. Almost every major artist in the history of science fiction is represented in the author's collection of original art. One of his special interests over the years was the artist J. Allen St. John.
He wrote and edited books, magazine stories, articles, and newspaper columns. His travels and expeditions, archaeological digs, research and adventures carried him into over forty countries of the globe.
"The Old Tiger" died in Memphis, Tennessee on September 19, 2006.
Our many ERBzine tribute pages contain photos, bios, articles, special events, St. John art, etc.
Darrell Richardson
*** "Tarzan in the City of Gold," began May 17, 1936, and continued for 51 Sundays. Hal Foster and Don Garden did the artistry and writing. also reprinted in "Tarzan in Color," Vols. 5-7, and House of Greystoke's "Tarzan Folio #6."

Hal Foster Tarzan Contents:
1931 and 1932 1933 and 1934 and 1935
"Tarzan and the Lion Emperor"
1957, 68 days. By John Celardo and Dick Van Buren.
Tarzan and the Lion Emperor: Read all 68 Strips
*** 1888: A news story in Chicago papers reports how the Burroughs family took in James M. Johnson, an ailing Confederate negro after the war. He was given an education, made practically one of the family and eventually became a prosperous businessman in Chicago.

ERB Bio Timeline

1945: Henry Herbert Knibbs died on this date.
Henry Herbert Knibbs Tributes in ERBzine:
Knibbs' Poem that inspired The Mucker POEM THAT INSPIRED THE
Knibbs' Out There Somewhere THERE SOMEWHERE

MAY 18

Bruce Wood: Moon Maid Special ECOF edition with Art: Dave Hoover, Jeff Doten, Thomas Yeates
Jim Thompson's 2000 ECOF Logo by Jeff Doten  ~ Russ Manning Tarzan Strips ~ El Caballero



*** 2000: Bruce Wood's ultra-limited edition of ERB's "The Moon Maid" was distributed at the 2000 ECOF, which began on May 18 of that year. Jim Thompson hosted the event in Clarksville, Tennessee, and the highlight for those in attendance was the acquisition of a copy of this rarity, a project headed up by Bruce Wood, with assistance from people whose names read like a Who's Who of ERB fandom. Featured Artists: Dave Hoover: Dust Jacket ~ Jeff Doten: frontispiece for Moon Maid ~Tom Yeates: frontispiece for Moon Men and Red Hawk.
Biographical information on the late Mr. Wood plus a picture of and information about his Moon Maid book project are featured in ERBzine.:
    Bruce Wood or "Abner Perry" (1947.09.21-2009.11.10) touched many people through his Internet presence as well as during the many ERB conventions -- Dum-Dums and ECOFs -- which he attended over the years. Bruce was an excellent conversationalist and displayed a wide-ranging knowledge which made him a very popular figure. His interest in ERB collecting and fandom dated back almost 50 years. He shared some of the memories of this life-long passion with us in my ERBzine feature: ERB Fans on the Web,
    I was honoured to receive his special edition of The Moon Maid a few years back. This rare book exemplifies so many of his talents: bookbinding, bibliographic knowledge, collating and computer skills. Another of his skills was the creation of repro dust jackets, which he lovingly and meticulously constructed. Most have been featured at ERBzine over the years. Many ERB collections around the world have been enhanced with this handiwork, as well as from his talents in book repair.
    Another of his major interests and skills was cartography. "Abner" had designed ERB-related maps for fanzines going back to the '60s. In recent years he put this knowledge to good use in the creation of his online ERB Atlas. Unfortunately this Website went black following Bruce's death. Luckily Bruce had sent me a back-up disc of the project and I've been able to reformat and upload most of the maps from that defunct site in tribute. Bruce's passing was a great loss -- he is sadly missed.
Bruce Wood and his Moon Maid Edition
The Moon Maid: Art ~ History ~ e-Text ~ Lost Text ~ Etc.
2000 Clarksville ECOF
*** ECOF 2000 Clarksville, TN hosted by Jim Thompson;
"The aim of ECOF ~ The ERB Chain of Friendship ~ is to bring into contact with each other all the devotees of EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS so that each one of us is known to all others. ... to bond ourselves together with the one common denominator, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, who holds us all, link by golden link, within the ERB CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP."  ~ Frank Paul Shonfeld ~ 1980
ERBzine coverage in 20 illustrated Webpages starting at:
ECOF 2000: Sue-On Hillman's Dejah's Diary ~ 4 pages

