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ERB and Grandsons: Mike, John,
Danton ~ ERB Letter to Danton ~ Baby John Ralston with Mom and and Dad
John with Linda, Dejah &
Llana Burroughs ~ James "Tarzan" Pierce ~ Pierce with Marx Brothers
~ ERB letter to Jack
*** 1942: Jack (John Coleman) and Jane's first son,
was born on this date. Ed shared a "military secret" in a letter
to Jack. He wrote how pleased he was that his grandson has been named
John as it is his favorite "he-name." He explains, for the first time,
his fascination with the name John. A 12-year-old tough guy used
to bully the younger Eddie during his walks to Brown School in Chicago.
Eddie was scared stiff and wanted to grow up to be just as tough and to
be named John... rather than Edgar. ". . .
at the age of eight or nine, I used to meet a tough guy by the name of
John on my way to Brown school. He was about twelve, and I was scared as
hell of him. Up to now it has been a military secret."
Baby John Burroughs and Family
ERB Bio Timeline
*** ERB was
the type of person who saved things and kept track of things, and he raised
a family who pretty much did the same.
For instance, ERB had reason to be optimistic about the
future of the world when his grandson Danton was born, and he stated
his reasons for that belief in a letter to his new grandson, which he suggested
be saved for Danton to read when he was fully grown. And saved it was.
At his luncheon on the day he wrote the letter to Danton, Ed dined with
a French colonel (the Governor of Tahiti), Colonel Frank Capra, Captain
Phil Bird, and Captain Lawrence. They all drank a toast to Ed's new grandson,
Danton. In the evening at Fort Shafter, a colonel, a lieutenant colonel,
two majors, and four wahinis stand and toast the newborn. Ed admits to
constantly bragging about his grandchildren.
The letter, written June 22, 1944, a day after Danton
was born, has even been saved in cyberspace on Bill Hillman's ERBzine:
ERB's Letter to Baby Grandson Danton
*** In an age without email and other forms of instant-messaging,
mail was the most effective way to communicate. On June 22, 1932, ERB wrote
to his son, John, and mentioned a couple of things of interest:
First, he updated John on the latest from his son-in-law,
H. Pierce, who had played the ape man in 1927's "Tarzan and the
Golden Lion" and who would soon be playing him again, on radio, that
fall. In the letter, ERB noted, "He is working in
the new Marx Brothers' picture as a foot ball player. Has a contract at
a good figure this time. Cecil DeMille is much interested in him for his
new picture, and another man at Lasky's wants tests of him for the lead
in a jungle picture they are going to make this fall."
The Marx Brothers film was "Horsefeathers," released
that August, and Pierce was well cast since he had played college football
in Indiana. The IMDB plot summary notes that Groucho, president of Huxley
University, hires bumblers Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to help
his school win the big football again against rival Darwin U. Pierce had
an uncredited role as Mullen, a Darwin player.
Another reference in the letter is to the pending Tarzan
radio program and other broadcast opportunities as well. ERB noted
in passing: "Nothing definite from NBC as yet, though
they promised Dahlquist they would give him a definite answer today, Joe
Neebe is hot after Tarzan for the Columbia network; says he has two hot
Frederick C. Dahlquist, producer for American Gold Seal
Productions, was successful in getting the Tarzan radio program going in
September of 1932, although it was syndicated rather than being a network
program of NBC or CBS. In addition to Pierce, his wife Joan was cast as
ERB Letter to John re: Pierce
James Pierce Autobiography and Photo Album
Feathers in IMDB
*** "Tarzan and the Mayan Goddess,"
by William Juhre and Don Garden, started June 22, 1936, and
ran for 150 days.
Tarzan and the Mayan Goddess: Read all 150 strips
*** "The Sad Gorilla," written
and illustrated by Rex Maxon, started June 22, 1945, and ran for
The Sad Gorilla: Read all 56 Tarzan strips
NOTES FROM OUR ERB BIO TIMELINE:
1865: Major George Burroughs was discharged from
the Union Army. George & Mary Evaline settled in Portland, Maine,
where George went into the furniture business with two partners
1918: Ed and Family were having trouble with Tarzan
the dog and have to muzzle and chain him while he is out. They are reluctant
to do away with him as the animal is loved by the kids and provides security
for Emma while Ed is away at nights.
1947: Rothmund expressed doubts to Western
Printing that ERB was ready to write the planned 25-cent
pocket book, My Life with Tarzan.
1989 First day of the ECOF in Tarzana, CA ~ hosted
by Mike Shaw and Ralph Brown ~ Guests: Irwin Porges ~ Eve Brent ~ Danton
Burroughs ~ Gordon Scott ~ Denny Miller ~ Gabe Essoe ~ Burne Hogarth ~
Jack Iverson ~ Forrest J. Ackerman
ERB Bio Timeline
Memoirs of a War Bride by Mary
Evaline Burroughs (ERB's Mother) ~ Nephew Studley Burroughs
ERB's First Typewriter ~ Maureen
O'Sullivan ~ Lex Barker Leaving for Africa ~ Denny Miller
*** 1914: June 23: Mary Evaline Burroughs addressed
her "Memoirs of a War Bride" to "My dear son
Edgar" but this dedication in a few of the books was scratched out
and replaced with "My dear sons" in someone
else's handwriting since others in the family later became involved in
its production. At the encouragement of sons Edgar, George, Henry (Harry),
and Frank, she wrote and distributed her memoirs to all members of the
Burroughs family in 1914. Ed and his brothers collaborated in preparing
the book for the printer and in assembling the genealogical sections. The
original handwritten manuscript is still preserved at the ERB, Inc. office
in Tarzana, California. It is dated Chicago, June 23, 1914
and addressed to "My dear son Edgar."
* Ed writes the foreword, "To Posterity"
for his mother's reminiscences.
* Ed's nephew Studley Burroughs did the Memoirs
title page illustration.
* The manuscript possibly went to press at the end of
the year at The Alderbrink Press, Chicago, in a possible run of
50 copies at a cost of $225.00.
*** ERB's Comments: To us
who have heard these memoirs and anecdotes more than once from the lips
of our father and mother, they might be, if to anyone, "old stories;" yet
to them still clings, for us, all the zest and freshness and infinite interest
of a first telling, and so I believe that generations yet but dreamed of
who may trace their origin to this strong man and his sweetly noble mate,
will find an equal, possibly a greater interest in them; and that they
will be thankful for even this brief withdrawal of the impenetrable curtain
of time which shall hide from them forever the greater portion of the lives
and loves and interests of their forebears.
To those who
come after -- a long time after -- this volume will tend to make George
and Mary Burroughs more than merely a rather vague conception of two names.
It will bring you in whose veins flows the red blood of the Puritan and
the Pioneer, bequeathed to you, uncontaminated, by these two, a livlier
sense of reality of these ancestors of yours. It will depict them as living,
breathing people, who lived and loved as you, let us hope, shall live and
love, through fifty years of prosperity and adversity; a personification
of what might justly be emblazoned upon the arms of the Burroughs -- Loyalty
and Constancy. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs -- Oak Park, Illinois -- December,
Memoirs of a War Bride: All pages reprinted in ERBzine
*** 1911: Maureen O'Sullivan (1911.06.23-1998.06.23)
was born on 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
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
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.
