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ERB'S LIFE and LEGACY :: DAILY
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Collated by John Martin and
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ ERB:
A Lifetime in Photos
ERB Portraits by J. Allen St. John and John Coleman
ERB Sept 1 Birthday Event: Book Releases: Tarzan Triumphant
~ City of Gold ~ Lion Man ~ Quest
PLUS: I Am A Barbarian ~ Artist: Joe Jusko Art for
24 South African ERB Tarzan Books
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs
(1875.09.01-1950.03.19) was born on this date
in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth son of Major George Tyler Burroughs
(1833–1913), a businessman and Civil War veteran, and his wife, Mary Evaline
(Zieger) Burroughs (1840–1920). His middle name is from his paternal grandmother,
Mary Coleman Rice Burroughs (1802-1889). He was of almost entirely English
ancestry, with a family line that had been in North America since the Colonial
Through his Rice grandmother, Burroughs was descended
from settler Deacon Edmund Rice, one of the English Puritans who moved
to Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 17th Century. The Burroughs
side of the family was also of English origin and also emigrated to Massachusetts
around the same time. Many of his ancestors fought in the American Revolution.
Some of his ancestors settled in Virginia during the colonial period, and
Burroughs often emphasized his connection with that side of his family,
seeing it as romantic and warlike and could have counted among his close
cousins no less than seven signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence,
including his third cousin, four times removed, 2nd President of the United
States John Adams.
Burroughs went on to gain world-wide
fame for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction
genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan,
the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter and the fictional landmass within
Earth known as Pellucidar. Burroughs' California ranch is now the centre
of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Happy Birthday to Edgar Rice
BURROUGHS GENEALOGICAL NOTES:
[Including Deacon Edmund Rice (1594-1663)]
The Edgar Rice Burroughs Bio
The ERB PERPETUAL CALENDAR
ERB DAILY LIFE AND LEGACY EVENTS
FEATURED IN ERBzine
ERB Biographical Sketches
ERB: THE WAR YEARS
ERB's Wartime Journals in the
ERB Tribute Site
ERB Life In Pictures: Full-Size Collage
*** Over the years, ERB worked himself
into a timing routine, so that his new Tarzan books usually came out in
the fall. And, it just so happened, whether by design or accident, that
some of them had publication dates coinciding with the date of his birth.
Four of ERB's Tarzan novels were churned out in time to be published on
his birthday: "Tarzan Triumphant" in 1932; "Tarzan and the City
of Gold," 1933; "Tarzan and the Lion Man," 1934, and "Tarzan's
Quest," 1936. Another novel ERB wrote in his later years was not published
during his lifetime but came out 17 years later...on Sept. 1, 1967. That
novel, "I Am A Barbarian," was historical fiction about the reign
of Rome's "mad king," Caligula. So, today you can enjoy some cake and ice
cream, or perhaps a cigar, in honor of ERB and the fine reading material
he provided to us and millions of others!
Tarzan Triumphant: 1932
Tarzan and the City of Gold: 1933
Tarzan and the Lion Man: 1934
Tarzan's Quest: 1936
I Am A Barbarian: 1967
*** 1959: Joe Jusko was
born on this date in New York City, USA. Joe is an American artist known
for his realistic, highly detailed painted fantasy, pin-up, and cover illustrations,
mainly in the comic book industry. Jusko painted the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces
trading cards, the popularity of which has been credited with initiating
the painted trading card boom of the 1990s. Joe later painted the 1995
"Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs" trading cards. Through the years he has done
remarkable and very popular Edgar Rice Burroughs-related illustrations.
Joe's art was also used on a matched set of complete South African Tarzan
editions. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. recognized the artist's talent and
popularity by commissioning him to create all new art for a complete matched
set of 80 Edgar Rice Burroughs editions.
Joe Jusko has been awarded a long
list of awards for his artistry.
Warlord of Mars Art I
Warlord of Mars Art II
Dejah Thoris Art I
24 Tarzan Covers for South African Editions
Edgar Rice Burroughs Still Lives
Joe Jusko Official
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE and ANNOTATED
1896: On his 21st birthday at Duncan Ariz, Ed
received a picture from Emma who was vacationing in Coldwater, Mich
1921: The English Tarzan stageplay started a short
US run at NY's Broadhurst Theatre
1925: Ed celebrated his 50th birthday in Phoenix,
returning home with the family from the South Rim of Grand Canyon
1932: Ed spent his birthday at the beach with all the
children present at dinner time.
