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Volume 6332

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With Web Design, Added Events, Links,
Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman

JUNE 8 ~ JUNE 9 ~ JUNE 10 ~ JUNE 11
JUNE 12 ~ JUNE 13 ~ JUNE 14


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Mastermind of Mars: Covers & Art ~ At the Earth's Core Art ~ ERB, Inc.: Wilbanks, Mann, Sullos, Griffin
Burroughs' Idaho Partner: Lew Sweetser ~ Weissmuller Tarzan DVD Set~ Cowboy ERB in Idaho~ Zane Grey

*** 1925 "One greater than either of us," a mystery man whose identity Edgar Rice Burroughs took with him to his grave, was responsible for delivery to ERB of a manuscript and letter. The epistle had been written June 8, in 1925, (Jasoom time) in Helium on the planet of Barsoom (Mars).
The manuscript told the story of Capt. Ulysses Paxton, a soldier fighting in the trenches of The Great War, who had been suddenly and mysteriously transported to Mars, just as the famous John Carter had been some years earlier.
ERB, who seemed to acquire more than his share of such manuscripts of strange adventures in exotic lands, dutifully did the right thing, publishing the story so the world, once again, could know that life did exist on the fourth planet. ERB's contribution to scientific knowledge of Mars is, thus, incalculable.
This story is still in print today and available to readers under the title Master Mind of Mars. Those not possessing a copy of this scientific treatise may simply perform a search on ebay, abebooks or other sales websites to obtain a copy. It may also be read online via ERBzine.
*** Hugo Gernsback - Amazing Stories Magazine - 1927: "Edgar Rice Burroughs has written many interesting stories, but we believe, for downright originality and exciting interest, "The Master Mind of Mars" is hard to equal. There is hardly a page that does not hold your interest. Once the story gets under way, hair-raising episodes seem to tumble right over each other -- they come so quickly. Besides this, the science is excellent and no matter how strangely the tale reads, it always, somehow or other, seems to have an element of truth in it."
    "If you are a Burroughs fan -- and you probably are -- this new story by the well-known author will not fail to impress and stir you to the roots. Here is another of his Martian stories, entirely new, packed chockful of adventure and excellent science. In this theme, Burroughs has hit upon a new idea, which he exploits throughout the story in a truly masterful and expert manner.
Nor is your interest allowed to lag for a single paragraph, for Edgar Rice Burroughs knows how to keep you guessing. You will not rest easy until you have finished reading the story. It is one of this favorite author's best."
Master Mind of Mars: Paxton's story
Master Mind of Mars: Full Story in eText
Master Mind Art Collage
Frank R. Paul Illustrations in the first appearance in Amazing Stories
*** 1914: Eleven years earlier, on June 8, 1914, the world was given another true account of adventure in a strange land, when At the Earth's Core began serialization in The Evening World, and ran for six installments. Some believed the amazing stories that found their way into ERB's hands; some didn't. But the fact is, they're there, and those who accept them as the truth are the richer for it.

The Chicago papers published numerous articles on Earth’s Core theories and life on Mars. Many have been reprinted in
There are also interesting related items in ERB’s personal library. ERBzine’s ERB Library Project with over 1,000 titles, publishing info, bios, art, covers, etc. is featured at:
At the Earth's Core: History ~ Art ~ Info
At the Earth's Core: Read the e-Text Edition
ERB's Adventures at the Earth's Core: A Companion Site we have created:

Off-Site Reference
Briefs on Master Mind

*** A June 8, 2017, news release by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., announced some promotions. Cathy Wilbanks became vice president and Tyler Wilbanks was placed in charge of the company's publishing division. It was also announced that Scott Tracy Griffin had joined the firm in the newly created position of director of special projects.
ERB, Inc. Promotions
ERB, Inc. Staff at LA WonderCon
*** 2004 "Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle" was released on this date, featuring Weissmuller and Griffin.

