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Volume 6340

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AUG 12 ~ AUG 13 ~ AUG 14


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James and Joan Wedding & Tarzan Radio Show ~ Hillman Photos: Pierces at Tarzana & Headstones ~ Hulbert birth announcement
Hully and Bill Hillman at Tarzana Office ~ Jack and Mom Emma ~ Jack and Jane with John, Dian, Danton ~ Burroughs Family ~ Joan, Hully, Jack

*** 1900: The future son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on Aug. 8, 1900, and -- on Aug. 8 and 91 years later -- a Burroughs son - Hulbert - died. Ironically, Sue-On and I had met both Hulbert and the Pierces during a visit to Tarzana, so these dates have special meaning to us.
James H. Pierce, the son-in-law, was born in Freedom, Indiana, one of three Tarzans to come from the Hoosier state, the other two being Elmo Lincoln, born in Rochester in 1889, and Denny Miller, born in 1934 in Bloomington.
James H. Pierce Autobiography
*** James Pierce grew up to star in the last Tarzan silent, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," 1927, where he got to meet Boris Karloff, who would turn into the Frankenstein monster four years later.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion
*** A year later, on Aug. 8, 1928, Pierce and Joan Burroughs were married - Joan (20 years) and James Pierce (27 years) -- at Tarzana Ranch. The date was also Pierce's birthday. Pierce, former University of Indiana football star, was now working as a coach at the University of Arizona. "The wedding went off as per schedule and everyone seemed to think that it was a very lovely affair, principally because of its simplicity. Joan was married on the knoll at the east end of the lily ponds. It made a very pretty setting." Ed rented an extra camera and Jack and Mr. Rothmund filmed until dark, taking four reels of film. They had some difficulty as many of the important shots had to be taken into the setting sun. Chris, the stableman, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest photographer," was assigned the task of taking stills. "He succeeded in getting two, one of which is good. This was the only disappointment of the wedding as I had banked on having at least two or three dozen pictures." "After the ceremony they made their escape without being seen, and after driving around the Valley for several hours came back and hid under some trees down the road until after the last of the guests were gone when they came back to see us, which was mighty sweet of them."
James Pierce and Joan Burroughs Wedding
*** James and Joan wedding news:
*** Four years later, in September of 1932, they began playing Tarzan and Jane on radio.
Tarzan on Radio starring James and Joan
*** James and Joan survived a few rocky relationships in their marriage but enjoyed a long and fruitful marriage. They are buried side by side in Shelbyville, IN. Their roles as Tarzan and Jane are remembered on their headstones which we visited in 2003.
*** 2003: The Pierce Gravesite: During one of our conversations at the Louisville 2003 Dum-Dum, Bob Hyde had reminded us that Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce were buried in Jim's hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana, just a short distance from the freeway, but we had no idea as to the cemetery's actual location.

    We had met the Pierces over 30 years ago in Tarzana, thanks to hospitality of Hulbert Burroughs, who had suggested that we spend an extra day in Tarzana so that he could set up a meeting between us. Although they were experiencing health problems, Jim and Joan were warm and gracious people. Joan had recently gone through cancer treatments and a mastectomy operation and Jim was recovering from a serious heart attack, but they carried themselves with great poise. We promised to send them tape reels from our OTR collection: 77 episodes of the 1932 Tarzan radio serial they had starred in -- and they showed their appreciation by sending us a huge box of ERB, Inc. books and dust jackets.
    As we approached Shelbyville we were diverted to sideroads by detours which led us past two country cemeteries. Although it was raining I couldn't resist stopping and doing a fruitless running search through the tombstones. Sue-On wisely stayed in the shelter of the car -- but I got wet.
    Things started to look up, however, when we entered Shelbyville, a city of about 17,000.  A large unusual statue dominated the town square: a man in what appeared to be a buckskin outfit was holding two animals -- probably bear cubs -- aloft. Aha!  This must be a tribute to hometown boy Jim Pierce who had worked in many westerns after his Hollywood debut as Tarzan.  Alas, the accompanying plaque read: IN TRIBUTE TO CHARLES MAJOR ~ NATIVE SON ~ AUTHOR OF THE BEARS OF BLUE RIVER.
    Since it was Sunday, most of the stores and businesses were closed but we remembered passing a hospital on the way in. After backtracking to the hospital we got directions to the town's main cemetery -- Forest Hill Cemetery -- but no one had heard of James H. Pierce the actor. We followed Vine Street (an appropriate name) to the second of two neighboring cemeteries. We were slightly boggled by the sight that met us under the overcast, drizzling skies -- a huge sprawling tree-dotted field of stones with no sign of a gravesite map, anyone on duty or Sunday visitors. Our hopes soon rose, however, when we saw two very distinctive grave markers in the shape of trees near the gate -- but there was no indication that they had any connection with the Pierces.
    When we looked again across the main grounds our hunt appeared to be a hopeless task since the cemetery was made up of acres of gravestones dating back through centuries, all  jumbled together with access by many winding and connecting roadways.  We knew that Jim and Joan's grave markers were side-by-side and were inscribed with "Tarzan" and "Jane" so we started a long slow drive around the grounds. We were about to give up when Sue-On's eagle eye spotted a large "PIERCE" tombstone.  Looking closer we discovered two small footstones between the roadway and the large Pierce family stone. An accompanying larger monument that had been planned obviously had never materialized. Success! The accompanying photos tell the rest of the story of this visit.
Gravesite of James and Joan Burroughs Pierce
Forest Hills Cemetery ~ Shelbyville, Indiana
James Pierce passed away Dec. 11, 1983.

