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Jim Pierce: Tarzan and the
Golden Lion ~ James H. Pierce Author: Battle of Hollywood
Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce
at Tarzana: Hillman Photo ~ Tarzan and the Lost Safari
*** 1927: Jim Pierce played an important part in my
life . . . he introduced me to Tarzan of the Apes. Because the very first
Tarzan film I ever saw was the last few reels of 'Tarzan and the Golden
Lion' in 1927. In those few moments, Tarzan reached out and took hold
of me, and through him, I discovered the marvelous magic of the world's
greatest myth-maker, Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was never ever to escape the
steely grip of Tarzan or the wondrous worlds of Burroughs. Who wants to?"
Those words were in the foreword of a book which was published in 1978.
The foreword was dated Aug. 1 of that year. See it in ERBzine and while
you're at it, maybe read the rest of the introduction and go on to the
book itself! The text of the book can be followed by clicking the "Next"
button at the bottom of each page.~ John Martin
*** Jim Pierce was the first film Tarzan I met.
and I made our first visit to Tarzana during a road trip to California
in 1971. Hulbert Burroughs gave us a full tour of the ERB, Inc.
offices and the usually very private warehouse full of ERB treasures. Much
of the warehouse still showed evidence of the fire started by combustible
nitrate film stock back in the '50s. After examining the huge trove of
16" ET master discs of the 1932 Tarzan radio show in the warehouse he even
suggested that he would have a job for me if I could stay and catalogue
the shows. This was after I told him I had a huge old time radio show collection
and even had tapes of the series that Jim Pierce and Joan Burroughs had
acted in. I had to decline since I had to resume teaching duties in a few
weeks back in Canada. He then suggested I stay over for a day and meet
Jim and Joan who were coming in from Apple Valley for an ERB, Inc. board
meeting the next day. This we did and spent great afternoon visiting with
Twenty years later I visited the warehouse
again. . . this time with ERB's grandson Danton. We spent many hours
taking exclusive photos and scanning rare documents . . . most of which
I have never released.
Hillmans Visit Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce in Tarzana
Jim Pierce: Book ~ Bio ~ Radio ~ Films ~ Photos ~
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** 1974: Danton Burroughs attended
the San Diego Comic-Con (July 31-Aug 4) held at
the El Cortez Hotel on this weekend. Other well-known personalities who
attended included Majel Barrett, Milton Caniff, Frank Capra, Chuck Jones,
Walter Koenig, Russ Manning, Russell Myers, Charles M. Schulz, Forry Ackerman,
Kirk Alyn, Bob Clampett, Camille "Caz" Cazedessus, etc. This Con set a
trend for all the following events as featured the first Masquerade, emceed
by June Foray, which evolved into a major Cosplay attraction.
Official Danton Burroughs Site
ERBzine Eclectica 2010.05
*** 1983: Peter Arne landed
"regular" roles for awhile but in the latter part of his career was mostly
cast as heavies or other sinister characters.
In "Tarzan and the Lost Safari," 1957, he played
Dick Penrod, who flew the airplane that had engine trouble and crashed
in Tarzan's jungle. He, his wife, and a couple of other characters were
then taken under the wing of the ape-man until captured by men of Opar,
a city full of inhabitants who were more like the Oparians in 2016's "The
Legend of Tarzan" than they were to ERB's original dwellers of the lost
Arne's life came to a sudden and unanticipated
end on Aug. 1, 1983, when he was bludgeoned to death in his apartment in
Knightsbirdge, London. The man identified as the perp, a former school
teacher from Verona, Italy, was found drowned a few days later in the Thames.
Arne's acting career got off to a realistic start when he and another man
met novelist Mary Renault and acted like her friends, coaxing her into
investing some funds with them. But they squandered the money on riotous
living until they were caught, and made to stop.
Tarzan and the Lost Safari: ERBzine Silver Screen
Safari in Wikipedia
A Princess of Mars: Oxford
University Press with Gay Galsworth art ~ Tarzana Herald:
Aug 2, 1937 with ERB references
~ Korak and the White Water Runner: Russ Manning
*** 1962: Oxford University Press published
"A Princess of Mars" on this date
In "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs,"
Hardy Heins wrote that the book was published "...as a schoolbook by
the venerable Oxford University Press. it contains six pages of 'Exercises'
in the back of the book.... It is issued as part of Oxford's educational
series of 'Stories Told and Retold,' which comprises children's classics
by what seem to be an otherwise all-British group of authors.
