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Roswell Daily Record reports
the capture of a Flying Saucer ~ Hillmans' Roswell Visit and UFO Museum
~ All-Story First Appearances
of ERB's Under the Moons of Mars plus First Edition
*** 1947, Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press
release stating that they had recovered a "flying disc" from a ranch
near Roswell and the Roswell Daily Record featured the story on
page one in which eyewitness accounts suggested that it might have been
an alien spacecraft. The Army quickly retracted the statement and said
instead that the crashed object was a conventional weather balloon. A later
Air Force report concluded that stories of "aliens bodies" probably stemmed
from test dummies being dropped from high altitude.
ERB fans, meanwhile, speculated that
Carson Napier had gotten the scientists of Havatoo to build him a space
ship, with which he could bring Duare back to earth. They note that the
last full Venus book was published in 1946, after ERB's last contact with
Mr. Napier a few years earlier. Does his Amtorian ship lie in pieces in
an Area 51 warehouse and were he and Duare the real centerpieces at the
alien autopsy? This would explain why ERB heard from Carson for a period
of 10 years and then....nothing.
On our way to Tarzana a few years
back, Sue-On took a detour to Roswell. We spent much of the day exploring
the countryside and town before visiting their UFO Museum -- an interesting
visit. Many artifacts and documents were on display and the people we met
had many tall UFO tales. Alas we found no evidence of Napier's ship.
Hillmans Visit Roswell and the UFO Museum
Collage Poster of the Roswell Tour
Last Venus Book: Escape On Venus
Escape On Venus art by John Coleman Burroughs
*** 1912: Bob "Tarak" Woodley
took fans on a tour of The All Story issues containing ERB's first
story, "Under the Moons of Mars."
One of the reactions to that story came in a letter,
dated July 8, 1912, that was published in the magazine's Table Talk section.
The writer, W.A.E., described ERB's story as "fine," but placed it between
two other stories on the scale of his likeabilities. First, he placed it
higher than a story called "The Bustle." He said, simply. "Please don't
print any more stories like 'The Bustle'."
However, he placed it below a story titled "Shanty House."
"Of all the stories I have ever read in any magazine or book, the one that
stands first in my esteem is one I read in All-Story a few years ago, called
"Shanty House." I cannot express in fitting terms my opinion of appreciation
of it, but doubtless you will remember it and agree with me that it was
Obviously, this letter writer had excellent taste, since
he called ERB's story "fine." So we can assume that "Shanty House" was
a pretty good story all right. Anyone ever read it? Was it ever published
as a book? Does anyone collect multiple editions of it? Are there fan gatherings
and facebook pages for "Shanty House"? Tarak's tour, in which he speculates
why "The Bustle" may have gotten a thumbs down, is in ERBzine 0419. NOTE:
If you want to read W.A.E.'s whole letter, you'll need to have good eyesight
and hold the computer close to your face, or your face close to your computer.
But it can be done.
U of L Tour: Under the Moons of Mars Scrapbook
A Princess of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
All Under the Moons of Mars Pulp Covers
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1914: The Burroughs Family return from
a 10-day stay at the Hulbert family farm at Coldwater, Michigan
where they had driven to visit Emma's sisters.
*** Ed entertains his three children by making
up imaginative stories in which he creates many unusual characters: Grandpa
Kazink and his Flying Machine, Saphronia, Arabella the Coyote, six-legged
*** The Burroughs Family acquire two Airedale
terriers: one of them named Tarzan. Everyone but Ed are involved
in singing and playing piano. Throughout much of his adult life Ed suffers
from painful neuritis and frightening nightmares.
*** 1915: Beyond Thirty, begun while
at the Hulbert family farm at Coldwater, Michigan. It was finished
at Oak Park (August 10) and was rejected by Davis.
*** 1928: Ed returned from the Shasta fishing
*** 1936: Letter
to Joan: Ed and Florence are visiting the Mandels
in Chicago recovering from a long arduous car trip from Barstow to Omaha.
ERB Bio Timeline
"Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All (An Autobiographical
Sketch)": Script Magazine,
Tarzana Convention and Jerry Schneider
Reprints ~ TIME Letter to Alfred Guillory Co-Founder of ERB-dom ~ Celardo
Tarzan "Father of Diamonds"
*** 1932: "Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All: An Autobiographical
Sketch," an hilarious autobiography filled with events that never happened
first saw print this date -- July 9 -- in 1932 in Rob Wagner's Script,
a magazine which also published several of ERB's short whodunnits. The
brief article is ERB at one of his tongue-in-cheek high points, as he apologized
for not having led a more exciting life and then went on to list the things
he had done, such as being the sole survivor while serving under Custer
at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Jerry Schneider used the
"Tells All" title for a 605-page compendium of ERB's short articles
and poems, including the "Tells All" story. The story was also reprinted
in a little booklet all its own and handed out at the ECOF June 22, 1989,
in Tarzana. The aricle has been shared on ERBzine 0052 for over 20 years.