The documentary covered the first six Tarzan movies that starred Johnny Weissmuller, and Johnny Weissmuller Jr. and Scott Tracy Griffin, aka Lord Passmore, both provided commentary, along with Rudy Behlmer and others.
Griffin's Tarzan On Film
ERBzine Silver Screen Series

Off-Site References
Documentary in Wikipedia
Documentary in IMDB
The Tarzan documentary

*** June 8, 2012, was originally scheduled to be the release date of Disney's "John Carter." The studio moved it back to March 9, which happened to be the release date for "Prometheus," a Twentieth Century Fox film. The makers of "Prometheus" apparently didn't want to tangle with John Carter, so they moved its release date to June 8.
John Carter of Mars Film Coverage

*** 1930:  Tarzan and the Man Things (Tarzan the Invincible) dictation was finished on five wax cylinders. Both Dictaphone and Ediphone were used over the years - cylinders were shaved and reused.
    ~ Ed  met with Marks of MGM  who felt his asking price of 75,000 for the Tarzan film was too high as Zane Grey was only getting 50,000.
    ~ Joan visited in the afternoon and they rode out to the canyon where water pipes were being installed. Ed was captivated by pretty little baby Joan.
The Zane Grey / ERB Connection
*** 1944: George's close friend, Lew Sweetser, died. He and George Burroughs were cremated together.
The Sweetser / Burroughs Connection I
The Sweetser / Burroughs Connection II


Tarzan and the Madman: Reed Crandall DJ and Interior art in Canaveral ~ NY Times: Ballantine Review
with CE Monroe art ~ Ruben Rubimore strips in Tarzan in Color book

*** 1964: The first edition of "Tarzan and the Madman" was published on this date by Canaveral Press, 25 years after ERB wrote it and put it in the ERB, Inc. office safe. When the Burroughs boom of the '60s occurred, it was finally sent to Canaveral Press, to sate the appetite of fans eager for another Tarzan book. The book may not have been the best Tarzan story ERB ever wrote, and maybe that explains why he allowed it to languish in the safe. But it was, after all, Tarzan. And fans were happy. Illustrations were by Reed Crandall.
This was the 23rd Tarzan book by ERB to see print. The last one would be published a few months later, in 1965.
    In a review you can read this: "Tarzan and the Madman is not so much an awful book as it is uninspired."Doc Hermes, author of the review, tells why he believes that to be the case. "There are some good parts, as when two treasure hunters lugging heavy gold are dying of thirst and exhaustion but refuse to abandon the treasure. But in general, there`s very little here we haven`t seen before, little of the creative energy and enthusiasm that made the early books in this series so compelling and so rewarding to read again."
Read his review and also read about the history of the book and see a different jacket design, put together by Jeff Jones in the ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Series.
Tarzan and the Madman: Art ~ History ~ Reviews
"Madman" Review in 3 parts by R.E. Prindle
*** 1974: "Lord of the Absolute Elsewhere (A Serious Look at Ballantine's Tarzan Series)" by Leslie A. Fiedler, was published June 9, 1974, in the New York Times Review.

Fielder review on the Ballantine Tarzan Series
*** 1946: "Tarzan and the Scourge" began in Sunday newspapers June 9, 1946, and ran for 44 weeks. It is the work of Ruben Moreira and Don Garden and was reprinted in black and white in Tarzan in Color, Vol. 15B. When NBM printed the Foster and Hogarth Sundays in the 18-volume "Tarzan in Color" series, the only strips by Rubimor to be included were the ending of a story Hogarth had started and the start of a story Hogarth ended up finishing. But there were other Rubimor stories in between. Fans demanded that those "missing" Rubimor stories be put into book form, too. So NBM did, but since it felt Rubimor pages would be less popular than Hogarth's, they printed them in black and white and numbered the volume as "15b." That way, those who didn't want the Rubimor volume would have 18 volumes sequentially numbered, and those who did want it would be able to shelve "15b" next to "15."

The title of each individual Sunday strip in the Scourge story is here, along with a whole slough of other info about ERB comic illustrators:
ERB and the Press: Rubimor Tarzan Strips Listed
Amilcar Ruben Moreira (Rubimore) in ERBzine Artists
Rubimor strips reprinted in Tarzan in Color 15B


Click or go to links referenced below for more info and larger images
Moon Maid: 3 parts in All-Story ~ Later covers in McClurge and art in reprints in ACE, Dover,
Canaveral, Ballantine, Bison, Wood ~ Tarzan the Magnificent ~ Rex Maxon 1st Tarzan strip