1939: Ed's 64th birthday on Sept 1 coincideed with the
breaking out of World War II
1944: Birthday: Sensing that friends were going to throw
a birthday party, he asked Hulbert to invite him out to Hickam for dinner
and the night. Hully prepared a meal for Ed and three other officers: steak
with onions, french fried potatoes, corn, tomatoes, raisin rolls!
1946: Ed celebrated his 71st birthday at a party at Joan's.
As with most of their family gatherings they showed old movies and Laurel
and Hardy comedies.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Bio Timeline
Stellan Windrow: 1st Tarzan Actor ~ Ethel Dwyer &
Ronald Adair: Jane and Tarzan on Broadway 1921
Bob Hyde: "Tarzan Fanatic" ~ ERB, Inc.'s Moon Men
~ Creators: Powell & Jurado
*** Stellan Windrow (1893.09.02-1959.11.25) the "first"
film Tarzan was born "on this date" in Chicago. The forgotten Tarzan
was born (maybe) and the forgotten Jane (Ethel Dwyer) died (definitely)
on this date, Sept. 2. This "forgotten" Tarzan shot a few scenes for the
original “Tarzan of the Apes” 1918 film before joining the Navy
to participate in World War I, leaving Elmo Lincoln to fill his
loincloth. Some of Windrow's tree scenes are believed to be in the finished
movie. Our ERBzine website states that his birthday was Sept. 2, 1893.
However, imdb.com lists his birthday as Feb. 9 of that year. Quite a spread!
Stellan Windrow (born Vindruva) became
film history's first Tarzan when hired by independent producer William
"Smiling Bill" Parsons to play the famous jungle man in Tarzan of the
Apes (1918). When he first met Parsons, his six-foot, four-inch,
200-pound frame led Parsons to exclaim "If we had met you three months
ago we could have saved some money searching for the right man [to play
Tarzan]." He was signed, with filming delayed to wait until his graduation
that June. Windrow, however, had only finished a few tree-swinging tests
when he defected to join the navy; Elmo Lincoln replaced him. A college
athlete, the tall Swedish-American later worked for Paramount at Joinville
outside of Paris and, later still, appeared in a couple of Swedish films.
He served in the American Red Cross during World War II and later worked
as a magazine photographer. Stellan died of "hardening of the arteries"
November 25, 1959 in New York.
Stellan Windrow: "First Adult Actor in Tarzan Films"
Stellan Windrow Photo Collage
*** 1985: Ethel Dwyer (1899.05.30-1985.09.02),
American stage and screen actress died on this date in Pittsburgh, Penn.,
USA. We can thank Bob Hyde for some intriguing information on the
Jane, Ethel Dwyer, who played the golden-haired lass in the
1921 stage play of “Tarzan of the Apes.” Hyde never realized she
lived in the same town he did, until he saw a newspaper article about her
in 1985. Unfortunately, on the morning she subsequently received a letter
from Hyde, asking for an interview, she died. That was Sept. 2, 1985. Joan
Bledig poined out that much of the text of the Ethel Dwyer article
is also featured in the Bob Hyde biography, “Odyssey of a Tarzan FANatic”.
Bob's ERBapa contributions were published by the House of Greystoke in
book form, including all his pictures, in conjunction with the 2007
Louisville Dum-Dums. “Bob had always envisioned
that his apa contribtions should be published in book form,” said
Joan. “After Bob's death,
Mike Conran asked
me to bring that wish to fruition. Thus, Bob Hyde's ‘Odyssey’ in book form
Bill Hillman: Bob had regularly sent ERBzine photocopies
of his Odyssey over the years and I had laboriously keyed them into
our ERBzine Webpages for the world to share. I scanned his photos and added
complementary photos from my collection.
A spin-off of our Hyde Odyssey project
was Bob Hyde's African Safari Notebook. George McWhorter
sent me this book that was part of his McWhorter Memorial ERB Collection
at the University of Louisville. It contained photos, notes and documents
from Bob's visit to Africa. I typed out the handwritten notes and scanned
the photos and featured the entire contents over many ERBzine Webpages.
Tarzan On Broadway: 1921 Stage Play with Ethel Dwyer
Ethel Dwyer Article by Bob Hyde
Bob Hyde's Odyssey and African Safari
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., announced on Sept.