*** 1991: The ERB son who died Aug. 8, 1991, was the second of ERB's three children, Hulbert. August was also the month Hulbert was born, coming into the world on the 12th in 1909.
*** 1913: John Coleman Burroughs, Hulbert's younger brother, was a February man, born on Feb. 28 in 1913 and leaving this world on George Washington's birthday in 1979.
*** 1972 Joan, the eldest, was born Jan. 12, 1908. She didn't quite make it to a January, passing away on New Year's Eve in 1972.
*** Joan Burroughs Tribute: 5 Pages

*** Hulbert Burroughs:
Hulbert Burroughs Collection

*** John Coleman Burroughs
JCB Memories

*** 2019: Ernesto Colón Sierra (1931.07.13-2019.08.08) died on this date. Ernie was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in mainland USA. He was a popular comics artist (Penciller, Artist, Inker, Editor, Letterer), known for his wide-ranging career illustrating children's, superhero, and horror comics, as well as mainstream nonfiction.
Colon began his professional career at Harvey Comics and went on to Gold Key, Marvel (he worked on a number of John Carter comics), Warren (Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella), DC, and many more including comic strips.
ERBzine Comics Archive


ERB's Lost On Venus written at MALIBU SUMMER HOME: Beach Area and Home Interior
with Ed and Tarzan Sheepdog ~ TARZANA RANCH: Aerial View and Living Room Interior

*** 1931: Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased a summer home in Malibu, the L.A. Times reported on Aug. 9, 1931. It was a 7-room, Mediterranean-style house. The $25,000 home had a 40-foot ocean frontage.
"Edgar Rice Burroughs was named unofficial Mayor of Malibu by his neighbors on La Costa Beach in 1932. Burroughs was a literary phenomenon. He wrote dozens of bestselling pulp fiction stories set in exotic locales and filled with noble savages, aristocratic heroes, damsels in distress and despicable villains. His output included 25 Tarzan novels and 10 set on Mars, in addition to stories about a hidden world full of prehistoric wonders at the center of the earth, travels to Venus—which the science of the era envisioned as a jungle planet, westerns, historical romances and a series of contemporary adventures
 involving an alcoholic prizefighter.
    "Today the location, along La Costa Beach, is known as the Malibu Wall, with so many vacation homes along the sandy shores that passing motorists have barely a view of the blue Pacific. But back then it was a place to go to relax and watch the seagulls. The 1930s were a prolific decade for Burroughs., "the official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute Website" lists fifteen titles that were published during the period when Burroughs was active in Malibu, including, Tarzan and the City of Gold, 1931; Pirates of Venus, 1931; Tarzan and the Lion Man, 1933; Swords of Mars, 1933; Tarzan’s Quest, 1934; Tarzan the Magnificent, 1935; and Back to the Stone Age, 1935."
    Then and now photos and other info at:
ERB Malibu Summer Home
*** 1931: During the years that Ed owned his summer getaway in Malibu, 15 new novels were written by ERB. But one, "Lost on Venus," is believed to have been entirely written when he was in residence there.

Lost On Venus:
Read the Lost On Venus in e-Text HERE

"My father was born in a house in Massachusetts that was built in 1741. His father owned it. My father never owned a home of his own. He lived for forty years in the same rented house in Chicago, although he was a wealthy man and could easily have afforded to own a home.
    I was born in that rented house. It was home to me in the real sense of the word, because my father and mother made it a home; but it lacked something - it could not impart pride in ownership nor a sense of permanency. One result was an ambition to own my own house.
    I have lived in several houses in several cities. Two of them, in Illinois, I owned, and two in Southern California. But I have never lived long enough in one place to acquire a solid sense of permanency, which has always appeared to me to connote security. And home and security seem almost synonomous (sic), for home is sanctuary.
    Yet my homes were real homes in every respect other than permanency. They had comfortable furniture, selected because it was what we wanted and not because it represented any period, nor because some interior decorator told us to get it. It represented us. Perhaps a lot of it didn't harmonize, but at least our home did not look like the show window of a furniture store.
    Our home had children, and dogs, and white rats, and horses. It had books, and easy chairs in which to read them. Our friends and our children's friends were welcome there.
    And so, to me, home is where the children are and love and companionship and dogs and security and horses and ownership and white rats and books and permanence." ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ Tarzana, California
Home by Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB Homes 1875-1919
ERB Homes 1919-1950
"Where was he when he wrote that?"
*** 2015: The baloney that Tarzan is related to Anna and Elsa of "Frozen," a rumour started by co-director Chris Buck on MTV on Aug. 9, 2015, needs no debunking among ERB readers, but The Daily Dot does so for all of those who would like the Pixar and Disney versions of various classics to all be tied together in one universe:

Off-Site Reference:
Frozen/Tarzan Connection Debunked

*** 1914: ERB's letter was printed in All-Story-Cavalier's "Heart to Heart Talks" column: Tarzan Burroughs Outlines His Plans For The Future
*** 1918: ERB Contributed The Creator of Tarzan to Book News Monthly
The Creator of Tarzan
*** 1918: ERB received $1000 from Red Book Corp. for motion picture rights to Oakdale Affair. World Film Co.produced it as a 5-reeler a year later
The Oakdale Affair: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Oakdale Affair to read in e-Text
Oakdale Affair: The Film
*** 1922: Ed started to write Beware!

After finishing The Moon Maid, Ed abandoned the Ediphone and returned to writing directly on the typewriter. He thought that this made for more action and a better knit story. (In later years, however, he returned to the use of a dictating machine, the Dictaphone.)
The need for a respite from the jungle and fantasy stories prompted him to seek for ideas elsewhere, but in the new writing he resorted to an overused theme — intrigue centering about the monarchy in a miniature kingdom. "Beware," written from August 9 to 31, 1922, features the plotting of revolutionaries to seize power in Assuria.
    In sending the 24,000-word story to Davis, Burroughs suggested that the editor read the prologue last to see what the effect would be. In this case the early events in Assuria would emerge at the end as a type of additional denouement. Davis' evaluation of "Beware," sent on September 12, 1922, was one of blunt disapproval: . . I think Beware is the nearest approach to mediocrity that ever came from your pen, and Lord, Edgar, how did you come to fall back among the Russians, the Grand Dukes, Prince Alexander, Crown Princes, then drag them and their descendants along with Saranov down to the present day. That whole bunch smell to high heaven in fiction... .
    One rejection had never been convincing to Burroughs, and the usual list of submissions followed which met with even more rejections. Finally, in 1939, "Beware" was purchased by Raymond Palmer, editor of Fantastic Adventures, for $245. With some of the characters and plot elements changed by Palmer, and the time setting projected to the year 2190, "Beware" was now transformed from a hodgepodge royal intrigue-detective mystery novelette to a science-fiction story and published in the July 1939 issue of the magazine, where it somehow acquired the incongruous title of "The Scientists Revolt."
Beware!/The Scientists Revolt: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Read Beware! in e-Text Pulp Edition
Read The Scientists Revolt
*** 1928: Joan and Jim, the newlyweds, come home to Tarzana to say good-bye and then leave in Jim's car for Indiana to visit his people and then on to Coldwater and Chicago to see relatives of Ed and Emma.

*** 1944: Ed lost 25 cents in a card game at Mildred's. He had time to write more entries in his notebook.
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
ERB Odyssey Perpetual Calendar: August


Ray "Crash" Corrigan in & out of his many ape costumes ~ Corrigan's first role: Tarzan the Ape Man
The Hillmans' visit to Corrigan Movie Ranch ~ Jungle Jim & Bill at Hideout Rock ~ Girl from Hollywood covers

*** In Brookings Harbor, Oregon, on Aug. 10, 1976, Ray "Crash" Corrigan passed away. Crash was born in Milwaukee in 1902 under the name of Ray Benard or, some say, Ray Benitz.
His first recorded movie role was as an ape in 1932's "Tarzan the Ape-Man." The role was an uncredited one, and Corrigan was to go on to play apes or gorillas in many other movies, including "Tarzan and His Mate." He must have loved playing apes, because he took both credited and non-credited roles and would play an ape whether it was the minor or major character in a film. His roles included an uncredited one in "Bela Lugose Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla," and he played opposite John Wayne in some of his outings as one of the Three Mesquiteers in that long-running B western series. Fan Rob Donkers has noted that Corrigan was also Weissmuller's stunt double on several occasions.
     And, according to the late D. Peter Ogden, publisher of ERBania, "Crash also costarred, sort of, with Frank Merrill in 'The White Gorilla.'This cheapo film was primarily made up of footage from Frank Merrill’s silent serial 'Perils of the Jungle,' with Crash describing the action, as his character is supposedly watching it all happen, from behind a bush! When I first saw it on TV in the late seventies, I thought it hilarious, but I was fascinated because I had never seen any footage of Frank Merrill in action and it would be many years later before 'Tarzan the Tiger' became available.".
And you can add Bruce Bennett to the mix. He may not have been in a movie with Crash Corrigan, but he did share at least one poster with him: I have a framed black and white movie poster (a little too large to scan) that I picked up in an antique store many years ago. The poster was for the Centre Theatre at 422 Centre Street (town or state not named, but elsewhere it says "2nd Trenton Showing," so maybe it was New Jersey). It advertises a twin bill which was playing at the theatre for "3 - Big Days - 3." on June 24-26 of some year. At the top it says "2 of the Wildest Adventures Ever Filmed" and below that, on the left, is an illustration of Bruce Bennett as Tarzan with arms folded and on the right is an illo of a white ape carrying a woman who's wearing something akin to a one-piece bathing suit.
In between the two illustrations it reads:
SEE Fighting Elephants, Snarling Lions, Ferocious Leopards, Monkeys, Hyenas, Wild Buffalo, Dangerous Rhinos.
The Black and White Gorillas Locked in a Death Struggle! Tarzan Battling Lions - Savages - Alligators - Tigers
On the bottom it identifies the movies: ...with the new Tarzan: BRUCE BENNETT
The New Adventures of Tarzan and on the right, with no stars listed, it just says: The White Gorilla.
Across the bottom is the claim: 1001 - Amazing Jungle Thrills - 1001 ~ Also at the bottom it says "Free Comic Books for the Children".

