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Vern Coriell: Founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, Burroughs Bulletin and Gridley Wave
Tarzan and Jane Wedding Day determined by PJ Farmer's Tarzan Alive ~ ERB: WWII BMTC Officer

*** 1918: Vern Coriell (1918.09.22-1987.01.14) was born in Pekin, IL, USA.  Vern started The Burroughs Bibliophiles and published The Burroughs Bulletin, The Gridley Wave, and the Barsoomian Bazaar.
Vern's story is featured in an ERBzine two-parter at Nos. 0655 and 0656 We never had a chance to meet Vern in person but I corresponded with him in the '60s and '70s after I joined the Burroughs Bibliophiles by mail. I had started my collection of old time radio shows by purchasing 77 episodes of the 1932 Tarzan series on tape reels in the mid-'60s. I had seen the ad in a magazine and since I loved and really missed OTR I had sent for them. When I mentioned this to Vern he became quite excited and offered to trade his complete set of House of Greystoke and Burroughs Bibliophile publications in exchange for tape dubs of the shows.
    Most of my correspondence concerning my Burroughs Bibliophile membership was through president Bob Hyde and Vern's wife Rita handled most of the House of Greystoke correpondence. Sue-On and I were thrilled to meet both of these devoted ERB fans before their passing. During one of our summer road trips we visited Rita at her House of Greystoke in Kansas City. She was in poor health, but was very willing to share stories about the good ole days when she and Vern were so active in ERB fandom. Unfortunately, Vern had left for new horizons and had taken all the ERB material from the house. Luckily, Rita owned the deed to the house and she lived there alone. Some of the photos from our visit are featured in the link below.
The Vern Coriell Story: Parts I and II:
The Hillmans Visit Rita Coriell at the House of Greystoke
Coriell's Gridley Wave Reprints: 1-100 Start at:
Coriell's Burroughs Bulletins 1-25 and 29-68
Coriell Burroughs Bulletins Checklist
The Burroughs Bibliophiles Today
*** 1910: Tarzan and Jane Wedding Day:

It was Thursday, Sept. 22, 1910. It was muggy in the jungle. Professor Porter had reached into his vest pocket and extracted his book of "Twenty-Five Marriage Ceremony Rituals" and selected one to use in the forthcoming double wedding. Yes, according to Philip Jose Farmer's timeline, this was the date that Tarzan and Jane, along with Lord Tennington and Hazel Strong said their wedding vows.
Tarzan and Nkima are probably somewhere in the jungle today looking over some of the early photos of the couple together. Jane, Tennington and Hazel long since passed over, of course, but Tarzan is immortal. Actually, Jane once planned to swallow some long-life Kavuru pills, containing ingredients from little Waziri girls, but she left them on the table while she went into the kitchen to get a glass of water and while she was gone the mischievous little Nkima snatched them and swallowed them himself.
PJ Farmer's Tarzan Alive Chronology
Tarzan's Quest: Introduction to the long-life Kavuru pills
*** 1942: The BMTC needs you!
So said Edgar Rice Burroughs in a Sept. 22, 1942, article in the Honolulu Advertiser. The BMTC was the Businessmen's Military Training Corps, which was a group of civilians recruited by the Armed Forces to train and assist in defending Hawaii should the Japanese attack again. Burroughs himself was a member, enlisting at age 66. "The BMTC needs men. A recently promulgated Navy regulation has taken between two hundred and three hundred men from the ranks of the BMTC. Even before that its strength was not adequate for the job the Army is depending upon the BMTC to do. So the BMTC needs YOU." ~ ERB
"Yes, the Japs started a lot of things on December 7. One of the best of them is the BMTC." ~ ERB
ERB's Wartime BMTC Article: Not For Mice
Paladines of Paradise By Maj. Edgar Rice Burroughs, B.M.T.C.
OB Make War
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years
More ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calendar Notes

1913: The Cave Girl serial began in the New York Evening World
1919: The semi-autobio graphical The Efficiency Expert was written and was sold to All-Story on Nov 17
1928: Neebe turned the Tarzan strips over to an established syndicate
ERB Bio Timeline


