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Volume 6338

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

JULY 22 ~ JULY 23 ~ JULY 24 ~ JULY 25 ~ JULY 26
JULY 27 ~ JULY 28 ~ JULY 29 ~ JULY 30 ~ JULY 31


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ERB's At the Earth's Core's St. John cover art ~ Philip Jose Farmer's Dark Heart of Time ~ Willem "Tars Tarkas" Dafoe
Dafoe with "Dejah" and "John Carter" ~ ERB and Hemingway Homes in Oak Park ~ Hemingway's Kilimanjaro Leopard

*** "At The Earth's Core" opened a whole new world of adventure to ERB book buyers on this date, July 22, in 1922. Because not everyone can go the Earth's core and see it for themselves, McClurg was extra gracious and included nine sepia illustrations, painted by St. John as described by David Innes, for the first edition book.
Some had read the story earlier, eight years earlier to be exact, because it was serialized in All-Story Weekly in 1914.
At The Earth's Core: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Coverage
All the St. John Art for At the Earth's Core
Mahlon Blaine Art for At the Earth's Core
*** 1955: Willem Dafoe
grew up to be Tars Tarkas in "John Carter." He was born, not hatched on this date in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dafoe played Martian chieftain Tars Tarkas in John Carter (2012), He donned stilts and a mo-cap suit to portray the multi-limbed character. Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and dare to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large and small, Hollywood films as well as Independent cinema.
    "I've seen a lot of the designs and things, and I’ve just started to do prep work now.  We've starting doing scans and things like that, but it's going to be a real full-on.  Well, I'm nine feet tall with four arms, but, just from the scheduling, I'm going to do the stuff. They'll use my face, but they'll enhance it in a way – both after and before – in a way that I may not be recognizable. But, I'm good with that. It's particularly cool, because he's a creature, but he's got this huge range of character. And, he does cool things in the movies.
    "There's a whole period where we're going to work with the language and the movement, and find out how I'm going to be nine feet tall, and all that stuff. . . like, a long period of time where we're going to go to Thark school. We're going to create our culture. So, it's going to be very cool. These guys know how to do this, and they've got great people. And, the designs and things are just mind-blowing."
Read and see more about the man who would be Jeddak and the John Carter of Mars film at our site:
Willem Dafoe Interview in ERBzine's Film Site
John Carter: 2018 Film: ERBzine Silver Screen
Willem Dafoe Discusses John Carter of Mars and His Tars Tarks Character

Off-Site References:
Dafoe at IMDB
Dafoe Interview About Tharks

*** Ernest Hemingway was born July 22, 1899.
In February of '41 two of the world's best-known authors, Ed and fellow-Chicagoan Ernest Hemingway dined with their wives on opposite sides of the same Honolulu restaurant. Neither identified himself although they were two of the best-known authors of their day and they had much in common. Florence pretended to swoon at the sight of Hemingway and insisted that Ed go over to introduce himself, all of which did nothing to allay his feelings of artistic inferiority and deal with other personal demons he was fighting at that time.
They met in a literary way, however, when Tarzan left Sheeta the leopard's frozen carcass at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hemingway, in the dark about who actually was responsible for the leopard's body being there, mentioned the dead cat in his short story, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
ERB never got around to documenting Tarzan's adventure with Sheeta, though. It was left for Philip Jose Farmer to chronicle it in his authorized Tarzan adventure, "The Dark Heart of Time." See David Adams' summary at of "Dark Heart" for Chapter 30.  Reviews of Dark Heart and other Farmer Tarzan stories are featured in ERBzine.
    Interestingly, both ERB and Hemingway spent a number of creative years in Oak Park, near Chicago, IL. Sue-On and I have attended numerous Dum-Dums in Oak Park and visits to museums and former homes of both famous writers have always been highlights of these trips. We often stayed at The Write Inn which features its Hemmingway Bistro -- they had no permission to use the Hemingway name so they changed the spelling ;)
ERB and Hemingway "Meeting"
ERB and Hemingway Homes/Museums both in Oak Park
Dark Heart and Farmer Tarzan Reviews

Off-Site References:
Adams Ch. 30 Review in ERBlist
Frozen Leopard on Kilimanjaro in earthtouchnews


Mrs. Florence Burroughs: Wine Commercial ~ Her Bookplate ~ ERB and Florence ~ Divorce Announcements
Disney's Tarzan and Jane TV Compilation Release ~ Rex Maxon's Tarzan Strips: Prisoner of the Great Apes