This proved to be a brilliant piece of casting as the fair, dark-haired,
curvaceous beauty was as feminine as Weissmuller was masculine. ERB noted
that she added quite a bit to the picture and that she was far more attractive
off the screen than on, "which is unusual for motion picture actresses."
Maureen was the No. 1 movie Jane and even did the female version of the
famous Tarzan yell.
After 12 years in the movies, O'Sullivan
took a break to raise her seven children, Michael, Patrick, Maria (Mia),
John, Prudence, Theresa (Tisa), and Stephanie, whom she had with her husband,
Australian writer and director John Farrow. She returned to the
big screen in 1948, with The Big Clock, directed by her husband.
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 was frequently
seen at Mia's side during her bitter custody battle with Allen.
John Farrow died in 1963. O'Sullivan
re-married in 1983, to businessman James Cushing. Her oldest son,
Michael, died in a plane crash in 1958 while taking flying lessons. O'Sullivan
died in 1998 at the age of 87.
Maureen O'Sullivan 10-page Tribute in ERBzine:
*** When Denny Miller (1934.04.25-2014.09.09)
wrote his biography -- "Didn't You Used to Be What's His Name?"
-- he went on a tour to promote the book. One of his stops was on June
23, 2005, in Louisville, Kentucky, at Carmichael's Bookstore. The Courier-Journal,
in an article earlier in the day, recalled his role in 1959's Tarzan
the Ape-Man and also wrote: "Miller, who portrayed Duke Shannon on
the TV series Wagon Train, will sign copies of his book at 7 tonight at
Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave. Miller, by the way, played
basketball at UCLA under coach John Wooden. One of his teammates and a
lifelong friend just happens to be Denny Crum. His book features anecdotes
about his work with such actors as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Peter
Sellers, Charles Bronson, Bob Hope, Sidney Poitier and Lucille Ball."
George McWhorter's Tribute to Denny: "We knew Denny as “Tarzan
the Ape Man” in 1959, along his roles in 19 other films, over 200 guest
appearances on TV, and 37 commercials, including “Bounty” and “Gorton’s
Fisherman.” But mostly we knew Denny for his great sense of humor.
Good examples of his humor fill his book “Didn’t you used to be…What’s
His Name?” published ten years before his death. Denny read books
constantly and, whenever he found something funny, would dash to his computer
and send it to his many friends. Denny was proud of and loyal to his many
friends in the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and was a guest at many Dum-Dums
and annual conventions over the years, so we were glad to have him on our
side. But he is now on another side, leaving us a flood of memories
behind. . . . A great soul walked among us for 80 years until he died of
Lou Gehrig’s disease. His beloved wife Nancy, also friend to all of us,
never left his side." ~ George T. McWhorter, Curator Emeritus for the ERB
Memorial Collection ~ University of Louisville.
Denny Miller Career Flashback Anecdotes
Denny Miller Tribute Site
"Tarzan's Peril" was released
in 1951, but the work began before that. On June 23, 1950, Lex Barker and
movie crews boarded planes to fly to Africa to put movie scenes before
Tarzan's Peril: ERBzine Silver Screen
in CBS News
*** 2018: Disney's "Tarzan"
came to Netflix on this date.
"Tarzan and Jane," the sequel, was a direct-to-video
release the same date, in 2002, three years after June 18, 1999, when the
first Disney effort made its theaterical debut.
Tarzan Log of TV Episodes
and Jane in Wikipedia
*** 1869 It wasn't easy to invent the first typewriter,
and it went through many models and concepts. But one version was patented
June 23, 1869, which proved to be the forerunner of the modern typewriter...or
should we say the modern "keyboard?" Christopher Latham Sholes was
one of the inventors who shared in that first patent, but he went on, in
1873, to develop a new key arrangement known as the QWERTY keyboard.
It proved so practical that that it has survived the age of typewriters
and is what we find on our computer keyboards. We have more books available
to us -- as well as all those ERB books -- thanks in large part to the
development of that keyboard.
ERB first book manuscripts back in 1912 were handwritten
but he soon graduated to a typewriter. During WWII he carried a portable
typewriter all over the Pacific Theatre on which he wrote news columns
and reports, letters home, and the occasional piece of fiction. Through
his heavy output years he experimented with an Ediphone dictation machine
and also dictated stories to personal personal secretaries.
ERB's Original Typewriter
*** "Tarzan and the Return of Dagga
Ramba," by Russ Manning, began June 23, 1968, and ran for 29
Sundays. It can be read at:
Tarzan and the Return of Dagga Ramba: All 29 Sunday
"Tarzan and the Panther-Man,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began June 23, 1957, and ran
for 11 Sundays.
Tarzan and the Panther-Man
*** 1944: Ed met with Robert
H. Davis (his editor after Thomas Metcalfe) of Munsey's in New York.
He quoted him as saying: "For God's sake send The World another picture
of yourself -- that thing they are running makes you look like ____."
1944: LETTER home to Joan. He described the souvenirs
he had sent previouslly to Joan and Jane's kids. "The
Jap bill and photo were for Mike. The soldier who found them in a
Jap barracks bag when we took Kwajalein gave them to me." The cowrie
shell necklace was given him by the soldier who made it on Kwajalein.
"I tried to get the silver or gold chains that the boys use in stringing
these, but there were none left in Honolulu. Our servicemen had bought
them all. The loose shells I got on Apamama. . . . Tell Mike that the knife
was given me by a 7th AAF Bomber Command Flight Surgeon on Kwajalein."
1945: LETTER home to Joan ~ "At
anchor in a harbor in the East China Sea" while aboard the USS
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 2019: Steve Sipek / Steve Hawkes (1942-2019.06.23)
died on this date. Sipek was born in what is now Croatia and relocated
to Canada in 1959. He subsequently acted in B-movies as Steve Hawkes. He
played Tarzan in the 1969 Spanish-made film Tarzán en la gruta
del oro / King of the Jungle / Tarzan in the Golden Grotto alongside
Kitty Swan, filmed in Suriname, Florida, Africa, Spain and Italy where
the producers ran out of money and had to begin filming again. Sipek, working
under the name Steve Hawkes, claimed the film company couldn't pay the
huge licensing fees from Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate and settled for the
name "Zan" for the character.
A 1972 sequel Tarzan and the Brown
Prince followed with sequences filmed in Rainbow Springs, Florida,
where both Sipek and Swan were burned in a fire that got out of control.
When the two actors were tied down in a scene, some spilled fuel began
a blaze that panicked the film crew. The lion in the film who had been
trained to remove Hawkes' bonds freed him. though he suffered 90% burns
to his body. Sipek vowed he would pay the lion back by looking after big
Sipek also wrote, directed and starred
in other films such as Blood Freak and Stevie, Samson and Delilah. The
film was based around his love of his immediate family and how they integrated
with his beloved pets.
An animal lover, Sipek later relocated
to Loxahatchee, Florida where he started an animal sanctuary that attracted
attention when a Bengal tiger escaped and was killed. Sipek was arrested
at his Florida home and his animals confiscated on February 27, 2012 for
non regulatory compliance in regards to animal permits. A grief stricken
Sipek never recovered from the loss of his beloved cats.