Girl From Farris's All-Story cover by CD Williams ~ Newspaper header and illo by Sam Armstrong
Everleigh Bordello interior ~ House of Greystoke cover by Frazetta ~ Papa's letter to Joan
*** 1916: The Girl from Farris's appeared in "All-Story Weekly" on this date. The cover was graced by a full-face portrait of a young woman who, while good looking, was certainly nowhere close to a modern day version of an exotic ERB heroine. (The famed Frank Frazetta did get an opportunity to illustrate this heroine later on, at which time he concentrated more on her legs than on her face.)
The face was that of "The Girl from Farris's," Maggie Lynch, aka June Lathrop, and the Sept. 23 appearance was the first of four parts of the relatively short story. It was later divided into 26 parts and serialized in the Tacoma Tribune in 1920, and may have appeared in other newspapers as well. The story has been shared with readers worldwide for many years in ERBzine. Eventually, it made its way into print via The House of Greystoke, ERBville Press and others.
The Girl from Farris's: History, Covers, Reviews, Pulp Intro
The Girl from Farris's: Read the entire text
McWhorter's Background on Farris from BB #15
Farris Review by R.E. Prindle
Laurence Dunn's Research on the Everleigh Club

Off-Site Reference
A Ferris Summary

*** If ERB liked you, what name did he prefer you used when speaking to him? The answer to that plus more inside info in ERB's letter to daughter Joan Sept. 23, 1944. And, on the same day, he wrote to son John Coleman (Jack) and, among other things, remarked on how rapidly the black walnut tree had grown when it had been watered regularly. Six years later, on March 27, 1950, Jack would bury ERB's ashes under the tree that ERB enjoyed so much. I've handled the metal container that had once contained these ashes before their burial -- quite an experience -- BH
Letters to Joan and Jack:
JCB Timeline: See March 27, 1950, entry at:
*** 1916: ERB and family arrived in LA after their cross-country auto tour

ERB Bio Timeline


Goddess of Fire in Fantastic Pulp - later collated into ERB's Escape on Venus novel ~ ERB's Book Doo-Dad
ERB and Maureen O'Sullivan at a May Co. Book Signing ~ ERB and BMTC Volunteers: Wartime Honolulu

*** A newspaper item published on Sept. 24, in a year not quite pin-pointed, told of the sad fate of one Betty Callwell, whose broken body was found in Brooklyn. She may or may not have gone from Brooklyn to Brokol, but ERB's mention of the article makes the link a possibility.
Laurence Dunn, a modern-day dweller in the land Beyond 30, retold the story of Betty Callwell in Fantastic Worlds of ERB Fanzine No. 13 a few years ago, using the scant details provided by ERB in "Goddess of Fire," which was published in Fantastic Adventures in July of 1941 and republished along with other tales in "Escape on Venus" in 1946.  Fredrik Ekman did some speculating on the timeline of events in the Venus series, including the Betty Callwell story in ERBzine 1631
Laurence Dunn: "Where is Betty Callwell" in Fantastic Worlds
Fantastic Worlds of ERB No. 13 Archive
"Escape On Venus" with Goddess of Fire: C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
Escape On Venus: Read the Entire Novel in e-Text
Fredrik Ekman Timeline Events
Hillman Guide to ERB's Venus Novels
Inventions in the Venus Novels compiled by Bill Hillman
ERB Venus Appearances: Pulp Bibliography
*** 1941: ERB's Dedication to Grandson Mike.
Many little boys and girls liked to play wild west and the crown jewel of a cowboy outfit was the hat and the guns, preferably two of them in matching holsters with wooden bullets fastened to the belt. Such may have been the attire, at times, of ERB's grandson Mike Pierce. On Sept. 24, 1941, ERB autographed a copy of "Tarzan the Magnificent" to him with this inscription: "To Mike 'Two-Gun' Pierce with love from his grandfather Edgar Rice Burroughs, Honolulu, September 24, 1941." The book had been published almost exactly two years earlier, on Sept. 25, 1939.
To see what ERB wrote in the many other books he autographed to family members, ERBzine 0933.
ERB Book Inscriptions
ERB Inscriptions in the Gilbert Collection
ERB Inscriptions in Hulbert's Collection
ERB Inscription Art Collage