"This is a somewhat condensed version
of Princess, 'retold' by A.M. Hadfield. She loses a bit of the original
Burroughs flavor in the process. But this loss is counterbalanced by the
illustrations of Gay Galsworth -- a series of 19 sketches which
seem crude at first glance, but which in their detail are marvelously faithful
to the text." [Note: Maybe I am unclear on the concept of an "Oxford classic,"
but if "Princess" is a classic, then I don't understand why Oxford would
find it necessary or even proper to revise the work of a "classic author."
It seems to me that they should have reprinted "Princess" as ERB wrote
The Art of Oxford's Princess of Mars:
A Princess of Mars: ERBzine Bibliography
*** 1937: The Tarzana Herald
was a weekly newspaper founded in February of 1937, with an office at 18509
Ventura Boulevard, about three blocks from ERB's office. On Aug. 2 of that
year it featured ERB himself in a big spread, reviewing the history of
the town ERB founded and citing the community's growth from a postal point
News of Tarzana and ERB in the Tarzana Herald
Tarzana Herald page: : Aug 2, 1937
Property Owners Site
*** 1971: "Korak and the White Water
Runner," by Russ Manning, began Aug. 2, 1971, and ran for 96
days. Read it in less than one day in ERBzine:
Korak and the White Water Runner: All 96 Manning Strips
Celebrating the Birth Date of GORDON SCOTT ~ Some
of our many Dell Comics Covers
Tribute Portraits by Dave Hoover and Paul Privitera
~ DVD Film Poster by Dave Hoover
*** 1926: Gordon Werschkul was born this date, Aug.
3,in 1926 in Portland, Oregon. As Gordon Scott, he starred as Tarzan,
Zorro, Goliath, Julius Caesar and as Hercules, to name a few. Any ERB fan
who attended conventions a few years ago probably met him in person.
"He was an absolutely wonderful Tarzan who played the
character as an intelligent and nice man who carried himself well, much
as my grandfather had originally written it," ~ Danton Burroughs
"I am positive were Burroughs alive today, he would fully
agree that the Tarzan films are getting better and that Gordon Scott makes
a truly magnificent Apeman." ~ Maurice B. Gardner - Film Critic
Read details on Scott's life and career, as well as more
quotes and reviews in our ERBzine Tribute Pages.
Gordon Scott tributes in ERBzine
Gordon Scott, filmography, bibliography
The Dell Tarzan Gordon Scott gallery:
...and many more sites as well!
*** 1885: A disastrous fire destroyed
the Burroughs Phoenix Distillery. George turned to a new business, the
1896: Ed, disillusioned with the life of an enlisted
man at Fort Grant, started sending letters imploring his father to help
him buy his way out of the service. Worried about the hardships he was
going through, his mother secretly sent him food and money.
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals
"Ape Man" Joseph Knowles: Wilderness Man ~ Ape
Man: His Kith and Kin: Feral Children
Phoenix carries ERB to Mars and sends first photos
from N. Mars Okar ~ Andrew Stanton: John Carter
*** 1913: John Carter went to Mars and Joseph Knowles
went to the Maine woods. On Aug. 4, 1913, Knowles headed into the woods
wearing nothing but a jock strap, to prove someone could survive just as
Tarzan (who had been introduced to the world a year earlier) was able to
do. Scott Tracy Griffin tells the story of Knowles on page 176 of
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," in a chapter titled "Tarzan
Dopplegangers." He mentions ERB-created Tarzan lookalikes such as Esteban
Miranda and Brian Gregory, but also highlights the real-life Tarzan imitator.
Tracy noted that Knowles had partnered with the Boston Post for the publicity
stunt in which he was allegedly surviving in the woods for two months,
coming out clad in a bearskin which he claimed to have acquired after defeating
a bruin with a club. Knowles left weekly dispatches, written on bark with
charcoal sticks, for the newspaper to publish. Afterward, he went on a
publicity tour and wrote a book, "Alone in the Wilderness."