*** Florence filed for divorce against ERB on this date -- July 23 -- in 1941. Legal matters were delegated to Rothmund. Events leading up to the divorce are printed in Flo's ERBzine biography. This pretty much freed Ed to go sailing around in Navy warships and flying in military planes while serving as a combat correspondent during World War II in the Pacific.
AP Los Angeles News Release: "Edgar Rice Burroughs, 67, creator of Tarzan and author of many books and magazine stories, is being sued for divorce by his 36-year-old wife, the former Florence Gilbert of the screen. Her complaint charges Burroughs has assigned all his assets to Burroughs, Inc., and has conveyed half the stock to his former wilfe. Emma Centennia Hulbert Burroughs, the mother of his three children."
Mrs. Burroughs says she is without means of support and asks the court to award her $1000 monthy alimony as well as $3000 attorney's fees and court costs. The marriage was the second for both, Mrs. Burroughs' former husband having been Lee Deerholt and Burroughs' first wife the former Emma Centennia Hulbert by whom he had three children. He is 67.
     A world traveler and author of many books and magazine stories. Burroughs spends most of his time writing at his home at Tarzana. Mrs. Burroughs, who is 36, began her screen career in 1930, but retired after her marriage to the author. She is a native of Chicago.
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Bio:
ERB Faces Divorce Suit
AP Los Angeles News Release
*** Disney's "Tarzan and Jane" was released straight to DVD and video on July 23, 2002. It was a sequel to the 1999 movie and was made up of three unaired episodes of the film's corresponding television series, "The Legend of Tarzan" (not to be confused with the Warner Bros. movie of that same name which came out in 2016.)  This film is largely a flashback to three episodes of the TV series The Legend of Tarzan. The episodes in question are "Tarzan and the British Invasion", "Tarzan and the Volcanic Diamond Mine" and "Tarzan and the Flying Ace", the last three episodes of the show to be aired (but taking place much earlier in production order).

Another different Tarzan and Jane animated TV series was released by a different company in 2016/2017.
Tarzan and Jane: Compilation
Tarzan TV Episodes

Off-Site Reference
This Day in Disney History

*** 1914 Virgil Finlay (1914.07.23-1971.01.18) was born on this date in Rochester, NY, USA. He was a pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called "part of the pulp magazine history ... one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time." While he worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Finlay in 2012.
    Virgil Finlay executed four illustrations for one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan serials, “The Quest of Tarzan,” including one cover and one interior drawing for each of the three parts, and published in Argosy Weekly, August 23 through September 6, 1941.
The Quest of Tarzan: Virgil Finlay Pulp Art
July 23 in ERB comic strip history:

*** "Prisoner of the Great Apes," written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, began this date in 1947 and ran for 34 days.
Prisoner of the Great Apes: 34 daily Tarzan Strips
*** "Tarzan and the Wild Game Hunter," written by Burne Hogarth, began this date in 1950, and ran for nine Sundays. Hogarth illustrated the first five Sundays and Bob Lubbers, the illustrator taking over the strip, did the last four. The whole run has been reprinted in "Tarzan in Color" Vol. 18. The series of 1947/1948 Hogarth Tarzan strips are featured in ERBzine at 6901.
List of comic start and stop dates:
Hogarth Tarzan Sunday Pages from 1947/1948
ERBzine Comics Archive

1945: July and August: The articles chronicling ERB's experiences appear in the Advertiser.
1945: ERB experiences Angina Pectoris pain.
ERB Bio Timeline


ERB's John Carter of Mars: Canaveral Edition ~ JC and The Giant of Mars in Amazing stories and
adapted for a Better Little Book - both written by John Coleman Burroughs ~ ERB's Skeleton Men of Jupiter in Amazing

*** 1964 "John Carter of Mars" rattled off of Canaveral's press on this date with an introduction by Richard Lupoff and illustrations galore, including Reed Crandall's DJ, his endpapers and the eight interior illustrations. The book contained two stories, "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" and "Skeleton Men of Jupiter," both of which had appeared previously in Amazing Stories and "Giant" had also been published as a Better Little Book.
*** "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" has been pretty well established as the work of ERB's son, John Coleman Burroughs, although Hulbert once said ERB was actually responsible for about 10 per cent of it. We just don't know how that 10 per cent is manifested.
    Jim Gerlach's ERBbooks compiled and released the most elaborate edition(s) of John Carter of Mars every offered. Each set contains the two books, with different bindings, titling and publishers; unique limitation pages, title pages, enclosures and end matter and alternative dust jacket art and layout. One of the books is an ERB Inc. edition, done with blue binding and similar to that on the books Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., published in the latter part of his life. These books have a dust jacket with art by Douglas Klauba, showing John Carter taking on the "Skeleton Men of Jupiter."
The other book is a "Grosset & Dunlap" edition, done with traditional red binding, featuring a dust jacket with art by Bob Eggleton showing John Carter about to have an encounter with a white ape.
For full details on this limited edition released in 2018 plus the series of similar special ERB editions visit the Website.
*** Jim followed up this elaborate edition in 2019 and 2021 with even more spectacular publications of A Princess of Mars and Tarzan of the Apes -- festooned with hundreds of illustrations by the most renowned ERB artists as well as a plethora of amazing extras. These editions are featured elsewhere in ERBzine.
John Carter and the Giant of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
John Carter of Mars: Full text in the e-text edition
John Carter and the Giant of Mars analysis
ERB Canaverals edited by Richard Lupoff
Special Limited Editions of John Carter of Mars
*** "Skeleton Men" was probably originally intended to be the first of a four part miniseries which, when combined, would make a complete novel.