*** 1915: Ula Holt (1915.05.18 - 1982.01.18) was born on this date in Los Angeles, CA as Florence Eugene Watson. She is best known for her role in The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935). She was married to Ashton Dearholt. While filming the Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises production on location in Guatemala, ERB's business partner Ashton Dearholt (producer/actor) fell in love with his leading lady, whom he had named Ula Holt (he had previously used the name Holt himself). When Dearholt returned to Hollywood with Miss Holt in tow, Mrs. Dearholt, silent screen actress Florence Gilbert, was granted a divorce and eventually married longtime family friend and Dearholt's business partner, Edgar Rice Burroughs. The New Adventures of Tarzan was one of the few Tarzan movies without a "Jane" and Ula Holt came as close as anyone to being the female lead.
TRIVIA: This is Holtís only known film role. She was discovered by, and soon married, director Dearholt. In the original version, the character was to be revealed as government agent Operator 17, but this was changed during production.
    I had correspondence with Ula Holt's granddaughter, Joy Jones, a few years back, which unfortunately has since been lost during a computer hard drive crash. Miss Jones wanted to correct some inaccuracies that she had read in numerous places across the Internet. She had stated:
"My grandmother, Florence Eugene Watson [Ula Holt), was born here in the States in Los Angeles. She was in Guatamala playing a Mayan princess in a movie called Adventure Girl with documentary filmmaker Joan Lowell at the time that Ashton Dearholt "discovered" her. Although Herman Brix did help her with her swimming and she was a very good swimmer she was not an olympian as some sources claim. She changed her name to Jewel Watson Gleason after Dearholt's death in 1942 when she married my grandfather. They had two children, a daughter and a son.  She died in Clay County Florida on January 18, 1982, and was buried next to my grandfather in Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville City, VA"
    My full ERBzine feature on Ula Holt is in preparation but meanwhile the following links and photo collages should be of interest.
ERB: Film Producer
The New Adventures of Tarzan - ERBzine 9-page coverage

Off-Site Reference:
Culled from the 12 ­part serial The New Adventures of Tarzan

*** 1969: Russ Manning's Tarzan and the Safari To Opar ran from May 18 to Nov. 30 in 1969 and is presented by my ERBzine beginning at this ERBzine 1763
Tarzan and the Safari To Opar series of Manning strips
*** 1932:
"The golf course (El Caballero) is open and we are losing only about three grand per month. But everyone is having a good time." ~ ERB
ERB bought the sprawling Harrison Gray Otis estate in 1919 which he named Tarzana Ranch. The years here were happy ones but the operation ran into financial difficulties after a few years.  Ed's mounting debts from his unsuccessful farming and ranching ventures resulted in the Tarzana Ranch livestock and equipment being auctioned off on January 15, 1923. The Burroughs Tarzana Tract subdivision project was very slow in getting off the ground.  Book sales experienced a bit of a slump. Income from all sources was not enough to balance the mounting debts from bad investments, high overhead, and extravagant lifestyle. In desperation, Burroughs sold 120 acres of the Tarzana Ranch in early 1924. Investors turned the property into an exclusive country club called the El Caballero. Ed, in his role as managing director of the Club, was very involved in membership drives, building plans and the running of the Club.
   El Caballero has survived to become a world famous Golf and Country Club. In more recent times Ralph Herman treated me to a fine meal in the Club's exclusive dining room after which we he led me on a wonderful tour of the grounds -- once part of ERB's Tarzana Ranch -- while riding in a golf car.

ERB's El Caballero Booklet: SOB Art
ERB Bio Timeline

*** 1937: Ed suffered angina pains after the over-exertion of rowing and playing tennis with his young family.

MAY 19

Apache Devil: Argosy 1st of 6 issues: Stahr cover art ~ Natalie Kingson: Tarzan the Tiger and Tarzan the Mighty
Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett: New Adventures of Tarzan ~ Polly Walker as Sola in John Carter of Mars