2, one year ago, that its newest online comic strip would be titled “The
Moon Men,” and tell the story of ERB’s moon trilogy. Martin Powell,
writer of several ERB comic strips, would provide the words while Ricardo
Jurado was lined up to do the artwork. Like all ERB comics, there are
a few free preview panels at the ERB Inc. website along with info on how
to subscribe to all of the ERB online comics at just $1.99 a month. Martin
Powell also regularly shares previews of upcoming installments on facebook.
“Moon Men” announcement:
ERB Inc. comic strip signup:
The Moon Maid Original Novel
*** MORE ERB BIO TIMELINE and ANNOTATED
1888: Ed entered the Harvard School on 21st Street
and Indiana Ave. Eddie riode to school by pony, horsecar and cable-car
1891: Ed reluctantly returned to the East from Idaho
and enrolled in Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
1919: 6:30 Ed's Packard Touring Car was hit by a People's
Express Truck by the Oakland Ferry suffering minimal damage.
1923: In preparation for a career in theatre, Joan enrolled
in LA's Cumnock School of Theatre
1924-26: Joan attended the Marta Oatman School of
Theatre in LA
1928: Hulbert enrolled as a senior at Van Nuys
1937: ERB worked on strip continuity all month
1947: ERB took over supervision of newspaper strips
- Hogarth replaced Maxon - Thompson started continuity
ERB BIO TIMELINE
John Coleman Burroughs' novel: Treasure of the
Black Falcon ~ Raiding Long-Locked JCB Treasure Vault
ERB's lifelong interest and research on indigenous
tribes ~ Voices of Disney's Tarzan TV Series: Weiss and d'Abo
*** 1947: Treasure of the Black
Falcon sailed “It is September 3, 1947, in the North Atlantic at
Latitude 48° 12' North, Longitude 35° 15' West. The submarine,
with thirteen men and a girl aboard, has sailed from England to try to
find the sunken treasure ships. It settles to the bottom at 1,480 fathoms
(8,880 feet), and….”
to the center of an Atlantian abyss, many-thousand leagues under the sea,
to find gold, adventure, romance, drug addiction, and the progeny of creatures
from beyond the farthest planet?"
To know more, see the synopsis, review, art, info,
etc. for John Coleman Burroughs’s “Treasure of the Black Falcon.”
and Danton and Bill Hillman's retrieving of long-stored book copies and
art in the JCB storage vault explore the ERBzine pages at: ERBzine
1053 ~ 1065
2003: Tarzana Treasure Vaults excerpt: "We
soon realized just how prolific and diverse were the talents of this man:
framed oil paintings, carvings, photos and negatives of models used in
his art works, the original Danton Doring collection, original art for
the John Carter Sunday pages, scores of storyboards and set design charcoals
for Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures, manuscripts, articles and clippings,
original sketches and art for the Douglas Aircraft WWII propaganda / training
booklets . . . thousands of pieces of original art... unbounded imagination....
and all collated, referenced, and in near-mint condition. The last
box we uncovered was packed with 50 complimentary paperbacks of JCB's TREASURE
OF THE BLACK FALCON accompanied with a covering letter from the publisher,
Ballantine Books. Tucked further back behind this box was a piece of original
art: the painting by Michael Aviano that was used as the cover illustration
for the book."
JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon I: Review
JCB's Treasure of the Black Falcon II: Synopses
Raiding the JCB Treasure Vaults
Entering the Tarzana Treasure Vaults
*** 1886: Geronimo Surrender:
ERB set out to incorporate a real person into his fiction, fans can be
sure he did his research well. One of the books on ERB’s shelf was “Geronimo,
His Own Story, The Autobiography of a Great Patriot Warrior,” which was
dictated to S.M. Barrett. The book recalls a certain September date:
“At a conference on Sept. 3, 1886, at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona, Miles
induced Geronimo to surrender once again, promising him that, after an
indefinite exile in Florida, he and his followers would be permitted to
return to Arizona. The promise was never kept.”
ERB’s Apache novels were “The War Chief” and “Apache
Geronimo Book in ERB's Library: Info, Text, Covers
ERB's Apache Novels I and Influences
Books Cited by ERB as his Apache references II
More ERB Apache References: 4 Pages starting at:
ERB's The War Chief
ERB's Apache Devil
Wouldn't it be great if they had
a Tarzan TV series with all of ERB's original characters? The Waziri, La,
Rokoff, etc? Well, they did.