"An Autobiographical Sketch" Article
The cover of Script magazine is depicted at:
ERB Tells All - Jerry Schneider Ed.
*** 1945: "Laughs at Sea Found
by Author Traveling With a Naval 'Oiler'" was a Wartime article printed
by the Honolulu Advertiser on this date. It was written by WWII correspondent
ERB while onboard the USS Cahaba - a US Navy Oil Tanker. In discussing
the difficulty of transferring from the ship to the attached motor launch,
ERB reported: Whenever possible, I always stood at
the rail on No. 2 deck and watched this Ringling Brothers' aerial act,
and at last my patience was rewarded -- Red missed the boat and fell into
the sea. It was darn nice of him. There are other laughs, too. A boy wrote
home, "Tarzan is aboard. He is a war correspondent." Another, writing to
his girl, said: "I smell under the arms, my feet smell, and I have
pimples all over my body." Then he asked her to wait for him. An optimist.
The article included these words about
a ship being sighted on the horizon: "...our lookout
in the crow's-nest picked it up even before the men at the marvelous scientific
instruments with which we are equipped. In our little world the boy was
immediately famous. He is good-looking black haired, 18-year-old Audrey
Paul Guillory, S2c, of Crouley, La. His father, Pfc. Archie Gauillory,
USA, stationed at Kunming, China, owned a meat market before the war. Young
Gauillory ran it before he enlisted in the Navy; then they had to sell
The name of the young man appears three times, twice
with an "a" inserted and once without. Another person without an "a" in
his name was Alfred Guillory Jr., who, like the sailor, lived in
Louisiana -- the town of Chataignier -- when he co-founded ERB-dom
with Caz. ERB used coincidences to tell a lot of his stories. Just
wondering which was the correct spelling of the name and if the boy ERB
praised was related to another Guillory who eventually founded that
Cahaba oil tanker article: Laughs At Sea - and more,
Correspondent ERB's Personal Wartime Journals
TIME Letter to Alfred Guillory re: Elmo Lincoln
ERBdom Nos. 1-100 Covers and Contents: Start
*** 1926: Murphy C. Anderson, Jr.
(1926.07.09-2015.10.22) was born on this date in Asheville, North Carolina.
Murphy, known as one of the premier inkers of his era, worked for companies
such as DC Comics for over fifty years, starting in the Golden Age of Comic
Books in the 1940s. He worked on such characters as Tarzan, Korak, John
Carter, Hawkman, Batgirl, Zatanna, the Spectre, and Superman, as well
as on the Buck Rogers daily syndicated newspaper comic strip.
Murphy Anderson received a multitude of awards during
his long career and was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1998,
the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott
Hall of Fame in 2013.
Murphy and his wife of 67 years, Helen, had two daughters,
Sophie and Mary, and a son, Murphy III. He died in Somerset, New Jersey
on October 22, 2015, at the age of 89, of heart failure.
John Carter Art in Weird Worlds
ERBzine Comics Archive
*** 1947"The Father of Diamonds,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 9, 1957, and
ran for 59 days.
The Father of Diamonds: All 59 Tarzan Strips
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1897: Ed's grandfather, Abner Tyler Burroughs
died. He was born May 26, 1805.
*** 1922, Johnny Weissmuller became the first
person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
*** 1928: Despite the unpopularity of prohibition
Ed was convinced that Republican Hoover is a far better candidate
for the presidency than Smith, the Democrat.
*** 1931: July 9 - September 25: Tarzan and the Leopard
Men was written (80,000 words). After rejections it was accepted by
Book for $5,000.
*** 1932: Hulbert and Jack finished school.
Hulbert planned to go to the ROTC training camp for six weeks, and Jack
was going up somewhere around Big Bear to attend the summer art school.
ERB Bio Timeline
Caryl Lee Burroughs: ERB's stepdaughter:
Animal Trainer, At Gay's Lion Ranch with Lee & Herman Brix
Last Photo of Caryl with Lee by Bill Hillman
~ ERB Renames "Girl from Harris's" ~ El Caballero Club Celebration ~ Burroughs
kids and their horses
*** 2001: Caryl Lee Burroughs was not officially adopted
by ERB, but he regarded her as a daughter and the two formed a close bond
during the six years that ERB's marriage to Florence Dearholt lasted.
Beyond that, ERB carried on a correspondence with her for many years, demonstrating
his affection in every way that he could.
Caryl Lee and Ed Burroughs (whom she always called "Ebby")
had formed a father-daugher bond of real love that would never be duplicated
and could not be denied. Caryl Lee had hardly known her biological father,
actor/film producer Ashton Dearholt of The New Adventures of Tarzan
fame. A few fleeting infantile memories; an awkward encounter after the
war. Nothing more. Nor did she desire Dr. Albert Chase, who her mother
-- silent screen actress Florence Gilbert -- married in 1942, to serve
as a surrogate father. She became a rebel the day that marriage was consummated.