*** 1967: Edgar Rice Burroughs was still spry at 92 years of age as the famed author sat in the Blue Room on the Transoceanic Liner Harding, celebrating Mars Day with everyone else. It was there he met that interesting fellow Julian, who told him of the future lives that he was somehow able to "recall."
The date was June 10, 1967, 17 years after the inaccurate report of the death of Burroughs. ERB had quickly found that correcting an erroneous news story was like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. A few newspapers had made one-paragraph corrections on back pages, but other than that, there was nothing. So, the public at large believed that ERB had died and finally he just gave up trying to correct it.
    The stories told him by Julian on that and future occasions, however, ERB did manage to record and eventually published them in a trilogy he titled "The Moon Maid."
To help keep his continued existence a secret, ERB used a time machine to go back several times to the 1923-25 era to have the stories published.
    I've created a Moon Maid: Poster of the best covers and art: OPEN FULL POSTER HERE
The Moon Maid: Art ~ History ~ Summaries ~ Lost Text
1. MOON MAID: e-Text Edition
2. MOON MEN: e-Text Edition
3. RED HAWK: e-Text Edition
ERB's Alternate Bio: The "Other" Burroughs
Classic Moon Maid Dutch Illustrations 1946
Moon Maid Cover Collage Poster
*** 1939: Alexandra Stewart
, born June 10, 1939, in Montreal, Quebec, played the part of a young woman named Lori in Gordon Scott's "Tarzan the Magnificent."  Stewart left Canada for Paris in 1958, to study art. Within a year, she made her film debut in Les Motards, and since then enjoyed a long steady career in both French- and English-language films.
    Lori was one of several whom Tarzan was attempting to lead through the jungle at the same time he was herding prisoner Coy Banton (played by future Tarzan Jock Mahoney) to justice in Kairobi, with other members of the Banton family in pursuit. Johnny Banton succeeded in getting his paws on Lori members of the small expedition who actually made it to their destination.
    She also had a role in Otto Preminger's "Exodus," which was released the same year as "Tarzan." She had cameo roles in "Highlander: The Series," "The Saint," and "Danger Man." She has worked in a long line of English language and French productions and her most recent film was in After Blue in 2021.
Tarzan the Magnificent: Credits ~ Stills ~ Posters

Off-Site References
Stewart in Wikipedia
Stewart in IMDB

*** 1929: Rex Maxon started the daily black and white Tarzan strip on June 10, 1929. Palmer, a writer in Cleveland, plotted out The Return of Tarzan and Rex did the first ten weeks for free. The strip was successful and was sold to United Features Syndicate. Maxon continued to draw the series, almost continuously, for the next 18 years -- a total of 5,200 strips. The adaptations were written by George Carlin and later by Don Garden. Rex took over the scripting during WWII, debuting with the a story involving bats flying out of a cave.
    Previous to this,  Hal Foster had done 60 panels, illustrating the first ERB Tarzan story, "Tarzan of the Apes." When United Feature Syndicate made the decision to continue the strip, he was no longer available, so they turned to Maxon. His first strips followed the story line of ERB's sequel to "Apes," "The Return of Tarzan."  Maxon did the Tarzan Sunday Strips from March 15, 1931 ~ September 20, 1931
Between 1929 and 1947 Rex Maxon illustrated all but five of the 27 Tarzan daily story-strips that were published in newspapers. He continued the strip with original material when the story-strips finally caught up with ERB's output of novels. The Maxon image of Tarzan changed over the years. His original version of the apeman seemed to draw from James Pierce, as he appeared in Tarzan and the Golden Lion. He illustrated him as a handsome figure with short hair and a shoulder-draped leopard skin. Through the years, however, the progression of Tarzan's appearance reflected the public's changing tastes. A clever example of the change in the apeman is evident in Maxon's illustrations for the Tarzan the Untamed storyline. As the strip progressed his hair was shown a little longer each day and he became more savage looking. The draped leopard skin was replaced by a loin cloth. By the end of the story Tarzan had been modernized into the more graceful figure that would be used from then on except for a period in 1936 and 1937. Maxon quit over a pay dispute and William Juhre took over the strip until it started losing money and Rex was asked to return.
Maxon did the Tarzan Sunday Strips from March 15, 1931 ~ September 20, 1931
Rex Maxon: Links to ALL his Tarzan Strip Reprints
Rex Maxon Biography
The Return of Tarzan: Maxon 10 Daily Strips
Tarzan of the Apes: 60 strips by Hal Foster
1956: *** Tarzan and the Vikings
, by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began June 10, 1956, and ran for 16 Sundays.
Meet John Celardo: Guide to the Celardo Tarzan Strips
Guide to the ERB comics reprints
*** 1915: A novelization of  Ben, King of Beasts scenario was sent to All-Story and New Story (rejected)