*** During our visits to Tarzana Sue-On and I often drive over to Simi Valley. The two main attractions there are the Reagan Library/Museum and the Corriganville Movie Ranch. Our first visit there was during the Brews and Blue Festival held at the site. A movie buff pointed out the many locations that may be seen in so many films -- many of them featuring Ray "Crash" Corrigan who even lived on the grounds in the old Western Village.
    Sadly, much of the site has been destroyed by fires, but we spent the afternoon exploring the cement pond containing a waterproof structure where cameras filmed underwater scenes, "entering" the cave featured in Nyoka, etc., admiring the unique vegetation of Sherwood Forest, marvelling at the RR tunnel, crawling under the huge "hideout rock" and distinctive trees and climbing the famous towering rocks - all of which can be seen in a multitude of Western, Jungle, and Adventure movies.
Only the foundations remain of the Silvertown Western Village and Fort Apache, but we took photos of it all. When we needed a rest after all the rock climbing we retreated under the trees where tents and kiosks were set up for us to enjoy local brews before moving over to the stage to listen to blues/rock bands.
Even after the many decades since his passing, Crash Corrigan's name and legacy are still very much alive. There are signs all around the area identifying the famous film locations. Many of the photos of these visits are shared in our ERBzine pages.
Hillmans Visit Corriganville Movie Ranch - 8 Pages:
Ted McKosky's Discusses Crash Corrigan
Tarzan the Ape Man

Off-Site Reference:
Corriganville Photos
A Ray Corrigan biography

*** 1923: The Girl from Hollywood was published by The Macauley Company ~ 320 pages ~ Heins word count: 67,000 ~ in a deal set up by Bob Davis. Reviews were highly critical. The semi-autographical story was  illustrated by P. J. Monahan.
    "My father did considerable research on the story and our ranch was used as the basis for the background. Dad even instilled some of my speeches and mannerisms into the character of one of the girls. He believed very much in this story and always felt that it was killed quickly by certain Hollywood elements." ~ Joan Burroughs
    The Special Centennial Edition of this book was published by ERB, Inc. in 2021
The Girl from Hollywood: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Girl from Hollywood: Read in e-Text
ERB's Tarzana Ranch was the inspiration for The Girl From Hollywood by Bill Hillman
ERBzine Multiple features on The Girl From Hollywood
2021 Centennial Edition from ERB, Inc.
Burroughs Bulletin feature edition on the Girl from Hollywood
 A 12-page coverage by Woodrow Edgar Nichols, Jr. starting at:
Artist PJ Monahan Tribute
*** 1945: Hulbert  relayed news from Hickam Field that the war was over.

ERB Bio Timeline


Peter Cushing as Abner Perry in At the Earth's Core ~ Barsoom (Mars) Moons: Thuria (Phobos) and Cluros (Deimos)
 Ray Bradbury and Mentor ERB ~ 1917 Tarzan Ape Costumes in Louisiana ~ ERB's Daily Events Cartoons

*** 2011: An article which quoted Ray Bradbury sounding out high praise for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs was updated on Aug. 11, 2011. Read Bradbury's praise of ERB in ERBzine. In the photo Ray Bradbury had to go shirtless on a day when the temperature reached 451 Fahrenheit.
    "I love to say it because it upsets everyone terribly - Burroughs is probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world. By giving romance and adventure to a whole generation of boys, Burroughs caused them to go out and decide to become special. That's what we have to do for everyone, give the gift of life with our books. Say to a girl or boy at age ten: Hey, life is fun! Grow tall! I've talked to more biochemists and more astronomers and technologists in various fields, who, when they were ten years old, fell in love with John Carter and Tarzan and decided to become something romantic. Burroughs put us on the moon."
    "I went home to Mars often when I was eleven and twelve and every year since, and the astronauts with me, as far as the Moon to start, but Mars by the end of the century for sure, Mars by 1999. We have commuted because of Mr. Burroughs. Because of him we have printed the Moon. Because of him and men like him, one day in the next five centuries, we will commute forever, we will go away . . . And never come back. And so live forever."
Ray Bradbury Remembers ERB
Bradbury: Praise for the Legacy of ERB