ERBzine Tribute to Steve Sipek / Steve Hawkes
Steve "Tarzan" Hawkes Film Posters and Stills
Lillian "Kithnoue" Worth as Queen La in Tarzan
the Tiger ~ Hillmans visit the UFO Aliens in Roswell
Two Tarzan Sundays: Gray Morrow and Russ Manning's
last strip (with Mike Royer)
*** Lillian Worth (1884.06.24-1952.02.23) was born
as Lillian Murphy in Brooklyn, NY on this date. In two of her film roles
she menaced two different Tarzans. In 1921’s “The Adventures of Tarzan”
she used her feminine wiles against Elmo Lincoln to no avail and
in 1929’s “Tarzan the Tiger” she tried similar tactics against Frank
Merrill, again without success. In the first film, she was cast under
her own name. In the second, she was identified in some credits as Madamoiselle
Kithnoue. There was some controversy surrounding her as a few sources
claimed that Kithnou (aka Mlle. Kithnou) was actually a Hindu actress,
and not Lillian Worth.
Robert F. Hill - Director of
The Adventures of Tarzan -- credited author Edgar Rice Burroughs
for much of the success of the film: ""... this serial embodies all of
the mystery, the charm of action for which Mr. Burroughs' novels are noted.
The author has been of invaluable assistance to me throughout the entire
production in securing the proper jungle atmosphere, garbing the various
characters correctly and in injecting the proper suspense. Mr. Burroughs
spent many days on location and in the studios with us in this work. His
expression of keen approval during a recent screening of "Adventures of
Tarzan" has well repaid the expenditure of time and effort."
Tarzan the Tiger with a La Gallery
Adventures of Tarzan with Lillian Worth as La
ERB Heroines of Hearth ~ Stage ~ Screen
*** 1947: Sci-fi buffs got a shot in
the arm this date, June 24, in 1947, when Ken Arnold, a pilot from Chehalis,
Washington, was flying around Mount Rainier and reported seeing a bunch
of flying objects that resembled saucers. The name stuck. Sci-fi
buffs got a shot in the butt this date, June 24, 50 years later, when the
U.S. Air Force released a report suggesting that the alien bodies that
witnesses reported seeing in 1947 in Roswell, N.M., were actually life-sized
dummies. (We all know, of course, that the USAF was just engaging in a
*** During one of our motor trips to Tarzana Sue-On and
I made a detour and visited the UFO Museum in Roswell. It was full
of interesting displays and documents -- and of course had a gift shop.
At that time they were planning to move from their old movie theatre location
to a new building. We had chats with the curator et al who seemed very
interested in our ERB connection. They discussed some of the popular conspiracy
theories including the transfer of the alien bodies to Wright Paterson
base and showed us documents that certainly threw doubt on the official
explanation of the events. I had fun posing with the alien mannequins and
entering the life-size diorama of doctors performing an autopsy on an alien.
Later we made an attempt to find the 1947 UFO crash site in an empty field.
No remains were found.
Hillmans Visit the UFO Museum in Roswell
*** 1984: Fingerprints prove something
to Greystoke: See “A Matter of Fate,” by Gray Morrow and
Kraar, which began June 24 in George Orwell's signature year and ran
for 12 Sundays. Through the years I've shared all the Morrow Sunday strips
in ERBzine, including this run of 12 Strips.
A Matter of Fate: Read all 12 Tarzan Sunday Strips
*** 1914: Ed received a letter from
Charles King at his 6415 Augusta Street, Oak Park, address:
have always kept in touch with him, and as I love him just as I did as
a kid. I sent him a copy of Tarzan." Since
the time that King was commandant during ERB's stint at Michigan Military
Academy, Ed was a devoted fan and supporter of King who was involved in
multiple US wars. and who wrote many books about the Civil War, Wild West,
Indian Wars. As I've displayed in my Personal Library of ERB Project, King's
books were well represented in ERB's book collection.
General Charles King Tribute
King Books in ERB Library: K1 Shelf
*** 1942: ERB
sent a letter home to Jack and Jane. He liked the name John Ralston
they had chosen for their new baby. Ed had read a recent article that attributed
ERB's success to his name - a number of ERB heroes bore the name "John".
Young eight-year-old Eddie Burroughs had been tramatized by a big Irish
kid while growing up in Chicago. This bullying seemed to have left a mark
- he spoke of it often in later years . . . the bully's name was John.
ERB tried to attend first morning showing of the new
"Tarzan Find a Treasure or somein"
but the lines were too long.
ERB Letter to Jack and Jane
*** 1941: Popular ERB artist, Sanjulián
(Manuel Pérez Clemente) was born in Barcelona on this date.
He studied art in Belles Arts of Sant Jordi one of the most prestigious
art schools in Spain. In 1961, while only 20 years old, Sanjulian began
to work with Selecciones Illustradas, a prominent European art agency.
His technical abilities and artistic vision made him an instant success
in European editorial markets. In 1970, he began working for American clients.
Sanjulian has worked for the most important publishing houses, advertising
agencies and movie studios in the US, and has won many awards and citations.
His fantasy covers for Warren magazines now sell for tens of thousands
of dollars. He has had several shows at The Society of Illustrators in
New York. Sanjulian has always devoted part of his time to painting fine
art and is noted for his realistic subject matter and his deep, rich palette.
His paintings have often been compared to Velazquez in terms of palette
and technical ability. We've long been a fan of his spectacular ERB art.
The ERB Art of Sanjulian
*** 1979: The last Russ Manning
Tarzan Sunday page Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia ran Feb. 04,
1979 - June 24, 1979 ~ Story and Art by Russ Manning ~ Inks by Mike
Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia: Manning's Last Tarzan
ERB in "Strange As It Seems" ~ ERB's Pocatello Book,
Stationery & Photo store ~ ERB's Fame Article
Son-in-Law Jim Pierce ~ Coriell's #1 Burroughs Bulletin
~ Bloody 7th US Cavalry Insignia ~ Tarzan and the Great River
*** 1955: Edgar Rice Burroughs was featured in a newspaper
cartoon similar in format to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, on June 25, 1955.
The caption below his picture celebrated his active participation in U.S.
World War II efforts, despite his older age. In addition, a copy block
beneath the cartoon added some details. It reads:
"STRANGE AS IT SEEMS--When he was
66, Mr. Burroughs enlisted in the Business Men's Training Corps in Honolulu.
This is a volunteer group of businessmen who banded together after Pearl
Harbor to frustrate any further Jap attacks that might occur. He was commissioned
an officer in this organization. In drill he could outwalk the younger
And for those concerned about the British forcing soldiers
to wear itchy shirts, the copy block added: "The
undershirts are worn beneath the regular underwear. Soldiers report them
uncomfortable for the first few days, but soon become accustomed to them."
ERB in Strange As It Seems
ERB and the BMTC
An ERBzine Page of ERB Memorabilia
*** ERB's move to Hawaii and subsequent service with
the press corps put him in a position to get to know many important people,
one of whom was H.H. (Hap) Arnold.
In 1938, when Arnold became chief of the U.S. Air Corps,
his command consisted of 22,000 men. At the end of World War II, his force
had grown to 2.5 million men. The German Luftwaffe no longer existed, and
with the help of the U.S. Naval Air Arm, there was no Japanese air power.
In 1943, Arnold was promoted to five-star general, the first in the Air
ERB's son-in-law, Tarzan actor James Pierce, wrote:
I was trying to become a flying instructor in 1941 Mr. Burroughs wrote
me. saying, 'I am on good terms with Hap Arnold, top general in the Army
Air Force. I think Arnold can help you if your age is held against you.'