Newsstories and books relating similar
tales of human adaptation and survival in the wild abound. In fact, one
of my roles as professor at Brandon University was to work with Professor
Georges Dodds of McGill University in Montreal in featuring such stories
-- well over 100 books with full text and illustrations as part of his
project: The Ape-Man his Kith and Kin ~ A collection of texts which
prepared the advent of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan and his Fellows: “Fact, Fiction, Legend?”
The Ape Man: His Kith and Kin
in Boston Magazine
*** 2007: John Carter is on Mars.
Thoris is on Mars. So is everyone else in the 11 Barsoom books. And,
the author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, is on Mars as well.
They went there on this date, Aug. 4 in 2007, aboard
the spacecraft Phoenix. They are among works of literature about
Mars, encoded on an archival silica-glass DVD designed by The Planetary
Society and sent along on the spacecraft in case an alien with a DVD
player shows up there in the next thousand years or so. The story, over
a pink tint block next to the cover of A Princess of Mars",
can be found by scrolling about halfway down at:
Phoenix Carries Visions of Mars ~ First Okar photos
Hothouse Cities of Okar on Barsoom
*** 2011: Maybe someday someone
will send another DVD to Mars, with Andrew Stanton's "John Carter"
on it. On Aug. 4, 2011, a Stanton interview was published about
the forthcoming John Carter movie. He was still feverishly working to edit
the movie into something cohesive at that time, but took the time for an
interview and had a lot of interesting things to say. Lots of other good
stuff on this page, including DeWet du Toit as Tarzan and ERB artist,
the late Dave Hoover.
Andrew Stanton Interview on John Carter
Stanton Discusses the Making of "John Carter"
Another Stanton Interview
BURROUGHS ANNOTATED CALENDAR
and BIO TIMELINE
*** 1927: ERB Started Apache
*** 1942: Ed gave an afternoon talk to officers of an
Anti Aircraft artillery regiment relative to possible co-ordination of
and AA units in event of an emergency. "Met
two negro AA majors. I saw no distinction shown between white and
black. White officers told me that these men were tops."
*** 1943: ERB's stepdaughter Caryl wrote that
she was attending the private Marlborough School for Girls. She
persisted in using the last name Burroughs - against her mother's
wishes. She fought the adoption by Flo's new husband, Dr. Chase
*** 1947: General Landon thanked ED for the dedication
in Tarzan and "The Forbidden Legion" ERB had a long association
with General Landon during the war years in the Pacific. ERB flew to Tarawa,
Eniwetok, and Kwajalein, and shared living quarters on Tarawa with General
Landon. He flew with Landon on a B-24 Liberator bomber on two bombing raids
over the occupied island of Jaliut and he later flew with General Landon
to Eniwetok. ERB returned to Honolulu where he drew on some of these wartime
experiences to write Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion," from June
to September, 1944.
Annotated Perpetual Calendar for August
1897 Chicago: 3D Card & bikes ~ ERB's fiancee:
Emma Hulbert ~ Mark Strong as Matai Shang
Reginald Owen watches Johnny Weissmuller treat
Barry Fitzgerald in Tarzan's Secret Treasure
*** 1833: The village of Chicago, population
250, was incorporated on this date, Aug. 5, in 1833, and quickly grew large
enough to be re-incorporated as a city (1837). Sixty years after that,
by Aug. 5, 1897, the city had developed enough of a bureaucracy that it
required pedalers to have bicycle licenses. On that Aug. 5 date, one of
its residents, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was issued a license in order
to legally power his diamond-framed Reliance about the city, which then
had a population of well over one million. The Burroughs family address
was 646 Washington St
ERB needed the bicycle to ride to
work. His father gave him a job at the American Battery Company
where he started at the bench for $15 a week and learned the business from
the ground up. Eventually he earned a position of company accountant and
was well enough off to enable him to resume his courtship of Emma.
Her father, Alvin Hulbert, was manager of several major city hotels,
including the Tremont House. ERB enrolled for a brief stint at the
Art Institute on Michigan Boulevard. According to family members, he
wanted to draw horses only.
Gleanings from ERB timeline bio at:
ERB at Chicago 1897 Exposition
Chicago street scene during a bicycle race in 1897
*** 1963: When he's not stirring
up trouble on Barsoom or other planets, Matai Shang has been scouting
the identity of Mark Strong. Should there be inquiries into his
place of origin, he can point to birth records on file at Islington, London,
which list his entry into this world as Aug. 5, 1963.