When asked by a judge whether she wished to be adopted by Dr. Chase her
response was a vehement "Hell no!" (Adult wishes prevailed; she and Lee
Caryl Lee must have felt at the time
that she didn't need another father. After all, it was "Ebby" who had told
her all of those funny "Grandpa Kazink" bedtime stories; it was Ebby who
had entertained her and Lee on family vacations, who had cavorted with
them in swimming pools at Sunset Plaza, Palm Springs and Kailua. It was
"Ebby" who had donned a gorilla suit and pretended to be an escapee from
the Los Angeles zoo, and who made for her a donkey out of coconuts at Lanakai.
In a 1968 interview with Irwin and Cele Porges Caryl Lee said of her relationship
with ERB: "I felt part of him . . . I mean, they can say he didn't legally
adopt you, he's not your father . . . it doesn't make any difference. He
is my father, he was my father. This man raised me, gave me my childhood."
In 1968 Caryl Lee -- now Cindy
-- related to Porges, how in the late 1940s, she would make her way to
the horse stables in Burbank and from there ride a horse to visit "Ebby"
at his Tarzana office. An affinity for animals became the dominant theme
of her life. Her mentor in her chosen field was famed Hollywood animal
trainer Frank Inn. She quickly blossomed into one of his best animal handlers
and trainers. Cindy's professional association with Frank Inn continued
many years. During her long career Cindy worked for all of the major motion
picture and television studios. Edgar Rice Burroughs would certainly have
been proud of Caryl Lee's life journey and the high level of success and
fulfillment she attained. He who loved animals and nature so keenly was
well represented by she who spent a lifetime caring for, nurturing, training
and loving horses, dogs, cats, birds and other creatures.
I enjoyed listening to Caryl Lee's stories of the good ole days with her
beloved Ebbie, during and after her panel appearance, at the 1999 Tarzana
Caryl Lee passed away peacefully in
her sleep on this date -- July 10 -- in 2001.
Caryl Lee Burroughs: ERB's Stepdaughter
ERB Personal Letters to Caryl Lee I
ERB Personal Letters to Caryl Lee II
Last Photo of Caryl Lee by Bill Hillman
*** 1856: Nikola Tesla (1856.07.10-1943.01.07)
was born on this date in Serbia. This Serbian-American
engineer and physicist made dozens of breakthroughs in the production,
transmission and application of electric power. He invented the first alternating
current (AC) motor and developed AC generation and transmission technology.
Though he was famous and respected, he was never able to translate his
copious inventions into long-term financial success—unlike his early employer
and chief rival, Thomas Edison.
In the 1890s Tesla invented electric
oscillators, meters, improved lights and the high-voltage transformer known
as the Tesla coil. He also experimented with X-rays, gave short-range demonstrations
of radio communication two years before Guglielmo Marconi and piloted a
radio-controlled boat around a pool in Madison Square Garden. Together,
Tesla and Westinghouse lit the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
and partnered with General Electric to install AC generators at Niagara
Falls, creating the first modern power station.
ERB's Father's American Battery
Company and Nikola Tesla both had displays in the Science Building
of the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition. I wrote a long, illustrated
Docu-Novel through Ed's "own words." The chapter dealing with ERB's connection
with Tesla is Ch. 7: "Master Mind of The World of Tomorrow." One
of the paragraphs I created in "ERB's words" reads:
"I am convinced that Nikola Tesla
is a true genius with an endlessly fascinating personality. He seems to
think that anything people can conceive they should be able to achieve
and he has little patience with the myopic, the faint-hearted, and a doubting
world. His imagination is boundless and he seems obsessed with the
potential of this mysterious thing called electricity. He even believes
that he will soon be able to control lightning and to direct electrical
power to and from the atmosphere to any location on earth. When he talks
of this power he speaks in low, hushed tones with a wild, almost frightening
look in his eyes. He feels that his experiments in this area can offer
great benefits to mankind: free universal electric power, transportation,
a means of national defence, even control of the weather.
"But he also fears the misuse of these
discoveries could present evil powers with the means for world domination
through the creation of death rays and global holocausts. He confides that
these fears were first realized when the Westinghouse company corrupted
his scientific achievements by using them to construct an electric death
chair to execute criminals in a horrendous fashion. He swears that Edison
was behind this, seeing it as a way of promoting the dangers of rival AC
electricity." More at: ERBzine 1281
Ch. 7: Tesla "Master Mind of The World of Tomorrow."
ERB's Remarkable Summer of '93: A Docu-Novel by Bill
ERB's Remarkable Summer of '93: All-Text Version
Joseph Shuster (1914.07.10-1992.07.30)
was born on this date in Toronto, Ontario. This
Canadian comic book artist is best known for co-creating the DC Comics
character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated
June 1938). Shuster was involved in a number of legal battles over ownership
of the Superman character. Shuster and Siegel sold the rights to Superman
in 1938 for $130. Seven decades later, US court rulings returned rights
to the character to the creators' heirs.