Wouldn't it be great if they had a Tarzan TV series with
ERB's original stories? Well, they didn't.
Disney's "The Legend of Tarzan" premiered this
date, Sept. 3, 2001.
Michael Weiss voiced Tarzan, Olivia d'Abo
was Jane and Jeff Bennett was Professor Porter.
Olivia and Jeff each had previous experience with tough
guys running around in skimpy clothing: Olivia's first film role was as
Princess Jehnna opposite Arnold in "Conan the Destroyer" and Jeff was the
narrator for a different tough guy in "Dave the Barbarian," which ran on
TV in 2004-2005.
Olivia was just 14 when she was restored to her throne
Michael Weiss played Joe Haskell in the Dark Shadows
movie of 1990 and the TV series of 1991.
Both had also voiced Tarzan and Jane in the “Tarzan and
Jane” DVD movie and both voiced characters in the “Justice League” TV series
Legend of Tarzan TV Series: Summaries of all Episodes
TV in IMDB
*** 1940: ERB was interviewed on
Radio Station KGMB. Ed probably wrote the excellent biographical script.
The introduction claimed that Ed was the first or one of the first people
ever interviewed on radio. Ed's youthful appearance and personification
of perennial youth was emphasized: . . . Ed was the height of Tarzan and
just as active -- at age 59 he played tennis, ice skated, skiied . . .
and will probably soon go surf boarding. The Tarzan influences of Romulus
and Remus, and Kipling were discussed. Ed admits to fictionalizing Tarzan
as such a person raised by apes would probably be quite disagreeable to
have around and would probably suffer from athlete's foot, halitosis, BO
and a multitude of junge diseases and bad habits. He discussed how his
family's pronunciation of Tarzan (Tar-zen) differed from Webster's Dictionary
and the movies. He also discussed his publishing history and successes,
saying that his biggest problem as an author was being typecast as a Tarzan
and tall tales writer and being not able to sell other types of material."
Ref: Danton Burroughs Notebook
ERB's KGMB Interview
ERB On Radio
1981: A Letter from a Tarzan Fan:
President Ronald Reagan
Tarzan Fan Reagan Letter
St. John Cover: Land That Time Forgot ~ Out
of Time's Abyss: Blue Book 1st, Later Amazing Pulp Series and
ACE art: Krenkel, Frazetta ~ Dave Hoover and some
of his Art ~ A sample Dum-Dum Logo and Bibliophiles pin
*** 1916: Out of Time's Abyss mission began on this
date. As we sit here in front of our computers, secure in our own homes,
a refrigerator full of food awaiting our pleasure, it is difficult to imagine
that just a scant 102 years ago on an obscure island surrounded by high
cliffs, human beings were experiencing genuine terror.
After the Germans broke faith and absconded with the
U-33, Bowen Tyler and his men were desperate to escape the island
of Caspak, immortalized in the three-part report, “The Land That
Time Forgot,” written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and presented
to an amazed world two years after the incidents described in the dossier.
John Bradley, one of Tyler’s trusted men, and several
other men explored part of the island, then returned to report. Then, on
this date, Sept. 4, 1916, they began a second trip, documented in the third
part of the report, under the heading of “Out of Time's Abyss.”
On that trip, Bradley was eventually carried off by a
a batlike humanoid, and others thought him dead. However, the gutsy seaman
survived, not only to get away from the Wieroos, but to hook up with the
beautiful Co-Tan, a beautiful native girl. Bradley and the other leading
characters of the report all eventually escaped the island, ERB wrote down
their stories, and the rest is history.
The Land That Time Forgot:
The Land That Time Forgot: Full e-Text
Out of Times Abyss: e-Text Edition
*** 1960: An organizational meeting
Dum-Dums was held Sept. 4, 1960, at the Penn-Sheraton Hotel,
Pittsburgh, Pa., at the 18th World Science Fiction Convention.
History of the Dum-Dums
ERBzine Dum-Dum Dossier
ERBzine Coverage of Past Dum-Dums
Dum-Dum History: Dates, Sites, Hosts, Guests, Honorees
McWhorter's History of the Burroughs Bibliophiles
*** 2011: Dave Hoover,a
popular ERB artist, passed away unexpectedly this date. Hoover began his
illustration career in animation, working on such shows as Filmation’s
“Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle” and he also did work on Tarzan
comics. He was frequently at ERB gatherings and did a ton of art for
fan projects, including Alan Hanson’s “A Tarzan Chrono-log.”