Off-Site Reference
Bradbury on Burroughs

*** 1877:  Jasoomian Asaph Hall discovered the two moons of Mars on Aug. 11, 1877. Unaware that the satellites already had been named by the Barsoomian inhabitants of the Red Planet, he designated them for the Greek mythological twins Phobos (panic/fear) and Deimos (terror/dread) who accompanied their father Ares, god of war, into battle.
Phobos is the larger of the two moons but its orbit it too close to Mars for comfort and in 50 million years, should the Solar System last that long, it will either crash into the planet or break up and form a ring around it. The proper name of Phobos among Martians is Thuria, while the correct name for Deimos is Cluros.
    Thuria, we ERB fans know, is inhabited by blue-haired Tarids, who can make themselves invisible, and by vicious one-eyed, two-mouthed cat people. John Carter learned this when he traveled there from Barsoom. Thuria is much smaller than Barsoom and its inhabitants are proportionately smaller than Martians so that, to the Thurians, their world appears as big as Barsoom does to its surface dwellers. An anamoly is in place in which those traveling from Barsoom to Thuria slowly shrink, along with their spaceship, so that they are the size of the Thurians by the time they arrive.
Secret of Thuria I by Den Valdron
Secret of Thuria II by Den Valdron
Swords of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Barsoom Gazetteer and Glossary by Huck
Swords of Mars: Read the e-Text edition
Marking Time On Burroughs' Barsoom

Off-Site Reference:
Barsoom Glossary in ERBlist
Adams Summary of Swords/Mars

*** 1994: The man who stitched together the Frankenstein monster and destroyed Dracula (temporarily) also won a spot in the ERB Movie Hall of Fame, being the only man to bring Abner Perry to the screen. That man was Peter Cushing, who passed away Aug. 11, 1994, in Canterbury, England.
    Cushing co-starred in ERB's "At the Earth's Core" in 1976, opposite Doug McClure, who played David Innes.
Besides his many outings in Hammer horror films, Cushing is also remembered for his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in the first "Star Wars." He was probably the only man in that universe who could tell Darth Vader to knock it off, when Vader monkeyed around with a fellow officer by using The Force to take his breath away.
At the Earth's Core: ERBzine Silver Screen
At the Earth's Core: Lobby Display

Off-Site Reference
Cushing in IMDB

*** 1917: The Moving Picture World magazine reports that National Film's Los Angeles studio is preparing for the production of Tarzan of the Apes and is making ape costumes.
Tarzan of the Apes 1918: Film Factoids
Al Bohl Research: Tarzan of Louisiana Jungle
*** 1905: Ed continued documenting many of the daily events in his life with a series of cartoons from 1905 and 1906. I took photos of these cartoons from Danton's Burroughs Family Archive to share with our ERBzine readers.

Captions for the Cartoons include: My Valentine - Saint Jessica: The Beautiful and Good ~ The Ladder of Fame: "Come on down and have a drink" ~ The Two Terriers ~ Jessie The Mermaid ~ Blanche and Maud ~ "The window shutter blew the side of the house out last night" x x x ~ "Spell it?  I can't spell it." ~ The Lizzie ~ In 1906: The Pussie ~ COLDWATER ~ In 1906: Whose Dem? Dose is my wealty realtives. ~ THE BLOW ALMOST KILLED POOR FATHER "As I says to him, I seen them people." Window Sill "Here there! You can't do that to my brother-in-law." MERRY SUNSHINE ~ THE BATH
These sketches by ERB give a new dimension to my daily ERB events projects in Annotated Calendar ~ Bio Timeline and this Illustrated ERB Events pages.
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events II: 1905/1906
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events I: 1905/1906
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events III: 1905/1906
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events IV: 1907 Sister Jessie in Europe
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events V: Park Ave Characters
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VI: School Days - Military Academy
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VII: Wild West - Cavalry Days
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VIII: Political Cartoons
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VIII: Home and Work
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VIII: Poetry
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events VIII: Colour
ERB Perpetual Annotated Calendar


ERB and Ralpph Rothmund, longtime trusted secretary of ERB, Inc. ~ Hulbert Burroughs: camping, WWII photographer,
with JCB, Danton, Bob Clampett, at ERB's desk during Hillman visit ~ ERB Registration card for the Great War