Joe Shuster's comic book career after
Superman was relatively unsuccessful, and by the mid-1970s Shuster had
left the field completely due to partial blindness.
There were many suggestions through the years that a
major influence for their character being able to "leap tall buildings
at a single bound" was ERB's John Carter of Mars.
He and Siegel were inducted into both the comic book
industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby
Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association
instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, named to honor the Canada-born artist.
One of Joe's cousins was comedian
Frank Shuster of the famous Canadian comedy team Wayne and Shuster.
Sue-On and I never had a chance to meet Joe but we followed the long amazing
career of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster and we were even hired to work
with them for a major new business opening event.
Joe Shuster died July 30, 1992 at his West Los Angeles
home of congestive heart failure and hypertension. He was 78
ERB Comics Archive in ERBzine
Ruling Gives Heirs a Share of Superman Copyright
Bio and Art Print: Drew Friedman
*** 2015: This was just another day
for the lions in Kruger National Park in South Africa, who were
out road-hunting. And neither they, nor the kudu which wandered out among
the passing vehicles, seemed to mind having an audience as the lions decided
to kill, and eat, on the road. One of the tourists was happy to take some
photos of the feast but was wise enough to stay inside her car, although
a hungry lion might have the ability to break the average car window and
Tarzan and Golden Lion: Classic Poses
Bob Hyde's Africa Odyssey: Photo Journal
Lions in Tarzan's 3D Africa
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1914: ERB changed Harris to Farris in The Girl
*** 1924: Grand opening of the club house of the exclusive
Caballero Country Club of which Ed is managing director. Earlier in
the year Ed had sold the main house and 120 acres of Tarzana Ranch
to the promoters of the new club.
*** 1928: Newspaper clippings announcing Joan's impending
wedding were starting to appear around the country. Joan, a true actress,
loved the publicity and is ecstatic over the wedding gifts that were arriving.
Ed noted that he received his most desired clippings from his friends rather
than from the clipping bureau he paid to do the job. Ed was planning
a dry wedding -- he hated drunken brawls.
*** 1930: July 10, 11 or 12: Morning rides with Hully.
Part of the car is stolen under the club. Jim Pierce's folks visited
for dinner -- "nice people"
*** 1940: In a letter to brother George, Ed again
expressed his dislike for FDR and his hope that Willkie would
win the impending election.
ERB Bio Timeline
Roy G. Krenkel: Tarzan and the Golden Lion
~ Kim Crosby Carried by Four Tarzans: Jock Mahoney, Joe Lara, Denny Miller,
Princess of Mars 1921 Serialization ~ Into
the Heart of the World by Balloon ~ Burroughs Bibliophiles ~ Celardo: Tarzan's
Rescue of Jane
*** 1918: Roy Gerald Krenkel (1918.07.11-1983.02.11)
was born on this date. Before serving in World War II, he studied at the
Art Students League of New York. He served as a Private in the U.S. Army
in the Philippines during WWII. His enlistment papers of January 23, 1942
record him as living in Queens, and having graduated high school, single,
without dependents, and employed as an actor. After World War II, he attended
Burne Hogarth's classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, which
became the School of Visual Arts. There he met a group of young cartoonists,
including Joe Orlando, Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson and later worked
with Wallace Wood, Gil Kane and many more. RGK was a major influence
on his contemporaries and later artists.
Frank Frazetta noted, "I
met Roy Krenkel back in 1949 or 1950, and he has never ceased to be a constant
source of inspiration to me—a truly conscientious artist who will not tolerate
RGK started out doing comic book art
in the early 1950s, working for companies like ACG, Atlas, Eastern, the
legendary EC, Harvey and Warren. Krenkel eventually abandoned his
comic activities and devoted himself to illustration, most notably cover
illustrations for books by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis A. Kline.
"Roy Krenkel was a key factor in
the 1960s revival of my grandfather's writings. Krenkel's illustrations
forever secured his position as one of the all-time great Edgar Rice Burroughs
illustrators." ~ Danton Burroughs
Roy G. Krenkel Tribute Site
Roy Krenkel: A Photo Gallery
Roy Krenkel: Bio and ACE Books Art:
On July 11, 1897, Salomon Andrée
and two fellow explorers lifted off in a giant balloon to seek out the
North Pole. They were never heard from again. However, David Innes, in
"Tanar of Pellucidar," discovered the remnants of what was very
likely Andrée's balloon. And, at about the same time Tanar was published,
the outer world had discovered the final camp of the ill-fated expedition.
There are a number of stories about the expedition, written
by people from the outer shell of the Earth. These articles do not mention
the actual discovery of the balloon in Pellucidar nor describe how it likely
got there. However, the John Martin article in ERBzine does.