In the guise of Mark Strong, he has
acted as an actor for his career cover story. In a remarkable coincidence,
he was cast in the role of himself in the 2012 Disney epic, "John Carter,"
a movie about an earthman who was transported to Mars, where he encountered
Matai Shang.One clue to his dual identity is that both his Barsoom persona
and earthly identity bear the same initials.
Strong discusses the John Carter
filming: On Stanton: "He's a genius. He's such a good storyteller.
When I met him and he showed me the storyboards, the ideas for the sets
and the designs for the characters, it's just absolutely mind-blowing.
I can't wait to get involved with it. I said to him, how do you feel about
live action? And he said it's going to be easy. As an animator, you literally
have to invent everything. The color of the background, the size of people's
noses. Whereas in live action, half the stuff is given, and you can embellish
the rest with CGI."
On his part: "There's some filming in Utah,
but most of it is in a studio outside of London. My character doesn't actually
get involved in any of the motion-capture stuff. All the stuff is live
action. Although I can shift my shape (to other human beings mainly), so
I have to be photographed by a 360-degree camera. I can adapt into anything.
That's going to be my particular talent."
Mark Strong Discusses John Carter
John Carter of Mars 2012 Film Site
*** 1887: Reginald Owen, who
played Professor Elliott in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure," was born
this date, Aug. 5, in 1887 at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England. He
died in 1972 in Boise, Idaho."He was probably Hollywood's busiest character
actor - making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert
Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional
debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in the early
1920s and started working on Broadway by 1924. He left New York in 1928
and moved to Hollywood, hoping to make it in films. In 1929, he landed
his first role in "The Letter." In 1932 he played Dr. Watson in a Sherlock
Holmes movie. Although, he didn't get many leading roles, he did get to
work with some of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies like, Jean
Harlow, Joan Crawford, Jeanette MacDonald (Owen's personal favorite), Barbara
Stanwyck and Elizabeth Taylor. Owen continued to work into his 70s and
80s, making family classics."
Tarzan's Secret Treasure: ERBzine Silver Screen
*** 1942: ERB
wrote a lengthy letter to Joan from Hawaii: "Sunday, I was guest speaker
at a dinner given by the Schofield Barracks Quarterbacks Club at the Chun
Hoon residence." Ed reads in the Honolulu Advertiser that Florence is to
remarry. Ed has been invited by a Lt. Col. to spend Saturday with his tank
group and another Col. has invited him out to an AA target practice.
Hulbert recently came over and they played tennis and saw The Man Who Came
Wartime Letter to Joan
Robert Abbett Art: John Carter & Dejah
Thoris plus original art for Thuvia ~ Burroughs Crater on Mars
Map of Barsoom ~ Curiosity Mars Explorer 2012 ~
Hogarth's Tarzan Against The Nazis
*** 1911: Kill off Dejah Thoris? That was the idea
proposed by Thomas Metcalf, editor of The All-Story, in a
letter he wrote to ERB. He was responding to a missive from ERB on Aug.
6, 1911, in which ERB said that his reasons for writing "Under the Moons
of Mars" were purely mercenary and "not from motives of sentiment."
ERB said he was open to suggestions for how his stories should go. Metcalf
made a suggestion. But, ERB found it too hard to kill off the incomparable
Dejah Thoris. Of course, a few years later, he would attempt to kill off
Jane. But that's another story!
Robert Abbett's painting for
the first Ballantine paperback edition of "A Princess of Mars" showed
the deathless Virginian
John Carter fending off those who would
harm his love, the incomparable
The Metcalf / ERB Correspondenc
"The Glory that was once Zodanga":
The Abbett Mars Art for Ballantine
*** 2012: John Carter
first went to Mars in the month of March but NASA prefers to start
a lot of its Red Planet forays in August.Curiosity, a car-sized rover designed
to explore Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
mission, landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012.
Two days ago, it was reported in this
space that the spacecraft Phoenix touched down on Mars on Aug. 4, 2007,
bearing a CD with all 11 of ERB's Mars books on it.
Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars on Aug.
5, 1969. Photographs and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
NASA announced, on Aug. 5, 2011, that its Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on
Mars during warm seasons.
