"It came about when we were dropped off for a visit and my little brother Danny ran ahead of me up the pathway into the house. Meanwhile I was throwing rocks at the fish in his ponds, when out of the house ran my brother Danny holding his bloody hand in a towel screaming, "Poppy cut my thumb off"...close behind came grandpa waving a pair of seemingly bloody pruning shears, shouting ,'you still have one left' Needless to say when the smoke cleared and Danny began to laugh at my distress, I found the blood was ketchup and the shears were a prop for effect."
How do you think he would have
reacted to Tarzan completing 100 years?
"I think he knew that his first character John Carter of Mars would be a lasting legacy. Frankly, in 1912 he was surprised when the book publishers were bidding against each other for the rights of his then serial stories Tarzan of the Apes. In fact, as years went by he had plans of killing off this original eco-warrior because he wanted to write historical novels and westerns."
Many heroes and superheroes constantly
reinvent themselves over the years but Tarzan has remained more or less
unchanged. Why is this so?
"The evolution of the character is timeless, actually. The situations that Tarzan encountered are the same today but on a grander scale -- specifically his triumphs over the protection of his forests and animal population. Here at ERB, Inc we have licensed the Tarzan name to Andy Briggs and Robin Maxwell (two best-selling authors) to bring the Tarzan character into modern times.
How is the Tarzan centenary being
celebrated across the world and particularly, in Tarzana, the community
that your grandfather founded? Is there a new Tarzan film also in the pipeline?
The United States Postal Service has issued a centennial commemorative stamp in honor of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan. I received it on behalf of ERB, Inc this August. Constantin Films has the Tarzan animation rights and plan to release their 3D film using performance capture (similar to Avatar) in 2012. Warner Bros also has the live action rights with a script written and director selected for release either in 2014-2015.
Baby John Burroughs and Family
TIMES of INDIA Interview with John Burroughs and Bill Hillman October 15, 2012
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
Horse Feathers in IMDB
*** Tommy Carlton (1941.06.22-2009.01.01) was born on this date. He was featured in Tarzan's Savage Fury with Lex Barker and Dorothy Hart . The series introduced a sort of Tarzan Jr, in the person of young Joey (Tommy Carlton), a jungle boy taken in by Tarzan and Jane. Carlton was introduced while being used as crocodile bait by some native hunters. The kid’s muscular physique fitted in with the demands of the series. He tagged along when the jungle lord leds a party into dangerous Wazuri country on a diamond hunt.
The filmmakers apparently gave some thought to giving Tarzan and Jane a new "boy," played by Tommy Carlton, who in 1952 was two years older than Johnny Sheffield was when he apeared in the role in "Tarzan Finds A Son!" (1939). Though Tarzan calls the kid "boy" a few times, this time the orphan had a real name, Joey. Tarzan, upon hearing the kid speak English, presumed that Joey is English, and comically insisted that the boy is English even after Joey claimed to be an American. Carlton gave a good performance in scenes where Tarzan had to talk him into facing his fears, and even helped Tarzan out in a climactic scene, but Joey made no more appearances (and neither did Carlton as an actor).
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Film and 3D Trading Cards
Swedish Filmisar Trading Cards
*** "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 56 days.
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
O'Sullivan in IMDB
*** 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."
From 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 the cameras.
Tarzan's Peril: ERBzine Silver Screen
Barker/Peril 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
Tarzan on Netflix
Tarzan and Jane in Wikipedia
Sholes in Wikipedia
*** "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 Pages
"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 Cahaba.
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 cats.
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
Worth in IMDB
Worth in Wikipedia
*** 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 coverup!!!)
*** 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
UFO in Wikipedia.
*** 1984: Fingerprints prove something to Greystoke: See “A Matter of Fate,” by Gray Morrow and Don 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 General Charles King at his 6415 Augusta Street, Oak Park, address: "I 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 picture "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 Royer.
Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia: Manning's Last Tarzan Sunday
Hap Arnold's inWikipedia
*** 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 Mike Henry.
Tarzan and the Great River with Diana Millay
Millay in IMDB
*** 1925: Clarence B. Hyde (1925.06.25-2006.04.07) was 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. While Bob was writing his ERB-years autobiography, ODYSSEY OF A TARZAN FANatic, he faithfully sent his handwritten manuscript pages to me as he finished them. I typed them out, added some of his photos along with others from my collection and featured these pages in ERBzine. My typed text was later used when Bob's book was released in book form.
Shortly after Bob's death, George McWhorter sent the journal that Bob had created describing his 1992 Africa Safari. This was part of the Hyde collection that had been donated to the ERB Memorial Collection at the U 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 we waved a farewell. Sadly both Bob and Pete have passed on. Bob died on April 7, 2006 and Pete passed away in 2017.
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
Bob Hyde Remembered:
Adkins about the Radio Series
Johnson 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 Tarzan 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 (1949).
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 pages):
Elmo in IMDB
*** 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
*** 1922: 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
Royer in Wikipedia
Mike 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 reading in an article published this date, June 28, in 2007 in The Hartford Courant.
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
*** 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 John Carter of Mars.
John Carter and the Giant of Mars: History ~ Art ~ Info
Giant of Mars: Better Little Book
Giant of Mars: Dell Fast Action Book
*** 1931: Ralph Rothmund, ERB, Inc. secretary, 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.
In June of 1927 Cyril Ralph Rothmund, an astute and taciturn Scotsman, had assumed the position of Burroughs secretary and eventually general manager for ERB, Inc. In answering the ad for a secretary, Rothmund believed the organization was the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. In the coming years Ed's dependence upon Rothmund in business matters and in family affairs steadily increased.
Expanding activities at the Tarzana offices and the increasing complexity of business dealings led to the delegating of increasingly more responsibility to secretary Rothmund.
By 1933 these duties had grown too heavy for Rothmund alone, and on August 13th of that year a new assistant, Mildred Bernard Jensen, was hired. The presence of these two signaled the end of the old Burroughs tendency to use temporary help and brought in many years of permanence and reliability. Mrs. Jensen worked as stenographer and secretary for ERB for many years. She even transcribed many of ERB's stories from the wax cylinders of his ediphone and dictaphone.
ERB had even included Ralph in one of his novels. Burroughs, himself appears in the opening chapter of the first book of his Venus/Amtor series. Carson Napier visits him and secretary Ralph Rothmund in the ERB, Inc. offices in Tarzana. Napier presented his original plan to travel to John Carter's Mars in a rocket ship.
Interestingly ERB even used the name of an old US Cavalry buddy in the book. A member of the club that Ed had created while in on duty in Arizona was named Napier, who previously had been an officer in the English army.
Rex Maxon Sunday Pages
Guide to all the Maxon Tarzan Strips
Guide to all the Hal Foster Tarzan Strips
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 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 and 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
Gale Gordon in IMDB
Gale Gordon in OTRcat
*** 1919: ERB's Passion for Cars: Ed, owner of Packard Touring Car 1-35 #80524, became a member of the Auto 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 many months.
Our Japanese Problem article by ERB
Ratnaz Parody: Megadoka: Book XI by Bill Hillman
Tule Lake in Wikipedia
John 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, Liberty, Ladies Home Journal, Blue Book, Argosy (twice), College Humor, Short Stories. Five years later he re-submitted the manuscript to Liberty under the title "The Brass Heart" using the pseudonym John Mann. 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 Pomona College in Claremont.
Notes From ERB's Bio Timeline
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