Arnold, who was born June 25, 1886,
had another thing in common with ERB besides being on good terms during
the war effort: Both would eventually be featured on U.S. postage stamps.
Arnold's came first, a 65-cent stamp issued Nov. 5, 1988, as part of the
Americans Series, which featured stamps in varous denominations designed
to meet existing postal rates for items that required more postage than
the current first-class rate. Such stamps are known as definitives, as
distinguished from commemoratives, which are usually the stamps issued
for first-class letters. ERB's stamp was a commemorative, issued Aug. 17,
2017, in Tarzana, Calif., and was also rated as a Forever stamp, meaning
it will always be good for a first-class letter no matter what the current
first-class rate happens to be.
Pierce's reminiscenes about his "Famous Father-In-Law"
*** If you buy some old glassware that
is wrapped in the Los Angeles Times, check to see if it's the June 25,
1922 edition, before throwing it away. That issue has a story about ERB
and a lot of photos of the Tarzana ranch. The article was headlined: "Just
Made a Living in Business; Now He's Rich -- Creator of Tarzan Describes
His Amazing Rise to Fame and Fortunes as Author."
But in the event you don't run across the old newspaper,
you can read it and other old news stories here:
ERB Describes His Rise to Fame Article
*** When ERB was almost one year
old, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 men of the 7th
Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big
Horn. That was June 25, 1876. About twenty years later, ERB began his
own stint with the "Bloody Seventh." And Ft. Grant, of course, was
where the movie John Carter ran from after the Civil War on his
way to Barsoom by way of an Arizona cave.
ERB in the Bloody 7th US Cavalry
Custer's Last Battle by Captain Charles King
*** And some of you may not have
thought about ERB at all on June 25, 1966, when Dark Shadows premiered
on ABC television. Those fans who missed the premiere had to wait several
years for the invention of video players. One of the guest stars who showed
up on Dark Shadows was Diana Millay, who played sinister Laura Collins.
Her first appearance in Dark Shadows was on Dec. 14, 1966, and she was
in 62 of the soap opera's 1,225 episodes. A year later, she was on the
big screen as Dr. Ann Philips, one who was more interested in the good
health of people, in 1967's "Tarzan and the Great River" opposite
Tarzan and the Great River with Diana Millay
*** 1925: Clarence B. Hyde (1925.06.25-2006.04.07)
born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hyde of Warren, Ohio on this date. Bob became one
of ERB's greatest fans and was a staunch supporter of all things Burroughs.
President and Co-Founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles. Bob Hyde's ODYSSEY
OF A TARZAN FANatic is featured in ERBzine. . . as well as his African
Safari Journals which were shared with us by George McWhorter from
the Bob Hyde Collection which is stored at the University of Louisville.
I typed out the text and scanned the photos and shared the results across
many ERBzine pages.
We enjoyed visiting with Bob during
many ERB conventions including Clarksville, Louisville, Tarzana and Chicago.
He was a wonderful conversationalist and was a bottomless source of information
on everything Burroughs. We felt honoured to have taken the last photo
of Bob before he died. After an Oak Park Dum-Dum we had escorted Bob and
Pete Ogden on the Chicago El to the airport. During our goodbyes after
we had deposited their luggage at reception, Sue-On snapped a photograph
of Bob, Pete and myself as they waved a farewell. Sadly both Bob and Pete
have passed on. Bob died on April 7, 2006.
The Bob Hyde Tribute Site:
Bob Hyde's ODYSSEY OF A TARZAN FANatic
Bob Hyde's African Safari Journals
Bob Hyde Photo Collage I
Bob Hyde Photo Collage II
*** 1898: Pocatello Tribune: "Local Brevities"
column reported: "-- Mr. V.C. Roeder has sold
his book and stationery store to Mr. E.R. Burroughs who is now in
charge. Mr. Roeder has not yet decided upon what he will do, but if he
does not go to war with the volunteer engineers now being recruited by
Mr. F.F.J. Mills at Salt Lake, will probably locate some place in California.
Mr. Roeder's departure from Pocatello is a matter of genuine regret to
all. He is one of the old timers in Pocatello and will be missed by everybody.
Mr. Roeder's successor, Mr. Burroughs, is a recent arrival in Pocatello
but a young gentleman of due x abilities, and we have no doubt "Roeder's",
as it has always been known, will continue as popular as ever under his
ERB in Pocatello
*** 1947: Vernell Coriell
produced the first Burroughs fan publication: The Burroughs Bulletin
-- to be released with a July cover date. Vern went on to published 68
issues - intermittently - from 1947 to 1968. Along the way he also published
many special edition publications. Vern had received permission personally
from Edgar Rice Burroughs with the understanding that he wouldn't charge
for the BB fanzine. He kept his promise but formed the Burroughs Bibliophiles
for which there was a membership free with promise of free Bulletins. George
McWhorter resurrected the Bibliophiles in the '80s and resumed publishing
the Bulletin as a series 2. Both the Bibliophiles and Bulletins survive
Sue-On and I spent a special afternoon
visiting Rita Coriell at the House of Greystoke in Kansas City. She was
in poor health but was very warm and eager to share some of her wonderful
memories of her major involvement with the research, publishing and mailing
of the Burroughs Bulletin (1st series). I still have some of her letters
of greeting from when I joined the Bibliophiles back in the '60s. She remembered
helping Vern send me a huge box of House of Greystoke publications as a
way of thanking me for the reel-to-reel tapes of 72 Tarzan radio shows
from the early '30s. that I had sent them. Sadly, no evidence of any Burroughs
memorabilia left in the house. Rita owned the house but years back Vern
had loaded all things Burroughs into a truck and had driven away to start
another life's chapter. She was alone.
Burroughs Bulletins (Old Series) Nos. 1-25
Burroughs Bulletins (Old Series) Nos. 26-68
The Hillmans Visit Rita Coriell at the House of Greystoke
Remembering Vern Coriell (2 Parts)
Coriell's Burroughs Bulletins: A Checklist
House of Greystoke Publications
Vern Coriell's Collection A-Z
Rita Coriell Tribute
The Burroughs Bibliophiles
*** 1940: ERB Wrote Bert Weston
that Florence was discouraged with cost-saving measures and condition
of the house in Hawaii -- rats and scorpions.
1940: Ed relayed a chain letter with list of famous
names: Sen. Heflin, Bernard Shaw, Henry Ford, Col. Lindberg, Dorothy
Dix, John Barrymore
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB's Autographed Photo ~ Tarzan
of the Apes Cheque Payment for 1912 publication in All-Story pulp magazine
Early Pulp Reprints and Final
book edition of Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County ~ Celardo and
Maxon Tarzan Strips
*** 1930: On this date ERB wrote a letter to Blue
Book, telling them: "I am writing a Western which
is in an entirely different vein from anything that I have done before.
... I am trying to make it more lady-like in the hope of getting it into
some hermaphrodite publication like Red Book...."
The story ERB was writing at the time eventually became
a book titled "The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County." But at the
time he was writing it he was toying with titles like "That Damn Dude"
and "The Brass Heart." When the yarn first saw print it was as "The
Terrible Tenderfoot," and it first appeared not in Red Book but in
Adventures. The pulp version -- which was also reprinted as a three-parter
in ERBdom numbers 71, 72 and 73 -- contains more words than the
The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County
ERB's quote recorded in ERB Bio Timeline:
Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County: eText
*** 1912: The Frank A. Munsey
Company on June 26, 1912, cut a $700 cheque made out to Edgar Rice Burroughs
in payment for first publication rights to "Tarzan of the Apes."