ERB didn't leave Jupiter out of his Mars series, so we
won't either: On Aug. 5, 2011, the spacecraft Juno was launched from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to the Solar System's largest
It was the first solar-powered probe.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars Crater
Map of Barsoom from the ERBzine ERB Atlas
*** 1944: "Tarzan Against the Nazis,"
by Burne Hogarth, began Aug. 6, 1944, and ran for 32 Sundays. It
was reprinted in "Tarzan in Color," Vols. 13 and 14, and in the Titan Books
Vol. 3, "Tarzan Versus the Nazis," which also contained "Tarzan Versus
Kandullah and the Nazis," along with other stories.
Tarzan Versus the Nazis by Burne Hogarth
Hogarth Bio and Directory for his Tarzan Sundays
*** 1932: ERB wrote Lost On Venus
at his beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa
Lost On Venus: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.
Lost On Venus: Read the eText Edition
"Barney Custer of Beatrice" for MAD KING:
Fairchild art & covers ~ ERB's Brigadier Rex sold to Mexican army
Danton: Young (JCB art) & Older ~ ERB Cross-Country
Camp Names ~ Foster's Tarzan: Forbidden Place
*** 1915: "Barney Custer of Beatrice," a three-part
serial, began in All-Story Weekly on this date. The first issue
had a cover illustration by W. Fairchild. The story was a sequel
to "The Mad King," published in the same magazine about a year and
a half earlier. In 1926, both parts were combined into a single book with
"The Mad King" as the title.
Mad King: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Mad King: Read entire book in e-Text
*** 1932: "Von Harben and the Elephants'
Graveyard," by Hal Foster and George Carlin, began Aug.
7, 1932, and ran for eight Sundays.
Forbidden Place (Elephants' Graveyard): Foster's first
Von Harben Sumary
*** 1964: Tarzan and the 'Queen
of Diamonds' by John Celardo, started Aug. 7 in 1964 and ran
for 82 days.
Tarzan and the 'Queen of Diamonds': All 82 Celardo
*** 1996: Mars and
the United States have had an exchange program going for several decades.
Earth has sent John Carter, Ulysses Paxton, Robinson Crusoe and Santa Claus
to Mars, followed by a number of contraptions. Mars, in return, has sent
a slough of various invaders to Earth, along with a rock with a dead thing
That was on Aug. 7, 1996. On that date, NASA announced
the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came
in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite
was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil. Scientists
believe the rock was broken loose by a shot from a Thark rifle and ricocheted
through the thin Martian air to start it on its journey toward Earth.
Although the world recoiled in terror from the thought
that there might be life on Mars, people were even more horrified on this
date in 1959 on Aug. 7 when Explorer 6 sent back a picture of a planet
even scarier than Mars -- Earth.
*** 1916: Start of the Burroughs
Family California trek locations: Oak Park, Ottawa, Camp Point, Hannibal,
Emporia, Newton, Larned, Dodge City, Ute Pass, Santa Fe Trail, Pikes Peak,
CAMPS: 9. Camp Fly ~ 10. Rattle Snake Camp ~ 11.
Camp Clover-Kings? ~ 12. Camp Thixton ~ 13. Camp Point?: Emergency Camp
#3 ~ 14. Hannibal: Emergency Camp #4 ~ 15. Camp New Bridge ~ 16.
Camp Busted Pump ~ 17. Camp Pitt ~ 18. Camp Ev. Luth Trinity School ~ 19.
Camp Horseshoe ~ 20. Camp Winwood? ~ 21. Camp Big Wind ~ 22. Camp Raggedy
Man ~ 23. Camp Moon New Mexico, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino,
Burroughs Family California trek locations
*** 1944: LETTER ~ ALTERNATE
letter home to daughter-in-law, Jane Ralston Burroughs wondering
about the origin of baby Danton's name.
ERB Letter to Jane discussing Danton's Name
Danton Portrait by his father JCB
*** 1925: General Carrillo of the Mexican
Army paid $1,000 for Ed's horse Brigadier Rex
a public auction atthe Breakfast Club polo field.
Brigadier Rex Sale at Tarzana
ERBzine Bio Timeline Entries
*** 1930: Emma discovered that some of Hully's
golf trophies appear to have been stolen.
*** 1939: August first week: Ed and friends spent time
in Balboa at friends' club. Ed tired of the experience except for when
he was piloting the ship himself.
ERBzine ERB Bio Timeline
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