*** 1909: Hulbert Burroughs (1909.08.12-1991.08.08), first-born son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, was born this date in 1909.
ERB dedicated "The Son of Tarzan" to Hulbert but ERB fans in search of a first state first edition of that title aren't keen to find his name on the flyleaf!
Porges wrote: "Tarzan of the Apes" had been dedicated by Ed to his wife, Emma, and continuing this practice, he dedicated succeeding novels to members of his family.... On Dec. 3, 1916, Ed told the publisher: "Please see that this book [Son] is dedicated to Hulbert Burroughs and win my undying regards." But, the publisher mistakenly left it out. However, in later printings, it was added. So, as all ERB collectors know, a first edition of "Son" is a first state if there is no dedication, and later editions are identified by the fact that there is one! Patrick Ewing's website on ERB first editions tells some of the fine points for identifying first editions such as "The Son of Tarzan" and other ERB books.
    Sue-On and I have fond memories of our two days spent with Hully at the ERB, Inc. offices back in 1971 - a warm and wonderful host. He shared memories of his dad and showed us around the offices and then out to the warehouse that was full of ERB merchandise and memorabilia, but still showing the effects of the fire started by combustible old silent Tarzan film nitrate stock. He was kind enough to invite us back the next afternoon to meet his sister Joan and her husband James Pierce, who were driving in from Apple Valley for a board meeting. An unforgettable experience. We've shared some of the photos on our ERBzine pages.
    During WWII, Hully moved to Hawaii to spend time with his father who was still recovering from the shock of the recent split from Florence. They both witnessed the Jap attack on Pearl Harbor as the attacking planes flew in over their heads while they were playing a Sunday morning tennis match. Hully joined the American Forces and became a well-known combat photographer. Ed joined the BMTC and later served as the oldest war correspondent in the Pacific Theatre. The exploits of both, including many of Ed's wartime articles are shared across my ERBzine pages.
    Ed flew bomber missions and sailed to many islands in the Pacific -- adventures which he described in his news articles. He made extensive notes during this time. When he returned to Honolulu after a long mission to New Caledonia and beyond during December 1942-April 1943, Hully requested that he record these memories for the family to read. This he did by typing out a 50-page journal.
    Many years later Danton and I were working on our Burroughs Family tributes he shared these pages with me. While Dan was alive I summarized and illustrated the events. After Danton's death I completed the project by scanning the pages as well as transcribing and illustrating the events -- all which I shared in a series of Webpages starting at: ERBzine 6800. Thanks to Hully's love of family and encouraging his dad to record the events . . . and Danton's later efforts in sharing them, this amazing document is now preserved for our millions of readers to enjoy.
"Hulbert asked for it. So I shall set it down for my children, my children's children,
and any one else dumb enough to want to read it."
~ Ed Burroughs
Meet Hulbert Burroughs
The Hulbert Burroughs Collection
The Son of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Entry
Hulbert Burroughs Photo Collage
The Hillmans visit with Hully in Tarzana
ERB's Wartime Journals: Dec. 1942-Apr. 1943

Off-Site Reference
Ewing's First Editions

*** 1918: August 12-26: ERB joined his company of six other Oak Park men in training at Camp Steever, Geneva Lake, Illinois. The training was physically demanding and they often worked into the night with field maneuvers and trench work. A slow dresser, Ed took advantage of the permission granted swimmers to turn out for the Reveille formation in bathing suits and after the set-up exercises ttook a dip in the lake. He looked forward to the frequent swims in the lake as a break from camp life:
    (Weston Letter Sept 4): "Geneva is a deep, clear-water lake. The water is never warm and the swimming is fine. It is one of the deepest lakes of its size in the country and goes right off within a few feet of the shore into deep water. At one place Government soundings show it to be 1027 ft. deep but I did not go down to verify the report. I derived considerable benefit from the training, especially in the matter of the new spirit of military instruction. I believe three months intensive training in an officer's training camp would make me a regular guy again as I feel that I as after my five years at Orchard Lake. I notice in the new draft law that bald headed men with three children are to be put into A-1 class so I suppose you and I will soon be in the front line trenches." He was later promoted to major and to the command of the First Battalion, Second Infantry of the Illinois Reserves.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Registration Card for the Great War
*** 2012: Joseph Kubert
(1926.09.18-2012.08.12) died on this date. Joe was a Polish-born American comic book artist, art teacher, and founder of The Kubert School. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Tarzan, Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. He is also known for working on his own creations, such as Tor, Son of Sinbad, and the Viking Prince, and, with writer Robin Moore, the comic strip Tales of the Green Beret.
In the 1950s, he became managing editor of St. John Publications that produced the first 3-D comic books. 3-D Mighty Mouse sold a remarkable 1.2 million copies at 25 cents apiece at a time when comics cost a dime. I remember buying this issue off  the stands back then. I was hooked on 3-D from then on and bought most of the long line of these comics as they came out.
Kubert served as DC Comics' director of publications from 1967 to 1976 and initiated titles based on such Edgar Rice Burroughs properties Tarzan and Korak. Comics historian Les Daniels noted that Kubert's "scripts and artwork ranked among the most authentic and effective ever seen." He produced adaptation that Burroughs aficionados could respect.
Kubert was inducted into the Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998.
Joe Kubert: Self-effacing genius
Joe Kubert's DC Tarzan Comics
Joe Kubert Tarzan Cover Collages
*** 1932: ERB received his feature article "Men Who Make the Argosy" in Argosy Magazine.