ERB, who had received $400 for "Under the Moons of Mars," the first
story he had sold to The All Story, now knew for sure what he would
be doing the rest of his life. ERB, after such a long line of careers,
finally had found his niche.
ERB's Tarzan of the Apes cheque
Tarzan of the Apes: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
*** 1944: "The End of the Sorcerer,"
written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, started June 26, 1944, and
ran for 24 days.
End of the Sorcerer: All 24 of them in ERBzine
Rex Maxon, Intro, Bio and Guide to all his strips
*** 1967: "Boss Lady," written
and illustrated by John Celardo, began June 26, 1967, and ran for
73 days. All of Celardo's hundreds of Tarzan strips are reprinted in ERBzine.
Boss Lady: all 73 Celardo Tarzan Strips
More ERB Bio Timeline Entries
*** 1939: ERB Authorized a Canadian branch
of the Tarzan Clan in Toronto
*** 1928: Ed ordered a home movie camera and projector
($287.00 less a 30% discount through Owl Pharmacy) from Bert Weston
few months later Weston gave a similar deal to Ed's friends the
He wanted it in time to experiment with it so he could get some good pictures
of Joan's outdoor wedding on August 8. They planned to use the area
between the chicken yard and the corral for the ceremony. He built a cabinet
similar to a small smoking stand that held everything pertaining to the
photo outfit. He made good use of the camera - many of these films -- including
family members starring in some of the playes that ERB had written -- still
survive in Danton's Burroughs Family Collection.
*** 1992 June 26-28: ECOF at Denver, CO
~ Life Achievement Award was presented to Bob Hyde ~ Guest: Danton
Bob Hyde Tribute in ERBzine
Danton Burroughs Website
ERB Bio Timeline
Black Pirates of Barsoom
in Amazing ~ Tarzan of the Air Radio Shows ~ Lamont Johnson: Radio Tarzan
Tarzan's Father Article ~ ERB's
Brother-In-Law Eddie Gilbert ~ Elmo Lincoln ~ 1997 Greystoke Castle / London
*** 1937: "I don't think it's 'literature',"
he admits without shame. "I'm not fooling myself
about that. I don't care whether it's filled full of dangling participles
or not... or split infinitives or anything else. It sells. That's the first
consideration. It amuses. That's the second. There are no more as far as
"You see, Tarzan has sort of got
me into a rut. I'd like to write heavier stuff... just to satisfy myself.
However, why should a man do that when he appears to be satisfying a world
of other people?"
""I write when I want to," he'll
insist. "Nobody can call me a liar for anything I say about Tarzan. Always
the tales are laid in some fantastic setting and I can do with my hero
exactly as I please. There's no worry about locale. There's no struggle
for accuracy. There's just plot. . . and fantasy."
The quotes above are from an article in the Los Angeles
Times June 27, 1937, titled "Tarzan's Father." For more of ERB's
thoughts on his major creation, read:
Tarzan's Father: LA Times Article 1937
*** 1932/1953: It's well known that
James Pierce, and his daughter, Joan, played
Tarzan and Jane in the
Tarzan radio series of the 1930s. But there
was another radio Tarzan, this one played by Lamont Johnson, in
the early '50s. The
Commodore radio series, "Tarzan, Lord of
the Jungle," began in 1951 and ended June 27 in 1953. Read more about
it and listen to shows in ERBzine.
The 1952 Tarzan radio series was one
of the many things that got me hooked on ERB back in the early '50s. I
recall how thrilled I was to hear the introduction ". . . and now in the
very words of Mr. Burroughs." Then another voice, supposedly that of Edgar
Rice Burroughs, carried on with the introduction. It years later that I
learned that Mr. Burroughs had died a few years before -- Imposter! :)
This farm kid on the Canadian prairies was a faithful
listener to the series, while reading Toronto Star Weekly Tarzan Sunday
pages, Tarzan and John Carter Dell comics, Tarzan and John Carter Big Little
Books, View-Masters, etc. . . . and saving my week's allowance for admission
to the latest Lex Barker film at the Strathclair Bend Theatre.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Radio Series
Lamont Johnson: Radio Tarzan
Tarzan On Radio: Radio's Golden Age
about the Radio Series
in Radio Spirits
*** 1952/2000: Two people well known
to ERB fans died this date. Elmo Lincoln, the first Tarzan, passed
away in 1952, and Eddie Gilbert, ERB's brother-in-law, died in 2000
at age 83.
I never met Elmo but had an enjoyable meeting with his
daughter, Marcia in Tarzana. It was at this meeting that she gave
me the biography she had written on her father. I featured the book on
an ERBzine page: ERBzine 0283.
*** 1952: Elmo Lincoln (born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt) (February
6, 1889 – June 27, 1952) was an American film actor died on this date.
Lincoln is best known in his silent movie role as the first Tarzan in 1918's
of the Apes as an adult (Gordon Griffith played him as a child in the
same movie). He portrayed the character twice more—in The Romance of
Tarzan (also 1918) and in the 1921 serial The Adventures of Tarzan.
Following the end of the silent movie era, Elmo left Hollywood and tried
his hand at mining. In the late 1930s, he returned to the film industry,
most often employed as an extra. He appeared, uncredited, in two Tarzan
films in the 1940s—as a circus roustabout in Tarzan's New York Adventure
(1942), and as a fisherman repairing his net in Tarzan's Magic Fountain
His final work saw him also playing a brief, uncredited
role in the 1952 film Carrie, starring Laurence Olivier. Lincoln died of
a heart attack on June 27, 1952 at age 63. He is interred in a niche at
Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For his contribution to the motion picture
industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7042 Hollywood
Boulevard. In 2001, his daughter Marci'a Lincoln Rudolph told his story
in her book, My Father, Elmo Lincoln: The Original Tarzan
*** 2000: Sue-On and I did meet Eddie Gilbert.
We spent time with him at the 1999 Tarzana Dum-Dum and had some good chats
about his famous brother-in-law. Eddie had been a Guest of Honour seated
at the head table for the event's banquet ceremony and everyone was shocked
when he moved his chair too far back and fell backwards off the riser behind
the table. We were relieved when he appeared to be unhurt and carried on
with the proceedings along with the other guest, Forry Ackerman
(we later spent an afternoon with Forry exploring and marvelling at the
wealth of collectibles in his home).
When we had chatted previously in the Dealers Room we
learned that I had probably been in his Hollywood Blvd bookstore a few
decades back. He had a display of ERB Bio books all signed by author Porges.
I had already bought a copy by mail back home in Canada. Money was tight.
I didn't need two of them :(
My Father, Elmo Lincoln
Start of the ERBzine tributes to Eddie Gilbert (11
*** 1997 The British ERB Society
hosted a London Greystoke ERB convention ~ Guests were: Marcia
Lincoln and Burne Hogarth (In Memorium). Our English friend
Laurence Dunn shared photos and information on this event which I've shared
at ERBzine 1689.