The printers fouled up, and put "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" on the cover of the book. This was corrected in the second printing and, of course, made the first printing even more desirable than normal! David "Nkima" Adams wrote a summary of "Skeleton Men" in ERBzine while omplete text, publishing histories, art, reviews, articles, summaries of these stories are at my ERBzine  ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography site
Skeleton Men of Jupiter in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R
John Carter of Mars: Full text in the e-text edition
Read the Original Amazing Pulp version HERE
Skeleton Men Summary by David Adams in ERBzine

*** "Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan," a 54-day newspaper strip story which was the work of Bob Lubbers, Burne Hogarth and Nick Cardy, began July 24, 1950.
Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan: All 54 Strips
PART I: Cardy/Hogarth
PART II: Lubbers/Hogarth

1924: July 23-24: The Golden Gate Oil Company drilled to a depth of 1,300 feet in their search for oil on Tarzana Ranch. Only traces were found and they abandoned their lease in the fall of 1926.
1937: July 24 - August 19: Carson of Venus was written and subsequently rejected by Liberty, Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal.
1940: July 24 - September 6: ERB wrote "John Carter and the Pits of Horz," the first of series he plans to combine in a book tentatively titled "Frozen Men of Mars," "Llana of Gathol," or "The Horror Pits of Horz."
Llana of Gathol: History ~ Art ~ Reviews
Llana of Gathol: Read the Text


ERB on Tarzan and the Slave Girl set: Lex Barker, Joan Burroughs, Jane Ralston Burroughs, Mike Pierce and Vern Coriell
Heins' Golden Bibliography of ERB ~ Hal Foster's Creations ~ John Flint Roy's book & poem

*** Hal Foster, who established Tarzan as a popular Sunday strip before moving on to Prince Valiant, passed away this date in 1982. Tarzan enjoys the distinction of starring in the first adventure comic strip, the first continuity strip, and the first strip to appeal to generation after generation for more than seven decades.
The Lord of the Jungle made his first appearance in a daily comic strip in 1929 with art by Harold Foster. In 1930 United Feature Syndicate (UFS) took over the syndication of Tarzan and launched the first Sunday comic in 1931 and hired Rex Maxon, who created 28 pages. Hal Foster took over the strip on September 27, 1931 until page #321 on May 2, 1937.
Read about Hal in ERBzine and read hundreds of reprints and summaries of his Tarzan and Prince Valiant Strips
Hal Foster Tribute and Directory
Hal Foster Biography
Hal Foster Directory of Reprints in ERBzine
Prince Valiant Reprints: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940

Off-Site References:
Foster in Wikipedia
Foster in bpib

*** Tarzan and the Slave Girl: Of special interest to ERB fans are the photos released in ERBzine of ERB's visit to the Slave Girl set - ERB's last visit to a Hollywood set. Also in the photos are Lex Barker, Joan Burroughs, Jane Ralston Burroughs, Mike Pierce and Vern Coriell. These are from the personal Burroughs family archive shared with us by Danton Burroughs.
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** Time Magazine, in its July 25, 1949, issue, had a promotional article on the upcoming Tarzan movie, "Tarzan and the Slave Girl." The article was headlined "Durable Lianas." From another source, I understand that later in the article the writer commits the sin of saying that Tarzan and Jane were not married (long before the Downey, Calif., librarian ever thought of such a thing!) Fortunately, an ERB fan out there saw the error and wrote a letter to Time correcting it. I assume that letter was published in a subsequent issue. The writer of the letter was Henry Hardy Heins, author of "A Golden Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs."
Henry Hardy Heins and Golden Anniversary of ERB
Heins Abbreviations for ERB Book Titles

Off-Site Reference:
Durable Lianas in TIME bit

*** 1914: Woody Strode (1914.07.25-1994.12.31) American athlete and actor was born in Los Angeles on this date. He was a decathlete and football star who was one of the first African American players in the National Football League in the postwar era. After football, he went on to become a film actor, where he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960.
He served in the United States Army during World War 2. After the War Strode's acting career was re-activated when producer Walter Mirisch spotted him wrestling and cast him as an African warrior in The Lion Hunters, one of the Bomba the Jungle Boy series. They wanted him to shave his head. He was reluctant until they offered him $500 a week - it went on to become his distinguishing look for the rest of his long and successful film and television career. He had support roles in Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) and Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963). In the late 1960s, he appeared in several episodes of the Ron Ely Tarzan television series.
Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)
Bomba the Jungle Boy
Tarzan On TV Ron Ely Series
*** 1986  July 25-27: The ECOF in Jenison, Michigan honoured John Flint Roy