Men Who Make the Argosy: ERB's Article
*** 1941:  Ed instructed his children to elect Ralph Rothmund president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and to look after him financially.

ERB Bio Timeline


The Land That Time Forgot: 1975 Film Poster, Amazing Pulp Cover, 1st Ed. Frontispiece ~ German Sub: U-33 ~
Mildred Jensen and Ralph Rothmund at ERB, Inc. ~ Mike Pierce: with Vern Coriell, Lex Barker, ERB, wife Jan ~ ERB last photos

*** 1975: ERB fans went to the movies on Aug. 13, 1975, and the days following, to see the big screen version of one of their favorite ERB novels, "The Land That Time Forgot."
Since enough non-ERB fans also went to see the movie, the producer, Amicus Productions of Great Britain, continued turning to ERB for two other films," The People That Time Forgot" and "At the Earth's Core."
    ERB was not reluctant to write stories with multiple plot lines, and he had plenty of them in his original novel, to which the movie was remarkably true. Not only were people stranded on an island full of dinosaurs, but there was also the story line of constant conflict with the crew of a German submarine with whom they were stranded, and conflicts with tribes of people who exhibited various stages of development. Details on film version, which contained the three plot elements listed above are featured in the ERBzine coverage.
    The submarine of the novel was the U-33. Germany has had more than one U-33 over the years. The one it had during World War I, the setting for ERB's novel, sank 13 enemy ships during the war to end all wars before coming to an end itself in 1918:
The Land That Time Forgot: 1975 Film
The Land That Time Forgot: 1918 Book
Read ERB's LTF Trilogy in e-Text

Off-Site Reference
LTF Trailer
German Sub UB-33
U-33 submarines

*** 1933: Mildred Bernard Jensen was hired Aug. 13, 1933, as a secretary to assist Ralph Rothmund who, himself had been hired as secretary to ERB, six years earlier, Scott Tracy Griffin reports on page 280 of "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration." In a chapter titled "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated," Griffin tells the story of ERB forming his corporation to handle business affairs that were getting more complex. Both Jensen and Rothmund served as longtime employees of ERB Inc.
    When Rothmund retired in 1963, the daily business of ERB Inc. reverted to members of the ERB family. That was also around the time when the Burroughs paperback boom was already under way. And when the family took over they turned up more fodder for the publishers of that era when, as Griffin wrote, "they found a bounty of unpublished manuscripts in the safe, totaling half a million words."
Tracy has one of her with Rothmund in his book which is also featured in the ERB Photo Album.
Jensen and Rothmund in the ERB Photo Album
Jensen and Rothmund: Many references in ERBzine
*** 1934: James Michael Pierce was born to Jim and Joan (Burroughs) Pierce on this date.

Nationwide Press Release: FIRST TARZAN HAS A SON: Daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs Is Its Mother ~ Associated Press Release: Hollywood, Cal., August 14 (13), 1934 -- A son was born today to James Pierce, the original Tarzan of the movies, and his wife, the former Joan Burroughs, daughter of Tarzan's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs. The father entered motion pictures in 1927, and played the part of Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Golden Lion." Pierce also played in "Ladies of the Mob," "Fast Company" and other pictures.
    He was ERB's first grandson. Mike went to Harvard Military Academy in Studio City where he graduated with honours and went on to attend Arizona State University, Colorado College and the Naval Aviation program at Pensacola, Florida.  He played on the football and basketball teams and was a champion swimmer and diver. He married Jan Watts of Whittier, California after graduation and they had a son, James Christian Pierce, on August 26, 1961, followed by two daughters: Brooke and Courtney. Mike had often flown with his father in the aircraft that Jim had used for his real estate dealings and obviously  inherited his father's love of flying as he became a decorated Marine pilot in Viet Nam.
    Mike appears in a photo with Vern Coriell, Lex Barker, and his grandfather in a photo taken on the Tarzan and the Slave Girl set. The other photo taken during this shoot featured ERB with daughter Joan, daughter-in-law, Jane, and Lex Barker. These last photos taken of Edgar Rice Burroughs were shared with ERBzine by Danton Burroughs from his Burroughs Family Collection.
Jim Pierce's Bio on son Mike
Joan Burroughs Family Tribute Pages
ERB Last Photo: Tarzan and Slave Girl set
ERB's Wartime Lettert to Young Mike Pierce

Off-Site Reference
Adams Chronology


Burroughs' electric car Chicago 1893 ~ Mecca Ave. Car ~ WWII Army Jeep ~ Ed's Cord ~ Camping Vehicles ~ Republic Truck
Burroughs Horse and Trees  ~ Ed's DooDad Aircraft ~ Hully and ERB ~ PM Amazing Pulp ~ Hully Bookplate ~ Last License