We've had some great meetings with
Laurence through the years. He has faithfully flown over for countless
ERB Conventions in North America. It was during Laurence's stint as President
of the Burroughs Bibliophiles that he was a major force for my election
into the BB Board of Directors. Interestingly, Sue-On and I spent a great
time with him in Holland where we were invited to attend the 2007 premiere
of Tarzan the Stage musical -- a resounding success.
Greystoke 97 Dum-Dum
Tarzan the Stage Musical in Holland: 2007
*** 1941: Black Pirates of Barsoom
and article: An Autobiographical Sketch appeared in Amazing Stories
Black Pirates of Barsoom: Segment of Llana of Gathol
*** 1946: In a LETTER
to Thelma Terry ERB commented on the ongoing shortages of food and
building supplies and how ironic it was that America feeds the world but
cannot supply its own needs. He was proud of his garden: blackberries,
Golden Bantam corn, cucumbers, peaches, pears, figs, grapes, oranges,
and lemons. Much of his produce he planned to freeze in his new deep-freeze
unit. Ed mentioned that he had never met Clark Gable, but admired
the man and his work. He also liked Greer Garson. Ed was saddened
by the suicide of actor friend, Charlie Butterworth. "He
was unquestionably soused when he ran his car into a light pole, for he
was usually soused. It was too bad, for he gave so much pleasure to so
many people." Ed's marriage advice to Thelma was "I
certainly hope that you marry a Yank. I think we make pretty good husbands
- we are such suckers."
ERB's Letter to Thelma Terry in the UK
Tarzan Sunday Pages artist: Ruben Moreira (Rubimor) (1922.06.27-
1984.04.21 Puerto Rico) was born on this date. He took over the Tarzan
Sunday page from Burne Hogarth in December 2, 1945. He was the sole artist
and writer of it until August 3, 1947, using the pen name "Rubimor." His
style was less spectaculair than Hogarth's, yet his storytelling had a
resemblance to the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Rubimor: Tarzan Artist
Tarzan Dell Four-Colour Comic
#161 - 1947 :: ERB Visits Mark Twain Home & Tom Sawyer
Later Accepted into the Mark
Twain Society :: Robert M. Thorson :: Mike Royer & Dale Broadhurst
:: Wizard of Venus
*** 1941: Mike Royer, who was featured at the 2018
ECOF in Folsom, California, was born on this date in Lebanon, Oregon.
When Mike was young, he teamed up with writer Dale
Broadhurst to put together a comic book version of ERB's "The Wizard
of Venus." Since then, he has worked with some of the greats while
becoming great himself with work at Disney and on comics such as Superman's
Pal Jimmy Olsen, Kamandi, and others. He has worked with Russ Manning
on Tarzan comics.
Mike lettered and inked the last six months of Russ Manning's
Tarzan Sunday-newspaper comic strip and, in the late 1970s, the first four
months of Manning's daily and Sunday Star Wars comic strips. Follow the
Mike's work on the Tarzan Sunday and daily Strips via the Manning link
Mike Royer has had an amazingly long and acclaimed career
as an artist for comics publications including work for DC, Gold Key, Marvel,
Pacific, Topps, Warren, etc.
Royer and Broadhurst's Wizard of Venus:
Russ Manning Bio and Guide to His Tarzan Strips
Royer Work in the Comics
*** 1947: ERB received
reports that Dell's new 52-page Tarzan comic was a great
success: Fires of Tohr ~ Art: cover and interior by Jesse Marsh
~ Writer: Robert P. Thompson for the feature story.
Tarzan Dell 4-Colour Comic #161
*** 2007: Tarzan was recommended
in an article published this date, June 28, in 2007 in The Hartford
The article "Tarzan, A Great Jumping Off Point"
stated: "I recommend the pulp fiction Tarzan books
by Edgar Rice Burroughs for reading across the curriculum in middle and
high schools. These juicy adventure novels would agitate bored students
to learn more about human evolution, colonial racism, gender relations,
plot technique, and body movement than their dumbed-down, politically correct,
spiritually bland and dated textbooks.
"Sadly, textbooks designed for
public schools are the result of a mass-market economy where publishing
corporations defer to cautious administrators, who defer to school boards,
who defer to the voters. Anything remotely provocative will send the buyer
elsewhere. Texts are to publishers as fast food is to franchises. With
a guaranteed market, the goal is the delivery of palatable nutrition or
information to the broadest possible audience, not a memorable meal or
learning experience, respectively.
"To see how vetted and dated texts
are, I ask you to monitor how long (if ever) it will take for the publishers
to respond to a great idea that Tarzan, a.k.a. Lord Greystoke, would have
loved. In this month's Science, three British authors combined field observations
about orangutans with vertebrate anatomy, paleontology and paleoecology
to re-interpret the conventional wisdom about human walking...."
Who said all this? The answer is Robert M. Thorson,
a columnist at the Courant who is also a Professor of Geology at the University
of Connecticut and does a lot of other things as well, such as juggling.
He'd been writing his column for 14 years.
ERBzine News 21: Tarzan, A Great Jumping Off Point
*** 1933: ERB was accepted into the International
Mark Twain Society, Webster Groves, Missouri. ERB was a fan of Mark
Twain and had many of his books in his personal
library. During his cross-country automobile trek, Ed and the family
even visited Twain's home in Hannibal, Missouri and later went on a tour
of Tom Sawyer's cave.
Twain books on ERB's T2 Library Shelf
Auto Trek in Joan's Tribute
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
*** 1985 ECOF was held at the University of
Louisville, hosted by George McWhorter. Burne Hogarth and Danton
Burroughs were Guests of Honour.
*** 1991 The ECOF at Williamston, Michigan
was hosted by Mike Conran
George McWhorter Tribute Site
ERB Bio Timeline
Herman "Tarzan" Brix sharing
Tarzan Ice Cream Cups with Cheetah and Nkima ~ Ad Posters for Tarzan Ice
National Tarzan and His Mate
Ice Cream Contest Medal ~ Dixie Cup Lids ~ Container of Tarzan Ice
*** 1921: Showtime at Tarzana
Ranch: Edgar Rice Burroughs entertained the family and folks from the
valley by showing films in his projection theatre in the new Garage/Theatre
that he had built near his main Tarzana mansion. The Burroughs kids set
up the chairs for the viewings and ERB manned the projector in the upper
room that he also used for his film editing.
On June 29, ERB wrote to Mr. Bosley
of Universal Film Distributing requesting that at the end of the
The Moon Riders serial that serials be replaced with two reel Century
Comedies starting July 12. Films shown up to this time accompanying
the serial included
Reputation with Priscilla Dean ~ The Gilded
Dream starring Carmel Myers ~ Rich Girl, Poor Girl ~ A
Shocking Night ~ Under Northern Lights? ~
Gift ~ Frank Mayo films ~ Two Kinds of Love ~
Youth ~ Fixed By George ~ Puppy Love? ~
One of the most ambitious projects
that Ed undertook after moving into Tarzana Ranch was to construct this
building about 30 metres west of the main house. This building featured
a three-car garage on the ground level and a second story containing rooms
for two servants, a photographic darkroom, a workshop, and a study which
later was used as a schoolroom where the children were tutored. Later,
Ed used it for his writing. The lowest level of this three-storied building
was a combination ballroom and movie theatre with a small balcony at one
end that served as a projection booth. Because of the prohibitive distance
to the nearest movie theatre, Ed brought the movies to his own little theatre.