1984: James Neil Hamilton (1899.09.09-1984.09.24) died on this date. Neil Hamilton originated the role of milksop Harry Holt, Jane's fiance, in the film Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), and he actually received top billing in the film. Hamilton reprised the role in the pre-Code sequel Tarzan and His Mate (1934) at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Hamilton was an American stage, film and television actor, He had a very long career and made 268 films from the 1920s through the 1960s, He played opposite such stars as Maureen O'Sullivan, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Constance Bennett, Ann Sothern and Jean Arthur, but is best remembered by modern audiences for his role as Commissioner Gordon on the Batman TV series of the 1960s.
     Neil Hamilton's show business career began when he secured a job as a shirt model in magazine ads. He became interested in acting and joined several stock companies. He got his first film role in 1918, but received his big break from D.W. Griffith in The White Rose (1923).
     After performing in several more Griffith films, Hamilton was signed by Paramount in the late 1920s and soon became one of that studio's most popular leading men. His rugged good looks and sophisticated demeanor kept him steadily employed, and he worked for just about every studio in Hollywood, from glittering MGM to rock-bottom PRC. Hamilton worked steadily over the years, and grew gracefully into mature supporting parts.
     He was married to Elsa Cozetta Whitmer from 1922 until his death in 1984. They had one child.
Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzan and His Mate
Ed Submitted a patriotic article to the Army-Navy Journal: What Is the Matter with the United States Army
ERB: The War Years
1942: Ed wrote a BMTC article for the Honolulu Advertiser: "Wanted 1000 Men"

ERBzine M.A.P.L.E. Series
Montages ~ Art ~ Photos ~ Legacy ~ Events


Tarzan the Magnificent 1st Ed. and pulps ~ George T. McWhorter and his U of L ERB Collection
Hillman Virtual Tour of the McWhorter ERB Collection ~ Tarzan and the Leopard of Woman

*** 1939: The first hardback book version of "Tarzan the Magnificent" was published on this date. The story was actually two stories, "Tarzan and the Magic Men" and "Tarzan and the Elephant Men." ERB started writing the first part of this story in September of 1935. The first part, "Magic Men," first appeared in print a year later, the first of its three parts showing up in Argosy Weekly on Sept. 19, 1936. "Tarzan and the Elephant Men" appeared about a year later, in November of 1937, in Blue Book. Finally, two years after that, the first edition of the book came out. ERB fans in those days had to wait months and months to get their next Tarzan "fix."
*** Things were even worse in the '50s when I started my search for ERB books. . . many of them were long out of print and took years to find. The situation changed considerably during the '60s "Burroughs Boom" when fans new and old could whip through the entire series in paperback in just a few months! (BH)
Tarzan the Magnificent: Biblio History ~ Covers ~ Reviews
Tarzan the Magnificent: Read the e-Text Edition

*** 2012: The Louisville Cardinal, the weekely independent student newspaper, reported Sept. 25, 2012, on the Edgar Rice Burroughs collection at the University of Louisville. The headline reads: "Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection: the hidden jungle of Ekstrom," a reference to the location of the collection, in the campus's Ekstrom Library. The writer is Esther Lee. We can be thankful the headline writer spelled Burroughs' name correctly, as it is misspelled as "Borroughs" here and there in Miss Lee's otherwise fine article, although it is also spelled correctly in a number of places.
Lee's article noted, among many other things: "Nothing Burroughs-related escaped the collection. Not even Star Trek items that drew Burroughs references were excluded."
She quoted George McWhorter, who donated much of the collection and was also its curator, who said he hoped the collection would inspire people to read the classics for themselves."If it’s through Burroughs, then that’s great," he said, "but it’s okay even if it’s Peter Rabbit to get them to learn to read.”
Virtual Tours of the McWhorter Collection at U of L
George McWhorter Tribute Site
Burroughs McWhorter Collection Tour Collage
ERB Collection: The Hidden Jungle of Ekstrom
*** 1926: ERB wrote an article headlined "Clubs Like Edgewater a Force for the Good in the Community." We don't have the article in ERBzine but an article on leisure and appeared in the club's newsletter, the "Edgewater Club Breeze," Sept. 25, 1926. I've given a brief mention of the article in the ERBzine Perpetual Calendar and in ERBzine 0219: Lost Words of ERB.