*** 1945: ERB wrote a letter home to Joan from "In Port Somewhere" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
ERB's Letter to Joan from the USS Cahaba
ERB Bio Timeline


Munsey 1912 cheque: Tarzan of the Apes ~ Disney Lot Tarzan 1999 Showing ~ DD Guests: Byrne,
McWhorter, Gilbert, Ackerman, Hyde ~ Hillmans Visit Ackermansion ~ Lubbers Tarzan Strips

*** 1912: ERB submitted his handwritten manuscript for Tarzan of the Apes to All-Story magazine (completion date marked May 14, 1912 (10:25 p.m.) and sent editor Metcalf a covering telegram: "By United States Express I am sending you manuscript of Tarzan of the Apes. May I have an early decision?"
With the rejection of his second novel, "The Outlaw of Torn" Ed had become dubious about his writing ability and probably had little faith that "Tarzan" would be accepted: ". . . When I finished it I knew that it was not as good a story as "The Outlaw of Torn" and that, therefore, it would not sell. . . "
    ERB's Summary for this -- his third "damphool" novel: "The story I am on now is of the scion of a noble English house — of the present time — who was born in tropical Africa where his parents died when he was about a year old. The infant was found and adopted by a huge she-ape, and was brought up among a band of fierce anthropoids.
The mental development of this ape-man in spite of every handicap, of how he learned to read English without knowledge of the spoken language, of the way in which his inherent reasoning faculties lifted him high above his savage jungle friends and enemies, of his meeting with a white girl, how he came at last to civilization and to his own makes most fascinating writing and I think will prove interesting reading, as I seem especially adapted to the building of the "damphool" species of narrative."
Tarzan of the Apes in ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.: History, Art, Reviews, Memorabilia, Comics, Links
Read the entire novel in ERBzine: the e-Text edition
*** 1999: Those who enjoyed the ECOF's March 2012 excursion to Disney Studios to see the premiere of "John Carter" may have felt a bit of nostalgia if they were among those who made a similar trek to the Burbank lot in 1999 to have an advance look at Disney's "Tarzan." That was on June 11 back then.

Bill and Sue-On Hillman, attended and covered both these showings. ERBzine offered 18 webpages photos of the animated Tarzan event, as well as other scenes from the 38th Dum Dum. ERB fans who got their 1999 advance showing of Disney's "Tarzan" at the studio's Burbank lot also had the opportunity to visit the El Capitan Theater where the movie would premiere a few days later. This was Hollywood glitz, with a larger-than-life Tarzan and other amazing decorations throughout the lobby area. ERBzine editors, the Hillmans and their daughter China-Li, were some of the happy Tarzan fans to see the displays.
    A memorable side-visit was to Forry Ackerman's Ackermansion. We took many rare photos of the man and his home, both of which are gone and sadly missed. We displayed the many photos across two Webpages - unfortunately, computer systems, Web storage and Internet speeds were much more limited in 1999 so the photos are small.
Tarzana 1999 Dum-Dum: Hillman 18-page Account
Hillmans Visit Forry Ackerman's Ackermansion
Ackermansion Visit Collage Poster
*** 1912: There was a quick turnaround for ERB when he submitted "Tarzan of the Apes" to The All-Story. It went in the mail on June 11, 1912, and he heard back from the magazine almost immediately, "immediately" in this case being about two weeks later. It was the enclosed $700 check, dated June 26, though, that made it really nice!

    Scroll down a bit to find the article headlined "Tarzan from Magazine to Movie" to read a few important dates from around that time.
All-Story Cover in the ERBzine Pulp Bibliography
Tarzan from Magazine to Movie Article
ERB's TA Cheque and Other Papers
1936: Robert E. Howard
(January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) died on this date. REH wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in Texas. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death by suicide at age 30, Howard's writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he became proficient in several subgenres. His greatest success occurred after his death. Howard's stories were never collected during his lifetime. The main outlet for his stories was Weird Tales, where Howard created Conan the Barbarian.  Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.
Many Howard and Conan References all across ERBzine: 
*** 1951: "Tarzan and the Mine," by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren, began June 11, 1951, and ran for 60 days.