Into the Heart of the World
David Innes Discovers the North Pole by John Martin
Newsstories and Links to Hollow Earth
Balloon article in erblist
Expedition in Wikipedia
*** A "Fan Directory" of "The Burroughs
Bibliophiles" was published July 11, by Robert B. Zeuschner's
Bottleneck Blues Press in Sierra Madre, Calif. George T. McWhorter
is copyright holder.
The directory has both an alphabetical and a state-and-country
listing of fans who were members of The BB at that time. Since the directory
is now more than 20 years old, many of the listings are no longer current
but it is still an interesting book to thumb through and is a picture of
fandom in the 90s. Bob Zeuschner told me it had occurred to George, who
was publishing The Burroughs Bulletin for Bibliophiles members,
that it would be a good idea to produce a name-address booklet so fans
could contact one another." Bob was doing desktop publishing at that time
and and was working on projects for George, including The BB, and so George
asked him to put together the Fan Directory. Bob recalled, "George sent
me something like a raw database list (or was it a spreadsheet?) which
was the mailing list for the Burroughs Bulletin, and I then did all the
massaging of raw data to create the pages. I remember it being a lot of
work at that time (to do the the desktop publishing I used a DOS program
called "LePrint" because in those years the word processing software was
not sufficiently WYSIWYG and I had to insert individual command lines several
thousand places in the ms.) Then I sent the finished pages to George, and
after he finally got it the way he wanted, he then inserted the various
pieces of art."
The Fan Directory has never been reprinted
and to do so now would be a monumental task, especially since more attention
is being paid nowadays to "privacy concerns" and any such directory would
need someone to contact everyone and confirm that it was okay to include
Nowadays we have more ways of contacting each other through
social media. Scott Tracy Griffin has set up a facebook group, Edgar
Rice Burroughs/Tarzan/John Carter Meetup, for instance, specifically
to make it easy for fans to make themselves available to other fans if
they desire to do so.
Burroughs Bibliophiles Website
Bibliophile Members in the ERBzine BB Pages
Burroughs Bulletin and Gridley Wave Reprints
Meetup in Facebook
*** 1921: A serial of "A Princess
of Mars" began this date, July 11, in 1921, in the Summit County Journal
of Colorado. There are probably some copies of those newspapers lying around
somewhere in someone's attic, or nailed up as insulation behind someone's
walls. This serial, with the illustrations by Irwin Myers, was making the
rounds of several newspapers around that time. Here are links showing the
illustrations and some of the pages as they appeared in other newspapers
at that time:
1921 "Princess" Serialization: Art by Irwin Myers
*** 1960: Kim Crosby, cab
driver Jane Porter in "Tarzan in Manhattan," was born this date
in 1960 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The ill-fated Joe Lara played Tarzan and
Tony Curtis played Jane’s father, a retired police officer. Crosby is primarily
known for her work in musical theater. In 1987, she created the role of
Cinderella in “Into the Woods.” She’s appeared in ‘Guys and Dolls,” “Six
Wives,” “Oklahoma,” “West Side Story,” “A Little Night Music,” “Peter Pan,”
“ Kris Kringle, the Musical,” and ‘My Fair Lady.”
Tarzan in Manhattan
Kim Crosby carried by four Tarzans
ERB On The Silver Screen
*** 1954: "Tarzan and the Challenge,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 11, 1954,
and ran for 13 Sundays.
"The Rescue of Jane," written and illustrated
by John Celardo, began July 11, 1966, and ran for 38 days.
The Rescue of Jane
ERB Comics in ERBzine
Tarzan Trilogy by Thomas Zachek:
Art: Cover by Joe Jusko & Interiors by Douglas Klauba ~ "Tarzan For
President" from Blue Book
USS Cahaba from which ERB sent WWII Articles
~ Movie Brats strip by Gray Morrow
*** 2016: "Tarzan Trilogy" by Thomas Zachek
is an early entry in the "Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
series launched by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Zachek's book was published Dec. 14, 2016, and was in
its third edition by July 12, 2017. As I posted on my Wild Adventures page
at ERBzine 6264 Tom's book is comprised of three novelettes:
of Tarzan at Point Station – a remote English outpost near the Waziri
homelands – set during the advent of World War II. With greater European
intrusion to the Bolongo River Basin, Tarzan becomes embroiled in increasingly
dangerous events as cultures clash.
1] Tarzan and the “Fountain of
Youth”: Searching for the missing son of a friend, Tarzan encounters agents
of an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company exploiting jungle resources for
its own profit.
2] Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance:
A team of archaeologists make a groundbreaking discovery; a group of well-meaning
but naive American missionaries arriving to convert the native tribes;
and a ruthless band of men with a dark purpose stir up a heady mix of challenges
for Tarzan, fomenting an intertribal war that only he can stop.