ERB and Canada by John Flint Roy
Before either Casper Van Dien or Alexander Skarsgard showed up in the jungle clad in cutoffs, Tarzan of the Sunday comics page was setting the trend in "The Lost City of the Mayas," which begn July 25, 1993, and continued for 12 weeks, illustrated by Gray Morrow and written by Don Kraar. Read them all in ERBzine.

Lost City of the Mayas: All 12 Tarzan Sunday Strips


Tarzan Goes to India starring Jock Mahoney ~ Burne Hogarth at work ~ Hogarth Tarzan Sparkler 14 cover and
Tarzan July 26, 1942 Sunday Page ~ Bob and Alice Hyde in their younger days as Tarzan and Jane ~ Bob Hyde Bookplate

*** 1962: John Martin began The "Anniversaries of ERB" project began back in the late 1960s, before the existence of the internet, He started it by gathering dates from print sources such as Henry Hardy Heins "A Golden Anniersary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs" and books such as Robert Fenton's "The Big Swingers." "Back then, I didn't always think to record the source of some of my initial notations. In what I originally called the 'ERB Calendar,' I had a note that on July 26, 1962, Jock Mahoney made a personal appearance at a theater which was showing his movie, "Tarzan Goes to India." But I failed to write down where I'd gotten that information, so I can't cite it here. I'm sure it was a "reliable source," though, since all of those dates were from such sources. Maybe I'll run across that original source material one of these days. The studio saved money on 'Tarzan Goes to India'" because it didn't have to pay for African elephant-size ears to fasten to the Indian elephants."
*** Bill Hillman: Daily ERB Life and Legacy Events: My obsession with ERB dates also goes back a long ways. I compiled simple notebook entries for ERB comics, radio shows, films and books all the way back to my first collecting days in the early '50s. I naively wrote my purchase dates in the flyleafs of all the books I bought - a sample of my ERB entries was featured on an ERBzine page back in the early days of ERBzine: Hillman Book Dates ~ In the early '60s when I discovered fanzines and bought a tape recorder for radio shows they were added to my notes. Computers were next which led to the creation of giant data bases to keep track of the collections and date info.
    When the Internet became feasible everything changed and much of my collection was shared on the Web starting in 1996 - mainly ERB since I realized I had to limit some of my eclectic interests. Around the time that Disney's contract for doing the ERB Website, Danton Burroughs discovered my obsession with all things Burroughs and he authorized ERBzine as the official tribute site. This led to many visits to Tarzana and an endless stream of  correspondence with Dan via mail, e-mail and long distance phone calls in which he shared an endless flood of treasures from the Burroughs Tarzana Archive including his grandfather's personal journal entries. We were able to date many of items and events which led to the expansion of the Burroughs Bio Timeline of events and ERB Perpetual Daily Events Calendar I had created back in the '90s. All of these records and John Martin's extensive notes have made the Daily Events project that you are now reading a possibility. Quite a commitment. The project has taken 2-3 hours every day of my time since its start in January 1, 2018 and I've carried on with ongoing extensive daily updates after the conclusion of 2018. Many thanks to John for spearheading this -- it's been a great way to look over my giant trove of ERBzine material -- and is also a great incentive for me to update my pages, links and images and add them here as a way of illustrating and discovering daily events from the Life and Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- Grandfather of American Science Fiction ~ Master of Fantasy Adventure ~ and creator of the Fantasy Worlds of John Carter, Tarzan, David Innes, Carson Napier, et al.
Tarzan Goes to India in ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan Goes to India Photo gallery:
ERB Bio Timeline of Events
ERB Perpetual Annotated Calendar
*** 1942: The Tarzan Sunday page for this date, #594, just happened to be on the easel, partially finished, when Bob Hyde paid a surprise visit to introduce himself to Burne Hogarth. If you read Bob Hyde's story about this that I've typed into ERBzine, you will learn something about the way Hogarth drew and you'll also find out what he did the entire time that Hyde was there. The story is in Chapter VI, following the story of how Hyde's plans to visit ERB himself fell through.