Tarzan and the Mine: All 60 of the Lubbers strips
Bob Lubbers Bio and Directory to His Strips


Hulbert Burroughs: 2nd Lt, US Army 1942 ~ ERB's Telegram and Letter announcing Hully's commission
JCB WWII Cartoon ~ Daughter Joan Burroughs ~ Author James Oliver Curwood

*** Hulbert Burroughs was sent to the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, etc. as a documentary and combat photographer.
In his 1942 letter home to Joan,  Ed wrote that he had experienced one of his greatest lifetime thrills: "when I ran into Hulbert on the Niumalu Hotel grounds and saw that he was wearing an officer's overseas cap and the gold bars of a 2nd Lieutenant. I damn near cried." Ed noted that Hulbert used to be something of a pacifist but "Now he would like to go out and shoot Japs before breakfast every morning."  Everyone on the post was elated over the Midway victory.
    Hulbert ~ WWII Combat Photographer: During an afternoon that Sue-On and I spent with Hulbert in 1971 when he learned that I had an interest in photography he brought out photos featuring his current passion: desert cactus plants and wildlife. He explained that photography was an interest instilled into him by his father at an early age and had led him to become a commissioned officer in WWII serving as a combat photographer. This was new to me at the time and I marvelled over some of the wartime photos he pulled out of his desk.
    Years later while Danton and I were going through his huge collection of Burroughs family Tarzana archives we came across some of his uncle's wartime combat films. Dan projected the amazing footage: aerial shots taken during a bombing mission followed by scenes of battle and war carnage on the ground. . . including closeups of enemy corpses. Some of this we later shared at a Louisville Dum-Dum.
ERB's Letter about Hully's Wartime Experiences
Hulbert Burroughs Scrapbook

    ". . .  We had some tense days here until our boys knocked 'em for a loop at Midway. We thought they were headed for Hawaii, as they may have been. The BMTC stood guard every night. I got off easy on account of my exalted rank. Was Regimental Officer of the Day every other day - or rather night. From 3 to 6 A.M. one night; from 8 P.M.- to midnight another night. Just before I was to go on duty from midnight to 5 A.M. we were called off.  We are still ready, however, and are expecting the Japs eventually. They've got to save their face. Why anyone should be so anxious to save a face like theirs, I don't know. . . ."
ERB Letter to Joan about Hully's Commission

*** James Oliver Curwood (1878.06.12 - 1927.08.13), one of ERB's favourite authors, was born on this date. Edgar Rice Burroughs was an author who took care to write letters, often long, informative, friendly and helpful ones, to readers who took the time to write to him. Curwood, a contemporary of ERB, was of the same mind as ERB, and would write back to his fans as well. One of those who read James Oliver Curwood's books was ERB's daughter, Joan. Perhaps she borrowed some of the many Curwood books from the library of her father.
    The majority of Curwood's books were about the far north of Canada. These were rough and tumble adventures, of which readers in the Lower 48 could not get enough. Curwood loved Canada and made  many wilderness excursions into the most rugged regions, even wintering among Inuits under the harshest conditions. Today most Americans are pretty ignorant of Canada's grand history, but in Curwood's heyday American children were as apt to play at being red-coated Mounties as they were at being cowboys -- and the Romance of the frozen North was closely identified with this thrilling American writer.
    There were 16 Curwood books in ERB's personal library -- obviously a major influence.
16 Curwood books in ERB's Personal Library:
Kazan, one of the Curwood books on ERB's shelf
ERB's Personal Library compiled by Bill Hillman
*** 1878: Just as fans of ERB wrote to him, his daughter Joan, a fan of Curwood, wrote to him. And just like ERB, Curwood wrote her "a very lovely letter in return."

That description of Curwood's letter to his daughter was written by ERB himself in a letter he sent to the editor of the Ossowo, Michigan, Argus-Press. ERB had taken the occasion of the town's celebration of its first century to praise their famous native son, Mr. Curwood, who was born there this date, June 12, in 1878. Curwood Castle in Ossowo houses a museum dedicated to the author.
ERB Letter to the Press concerning Curwood:
Joan Burroughs Bio: 4 Webpages starting at:

Off-Site Reference:
Curwood Quotes

*** 2010: Al Williamson (1931.03.21-2010.06.12) -- a very popular ERB illustrator died on this date.
Al's short autobiography: "I grew up in Bogota, Columbia... inspired by Carlos Clemen - Argentine artist... began to write and draw my own comic strip at age nine... discovery of Alex Raymond's Flash     Gordon Sunday page really decided me to be a cartoonist... returned to New York in teens... attended Burne Hogarth's cartooning classes...
First job penciling several "Tarzan" Sunday page for Hogarth... next ten years drew science fiction and Western comic books... assisted John Prentice on "Rip Kirby" for three years... drew several "Flash Gordon" comic books for King Features Syndicate... received National Cartoonist Society award for comics in 1967... some years ago took over "X-9" daily strip from writer friend Archie Goodwin for King Features Syndicate... strip now called "Secret Agent Corrigan"... I collect newspaper strips... original comic art, records... 16 MM movies and art books."
Al Williamson Tribute: Bio ~ Art ~ Obit
ERBzine Splash Bars featuring Al Williamson Art:
*** 1932: "The Return of Korak," by Hal Foster and George Carlin, ran for eight Sundays, starting June 12, 1932.

The Return of Korak: All 8 Hal Foster Strips
starting with episode 1: Robbery in the Jungle
*** 1940: In his letter to Joan  Ed talked about trying to swim in Hawaiian surf. Step-Daughter Caryl Lee had been stung twice by a Portugese Man-o-War.

ERB's Letter to Joan from Hawaii

*** 1914: All-Story's Davis encouraged Ed to "rehabilitate Tarzan," lengthen The Girl From Harris's, and write sequels to The Mucker, The Mad King, and At the Earth's Core. Ed complied.
*** 1918: Ed signed a contract with William Parsons, president of the National Film Corporation of America, located on 42nd Street in New York.
*** 1931: Crime story Calling All Cars was written - rejected by all slicks  It is rejected by Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Liberty, Colliers and College Humor. It was not published.
*** 1939: MGM authorized the use of Weissmuller's name and image but did little to publicize the Tarzan Clans -- they ordered only 60 copies of the club booklet.
ERB Bio Timeline


Pioneer 10 Jupiter Photos ~ Skeleton Men of Jupiter: St. John pulp and Crandall 1st Ed. art
Williamson John Carter art ~ ERB's Western art: Mitchell and JCB ~ West Point Article by King

*** 1983: On this date, Pioneer 10 became the first man-made space object to achieve the escape velocity necessary to leave our Solar System, waving goodbye to Pluto as it went on its way to deep space.
Before then, it had snapped photos of Sasoom. Maddeningly, the photos it took of Morgor cities and military installations on our system's largest planet have been supressed by the government and are said to be filed away at Area 51.
    From the February 1943 issue of Amazing Stories, The Skeleton Men of Jupiter was the last John Carter story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and it`s an oddity in the series in many ways. Like the stories which were collected to become the book Llana of Gathol and others, this was to have been the first of four interconnected stories which eventually would have been reprinted as a book. As it happened, Burroughs never finished the project and this first installment ends on a cliffhanger but it`s still worth reading for its own sake.  It`s a shame this particular book was never completed. A full scale invasion of Barsoom by the skeleton men, with the four armed green men and other creatures joining in the carnage, would have been quite a spectacle. If any Burroughs fans are itching to write a pastiche, here`s a great plotline to follow up on.
    The story was combined with JCB's John Carter and the Giant of Mars by Canaveral Press in July 24, 1964 and released as John Carter of Mars . . . which would become the 11th and final book in ERB's Barsoom series.
    Trivia Quiz: Who was the ERB fan who, in 1957, substituted as guest host for Ralph Edwards on "This Is Your Life"?  ANSWER
The Skeleton Men of Jupiter
All the pages from the Pulp edition
Hardcover edition in e-Text
Skeleton Men of Jupiter Chapter Summaries
Collage of Skeleton Men Art

Off-Site Reference
Pioneer Mission in Wired

RONALD REAGAN: 1957.01.20 (Guest Host Answer)