3] Tarzan the Conqueror: When the
Third Reich invades Africa to exploit the land for riches and enslave the
native populations in labor camps, Tarzan leads the tribes in an un-precedented
Cover Art: Joe
Jusko / Interior Illustrations: Douglas Klauba
Tom Zachek also has the #8 book
in the Wild Adventures series, which is described at ERBzine 6364: Tarzan
and the Revolution with art by Mike Grell
Tarzan Trilogy: Wild Adventures of ERB
ERB, Inc. Store
*** 1932: "Tarzan for President"
was the subject of an article in the August 1932 issue of Blue Book.
The article is linked on an ERBzine ERB bio page with the date of "July,"
which refers to the fact that most magazines are on the newsstands during
the month prior to the cover date of the magazine. The article, "Tarzan
for President," was actually an attention-getting piece written by Donald
Kennicott, Blue Books’ longest tenured editor, to promote the serial, "Tarzan
and the Leopard Men," which had started in that issue and was to run
through January of 1933.
The article noted that a letter to
the editor of a New York newspaper, from a citizen disillusioned with politics,
"had a brilliant and simple suggestion which the newspapers liked well
enough to pass on to its readers. "Let us," said the writer in effect,
"elect Tarzan to the Presidency. He at least went places and did things."
The Blue Book article added, "Unfortunately we cannot,
in this difficult world, have many of the things we want. We cannot, for
example, have Tarzan for President. We can, however, have him for a job
that is individually more important to us: We can have him for a friend
in need, and for a needed refuge and solace from humdrum things, we can
go on safari with him in his own primitive and refreshing world." And that
is exactly what ERB fans do whenever they settle down with a good Tarzan
Tarzan for President: Article scanned and typed
ERB bio timelines for 1930s
*** 1945: ERB made the most of his
time aboard the USS Cahaba, filing several stories from its decks.
Here's one that was published July 12 in 1945 by the Honolulu Advertiser.
It was headlined, "Unsung Fleet Oilers Carrying Ball
for Navy." As part of the article, ERB describes a typical Navy
meal. Among the items he enjoyed was "tard" (biscuit) -- and unusual bit
of navy slang.
ERB also wrote: "My ship, the
USS Cahaba, is a fleet oiler. She is a very important adjunct of the Navy.
. . . I have compared the ship to a city. Like a city, it has various houses.
The rooms in the houses have no floors, no walls, no ceilings, ant though
there are many levels in the ship there are neither stairs nor passenger
elevators. Instead, we have decks, bulkheads, overheads, and ladders. Being
with the Army part of the time and with the Navy part of the time and a
civilian all the time is often quite confusing terminologically. One hesitates
while determining whether to ask the location of the latrine, the head,
or the john. And by that time it may be too late."
Unsung Fleet Oilers Carrying
Ball for Navy
*** 1998: "Movie Brats,"
by Gray Morrow and Mark Kneece, began July 12, 1998, and
ran for 14 Sundays.
Movie Brats: 14 Tarzan Sunday Strips
Jack Davis Parodies on Dave Garroway and J. Fred Muggs (Trump
& Mad Magazines) ~ White Mountains, Arizona ~ The Cabin and John Carter
Huck "Prof Porter" Huckenpohler ~ Bob Hyde ~ Ed Burroughs &
Hully in Arizona ~ Tarzan's New York Adventure
*** 1978: J.G. (Huck) Huckenpohler, who in real life
is actually the long-lived Professor A.Q. Porter, once gave one of his
Lectures on the subject of known meetings between Edgar Rice Burroughs
and some of his characters. As a result of his scholarly research, he reported
that ERB left Tarzana for a visit with friends in the White Mountains
of Arizona, where he stayed in a cabin on the Little Colorado River,
near Springerville. While there, he was visited by his uncle, John Carter,
who told him of recent events which had taken place on Barsoom. ERB made
a record of Carter's story and published the story in the eighth volume
of his Martian chronicles, "Swords of Mars." In addition to giving
his Dime Lecture at a time and location unspecified, Professor Porter's
papers were published in ERBapa edtions nos. 60, 62 and 63 and have also
been reprinted at the ERBlist site.
Bob Hyde, longtime president
of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, did some in-person research on the
Little Colorado cabin site too, and mentioned it in his "Odyssey of
a Tarzan FANatic" in ERBzine with sidebars and added illustrations
by Bill Hillman:
"I had written earlier to Hulbert
Burroughs about our trip. He sent me a map showing how to find the Steinberg
Ranch where he and his father had vacationed in 1933. This was the location
used by ERB in his Prologue to Swords of Mars. They stayed
in "a tiny cabin, near the headwaters of the Little Colorado River." Here
Captain John Carter again returned to Jasoom to visit his "nephew" and
to tell him the story that was published as Swords of Mars.
I believe that original cabin had been torn down or had fallen apart. But
I located a more modern cabin at the ranch, and imagined it to be at the
same location. Along the back of the cabin property ran the Little Colorado
River. I almost imagined ERB there, listening to John Carter relate his
latest tale of Barsoom.