    Sue-On and I spent time with Bob at a number of ERB conventions and valued our friendship. We took one of the last photos of "The Tarzan Fanatic" after seeing him and Pete Ogden off at the Chicago airport. Bob had regularly sent photocopies of his Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic memoirs to me which I transcribed and presented in a series of Webpages pages in ERBzine.
Bob Hyde: Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic: Ch. VI
Burne Hogarth Tarzan Covers
Bob Hyde: Odyssey of a Tarzan Fanatic
Informal Chat with Burne Hogarth
*** 1938: The Big Little Book
, "Tarzan's Revenge," was copyrighted on this date. The cover features Tarzan with a tiger with a stoned-out expression on its face. The first printing of the BLB had a circle on the cover that identified it as a Big Little Book. This BLB text followed the story of the movie, "Tarzan's Revenge," starring Glenn Morris and Eleanor Holm, a pair of Olympic champions. To share this with my readers I keyed in the text to ERBzine for all to enjoy on the Web.
Tarzan's Revenge: Big Little Book Text
Tarzan's Revenge: Cover Front and Back
BLB Cover Gallery
1932: Ed
expressed his pleasure to J. C. Powell, Librarian Emeritus of the University of California at Berkley who had welcomed him into the honoured circle of authors of the Golden State.
ERB Bio Timeline


Tarzan: My Father by Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. ~ Young Johnny with Dad and Johnny Sheffield
Carson of Venus meets an Amtorian Sea Monster ~ Jesse Marsh: Dell/Gold Key Comics ERB Artist

*** 1907: Jesse Marsh (1907.07.27-1966.04.28) the first artist to produce original illustrations for Tarzan comic books, was born on this date. He passed away a year after failing health made it necessary for him to stop illustrating Tarzan. He produced an amazing body of work in addition to his work on the Tarzan series: John Carter, Gene Autry, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and many more and even did the first work on Brothers of the Spear before Russ Manning took it over. All the Marsh Tarzan and John Carter Comics have been reprinted as a weekly feature in ERBzine over a number of years. . .  and all are available to read in our Archive. In 2009, Dark Horse Comics announced an archive reprint series of 11 volumes of his work on Tarzan entitled Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years.
Jesse Marsh Bio and Photos
All the Jesse Marsh Tarzans and John Carters
Marsh Tarzans after #100 plus Annuals
Jesse Marsh Tarzans in Gold Key

Off-Site Reference
Marsh in Wikipedia

*** 2006: In addition to Boy and Korak, Tarzan had a third son: Johnny Weissmuller Jr. He died of liver cancer at the age of 65 on this date, July 27, in 2006. Johnny Jr. intersected with the world of Tarzan in a few others ways than simply being senior's son. He wrote a book, "Tarzan, My Father." He was interviewed for the documentary, "Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle," as was Scott Tracy Griffin.
And he put together a nice set of four cassettes in a wooden box, with the title "Tarzan" and the subtitle "Original Stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs." The box states the tapes are "Performed by Johnny Weissmuller Jr." and the tapes themselves say "Directed by Johnny Weissmuller Jr." The stories on the tapes, somewhat abridged, are "Tarzan of the Apes," "The Return of Tarzan," "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar," and "Tarzan and the City of Gold."
    Bill Hillman: A short time before his death Johnny, Jr. phoned me a number of times to promote his book. He shared the book and many anecdotes about his father.
Other Johnny, Jr. projects suggested by our readers:
    Rob Donkers: He lent his voice to Tarzoon, the character from that dreadful X-rated animated movie "Tarzoon, Shame of the Jungle" (1975)
    Martin Smiddy (also appeared in the doc's credits):  Johnny Jr was also interviewed by Jonathan Ross on his documentary “In Search of Tarzan” - available on YouTube.
Johnny, Jr. with his dad and Johnny Sheffield:
Tarzan Radio Memories: Johnny Jr.'s Programs Photo

Off-Site References:
Johnny, Jr. Filmography
Johnny, Jr. in Wikipedia
Tarzan: Silver Screen King Doc: IMDB

*** 2003: On this date the BBC reported that there was no monster in Loch Ness. An investigation "trawled" the Loch with 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology and found nothing (could have been that Nessie was hiding in an underwater cave). The discovery showed how smart ERB was. He never had any of his heroes encounter such a creature, instead concentrating on placing his characters in more realistic situations, such as travelling to Mars by some kind of astral projection, battling dinosaurs in a world inside the Earth, and being able to live and breathe on the scorching hot and slothfully rotating planet of Venus.
    The Hillmans searched for Nessie numerous times during our UK music tours -- even waded out into the waters of the Loch -- unfortunately/fortunately the elusive monster didn't want to come out to play with Canucks. Carson of Venus had better luck in finding Amtorian sea monsters.
Carson and the sea monsters of Venus
Hillman Gig Notes: Search for Nessie