*** 1945: My ERBzine ERB Bio timeline reports that the "parking lot incident" occurred in Hawaii on this day in 1945. On that date in history the Japanese surrendered to the U.S. and ERB celebrated the end of the war with friends and Hulbert who brought his fiancée Marian Thrasher, but ERB was not about to surrender to the jerk who stole his parking place. My records come from Danton's archives and other sources close to ERB Inc. Porges, however, indicates Burroughs wrote of the actual incident in his diary under Aug. 17. Without the entire diary page, it's hard to tell what day he was referring to, but maybe he was just then getting around to writing what had happened a few days before. Ed was arrested after a parking lot altercation with another motorist. In any case, in Porges, p. 648, the ERB biographer writes:
    "Ed also had an unexpected experience with the police. As he started to back his car into a stall in a parking lot, the place was snatched from under his nose by another motorist. Angered, Ed called the man a name and in other strong language ordered him to get out. His diary entry of the seventeenth reported the consequences:
'About 10:30 two policemen came in a police car and arrested me. They took me to the police station. Phil [Bird] & Lt. Middleton followed in Phil's car. I was booked and posted $25.00 bail.'
"Inclined to view the whole affair as a joke, he added, 'We had a good time and it was like old home week.' However, in court the next day his attitude was quite different. He pleaded not guilty to the charges the man had preferred against him, and the trial was set for the twenty-second.It was very humiliating,' Ed wrote. At the scheduled trial Ed was advised by the prosecuting attorney and bailiff to 'walk out' and forfeit his bail, since a group of reporters was waiting and adverse publicity would undoubtedly result. Ed took this advice and the matter was dropped."
My ERBzine ERB Bio timeline for the war years:
The Burroughs Boys
ERB: The War Years
Tarzana Tales
*** 1885: It wasn't the first time Ed had a brush with the law over a parking dispute.  In 1885 Ed experienced many adventures while working as a bill collector for the Knickerbocker Ice Company in Grand Crossing, Ill.  In Porges, p. 49, we read: "His most ludicrous adventure as a bill collector [in Grand Crossing, a suburb of Chicago] came when he 'parked' his horse, tying it to a tree in front of a house. He had several stops to make at homes nearby. He had failed to notice that the horse was stationed near some young trees and also that the horse was hungry. 'When I returned,' he said, 'I found that he had eaten the trees and that an irate householder was waiting for me.' The householder happened to be Lt. Bondfield of the Chicago Police Department. Bondfield told him off in emphatic language and then sent for one of his sergeants who lived nearby. Ed was placed under arrest. He described what followed:

    " 'I was taken to the Police Station, and put in a cell in the basement. It was a Saturday afternoon and the Lieutenant evidently planned to keep me there until Monday, for no effort was made to reach either my employers or my father, but I succeeded in making such a damned nuisance of myself that they finally got in touch with the Knickerbocker Ice Company and I was released on bail. Monday, when I appeared in court, my father and the judge discovered that they had won the Civil War together and Lieutenant Bondfield learned that I was going back to Michigan Military Academy as assistant commandant, where one of his sons was a cadet, so we all kissed and made up.' "
    As for the horse, it probably thought Ed was a pretty nice guy to tether him so close to all those good-eatin' trees.
*** 1921: Ed had another fender bender in 1921: April 3: 6 PM: Ed's Packard was hit by a dangerous driver on Ventura Boulevard. He sent a letter to the Automobile Club asking them to prosecute the driver, the likes of whom should be kept off the roads. "Only my good driving prevented a serious accident."
*** ERB's final traffic incident occurred in 1948 on April 9. The Los Angeles Times reported that ERB was at fault in a three-car accident on Ventura Boulevard outside the ERB offices. This was an unfortunate close to Ed's long love affair with motor vehicles and long road trips.

ERB Bio Timeline
*** 1911: Ed used his new office to complete the first half of his Mars story - working titles include "My First Adventure on Mars" and "The Green Martians." He then submitted his unfinished, 12-chapter,  43,000-word, 180-page manuscript to All-Story Magazine. He decided to use the title Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess by Normal Bean. The return address was that of the Champlin-Yardly Company, 222 West Kinzie St., Chicago and typing appears to have been done by the company secretary. After November 11 his return address woudd be the home address of 20098 Park Avenue.

    This Mars tale - ERB's first pubished work - appeared in All-Story the next year bearing the title: Under the Moons of Mars with the embarrassing pseudonym, Norman Bean. The typesetter obviously thought that "Normal" was a spelling error. Ed had jokingly chosen Normal Bean to indicate that this wild imaginative story had been written by someone with a sane head. From then on his stories almost always credited his real name: Edgar Rice Burroughs. He never liked the name Edgar and preferred that friends and associates address him as Ed. Personal letters to family were often signed OB - Old Burroughs.
A Princess of Mars
The Pulps
Princess Pulp Cover Collage
*** 1920: August 14 - December 16: Tarzan the Terrible was written. Munsey's All-Story bought it for $3,000.

Tarzan the Terrible




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