"Leaving the Steinberg Ranch, we traveled
south on the crest of the White Mountains to Mt. Graham and found the location
of old Fort Grant, where ERB was stationed with the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry
in 1896-1897. It was at the base of Mt. Graham, on the west side, and is
now a maximum-security prison. A perfect spot for a prison, nothing around
it but desert, with Mt. Graham (el.10,720 feet) to the east. I asked an
officer at the Administration office if any buildings of the old Fort still
existed. His answer was that they had all been destroyed over the years.
After all, it was nearly a hundred years since ERB had served there."
Bob Hyde's Odyssey: Chapter XLIV: 1978
Swords of Mars
*** 1933: Beset with the pressures
of work and a growing rift in his marriage to Emma, Ed took a solo vacation,
driving his Cord to Springerville in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Most of the marriage problems involvd Emma's over-dependence on alcohol.
One of the purposes of the trip is to inspect a Cochise County, Arizona
gold mine in which he has bought a quarter interest, but since this was
his first vacation without Emma and the children he became very homesick
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
ERB in the Wild West
ERBapa with Contents Pages
ERBapa articles in ERBlist
*** 1957 Dave Garroway was never
in a Tarzan movie, but he did team up with a chimp, just like Tarzan did,
and he and Tarzan shared a panel in Trump, Harvey Kurtzman's and
Hugh Hefner's a three-issue Mad-type humour magazine of 1957. Garroway,
who was born July 13, 1913, had a chimp named J. Fred Muggs who
was a regular on NBC's "Today," the morning television show that
Garroway pioneered and hosted from 1952 to 1961. Jack Davis's Trump
panel showed Garroway and Tarzan, among others, fleeing from King Kong,
as Garroway held a gun to his head. The satiric illustration proved to
be sadly prophetic as to the manner in which Garroway died as, plagued
by years of grief, capped with worsening heart troubles, he killed himself
in 1982 with a gunshot.
We seldom had a chance to see the
US Dave Garroway Today Show here in Canada, but I was a major fan of Harvey
Kurtzman. When Harvey left MAD I faithfully bought every issue of
his all his latest humour magazine projects: Humbug, Help!. . .
and probably the best of them all: Trump. This was a higher-priced,
glossy magazine that featured most of the artists long associated with
Kurtzman and it was backed by fan, Hugh Hefner of the Playboy empire. The
magazine featured high quality art and biting satire so I was sorry when
it was cancelled after a few issues. Hef still believed in the Kurtzman
wit and soon hired him to create the Little Annie Fanny feature
for Playboy -- mainly with the art of Will Elder.
Jack Davis' MAD and Trump spoofs on Garroway
Satirist Harvey Kurtzman
Fred Muggs in Wikipedia
*** 1940 or 1942: Michael G. Ploog
was born on this date in Mankato, Minnesota. Mike is a storyboard and comic
book artist, and a visual designer for films. In comics, Ploog is best
known for his work on Marvel Comics' 1970s Man-Thing and The Monster of
Frankenstein series, and as the initial artist on the features Ghost Rider
and Werewolf by Night. His style at the time was heavily influenced by
the art of Will Eisner, under whom he apprenticed.
ERBzine ERB Artist Encyclopedia
*** 2004: Steve "Tarzan" Hawkes'
(Steve Sipek) pet tiger Bobo escaped from his compound in Loxahatchee,
Florida on this date. The tiger was shot and killed the next day by a Florida
Fish and Wildlife Commission Officer, bringing national media attention
to the incident. Hawkes believes the officer "murdered" Bobo needlessly.
On July 19, 2004, six days after his
pet tiger Bobo escaped from his compound in Loxahatchee, Florida and was
shot and killed, his house caught on fire. He recently had a new air conditioner
installed, and it apparently malfunctioned and sparked the blaze. Crews
had a hard time getting to the fire because Sipek has electrical fencing
to keep his other exotic animals caged in. But the fire was eventually
extinguished, and all animals on the property were reported in good condition.
Steve "Tarzan" Hawkes/Steve Sipek Tribute
*** 1958: "Tarzan and the Killer
Whale," by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July
13, 1958, and ran for nine weeks.
Tarzan and the Killer Whale: Celardo Sundays List
*** 1942: Tarzan's New York Adventure
with Weissmuller and O'Sullivan was released by MGM.
*** 1930: Ed rode alone.~
he went shopping for tiles for the living room ~ met with Congressman Grant
.... to establish a Tarzana post office ~ Emma went on a shopping
trip to Wilshire ~ Joan and the baby came for the night
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals
Edgar Rice Burroughs: TARZAN and the Man Who Made Him in Liberty
~ Hully Burroughs and Bill Hillman at the ERB, Inc. Office 1971
ERB, Inc. President Jim Sullos under burial tree ~ An Auto-Biography
by ERB with autographed page (99-day road trip)
*** 1927: On this date, ERB started to move his office to
the new store and three-office complex on Ventura Boulevard (the present
ERB, Inc. offices). The new office was fully occupied by the next day.