*** 2005: Rita Coriell (1914.09.11-2005.06.13) was born in Chariton, Iowa. She lived most of her life in Kansas City, Missouri. She married her ex-husband Vern Coriell, the founder of and patriarch of Edgar Rice Burroughs fandom and the Burroughs Bibliophiles in the mid-60s, but they divorced in 1979. (Vern Coriell died in January of 1987.) Rita was secretary to the Burroughs Bibliophiles and was a member of many other well-known science fiction groups. She participated in many yearly SF conventions and was a loved and familiar figure at the ERB Dum-Dum Conventions.
    Rita had welcomed me by letter to membership in the Burroughs Bibliophiles in the late '60s and I carried on correspondence with her and Vern for years after. When I sent them tape reels from my collection of 77 Tarzan radio shows starring Jim Pierce and Joan Burroughsm it was Rita who, in appreciation, packed up and sent me a huge collection of Vern's House of Greystoke publications. She was obviously a driving force behind the success of Vern's Bibliophiles. Many of these I've shared with fans in ERBzine.
It was an honour and thrill then, when she invited Sue-On and me into her Kansas City home -- the famous House of Greystoke -- in August 2003. She was in poor health, but was a gracious host and enthralled us with many of her experiences during her 20 years of helping to run the Burroughs Bibliophiles. Sadly, when Vern left her, he had packed up and taken every bit of Burroughsiana from the home . . . luckily, the house belonged to Rita and she still had a place to live. She also had her collection of pulp magazines -- she had been a devoted fan of the pulps since her pre-teen years. Rita was a kind and warm lady who had offered memorable service to ERB fandom.

*** 1949: "White Savages of Vaar" by Paul Reinman and Rob Thompson, began June 13, 1949, and ran 54 days.
White Savages of Vaar:


ERB's US Flag Day Speech ~ Denny "Tarzan" Miller: Uncle Sam ~ Burroughs Family Auto-Gypsying
Forgotten Tales ~ Jimber-Jaw (Elmer) ~ Danton and Elmer's Head ~ Land That Time Forgot

Read the Original Elmer in ERBzine 5568

*** 1918: "This flag stands for the best and noblest ideals which we, as a nation, cherish -- it is no better and no worse than these ideals - the flag is what we make it. If as individuals our ideals are unworthy so will our flag become unworthy in the eyes of the other peoples of the world and thus it behooves us to foster in our own bosoms characteristics of honor and integrity, of chivalry and humanity that our beloved flag may reflect only the highest. This is our duty." So spoke Capt. Edgar Rice Burroughs of the Illinois Militia in a Flag Day speech he delivered June 14, 1918.
Read the speech, and see ERB's original, slightly edited draft, at:
ERB Flag Day Speech by Captain Burroughs
Gridley Wave Reprint of ERB's Speech
***1916: Ed began "Auto Gypsying" - A 37,000-word diary of a three-month, 6,000-mile automobile camping trip. Ed drove a Packard Twin Six touring car with his family as passengers. The trip really started off as a trip to Maine via Michigan in two vehicles: a Packard Twin Six 1-35 touring car and a converted Overland delivery truck, "Happy Thought," with a trailer, "Calamity Jane." They left Oak Park during a late afternoon rainstorm on June 14, 1916: "The party leaving 414 Augusta street, Oak Park, upon this fateful day consisted of Emma Hulbert Burroughs, Joan Burroughs (8 1/2), Hulbert Burroughs (6 1/2), 'Jack' Burroughs (3 1/2), Theresa Witzmann, maid, Louis J. Ziebs, chauffeur; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Emma Hulbert's husband; Dickie, canary bird; and the Jinx."

    Louis Zeibs chauffeured a later-bought three-qurter ton Republic truck outfitted with stove, refrigerator and kitchen cabinet. A trailer loaded with trunks, tents, bedding, tools and a bathtub is pulled by the truck. Other passengers included Tarzan, the family Airedale and "the Jinx" a poltergeist which guaranteed that they have a large dose of bad luck.
*** Among the countless family documents that Danton shared with me for Web display were ERB's handwritten sheets on which he gave humorous names for their many camping stops: The first stops are Oak Park - Chicago - Gary - South Bend - Coldwater - Detroit  and back to Oak Park.
CAMPS: 1. Gary: Emergency Camp #1 ~ 2. Camp Despair ~ 3. Camp Joy ~ 4. Camp Disaster ~ 5. Misawana: Emergency Camp #2 ~ 6. Camp Branch ~ 7. Eagle Lake Camp ~ 8. HOME
ERB's Auto Gypsying
Joan Burroughs Tribute including "The Trip"
An Auto-Biography by ERB
Auto Gypsying Photo Collage