Lost Words of ERB
Edgewater Photo
*** 1946: Ed viewed Lesser's RKO film Tarzan and the Leopard Woman starring Johnny Weissmuller

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman: ERBzine Silver Screen
Leopard Woman: Aquanetta Promo Collage
Every year on September 25th, National Comic Book Day honours the art, artists and the stories of comic books.  Fans, collectors, readers and artists come together to celebrate the day with events across the country. Generally, comic books produce drawn sequential and opposing panels representing individual scenes. Each scene often includes descriptive prose and written narratives. When placed together, the panels form a complete store or a portion of a serial.
    The earliest comic strips, (which later gave birth to comic books), dialogue displayed in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. The art form weaves intricate designs. For example, text, dialogue, personalities, color and imagery developed part of a storyline. Over time, these storylines distinguish eras, artists, genres and themes.
Despite their name, comic books are not all humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres.
    One of the earliest known comics printed was The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck. The 1842 hardcover comic book became the first known American comic book. In 1896, a comic-book magazine was published in the United States featuring The Yellow Kid in a sequence titled “McFadden’s Row of Flats.” The 196-page book featured black and white print and measured 5×7 inches. It sold for 50 cents.
In the summer of 1929 Grosset & Dunlap published the first TARZAN story-strip in book form. It contained all 300 of the illustrations by Harold Foster which had appeared in the strip plus an additional illustration which Foster prepared especially for the book. It appears on both the cover and the dust jacket.
    In 1933, a comic book, Famous Funnies, appeared in the United States. Some believe the work to be the first real comic book. The reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips established many of the story-telling devices used in comics.
    ERB's Tarzan and more of his famous creations were well represented in the first comics in the '30s.
The Illustrated Tarzan of the Apes book - 300 Illustrations by Harold Foster
Early Tarzan Comics


Mike Conran: ERB News Dateline Editor with Johnny Sheffield, fellow BB auctioneer Bill Ross, and
Bill Hillman ~ Dateline fanzine covers ~ Edison and his Ediphone ~ ERB dictating into his Ediphone