*** 1928: "Apache Devil," the serial, began in the issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly dated May 19, 1928. It ran for six installments, with a first-issue cover by Paul Stahr and illustrations for each interior by Morrison: Burroughs drew upon his personal experiences with the U.S. 7th Cavalry for inspiration and background when writing his Apache novels. He also cited many reference books and periodicals.
Burroughs drew upon his personal experiences with the U.S. 7th Cavalry
He also cited the following books and periodicals
as being among the reference materials he used:
    The Marvellous Country: Three Years in Arizona and New Mexico, the Apache's Home by Samuel Woodworth Cozzens 1873
    Thrilling Days in Army Life by General. George. A. Forthsyth 1900
    Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs by Norman B. Wood
    The Frontier Trail by Colonel Homer W. Wheeler
    The Land of Poco Tiampo by Charles. F. Lummis
    Geronimo's Story of His Life by S.M. Barrett, 1907
    Trailing Geronimo: The Outbreak of the White Mountain Apaches, 1881 - 1886  by Anton Mazzanovich
    Life Among the Apaches by John Carey Cremony
    Apache Medicine-Men by John G. Bourke
    "Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution"
    "Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology"
Apache Devil: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Apache Devil: ERB Pulp Bibliography
Apache Devil: Read the e-Text Edition
References for the ERB Apache Novels
Influences on ERB's Apache Novels
Indian Wars and Apache Scrapbook
ERB's Personal Library Collection (1,100 volumes)
Visit ERB's Other Apache Novel
*** 1905: Natalie Kingston
(1905.05.19-1991.02.02) who starred as Jane in "Tarzan the Tiger (1929)," was born on this date as Natalia Ringstrom in Sonoma County, California, She also played Mary Trevor opposite Frank Merrill in "Tarzan the Mighty (1928)."
According to Wikipedia, Natalie was the granddaughter of Gen. Mariano Vallejo. for whom the California city of her birth is named. As a child in San Francisco, she learned to dance traditional Spanish dances. She began law school but left to take a course in dancing and her first professional career was as a dancer.
    Starting her career as an actress on Broadway, she moved into films in the early 1920s. Her first movie appearance was in The Daredevil (1923). She joined the Mack Sennett studios in 1924, and co-starred with Harry Langdon in a series of comedy films.  She signed with Paramount Pictures in 1926 and made three comedies in quick succession: Miss Brewster's Millions (1926), The Cat's Pajamas (1926) and Wet Paint (1926). Kingston's first dramatic role was in Street Angel (1928) followed with the Tom Mix movie, Painted Post and The Night of Love (1927) with Ronald Colman.
Natalie Kingston: Bio and Photo Gallery
Tarzan the Mighty: Film and Novelization
Tarzan the Tiger: Film and Photo Galleries

Off-Site Reference:
Kingston in Wikipedia

*** 1906: Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett (1906.05.19-2007.02.24) A star shot-putter in the 1928 Olympics and Tarzan actor was born on this date. Brix, a tall, superbly muscled youth with ruggedly handsome features and a low growl of a voice, was handpicked by the Ape Man's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, to star in the 1935 Burroughs-financed serial, The New Adventures of Tarzan following in the footsteps of fellow Olympic stars Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe. The Brix vehicle, shot on location in the wilds of Guatemala, was the only one between the silents and the 1960s to present the character accurately, as a sophisticated, polyglot English nobleman. Metro blocked "Adventures" out of most theaters, but it was very popular in the foreign markets, resulting in the Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) sequel made essentially of reworked footage from the earlier movie. After "Adventures" he made a number of serials for Republic, including a Tarzan-like Kioga in Hawk of the Wilderness (1938). After this he dropped out for a few years, took acting lessons, and changed his name to Bruce Bennett,  As the years passed, Bennett got better and so did the pictures. Bennett got his best breaks at Warner Bros. In 1960 he retired from movie making and went into business, becoming sales manager of a multimillion dollar vending machine company. In 1967 he returned to acting in TV guest appearances.
  We were looking forward to meeting him at a Tarzana Dum-Dum but ill health forced him to cancel the appearance.
Herman Brix in The New Adventures of Tarzan
Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Off-Site Reference:
Bennett in Wikipedia

*** 1966: Polly Walker, who played the mean Thark woman Sarkoja in Disney's "John Carter," was born May 19, 1966, in Warrington, Cheshire, England. She previously had roles in movies such as "Clash of the Titans," when she played Cassiopeia and, since "John Carter," has had on-going roles in several television mini series.
John Carter 2012 Film

Off-Site References
Walker in IMDB

*** Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944.01.10-2011.05.19), award-winning artist, died on this date. Jones' work is best known from the late 1960s through the 2000s. Jones provided more than 150 covers for many different types of books through 1976, as well as venturing into fine art during and after this time. Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta called Jones "the greatest living painter". Although Jones first achieved fame as simply Jeff Jones and lived for a time as male, she later changed her name and was legally recognized as female. Jones was nominated for the Hugo Award for best fan artist in 1967, and for the best professional artist Hugo in 1970, 1971, and 1972. In 1975 she was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for best artist and won the award in 1986. Additionally, Jones was nominated for the Chesley Award in 1999. ERB fans admire the wonderful Tarzan art that she produced through the years.
The 1998 ERB Calendar by Jeff Jones
*** 1898: Teddy Roosevelt rejected Ed's offer for enlistment in the Rough Riders preparing to drive the Spanish  out of Cuba. "I wish I could take you in, but I am afraid that the chances of our bing over enlisted forbid my bringing a man from such a distance." It is rumoured that Ed received a commission in the Nicaraguan army but his family would not let him go.