We had great visits at ERB gatherings
and he shared a great deal of his art with us for publication in ERBzine.
. . a swell guy.
Dave Hoover Tribute: 7 Pages of Art and Bios starting
Tarzan in Colour by Dave Hoover
Dave Hoover Autobio
in Hall of Memories
*** 1964: ERB's THE WIZARD OF VENUS
a graphic adaptation by Dale Broadhurst and Mike Royer was introduced
as a souvenir of the Worldcon in Oakland, CA. The booklet featured Harry
Habblitz covers art. Dale has been a longtime contributor of articles
to ERBzine and we worked together on our John Coleman Burroughs' John
Carter Sunday Pages Project. Dale helped restore some of the pages,
wrote summaries for each, and novelized the whole series. His restored
pages of Burne Hogarth Tarzan Sunday pages are also featured in
ERBzine. Mike has been featured many times in our ERB Comics and Strips
Archives and is a major ERB artist.
The Wizard of Venus: Graphic Version: All Pages
Meet Dale Broadhurst
*** 1929: Ed and boys started an
camping trip to Ensenada area in Lower California and then north
to Grant's Pass, Oregon in two Pullman Aerocoaches
*** 1929: Ed anonymously sent Ashton Dearholt
a movie outline
ERB Bio Timeline: 20s Decade
Pellucidar Cover and Interior Art by J. Allen
St. John ~ Modest Stein Cover Art for Red Hawk
ERB art for Moon Maid Va-Gas Savage and Pellucidar
Map ~ Pirates of Venus proposed film poster
*** 1923: “Pellucidar,” the sequel to the story with
ERB’s revelation of the world inside our globe, “At the Earth’s Core,”
was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. on this date.
In the incredible world inside the
Earth, David Innes discovers a new frontier for mankind. He strove to carve
a civilization out of its Stone Age perils. But the kidnapping of the beautiful
cave-women-empress, Dian, made him drop his fight for advancement enter
into a still greater battle against all the primitive monsters of Pellucidar!
Pellucidar: Full Coverage: Art ~ History ~ Covers
Pellucidar: Read the Complete Text
Pellucidar Art Collage: St. John and Frazetta
*** 1925: “The Red Hawk,” part
three of ERB’s advance intelligence report on what will happen on Earth
in the future, began a three-issue serialization in Argosy All-Story
Weekly on this date. Full information on the story with pulp covers
for this segment and the full Moon Maid Trilogy are featured in ERBzine.
Red Hawk/Moon Maid: Covers, History, Art, Lost Text,
Red Hawk: Read the entire e-Text edition
Red Hawk and Moon Maid in ERBzine Pulp Biblio
*** 2007: "Pirates of Venus" might have made it
to the screen before “John Carter” of Mars but, alas, it is not to be.
At least not yet.
On this date, Angelic Entertainment Productions
announced the completion of the screenplay adaptation for the theatrical
rights of the first ERB Venus novel, which it had acquired a couple of
Said Angelic's head of production, Bruce Pobjoy,
only is this screenplay a major milestone in the lifecycle of this project,
but it is a fantastic amount of fun. It is our intention to be loyal to
the integrity of Burroughs’ writing, while at the same time updating, and
modernizing the story for today’s sensibilities, and sophisticated movie
audiences. The film is going to be quite a ride.”
But, all this was going on about the time that Danton
Burroughs died unexpectedly . . . this and a variety of other problems
caused the project to die also.
Canadian artist Jeff Doten, who did some of the
colorful early art for the project, said, the film people didn’t renew
their rights, although they played with the project under different names,
such as “Carson Napier.” (shades of “John Carter”!) “I
had just started storyboarding some black and white scene renderings,”
“when it all came to stop. It was very
exciting up until that moment”
A description of the movie went this way: “Love
Forbidden. Life Unending. Danger Eternal.”
Pirates of Venus Film Project
Pirates of Venus: Original Novel
1992: Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. (1910.12.24-1992.09.05)
writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction died on this date. He was
also a poet, actor in theatre and films, playwright and chess expert. With
writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded
as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having coined the term.
He is perhaps best known by Burroughs fans for his novelization of the
Tarzan film starring Mike Henry:
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold. This
book had the distinction of being the first authorized Tarzan novel to
be written by an author other than Burroughs. Leiber’s tale was far from
just a simple retelling of the movie -- it was a faithful installment in
the literary saga of the ape-man, with frequent callouts to Burroughs’
original Tarzan canon and myriad creative elements added to the storyline.