*** 1979: Mike Conran published the first edition of his ERB fanzine, Edgar Rice Burroughs News Dateline, on this date. Mike's original concept was to publish news of the latest ERB and Tarzan products as they hit the market. He has continued to do that, but has also published articles about the world of Burroughs and has published great artwork in his 'zine.
    Mike as been a regular at almost every Dum-Dum and ECOF for decades and always has interesting news, and rare unique items for sale at his dealers kiosk. He has covered these events with a multitude of photos and information presented in his fanzine and in ERBapa mags. He also assists BB Auctioneer Bill Ross during the exciting auctions at these events.
    Photos of Mike abound across our ERBzine coverage of the ERB-related conventions through the years. Mike is an amazing long-time fan and booster for all things Edgar Rice Burroughs. For information on his fanzine, ERB News Dateline, Mike may be contacted via Facebook or his e-mail at
The Mike Conran Story
The Conran Collection with Johnny Sheffield
ERB News Dateline Fanzine Cover Gallery
*** 1940:
With the arrival of his Dictaphone outfit on this date, Ed's feverish writing pace even intensified and on the thirtieth he noted, "Mrs. Jane Morse started typing for me."
Through the years Burroughs used both the Dictaphone and Ediphone;
    With "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" Burroughs adopted a new writing practice — the use of the Ediphone. On his worksheet he noted, "Commenced dictating on the Ediphone on page 9 of this mss.," and in connection with "The Moon Maid," a later story, commented that he had used the Ediphone partially and then changed to the typewriter. Finding some difficulty in adjusting to the process of direct dictation, he was inclined to attribute his supposedly inferior writing, during this period, to the new method. To Davis, on September 27, 1922, he confided that he had "discovered the reason" why "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" and "The Moon Maid" were not up to his usual quality: "These two stories I dictated to an Ediphone. I wanted to give the machine a fair trial, since there is no question but what it would have greatly reduced the actual labor of transferring my thoughts to paper, and it would have relieved me of practically all eye strain, which, with advancing years, I find to be increasing."
He added, "After finishing The Moon Maid, I abandoned the Ediphone and my last story I wrote directly on the typewriter, with the result that I think you will find considerably more action, and at the same time a better knit story."
    In later years, however, he returned to the use of a dictating machine, the Dictaphone.
    Ed's meticulousness in keeping detailed records of his stories was evidenced in the entries on his worksheets of the numbers of cylinders used for dictation. "Tarzan and Pellucidar," for example, had the entry, "Cyls: 90," while "A Fighting Man of Mars" listed "Cyls: 88-2/3." In his diary Burroughs also noted the cylinders used; typical entries for 1930 were brief: "May 24 Dictated 5 cyl. today — something over 4000 words"; "May 28 2 cyl. today"; "June 3: 1 cyl. today"; "June 9: 5 cyl. today and finished story — Tarzan and the Man Things."
    The wax cylinders, after being shaved, were ready for further use.
    ERB's secretary, Mildred Bernard Jensen, transcribed many of ERB's stories from the wax cylinders of his Ediphone and Eictaphone.
    Ed once touted the advantages of using a voice recorder: "I have written longhand and had my work copied by a typist; I have typed my manuscripts personally; I have dictated them to a secretary. . . " In all methods, he stressed it was necessary to check the manuscript carefully after it was typed; errors were always present, but he had found that fewer corrections were needed when a manuscript was transcribed from a voice recording.
    He listed other advantages: "Voice writing makes fewer demands upon the energy. . . it eliminates the eyestrain. . . the greatest advantage lies in the speed. . . I can easily double my output. . . I can choose my own time for dictating without encroaching on the time of another. . . ." He added amusingly, "I can work Saturday afternoons, Sundays or nights, dictating to a machine.... that is not resentful of broken engagements and overtime and not planning on what it is going to wear Saturday night."
ERB Dictating Novels Into His Ediphone
ERB's Dictaphone
*** 1925: Marty Robbins
(1925.09.26-1982.12.08) was born on this date in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. The Marty Robbins Museum in Willcox, Arizona was one of the attractions at the 2019 Dum-Dum. We enjoyed a few hours in the Marty Robbins Museum in Willcox, Arizona. . . a fitting tribute to an amazing entertainer.Since this Southern Arizona town is so well known for its colorful Old West History it is an appropriate site for this tribute to the singer of so many popular gunfighter ballads and trail songs. Willcox's  main attraction for ERB fans is its association with nearby Fort Grant where young Ed Burroughs spent a year serving in the US 7th Cavalry.
    We saw Marty perform many times through the years -- most notably on the Grand Ole Opry at the original Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. For the Opry performances he would come on for the last segment, often after racing over at the raceway -- and would always run overtime past midnight while the folks over at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop would delay their live broadcast waiting for him to finish.
    I first saw Marty around 1960 in Oak River Dance Gardens -- not far from my hometown, Strathclair, MB. His lead guitarist was sick and Marty played lead and piano all night. . . much of the time sitting on the edge of the stage chatting with us between songs.
    I still have the reel-to-reel tapes I recorded of the all-night Ralph Emery radio shows from WSM Nashville. Marty would guest on the show and sing phone-in requests for hours while accompanying himself on piano and guitar.
Marty Robbins Museum in Willcox, Arizona
2019 Dum-Dum in Willcox, Arizona
ERB in Arizona
ERB in The Wild West
*** 1914: Ed started Barney Custer of Beatrice

*** 1940: Some claim that Burroughs coined the word "scientifiction"
*** 1940: In response to the words of a few critics of his work ERB was developing strong feelings of inferiority as a writer
ERB Bio Timeline and September Calendar