*** 1942: Oahu: Singapore or Wake? Ed's article was printed in Honolulu Adviser. Ed expressed his impatience with the limited participation of the BMTC and civilian apathy.
*** 1939: ERB wrote a letter to Joan at 5714 Bantage, Studio City on this date, California. Joan had enquired about some missing Tarzan Clan music by Schermer. Ed thought it might be in a cabinet at Emma's Bel-Air place along with some photos he would like back.
*** 1944: George Luther? of Hawaii Magazine dropped by to invite Ed to a friend's home.
ERB Bio Timeline

*** 1944:  Ed wrote "Uncle Bill" a short story unpublished in his lifetime. He devised realistic background elements for this horror story. It was a brief 1,787-word narrative written in only two days, May 19 to 20, Ed chose a "Young Woman named Mary" to summarize an event in Aunt Phoebe's life.
Read the Short Story: "Uncle Bill" by ERB ~ Transcribed in ERBzine
Read Two ERB unique interpretations of "Uncle Bill"
by ERB Researchers Doug Denby and John Martin at
See Part II of Doug Denby's Thoughts on "Uncle Bill" at

MAY 20

Estelle Taylor as Olga in Revenge of Tarzan ~ Lydie Denier as Jane in TV Tarzan
Jim Sullos from ERB, Inc. ~ Disney Tarzan: Tony Goldwyn the voice and Tarzan figure

*** 1960: Tony Goldwyn, the voice of the title character of the Disney animated film Tarzan, was born on this date.  He is the son of actress Jennifer Howard and film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and his grandfather is film mogul Samuel Goldwyn. In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11  and reprised the Tarzan role in the video games Disney's Tarzan Untamed and Kingdom Hearts. He has had a very successful career as an actor, singer, producer, director and political activist. Goldwyn has been married to production designer Jane Michelle Musky since 1987 and they have two daughters.
    Hollywood has gone a long way from Africa to cast Tarzan, and a long way from Paris to cast Olga de Coude. Tony Goldwyn was born in Los Angeles, California. Estelle Taylor, who played Olga in "The Revenge of Tarzan," was born in 1894 in Wilmington, Delaware. The movie makers did once cast the role of Olga with a genuine French native, Lydie Denier, who was born April 15, 1964, in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, France. She, of course, also played Tarzan's true love, Jane, in the 1991-1995 syndicated series opposite Wolf Larson's Tarzan.
Walt Disney Tarzan Review
Special Tarzan Screening on the Disney Lot
Revenge of Tarzan: Estelle Taylor Bio and Photos
Lydie Denier Autobiography and Photos in ERBzine

Off-Site References:
Goldwyn at IMDB
Taylor at IMDB
Denier at IMDB

*** 1924: In a letter to the LA Times Ed registered a protest against the "ruthless and inconsiderate methods of the government Biological Department in placing of poison in the hills without proper posting or other notification." As a result of this procedure the Burroughs family's beloved Airedale, "Tarzan," had died.
"Tarzan" Died!: LA Times Letter from ERB
*** 1942: In a letter home to Joan Ed sent photos of his friends taken by Hully: Cecile Burnside is the wife of a submarine commander, Jean Armor's husband is a lieutenant on a cruiser, "Duke" Willey, a BMTC major, is manager of the Remington-Rand branch on the island.