Every Friday evening Burroughs and
his Tarzana Ranch theatre played friendly host not only to his own family
and friends but also to neighbors of the area. Burroughs was both host
and projectionist, screening the popular comedies and features of the day.
He particularly enjoyed Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Douglas Fairbanks.
Following the production of The Son of Tarzan as a serial,
he personally edited and cut the 15 episodes to a feature length picture
in this ballroom-theatre. Jack Burroughs recalled the many lines of string
in the tiny projection room on which Ed hung the labeled film clips ready
for splicing. (Ironically, it was this very Tarzan film, printed on hazardous
nitrate base, that spontaneously ignited many years later and nearly destroyed
the Burroughs office warehouse and building down on Ventura.)
*** Back in 2002, after ERB, Inc. had regained possession of the old
Tarzana ranch site, Sue-On and I visited the property. Danton led us on
a tour of what remained of the Tarzana mansion grounds, buildings and exotic
trees. Sadly, the original main mansion is long gone and only photos and
memories of that building remain. What remains is what was once the garage/ballroom
building that had also served as a classroom for ERB's three kids: Joan,
Hully and Jack. Ed also had installed film projection equipment in the
main room of this building and had entertained family and friends with
regular showings of Tarzan films, the latest Hollywood epics, and home
movies. Picking up on this, Danton used the more modern technology of video
tape and large screen television to share highlights of the Burroughs home
movies -- a unique experience. What was evident in the films was
the grandeur of the original Tarzana mansion, the exhuberance and excitement
shown by Burroughs family as they frolicked across the estate grounds with
its fascinating buildings, pool, menagerie, and the many other touches
that showed that Burroughs' imagination and zest for life was not limited
to the printed word. Dan's friend and local historian, Ralph Herman, joined
us to share much of the history of the Tarzana area and the Burroughs holdings.
Ralph had renovated the Tarzana
Ranch building before selling it to ERB, Inc. and let us examine a metal
plaque that he had found in one of the building walls. He led us on a full
tour of the building: to the second floor with its incredible view of the
valley and surrounding mountains and over to the ballroom section with
its upper storey projection room overlooking the high ceilinged ballroom.
Amazingly, this building that ERB had built, survived a succession of owners,
the ravages of time, major earthquakes, developers, vandals, taxes, and
decades of bureaucratic hassles to rise up again under the Burroughs name.
Sadly, a few years after this visit,
fate stepped in and ERB, Inc. lost ownership of the property.
Tarzana Ranch Then and Now
Hillman Memories of Tarzana Ranch
BACK TO ERB'S TARZANA RANCH 1921
A time-shift docu-novel adventure by Bill Hillman
in 6 Webpages
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 1935: Tarzan, or at least someone with that name, made
an appearance in the June 29, 1935, issue of The New Yorker, in Harold
Ross's The Talk of the Town column. He wrote:
"The Lily tulip-Corporation's latest
product is the Tarzan Ice Cream Cup (for serving ice cream to kiddies).
In order to popularize the product, a Mr. Bergman, planned to rig up a
Tarzan Ice Cream Truck, full of animals, with a real Tarzan in leopard
skin to tour the country and make speeches about Tarzan cups. It was quite
a problem to locate a real Tarzan, Mr. Bergman found one by getting a sturdy
giant six feet four, and weighed two hundred-and thirty-five pounds. Everything
was set for the tour when Tarzan called Mr. Bergman and told him it was
all off. 'Mother won't let me go,' he said."
ERBzine Eclectica: 2019.07
Tarzan Like Ice Cream (and Other Treats)
*** 1940: John Carter and the
Giant of Mars by ERB's son John Coleman Burroughs was sent
to Ziff-Davis (Amazing). In the story, John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom,
is lured to a deserted city to rescue his beloved Dejah Thoris who has
been captured by power-mad Pew Mogel. Instead of his wife, Carter finds
a synthetic giant, one hundred and thirty- five feet tall, and hordes of
great, white apes into each of which the brains of a man has been grafted!
It takes all the skill of Carter's famous fighting arm and extraordinary
agility just to preserve his life-and meanwhile, the sands of time are
running out for Dejah Thoris!
Although published under ERB's name, most devoted fans
were leery of the authorship through the years. The story, originally written
and illustrated by JCB for a Big Little Book contains many inconsistencies
that set it apart from the Barsoom actually created by ERB. Ed supposedly
had helped in expanding the BLB text for pulp release. The story was combined
with an authentic one from ERB -- Skeleton Men of Jupiter
-- in a first edition Canaveral release in 1964 -- released under the title
Carter of Mars.
John Carter and the Giant of Mars: History ~ Art ~
Giant of Mars: Better Little Book
Giant of Mars: Dell Fast Action Book
*** 1931: Rothmund wrote
to United Features again attacking the childish atmosphere of the
Sunday pages. Rex Maxon was the artist working on the project. Maxon's
series ran from March 15, 1931 through September 20, 1931. At the end of
Maxon's run Harold Foster, who had produced a series of daily strips in
1929, was hired to do the Sundays and did an amazing job until May 1937.
Maxon carried on with the daily Tarzan strips until August 1947.
Rex Maxon Sunday Pages
Guide to all the Maxon Tarzan Strips
Guide to all the Hal Foster Tarzan Strips
*** 1950: Michael Whelan
was born on this date in Culver City, California. He is one of the world’s
premier painters of imaginative realism. For 40 years he has created book
and album covers for authors and musicians like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac
Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Brandon Sanderson, the Jacksons and
MeatLoaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, the
National Geographic Society, CBS Records, and the Franklin Mint.
A graduate of San Jose State University
with a BA in Painting and a President’s Scholar, Michael went on to attend
the Art Center College of Design also in California, but he dropped out
to accept his first book cover assignment. He soon became known for his
dedication to bringing an author’s words to life and Whelan covers dominated
the science fiction and fantasy field throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. He
was largely responsible for the realistic style of genre covers of that
era, and his stunning color and composition have influenced many artists
to this day. He continues to do cover art for bestselling authors, but
since 1995 he has also pursued a fine art career. His non-commissioned
works are in established collections throughout the world.
Michael Whelan has published 4 art
books as well as numerous limited edition prints, posters, calendars, and
licensed products such as greeting cards, T-shirts and sculptures.
Michael Whelan Barsoom Cover Art
ERBzine's ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Our John Carter of Mars Site
*** 1952: "Tarzan and the Ghost
Lion," by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren, began June
29, 1952, in the comics section and ran for 12 Sundays.
Directory to Lubber Sunday and Daily Strips
Featured at the ERBzine Comics Section
NOTES FROM ERB's BIO TIMELINE and JOURNALS
*** 1928: June
29 (circa): Ed, the boys
Mr. Rosenberger went on a camping
trip into Shasta County taking two roadsters and a trailer. They
travelled up the west side of the Sierras, crossed over to Reno and came
down on the east side. They were impressed by the scenery and Mt.
Shasta, Mt. Whitney and the recently-active volcano Mt. Lassen.
*** 1990 June 29 - July 1: ECOF at Binghamton,
NY ~ Henry H. Heins (absent) and Bill Ross
ERB Bio Timeline
The Lad and the Lion:
A 1917 Film and Pulp Serial ~ Gale Gordon appears with Jim and Joan:
1932 Tarzan Radio Show
ERB in Print in Writers Digest,
Hawaii Magazine (Our Japanese Problem) and later in Thrilling Adventures.