In 2019, ERB, Inc. reprinted Leiber's
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold as part of their ERB-Universe series.
They announced the release with "At long last, Tarzan
and the Valley of Gold, Fritz Leiber’s classic novel of the Lord
of the Jungle, is back in print—available for the first time in hardcover,
and featuring brand-new cover art by Richard Hescox and interior
art by Douglas Klauba . . . with an all-new foreword by Burroughs
scholar Scott Tracy Griffin (author of Tarzan on Film)."
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: Film and Novelization
ERB Lives: Our page devoted to books authorized by
Fritz Leiber Obituary
*** ERB Bio Timeline Notes
1939: The new Tarzan Clans circular was headed
with "Johnny Weissmuller, Chief of Chiefs - C.R. Rothmund, Chief Scribe
- abd Edgar Rice Burroughs, Founder
1940s: ERB wrote a Tarzan parody play called Tarzan's
Good Deed Today
ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Art by P.J.
Monahan, J. Allen St. John, C.E. Monroe
Flaming God Art: Thomas Yeates ~ Hadon
Art: Roy Krenkel ~ War Bride: Mary Evaline Burroughs
*** 1915: "Lieutenant Albert Werper had only
the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape
from being cashiered."
Edgar Rice Burroughs sat down and wrote those
words on this date, as he began work on writing his fifth Tarzan story,
"Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar."
It was the first time that ERB would have the apeman
re-visit the lost city of Opar, which he had discovered in "The
Return of Tarzan," but it would not be the last.
Opar has always sparked the imagination
of Tarzan fans for a lot of reasons, one of which is its exotic and enchanting
high priestess, La. Fans have pondered and written about its ancient history
and speculated on its future, and that of its inhabitants.
Philip Jose Farmer exercised
his imagination to invent a past for Opar, some 12,000 years before, in
his Hadon series, and David Bruce (Tangor) Bozarth invented a future,
partly for the lost land itself but mostly for its high priestess. In 1999,
Hanson and Michael Winger teamed up to write new essays on Opar
in a classy publication titled "Heritage of the Flaming God," which
was anchored by a comprehensive treatment on Opar written by fans of yore,
J. Brueckel and John Harwood.
Thomas Yeates provided
the cover art while Dave Hoover had the frontispiece.
Jewels has been adapted
in early Tarzan films: the 1929 transitional silent-to-talkie feature film
Tarzan and the Tiger, was loosely based on the book.
There have been numerous comic book adaptations, and we've featured many
articles on the book in ERBzine. Rex Maxon adapted the story in 100 daily
The first sentence of "Tarzan and
the Jewels of Opar" was matched in creative writing by the last sentence,
which had Tarzan saying of Lt. Albert Werper: "Even
in death he has made restitution -- let his sins lie with his bones."
"Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar": History ~ Art ~ Review
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Complete e-Text
100 Daily Tarzan/Opar Strips by Rex Maxon
Tarzan and the Tiger: 1929
Secret History of Opar by Den Valdron
Prindle's ERB Themes and Variations: 5 Parts
Philip Jose Farmer Links to ERB
of the Flaming God
1944: Ed's letter home to Joan and
Jack discussed what to do with his mother Mary Evaline's ashes and Joan's
visit to Chicago.
Mother's ashes had been stored at a crematorium for
over 24 years. In response to a letter from ERB in Hawaii, John Coleman
Burroughs moved the ashes to Tarzana. A memo dated October 13, 1944 states:
"Today the cremated remains of Mary Evaline Burroughs
were buried at 18354 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, California, in the ground
at the south side of the walnut tree growing in front of the building at
that location." It is signed "John Coleman Burroughs, Joan Burroughs Pierce,
C. R. Rothmund."
Mother's Letter to Son, Edgar
MEMOIRS OF A WAR BRIDE I By
Mary Evaline Burroughs
ERB's Letter to Home
ERB Annotated Calendar Events: September
*** ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
1913: The family left on a cross-country auto trip to
CA for the winter. Sole means of support for the family of five is now
the income from Ed's writings
1916: Cross-Country Camp- #32 Pike's Peak Camp
1940: Ed completed a 20,000-word John Carter story
ERBzine's ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: Blue Book cover
art by Chenoweth, St. John 1st Ed Cover and Wrap-around art
ERB's unfinished last Tarzan novel ~ John Eric Holmes
~ ERB's plans for Tarzana
*** 1935: "On
the trail of reckless adventure, Tarzan encounters new breathtaking dangers!