Warlord of Mars: 1st Ed. McClurg cover art by J. Allen St. John ~ All-Story pulp art: F.W. Small
Harold Foster: Artist for 1st Tarzan Strip met with ERB approval ~ Tarzan and Mercenaries by Mike Grell
*** 1919: THE WARLORD OF MARS published by A.C. McClurg & Co. appeared on this date.
In three books, John Carter went from one pole of Mars to the other and lots of places in between, finally reaching the frozen north, where he had to make his way past ferocious white apes in the Carrion Caves to encounter the race of yellow men, known as the Okar. Those people have innovations found nowhere else on Mars -- the magnetic tower which draws fliers to their doom, and two swords for each fighting man, one with a hook on the end to grab onto the foe and draw him close enough to slay!
    When ERB got around to finishing that three-part trilogy of Barsoom he wondered what he should title the book. “The Fighting Prince of Mars?” “Across Savage Mars?” “Prince of Helium?” He also thought about calling it “Yellow Men of Barsoom.” Since he didn't use that title then, however, it was still available later on for a short story published in 1941 under the title “Yellow Men of Mars.”
When ERB finally submitted the manuscript to The All-Story, he had settled on “The Prince of Helium.” However, he also suggested to the editor that it could be called “The War Lord of Mars.”
Editors will be editors, no matter what. And so the editor edited War Lord into Warlord, and that became the title for both the magazine appearance and the book itself, which was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. this date, Sept. 27, in 1919.
    Both Henry Hardy Heins and Robert B. Zeuschner report a first and second state of the first edition, the main difference being that the first state has a tiny W.F. Hall imprint at the bottom of the copyright page, while the second state does not. Also, the spine of the first state has "A.C." above "McClurg on the spine, while the second state has "A.C. McClurg" on one line on the spine.
If you have the first or second state of the McClurg edition in your library, you're not alone, as it had the largest print run of all the McClurg Mars books -- 20,000 copies.
    In “Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography,” Zeuschner notes that ERB’s first three Mars novels “…may be the first science fiction/fantasy trilogy, although it is doubtful that Burroughs planned it that way. This classic trilogy was profoundly important in shaping the history of science fiction.”
    I was thrilled when I found and bought this book on July 24, 1957. I had been collecting ERB hardcovers for four years and this was the first 1st Edition in my collection. I later learned that it was the rare first state edition. Unfortunately, it was without dust jacket.
    I recorded titles and dates of purchase for this and other books purchased in the early years in ERBzine 0006 -- one of the first of my ERBzine pages created back in 1996.
The Warlord of Mars: History, Covers, Art, Research
Warlord Complete e-Text
Warlord Newspaper Serialization
Warlord: Hillman's Study Guide for Fans and Researchers
Chronological List of the first ERB books added to the Hillman collection

Off-Site Reference
A Warlord Summary

*** “Tarzan and the Mercenaries” began Sept. 27, 1981, in the Sunday comics section. Story and art were by Mike Grell. See strips provided by Dennis Wilcutt:
Tarzan and the Mercenaries: 12 Sunday Strips by Mike Grell
Contents of our Reprinted Mike Grell Strips
Thousands of ERB Strips reprinted
*** 1922: Ed received samples of first authorized Tarzan merchandise from Davis and Voetsch, NY toy manufacturers. Year's royalty is only $120

Tarzan Merchandise in Collectibles Section
*** 1923: Tarzana development advertised “great jungle barbecue” to be served by Elmo Lincoln. Elmo irked by inaccurate advertising backed out and threatened to sue.

Our Tarzana Story Site
My Father Elmo Lincoln

*** 1928:  ERB authorized the adaptation of 10 Tarzan novels to strip form - later he expressed satisfaction with the artwork of Harold Foster. The first 6 strips had already appeared in London Tid-Bits
Harold Foster: Bio and Strip Contents

*** 1940: Ed started Black Pirates of Barsoom - pt 2 of the new Mars series
Black Pirates segment of Llana of Gathol


Gods of Mars Cover Art by Frank E. Schoonover ~ Pulp and Reprint covers ~ Gods art by Yeates
Major Burroughs of the Illinois Reserve Militia ~ John Coleman Burroughs: Artist Son

*** 1918: The Gods of Mars was published on this date by A.C. McClurg. Once Edgar Rice Burroughs discovered that he could write as good, if not better, than any other pulp story writer, and that there were people out there willing to pay him to do it, he became a writing dynamo. The ink was hardly dry on his manuscript for “Tarzan of the Apes” before he began writing his second Mars novel, “The Gods of Mars,” which "is regarded by many as one of ERB's finest stories," wrote Robert B. Zeuschner in “Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography.”
    “Gods” forms the centerpiece of ERB's great Martian trilogy, which begins with “A Princess of Mars” and concludes with “The Warlord of Mars.”
“Gods” came out a year minus one day before the third and final book of the trilogy would appear between clothbound covers.
While 20,000 copies were made of the first edition of that third book, “Warlord,” the publisher was still being a bit cautious with this new writer, and only half as many copies of the first and second state of “Gods” were made available. The only difference between the two states of “Gods” is that the second state has the date of 1919 and is rarer than the first state.
    I bought this book on the same date that I bought The Warlord of Mars -- July 24, 1957. It was an exciting read and is my favourite of the Mars series.
The ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. online bibliography features publishing history, Log Notes, comics, poem, reviews, e-text, and cover art.
The Gods of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Gods of Mars: Complete e-Text Edition
Saga of the Gods of Mars Poem by John Martin
Hillman Study Guide for Gods