*** 2001: "Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder" was published June 14, 2001, according to Robert B. Zeuschner in "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography."
The book collects nine previously unpublished or very scarce ERB short stories along with seven of his brief mysteries that were originally published in Rob Wagner's Script.
Among the treasures to be found in the book is "Elmer," ERB's original version of what was eventually revised by editors at Argosy and published under the title of "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw." The revised version was also published in Canaveral's "Tales of Three Planets" and "The Pulps," by Tony Goostone. But for ERB's version see ERBzine 5568
This volume was a labor of love by two Louisiana ERB fans, John H. Guidry, founder of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association (ERBapa), and the late Patrick H. Adkins, author of mythological fantasies and other writings.
    The name "Elmer" came from a human skull given to skull collectors Hulbert and Jack Burroughs by Ed's physician, Dr. Elmer Belt. The name was chosen in his honour. In the original manuscript, Jimber-Jaw, the cave man, had been called Elmer Stone in his wrestling and movie careers, the name "Stone" being an indication of Ed's humor, presumably based upon the Stone Age. The original contains no Dr. Stade; instead, the scientist is named Dr. Wilson Lord. On February 17, 1937, notified of Argosy's intention to change the story title to "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw," Ed wrote, " `Elmer' may not have been so hot, but I think that `Jimber Jaw' is a hell of a name."
    Danton proudly displayed Elmer and loved to shock visitors by waving this scary hairy shrunken human skull in front of them.
Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder
The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw
Read Jimber-Jaw e-Text Edition
Read the original Elmer: e-Text Edition
ERB: The Bibliography by Zeuschner

Off-Site References
Strange Excursions site
Adkins in Wikipedia

*** 1924: "The Land That Time Forgot" appeared in a McClurg first edition June 14 in 1924, bringing together the three novelettes (1. The Land That Time Forgot ~ 2. The People That Time Forgot ~ 3. Out of Time's Abyss) which had first appeared separately in Blue Book pulp magazine in 1918. 422 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 10,000 ~ Total: 100,250 ~ Heins word count: 117,000.
Ed began Part 1 with the working title "The Lost U-Boat" in September 1917 ~ Part 2 working title: "Cor Sva Jo." ~ Began Part 3 in May 1918.
    The three parts were reprinted in the 1927 February, March and April editions of Amazing Stories magazine.
The Land That Time Forgot
Read the Complete LTF Trilogy in e-Text
Mahlon Blaine Art from the LTF Canaveral Edition
Film Adaptation of The Land That Time Forgot

Off-Site Reference
LTF Summary

*** 1992: Edgar Rice Burroughs was born June 14 in 1992, in Torrance, Calif. Wait! That wasn't ERB! That was Daryl Sabara, the guy who played the young ERB in Disney's "John Carter." See Daryl's movie credits at:
John Carter (of Mars):
Photos ~ Trailers ~ Reviews ~ Interviews

Off-Site Reference
Sabara in IMDB

*** 1959: "Tarzan and the Gun Runners," by John Celardo and Bill Elliot, began this date, June 14, in 1959, and ran for 77 days.
Tarzan and the Gun Runners: Read all 77 strips in ERBzine
*** 1928: Ed is furious over the liberties Universal Pictures have taken with Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Ed sold the rights in 1922) in turning it into the serial, Tarzan the Mighty. The original star for Tarzan the Mighty was to have been Joe Bonomo, promoted by the studio as "the greatest of all Tarzans." Near the end of work on another picture, Perils of the Wild (1925), Bonono fractured his left leg and injured his sacroiliac. Frank Merrill, who had doubled for Elmo Lincoln in the Adventures of Tarzan and Perils of the Jungle (1927), was offered the job and began work the next day. Since Merrill had doubled for Elmo Lincoln Universal claimed that Merrill was "The Original Tarzan." No known prints of the serial are known to exist.

Tarzan the Mighty
Tarzan the Mighty Novelization by Arthur B. Reeve
*** 1930: June 14 - July 12: That Damned Dude was written (60,000 words) -- dictated to cylinders. It was rejected many times before its publication in Thrilling Adventures in 1940. ERB started the story in June, 1930 under the working titles That Damn Dude and The Brass Heart. It was first published as a three part pulp serial under the title The Terrible Tenderfoot. It was published in hardcover by ERB, Inc. under the title: The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County, on September 13, 1940 ~ 312 pages ~ Print Run: 3,500 ~ Word count estimate: 56,000 ~ Dedicated to Mary Lucas Pfleuger ~ Honolulu

The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County
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John Coleman Burroughs Art for The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County:
ERB Bio Timeline




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