I am sure you will find more exciting thrills than ever before as you follow
his spectacular daring through this book."
If you have the first G&D printing of “Tarzan
and the Leopard Men,” then you have those two extra sentences penned
by ERB which appear on the end papers of this edition only, along with
a printed signature of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the image from the G&D
dust jacket painting for “Tarzan of the Apes.”
The actual first edition of “Tarzan and the Leopard
Men” was published this date, Sept. 7, in 1935.
ERB Inc. wanted everyone to know that the name
was trademarked. So, when Tarzan and the Leopard Men was published,
this date, Sept. 7, in 1935, the word (Trademark) appeared below the word
"Tarzan" in "Tarzan and the Leopard Men" on the flyleaf of the book. The
trademark notation also appeared in Tarzan and the Lion Man and
The story is a great Tarzan adventure and has received
much interest and commentary over the years.
It also spawned the germ of an idea for a movie, “Tarzan
and the Leopard Woman,” as well as an episode of “Tarzan: The Epic
Adventures: Tarzan and the Leopard Queen” and an installment of Disney’s
“The Legend of Tarzan” animated series, “Tarzan and the Leopard Men
Rebellion.” It is said that ERB's writing of this story may have had
something to do with him watching half of the movie. ”Trader Horn.”
Interestingly there are actual leopard men and leopard societies in Africa,
which can be found on the internet.
As usual, overly critical ERB fans have very mixed feelings
about the book. Writer R.E. Prindle, places the book very low on
his scale of Tarzan favourites -- views he shares in the extensive six-part
review he wrote for ERBzine.
Although it is not one of my favourite Tarzans I do have
pleasant memories of the book. It was one of the first St. John illustrated
Burroughs books I was able find back in February 1958. It had been re-done
in strange library binding, but otherwise was in good shape and contained
all the interior art.
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: Art, Covers, History,
"Leopard Men": eText plus Pulp Cover & Interior
Tarzan and the Leopard Men: 6-Part Essay by R.E. Prindle
"Leopard Men" Collage of all Pulp Art
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman: Full Film Coverage
WS Van Dyke's Trader Horn
1891: Ed's Harvard School report card gave his marks
as Arithmetic 62, English 67, Algebra 79, Latin 83 and as a character reference
explains that Ed is "of good moral character and he left our school on
account of ill-health."
*** When John Eric Holmes, author
of “Mahars of Pellucidar,’ was a boy, he got the opportunity to
visit ERB in Hawaii. He took along a Tarzan book for ERB to sign and the
book was "Tarzan and the Leopard Men." Years later, at an ECOF in
Willows, Calif., Holmes bought a jacketed copy of “Leopard Men” from another
fan and took the jacket off the book and put it on his signed copy.
"Mahars of Pellucidar" Pastiche of Pellucidar
John Eric Holmes Remembered by John Martin
*** 1946: ERB started a new Tarzan
novel. He completed 15,000 words before abandoning the project, probably
because of poor health. He had angina, arteriosclerosis, and Parkinson's.
The novel was finished in 1995 as Tarzan: The Lost Adventure.
It was revised and finished by Joe R. Lansdale and published by
I have a copy of ERB original typed
script and it makes for a fascinating read. Many fans feel that Lansdale,
an excellent award-winning adventure writer, could have finished ERB's
story with more exciting ERB-style Tarzan adventures and in a style closer
to what they had come to expect from their favourite author. . .
and without making such revisions to ERB's original script.
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure
More ERB Bio Timeline
Eddie Burroughs' Harvard School Report Card
*** 1922: Plans were revealed
to transform Tarzana into a town with its own post office
ERB's Story of Tarzana
ERB's Plans to Subdivide Tarzana Ranch
*** 1940: Hodon and O-AA (Savage
Pellucidar) the first of a new David Innes series of 4 was started.
*** 1941: Hulbert arrived
to join father who was having health problems. Ed returned to hospital
for short stays
*** 1942 Hulbert was posted to AF bases in the
South Pacific as documentary and combat photographer. He came under intense
fire at Guadalcanal.
ERB's Letter Describing Hully at Guadalcanal
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