Off-Site Reference
Nessie Debunking

*** 1927: From a letter with ERB replying to the editor of Red Book mag: "I got a kick out of your letter of July 20th relative to my breaking so many rules. Life would be much simpler if there were not so many rules. I imagine I have broken every rule of English grammar several thousand times and being at heart a purist, I should be desolated if I was was aware of it, but as do not know a single one of these rules, I am saved much mental anguish...."
*** 1946:"Tarzan" by J. D. van der Merwe of Duivels-Kloof, Transvaal, South Africa, appears in Britain's Wide World magazine. "A South African hunter's account of a decidedly hectic experience."
ERB Bio Timeline


Asylum "remake": ERB's Land That Time Forgot ~ Dancing Girl of the Leper King (Jungle Girl) ~ Steve Hawkes and his Tiger
Denny Miller: Tarzan The Ape Man ~ Burroughs' Across America Adventure ~ Morrow Tarzan Strip

*** "The Land That Time Forgot" of 2009 was a dinosaur island movie that pretended to be an Edgar Rice Burroughs dinosaur movie. Asylum Pictures released its video production July 28 of that year. Many Burroughs fans watched it, out of curiosity, but most were disappointed in the movie's failure to even attempt to follow ERB's original story, other than having an island, some dinosaurs and a German submarine and crew. There was a character in the film named "Captain Burroughs," but if that was a ploy on the part of the filmmakers to appease the ERB faithful, the fans were not amused.
Den Valdron Reviews of Asylum Films
Land That Time Forgot: The original 1975 Version

Off-Site References:
Time Forgot 2009 in IMDB
Time Forgot 2009 in Wikipedia

*** An ERBzine edition of "Breaking News in the ERB Cosmos" featured articles about Dr. Sarah Smith, who was awarded a grant funded by the taxes paid by hard-working British citizens to study six Tarzan films to do psychological studies of societal trends as portrayed by Tarzan movies
One of the articles about her assignment, "Tarzan of the Capes and Mortar Boards," was published July 28, 2004, but there were other articles as well, including the leadoff opinion piece by Tarzan star Denny Miller who, with his usual wry wit, wrote exactly what he thought about Sarah Smith and her study.
In addition to reading Denny's on-target comments on Dr. Smith's endeavor, one can also follow this link to read of Denny's adventures of that era, as well as comments by Hawking and Hawkes -- Stephen commenting on something that would disappoint sci-fi fans and Hawkes, more properly known as Steve Sipek, mourning his tiger, Bobo, who was murdered by police after it escaped.
Breaking News in the ERB Cosmos
Denny Miller Career Flashbacks
Steve Hawkes: Tarzan Films and Tigers
*** 1931: When ERB planned to publish his own books
he thought it wise to find someone to help prepare them for the printer by eliminating errors. He contacted Principal J. P. Inglis of Van Nuys High School, saying that the work would include at least two novels a year and: "I find that it takes me between eight and twelve hours to correct the galley proofs of novels of this length (about eighty thousand words). . . . I am particularly anxious to find someone who would undertake the work in a confidential nature; show the manuscripts to no one and talk about them to no one. . . ."
    Inglis recommended teacher Adele Bischoff. Miss Bischoff's first task, was probably Tarzan the Invincible, scheduled to be the first book published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Ed was pleased with Miss Bischoff's work, complimented her on the "painstaking and intelligent editing," and on July 28, 1931, sent her "The Dancing Girl of the Leper King" for correction. Following this, in September and October, Ed forwarded to her three installments of "Tarzan and the Leopard Men."
*** Sue-On and I were always fascinated with ERB's book located in the jungles and temples of Cambodia (written as "The Dancing Girl of the Leper King", published in pulp as "Land of the Hidden Men" and retitled "The Jungle Girl" for hardcover release). This turned out to be a long journey that took us through the rivers and jungles of Thailand, Lao, Vietnam and eventually to Cambodia. This involved taking 27 Unique Modes of Travel across 2700 Kilometres for over 27 days. We explored much of Cambodia on foot through jungles and riding two Quad ATVs through city streets, villages, rice fields and ruins -- the highlight seeing the Angkor Wat Temples at sunrise and then exploring the massive historic ruins -- fairly recently re-discovered and now being restored. We never found the Jungle Girl . . . but what an adventure!
Dancing Girl of the Leper King published as Jungle Girl
The Hillmans in Search of Ankor Wat and The Jungle Girl
Tarzan The Invincible ERBzine ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: ERBzine ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
*** "Tarzan and the Lion Worshippers," by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began July 28, 1958, and ran for 48 days. read it starting here:

Tarzan and the Lion Worshippers: All 48 Strips
*** "The Castle in the Jungle," by John Celardo, began July 28, 1965, and ran for 70 days.

The Castle in the Jungle: Read all 70 strips
*** "The Compleat Collector," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began July 28, 1991, and ran for 12 Sundays. Joseph Van Dorn doesn't collect Tarzan books... He collects Tarzan himself!