    Letter Excerpts: "Thinking that you might like to see some of my playmates, I am enclosing prints of some shots Hulbert made in January.  Have been all this time trying to get the negatives from him.  When they came, they were marked 'Do not scratch, mark, or fingerprint.'  Jack will appreciate this."
"Cecil Burnside is the wife of a submarine commander.  She hasn't seen him since October or November.  She has had a couple of cables from him filed at 'Sansorigine'.  The first one had everybody in the hotel searching atlases to locate Sansorigine.  One bright guy said he knew just about where it was, but that it was not on his map.  Finally, some one realized that it was French for 'without origin'. The location of his sub is, of course, a military secret."
"Jean Armor's husband is a lieutenant on a cruiser.  She has been evacuated. She has a son in that military academy which is, I think, located at the old Whitley place near you.
"'Duke' Willey is manager of the Remington-Rand branch here.  He is a major in the BMTC.  He has travelled the east for some concern for many years, and he and his wife are very familiar with Japan, Manila, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  One meets many interesting people at this 'Crossroads of the Pacific'."
Hully's photos of Ed from Hawaii
ERB's Letter to Joan
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB: The Wartime Files
ERB Wartime Journals: 1942-43
Transcribed and Illustrated by Bill Hillman

MAY 21

Tarzan Sunday Pages by Hal Foster and Burne Hogarth ~ Herman Brix: New Adventures of Tarzan/
Tarzan and the Green Goddess ~ Tarzan Marquee ~ Vanessa Brown in Tarzan and the Slave Girl

*** 1935: The release date for "The New Adventures of Tarzan" serial is listed as May 21, 1935, but an early poster near the top of my ERBzine page shows an earlier release date of April 29. There were a number of release dates for this film which was released as a serial and then edited into a feature film and released later as: Tarzan and the Green Goddess. Tarzan films were major money earners in the world market in the thirties, with as much as 75 per cent of the total gross from foreign box office. In fact, in many African and Asian countries their premiers were black-tie affairs. In 1934, to cash in on this popularity and the considerable profits to be made in production and distribution, Burroughs teamed with George W. Stout, Ben S. Cohen and Lee Ashton Dearholt to form a film company to promote ERB's works.
    Their first Tarzan film was based on an original story outlined by Burroughs called Tarzan and the Green Goddess. For the first time ERB had some control over how his hero would be portrayed on the screen. The actor he selected to play Tarzan was American Olympic athlete Herman Brix who had been MGM's second choice for Tarzan the Apeman. Brix, as well as being a silver medal winner in the 1928 Olympics, was a former University of Washington football and track star. Looking to achieve authenticity, Dearholt suggested that the film be done on location in Guatemala.
The New Adventures of Tarzan: 9 Pages

Off-Site Reference:
New Adventures in IMDB

*** 1999: VANESSA BROWN: Elsewhere on the Hollywood scene, Jane of "Tarzan and the Slave Girl," Vanessa Brown, died this date in 1999 in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Read more about Vanessa in our Silver Screen Coverage (below) and in the EVENTS for March 24th:
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: Lobby Display
ERB Heroines of Hearth ~ Stage ~ Screen ~ Radio
Off-Site Reference:
Brown in IMD
*** "The Egyptian Saga III" by Hal Foster and George Carlin, began May 21 in 1933 and ran for 12 Sundays. The May 21 episode was called:

The Death: Episode #1 of Egyptian Saga III
Story Summarized by Bill Hillman starts at:
The Egyptian Saga reprinted in a 64-page comic
*** "Tarzan and the Amazons" started May 21 in 1939, with Strip #1: The Mysterious Spectator by Burne Hogarth and Don Garden doing the honors, and ran for 10 Sundays.

The Mysterious Spectator
ERB Comics Archive
*** 1919: Ed Burroughs wrote to the Jewish Congress stating that he was glad to lend his approval to their cause and wished them all the success in their battle against persecution. The discrimination they face had always aroused his disgust. In fact, he had always been perplexed by the intolerance and inhumanity that all religions -- Jews, Christians, Muslims, Pagans, etc. exhibit toward each other.  He finds Clause 6 unclear, however, as he always believed that every alien should be expected to read and write in the language of the country to which they are migrating.

    Readers and fans of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs have been of every age and occupation, nationality and culture, faith and belief. It is quite amazing how each one so uniquely interprets ERB's themes and beliefs. He has been labelled as being ahead of his time in his progressive ideas on conservation, feminism, animal rights, free-thinking, reason vs. superstition, humanitarianism, championing of all races, writing trends (science fiction, adventure, fantasy), mechandising, artists' rights, fatherhood, creativity and imaginative thinking.
    On the other hand, there are those who see in him characteristics contrary to all of the forelisted: placing of women in subservient roles, butcher of wildlife, intensely religious and spiritual, shallow thinker, racist, hack, plagiarizer, business failure, homewrecker, opportunist, and a dreamer of wild and worthless fantasies.
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB and Religion




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