*** 1917: On this date All-Story Weekly readers began
following the story of "The Lad and the Lion." It was originally
of novelette-length and was serialized over three weekly issues. "Men and
Beasts" was ERB's original working title for the story which he wrote in
1914 in three weeks time: February 12-March 4. The serial appeared in connection
with the release of the Selig Polyscope movie of that title, and
Stein's cover for the pulp showed the lad and lion on the screen above
a theater audience painted by someone else. If a reader missed the story
in 1917, they would have had to wait until 1938 for the first hardback.
Readers who did not miss the 1917 serial would still have had to read the
1938 book, because, as
Robert B. Zeuschner reports in "Edgar Rice
Burroughs: The Bibliography," ERB revised the text and added 21,000 words
to the story in the process!
The words he added had mostly to do
with a European intrigue thread and increased the number of chapters from
12 to 24. Zeuschner notes that "The end of chapter 12 of the magazine version
is the same as the end of chapter 24 in the book." However, for the book,
ERB added a very brief 25th chapter.
The Lad and the Lion
The Lad and the Lion: Read the e-Text
The Lad and the Lion: ERB's First Film - 1917
*** 1930: ERB continued to write
other types of articles for various magazines over the years. The June,
1930, edition of Writer's Digest featured: Entertainment is Fiction's
Purpose. I've typed it out for an easier read in ERBzine 0057.
Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose
*** 1995 Actor Gale Gordon passed
away June 30, 1995. He played Cecil Clayton in the "Tarzan of
the Apes" radio serial and was one of two actors who voiced the character
of O'Rourke in "Tarzan and the Fire of Tohr." He went on to have
a career as a character actor in numerous radio and television shows, mostly
comedies such as "Our Miss Brooks," where he played school principal
Osgood Conklin, and some of the many incarnations of Lucille Ball comedies.
On radio, he was the first to voice
Gordon. Gale Gordon appears often in my Hillman Library of OT Radio
Shows. Interestingly, some of the first shows obtained in that library
back in the '60s were of the Tarzan series that I used to parlay via trading
into a collection of about 30,000 shows on tape, ETs, disc and computer
hard drive. I had also sent the series to the stars Joan and Jim Pierce
after meeting them in Tarzana. In appreciation they sent me a huge box
of ERB, Inc. editions and extra dust jackets from the Tarzana office.
Tarzan of the Apes 1932 Radio Show: 77 episodes
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr: All 39 Radio
*** 1919: ERB's Passion for Cars:
owner of Packard Touring Car 1-35 #80524, became a member of the
Club on this date. ERB had a long love affair with autos from
driving Chicago's first electric horseless carriage in the 1893 Columbian
Exposition as a teenager until well into his 70s. His long line of cars
included makes such as Velie, Republic, Overland, Packard, Hudson, Cord,
Jeep, and his final fav, a Buick Roadmaster.
Years later it was sort of a vicarious
experience for me to explore the streets of Tarzana as Danton's friend,
Professor John Westervelt drove us around in his vintage 1930s Packard
- a model similar to one which ERB owned and drove around the valley.
This first ride with John was unforgettable.
Inside the large entrance gates to his compound was an amazing assortment
of deluxe vintage autos -- all in running condition. We shunted cars to
clear an exit path for the huge deluxe '30s Packard Touring Car. John's
dog Daisy jumped onto the leather seats of the rear cockpit and we were
off. This was not an easy car to drive: great bulk, overlong, limited visibility,
few mirrors, no power steering or brakes, difficult gear shifting. . .
but John expertly chauffeured us through the busy streets of Tarzana and
Ventura. ERB at one time had a fleet of similar Packards and during his
regular jaunts around Tarzana he must have attracted horn toots and fascinating
stares of many a passer-by -- as did we.
Regretfully, Sue-On couldn't be with
us for this particular Tarzana adventure. I was on a research break between
University classes, but she was on a different teaching schedule and was
in the middle of BU summer courses.
John Westervelt's Classic Tarzana Cars
Hillman Tarzana Adventure I
*** 1944: ERB gave his thoughts
on what should happen, or not happen, to Japanese living under the jurisdiction
of the United States after the war. The article, "Our Japanese Problem,"
in which ERB took a look at both sides of the issue, appeared in Hawaii
Magazine. ERB offered an opinion on both sides of the post-war issue
of what, if anything, to do with the Japanese residents of Hawaii and elsewhere.
He was quite sympathetic to the Japanese loyalty to the IslandsERB was
certain enough of the loyalty of the Japanese Americans to employ a Japanese
woman as a housekeeper. In the article, ERB twice mentions "the Tule
Lake affair." No more information is given about what exactly he was
referring to, but it is assumed it was something ERB thought would be familiar
to his readers on Hawaii. Tule Lake was a Northern California internment
came for Japanese Americans during World War II.
John Martin wrote
an article on Tule Lake's connection to Lewis County, Washington, close
to where he lives.
There was a WWII Japanese Internment
camp near Minidoka - a name well-known by ERB fans. I incorporated
this information in my Book XI of an ERB-related parody: Ratnaz
- a 122-chapter parody that Tangor and I carried on via the Internet for
Our Japanese Problem article by ERB
Ratnaz Parody: Megadoka: Book XI by Bill Hillman
Lake in Wikipedia
Martin article on Tule Lake
*** 1930: Correspondence to sell That
Damned Dude includes this anecdote found in a letter to Collier's
Weekly: "Your telegram of (January 9, 1930) has
been lying in the mountains near Cedar City, Utah, for over five months,
in the wrecked mail plane of Captain Maurice Graham, who was lost in a
heavy blizzard on January 10th. His plane was found a few days ago, but
no trace of Graham has been discovered. I have kept the envelope to add
to a number of mementos that I have preserved of Captain Graham,
with whom I flew to Salt Lake City in February, 1927. It is rather a coincidence
that I was about to write you relative to a story on which I am now working.
It is a modern Western, located on a dude ranch in Arizona. While it will
be finished in a few weeks, it will not be required for book publication
necessarily for some time, as I am two years or more ahead of my book publishers.
. . . There are a couple of reasons why this story may have value in addition
to whatever entertainment qualities are inherent in it. In the first place,
my early experience and inclinations were such that I should have written
Westerns exclusively. For some time during my youth I worked as a cow puncher;
afterward I soldiered in the 7th United States Cavalry in Arizona, and
later still I ran a store in a cattle country in Idaho. Further, just at
present, my stories and my name are receivng unusually wide publication
through the Tarzan illustrated strips that are running in some hundred
and ten newspapers in all of the larger cities of the United States; nor
ever since I started to write have my books enjoyed a greater sale, which
seems to be increasing rather than diminishing." Collier's rejected
the story. The story was also rejected by Saturday Evening Post,
Ladies Home Journal, Blue Book, Argosy (twice), College Humor, Short
Five years later he re-submitted the manuscript to Liberty
under the title "The Brass Heart" using the pseudonym
Liberty rejected it again. The story eventually saw print in Thrilling
Adventures in 1940.
Deputy Sheriff of Commanche County (Terrible Tenderfoot)
*** 1930: Jack enrolled in
College in Claremont.
Notes From ERB's Bio Timeline
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