The building is of old Spanish farm type architecture and is almost completely
hidden by a black walnut tree. It lies on part of the property he had bought
in 1919 and renamed Tarzana Ranch. The present chief executive in that
office, Jim Sullos, said, "Ventura Boulevard
wasn't even paved in those days. Burroughs used to ride his horse to work
every day and write his books." ERB is still there, too. His ashes
were buried in the front yard and our feature photo was taken of Jim standing
under the "ashes tree" in front of the Ventura office.
Sue-On and I have taken many photos
of the Tarzana office building through the years, but those taken during
our first visit in 1971 where we met ERB's son Hully and daughter
are especially memorable. Today, the city of Tarzana has spread out around
that original office and visitors delight in taking the Safari Walk
along the bustling Ventura Boulvevard.
Hillmans Visit ERB, Inc. Office on Ventura: 1971
Meet Jim Sullos: Current ERB, Inc. President
ERB, Inc. Office Tour and Safari Walk starts at:
*** 1945: "Tarzan and the Man who Made Him" takes
11 minutes and 42 seconds to read, according to a blurb in Liberty Magazine
of July 14, 1945. So if you have that much time available you can click
on the ERBzine link and read the story on ERB by Lloyd Shearer:
"Until I was thirty-five, I was a failure in everything
I tried," he began. "As a kid, I was thrown out of school, flunked the
examinations for West point, and was discharged from the Regular Army with
a weak heart. I failed in everything. When I got married I was making fifteen
dollars a week in my father's storage-battery business. When my second
child was born, I had no job and no money. I had to pawn my wife's jewelry
and my own watch to buy food."
In the past thirty years his fifty-seven novels and their
by-products have grossed more than $10,000,000. In 1923, after a decade
of writing Tarzan stories, he was getting such big royalties and had so
many side lines from his literary production that he set himself up as
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. That enabled him to publish his own works and
handle profitably all his serial, radio, movie, and foreign rights. Today
the more than 30,000, 000 copies of his novels in 58 languages and dialects
make him the most widely read author on earth.
""For thirty years," he says, tongue in cheek, "I have
been writing deathless classics. . . In all those years I have not learned
one single rule for writing fiction or anything else. I still write as
I did thirty years ago; stories which I feel would entertain me and give
me mental relaxation, knowing that there are millions of people just like
me who will like the same things that I like."
Tarzan and the Man who Made Him in Liberty
*** 1916: On this date ERB and family
started off on their 99-day road trip. The experience led to ERB
writing "An Auto-Biography" as a promotional giveaway for the Republic
Truck Comany. Ed's wife and three kids shared this adventure. Read more
about it in our Joan Burroughs Biography series starting in ERBzine
We share with our readers a chronicle
of a 1916 cross-country automobile safari in which Edgar Rice Burroughs
and his family drove from their home in Oak Park, Illinois to Los Angeles,
California, camping most of the way. On June 19th, ERB had purchased a
new 3/4 ton Republic Truck in South Bend, Indiana, to help carry all of
their luggage. After months of bad weather and illness, they arrived in
Los Angeles on September 3rd, 1916.
Three months later, in December 1916,
W.A. Somerville, the advertising manager for the Republic Motor Truck Company,
wrote to ERB asking him to write "a little book, detailing your experiences
with your Republic truck on your recent transcontinental journey." Somerville
also told ERB that the booklet would be distributed free and would have
a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies. It is not known how many
were actually published or distributed.
The original was probably published
in 1917. It was bound in brown suede with brown satin end papers and instead
of being stapled, was held together with a small cord in a bow knot. The
interior line drawings were originally sepia toned.
An Auto-Biography: Promo Giveaway for Republic
Burroughs' Auto Caravan Trip Across America I
Diary of An Automobile Camping Tour II
Joan Burroughs Biography
*** 1930: "Tarzan and the Lost
Empire," by Rex Maxon and R.W. Palmer, began July 14
in 1930 and ran on the comics pages for 84 days.
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: All 84 Maxon Strips
Read ALL the Maxon Tarzan Strips in ERBzine
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES AND ANNOTATED
*** 1912: ERB started the sequel to Under the
Moons of Mars.
*** 1913: July 14 - March 19, 1914: "The Girl from
was begun in Chicago and finished in San Diego (13 chapters,
136 pages and 44,880 words).
*** 1930: Ed sent Weston one of
many letters expressing his regret over having persuaded him to invest
in the failed Metropolitan Airport and aircraft engine stock.
*** 1930: Jack was in charge of a cabin full of
kids at a YMCA mountain camp for a week.
*** 1945: Ed wrote another LETTERhome
to Joan from "Somewhere" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
ERB's Letter to Joan from the USS Cahaba
ERB Bio Timeline
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