The Compleat Collector: Read all 12 Sunday Strips
*** 1916: The Burroughs auto adventurers returned home. Fearful of the prevalence of infantile paralysis in the East, they cancelled the eastern leg of their trip and decided to strike out for California.

Burroughs Auto Caravan Trip Across America


New Adventures of Tarzan: Big Little Book Covers plus colourized shot of Tarzan from the film &Theatre Marquee of the day
Saturday Evening Post Tarzan article & ERB at Tarzana Post Office ~ Morrow Tarzan Strip

*** "Tarzan, or How to Become a Great Writer," appeared this date, July 29, 1939, in The Saturday Evening Post.
The author, Alva Johnston, wrote: "Burroughs credits himself with only one stroke of genius -- the naming of Tarzan. The impact of those two syllables on the eardrum is, in his opinion, largely responsible for the world success of the Tarzan books. This is one of the few literary secrets of Burroughs that is communicable. In christening his characters he works with syllables as some composers work with musical notes. He tests one sound against another until, after trying perhaps hundreds of combinations, he has a name that rings like a fire bell."
    Those who have a chance to peruse ERB's original handwritten manuscript will note that Ed had originally christened his jungle character "Zantar," then "Tublat Zan," then, finally, "Tarzan"! Interestingly, the original "Bloomstoke" became "Greystoke." See ERBzine 0483.
Tarzan, or How to Become a Great Writer
Tarzan of the Apes: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio

*** Also on July 29, this time in 1963, "Tarzan on the Upswing," an article about the Burroughs boom by Jacquin Sanders, appeared in the Life and Leisure section of Newsweek Magazine.
*** "The New Adventures of Tarzan," a Big Little Book with 66 stills from the Burroughs Tarzan Enterprise serial/movie, was copyrighted this date, July 29, 1935. New Adventures of Tarzan ~ 1935 ~No. 1180 ~ 155 pages with 66 movie stills ~ A Burroughs Tarzan Enterprise ~ Filmed by the Ashton Dearholt Expedition.

 I've also scanned BLBs covers from my collection to create an ERB BLB Bibliography at ERBzine 0044b
New Adventures of Tarzan cover and other Big Little Books
New Adventures of Tarzan: The Film - Many pages reproduced

*** 1929: The little old lady from Downey, Calif., who banned Tarzan books in the 1960s and inadvertently started a revival of ERB books, wasn't the first to ban Tarzan. Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey Calendar reports that, on July 29, 1929, ERB sent an ironic rebuff to the Tarzana branch of the LA Public Library which had requested copies of his books. He pointed out that their main library had banned his books.
Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey Calendar
"The Land Beyond the Mountains," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began July 29, 1990, and ran for 14 Sundays.
The Land Beyond the Mountains: All 14 Tarzan Strips


Adventures of Lord Blackstone by the McGeehans ~ Black Falcon Review by Mary McGeehan Wild:
ERBzine reprint from Normal Bean News and ERBapa ~ Rescuing JCB's Work from Tarzana Vaults ~ Maxon's Tarzan
*** 1985: Tarzan faced many enemies in his adventures, and often came close to death. But, somehow, he always managed to survive. But what if some villains planned things so carefully that they were ready for any contingency? That is the premise which was used by Thomas McGeehan and his sister, Mary McGeehan, with some input by he who would become her husband, George Wild, to write the 52-page story, "The Adventures of Lord Blackstoke," published in July of 1985.
The story is a parody, asking "what if the 1959 and 1981 remakes of 'Tor Zen the Man-Ape' accurately portrayed the characters and abilities of Tor Zen and Jayne? And what would the outcome be if they had to face one of Tor Zen's worst enemies, Esteban Marando....if he is assisted by others who might want revenge on Tor Zen?"
This story is not, of course, about Tarzan, and we know that because inside it says that "Any similarity in this story to persons living or dead, real or fictional, is purely coincidental." This, rather, is about the aforesaid jungle man named Tor Zen, and his wife Jayne. There is a nearby lost treasure city known as Osar, ruled by a queen named Lar. Tor Zen has a lion named Jad-ba-ja and a monkey named Kima. There's a local tribe known as the Wazuri. Tor Zen also has a son, Karok.
The villains in this piece are all relatives of bad guys that Tor Zen had bested in the past. They plan to deal with Tor Zen and Jayne once and for all, and to steal all the treasure they can carry off from Osar at the same time.
The cast of villains who signed up to help Marando include Bolato, nephew of Bukawa; Ivan Palitch, first cousin of Alexis Palitch; Boris Ratoff, younger brother of Nikolas Ratoff; Heinrich and Herman Schnider, relatives of Hauptmann Fritz Schnider, and other relatives of ERB villains named Basil Stobutch, Carl Werpir and Leopold Zverri.
Will they succeed in this nefarious scheme or will Tor Zen, once again, emerge victorious? spoilers here!
This is a little 5x8 booklet which was a labor of love by the McGeehan family, who have been longtime ERB fans. Thomas and his brother John McGeehan were regular contributors to Caz's ERBdom in the early days and later on Thomas and Mary teamed up to send quarterly contributions to ERBapa. (John had passed away by then).
This book was not for sale but rather was distributed free to members of ERBapa who received mailing No. 7, and also to members of CAPA Alpha for mailing #250. CAPA-Alpha is an amateur press association devoted to articles about comic books.
The Revised Edition of "Blackstoke," pictured on this EVENTS page, has a cover which was done by Mary.
The original version of the story was published in Norb's Notes #15a in June of 1962, which had a print run of 65 copies. A year later it was printed in two parts in Dale Broadhurst's zine, The Burroughs Reader #'s 4 and 5.
The 1985 book was completely revised and published by Tom's House of Info #63 and Normal Bean News #6, Santa Ana, Calif., in the summer of ’85 and distributed via the two APAs in August and September..
The print run of "The Adventures of Lord Blackstoke" was 300 copies. If 50 went to ERBapa members and supporters and 50 to CAPA-Alpha members, that leaves 200 copies. I do know that Thomas sometimes mailed copies to persons who became members of ERBapa in subsequent years, and he may have done the same thing for CAPA-Alpha members, so that would account for some. I don't know if Thomas is still around, but he could be, and Mary and George attended a Dum Dum in L.A. in the 90s. They could still have some copies.
Other than that, it seems to be rare and hard to find. An internet search for it the other day turned up no results.
Not all ERB fans will like this story, but some will appreciate this dark parody and the work which went into it. It can bring a few smiles along the way. It is interesting to see a story written in which the villains do a pretty good job of not making any mistakes.
*** Mary McGeehan Wild presented reviews of  John Coleman Burroughs' "Treasure of the Black Falcon."  Danton Burroughs and I recovered art, many copies, notes, etc. of his father's book along with a trailer and van full of rare JCB material when we moved the contents of one of JCB's storage lockers up to the main Tarzana Ranch house.
Mary McGeehan Wild: JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon I
Mary McGeehan Wild: JCB Falcon Review from Normal Bean
ERBapa: Amateur Press Association
Raiding the Burroughs Treasure Vaults of Tarzana
*** 1943:
"The Infernal Castle," by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began on the comic pages July 30, 1943, and ran for 52 days.
The Infernal Castle: 52 Tarzan Strips by Maxon
*** 1927:
Ed gave more reasons for not getting into the home movie hobby: "Every once in a while we destroy a bunch of photographs that were taken several years ago and which now make us appear ridiculous. What's the use of leaving something to posterity that will make them ashamed of our poor taste and sorry for our lack of intelligence? Caesar, Napoleon and George Washington would be no great heroes if we had 16 mm movies of them."
ERB Bio Timeline


Frank Shonfeld with Danton Burroughs ~ Greystoke Castle ~ Frank with Doreen and Frank Westwood
at London Screening ~ Sample ECOF Logos ~ Bob Lubbers' Tarzan Strip

1990: Frank Shonfeld, "First of the All-Time Great ERB Fans" and founder of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship ECOF, passed away this date. Frank Arthur Edward "Paul" Shonfeld was born in West Croyden, Surrey, south of London in his father's home -- a tailor's shop. He discovered the writings of ERB in 1921 by way of The Son of Tarzan that was serialized in the weekly "Boy's Cinema" magazine.
    Finding Burroughs' Tarzana address that accompanied the story, he wrote the first of what would be many decades of fan letters. Burroughs answered all the letters but unfortunately  the early letters and most of Frank's ERB collection were later lost when his flat was firebombed during a WWII German air raid. Frank was honoured with the British Empire Medal once, and by fellow ERB fans many times. ERB super fan and scholar, Jim Thompson, carries on the ECOF name via his ERB CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP LISTSERV and his promotion of the annual ERB ECOF conventions.
Correspondence Between JCB and Frank Shonfeld
A tree was planted at Greystoke Castle in memory of Frank:
Shonfeld Articles, etc. in Fantastic Worlds of ERB
ECOF Gatherings
Our Jim Thompson Biblio-Pro-Phile - starting at:
ERBzine Photo of Shonfeld and Danton Burroughs
*** "Lost on an Island," by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began July 31, 1941, and ran through Dec. 5 on the daily comic strip page.

Lost on an Island: All the Maxon Tarzan Strips

*** "Attack of the Apes," by Bob Lubbers and Burne Hogarth, began July 31, 1950, and ran for 40 days.
Attack of the Apes




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