Off-Site Reference
A Summary

*** 1918: “Prominent, Popular Oak Park Man Honored” appeared in The Oak Parker, Vol. 34, No. 25, Oak Park, Illinois, on this date. The reason for mentioning that here is because the prominent, popular Oak Park Man was our own Edgar Rice Burroughs, who was honored with an article for his honour of being promoted to major in the Illinois Reserve Militia.
Prominent, Popular Oak Park Man Honored
*** 1936: John Coleman Burroughs
took over as illustrator of ERB novels. At age 23, John Coleman Burroughs was given the chance to illustrate his father's book, The Oakdale Affair and the Rider.
    JCB was very dedicated to his art and threw himself completely into his work, striving hard to justify his father's faith in him. He used his wife, Jane Ralston, and his brother-in-law, James Pierce as models for the dust jacket, which he painted on a 30" x 50" canvas.
    The model for the dead man on the back of the DJ was brother Hully. The cover and the two interior illustrations were a success and he matured rapidly as an artist.
Jack went on to illustrate all future ERB books published during the author's lifetime -- a total of over 125 illustrations. They are all featured in ERBzine.
    JCB was a prolific artist and most of JCB's original art projects and memorabilia were stored in numerous storage lockers across San Fernando Valley. I helped his son Danton Burroughs move trailer loads of these treasures for storage up to the Tarzana Ranch garage. Dan no longer had all the keys for these lockers so we cut the padlock on the first one with a large bolt cutter to gain entry. After his death Dan's widow, Linda, let Sue-On and I open the last locker to organize, file and photograph the contents. Many photos from these projects are included in our ERBzine site.
The Rider
John Coleman Burroughs
Our John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site
Raiding the JCB Treasure Vaults
Rare JCB Art From The Tarzana Treasure Vaults


Tarzan in Manhattan with Joe Lara, Kim Crosby, Tony Curtis ~ Tarzan on Broadway 1921 with Ronald Adair
ERB and wife Florence sail on The Empress of Japan after their Hawaiian honeymoon.

***2010:  Tony Curtis (b. Bernard Schwartz) passed away on this date. He was one of the few to play the father-in-law of Tarzan, because few were the producers who have included that character in their movies (or television or radio series). Technically, of course, he didn’t play Tarzan’s father-in-law, since Tarzan and Jane had not yet tied the knot in the movie in which he had the role.
Bernard was born in the Bronx but died in Las Vegas. He was known to some as Tony Curtis, the movie star, and he played Archimedes Q. Porter, without the professorial distinction, in ”Tarzan in Manhattan.”
*** In this 1989 TV movie Tarzan uncovers an insidious plot by a covetous scientist to enhance the natural IQ of African monkeys. To prevent his beloved Cheetah from falling into the hands of vivisectionists, the Jungle Lord heads for New York, where he meets his Jane (Kim Crosby) -- a wisecracking cabbie. Tony Curtis plays Jane's father, barely justifying his "special guest star" credit. Tarzan in Manhattan was the pilot for a TV series. Tony Curtis makes his role amusingly funny by constantly over acting in his role of Archimedes Porter, the ex-cop-father of Jane.
Tarzan in Manhattan: ERB Silver Screen
ERBzine Guide to ERB Films

Off-Site Reference;
Manhattan in IMDB

*** The “Tarzan of the Apes” stage play, which had run for several weeks already by the time Sept. 29 rolled around, but that was the date that Life ran this review, in 1921: “ Nature Study” that is featured in ERBzine 1568.
Here is Life’s review:
"Tarzan of the Apes" is almost too bad to be true. To those of our helpful little band of condors who earn their living by making comical cracks about other people's plays it came like a visit from St. Nicholas.
A little English baby, orphaned in the midst of an African jungle (never were two deaths more popular than those of Lord and Lady Greystoke) is brought up to manhood by a doting mother-ape affecting a Bert Williams make-up. Year by year we are shown the education of the child at the hands and feet of this strange foster-mother, of whom it might well be said, as William Courtenay says of his off-stage mother in "Honors Are Even," that she is the best little pal in all the world. And yet delicate withal, for the little ape-boy is taught to wear a loin-cloth at the age of five. "We may be but poor monkeys," the proud mother probably said to her husband, "but I intend to see to it that our little Tarzan dresses decent."
And then comes the English expedition from Greystoke Castle in search of the young lord under the booming guidance of Howard Kyle in a role for which we would award him undisputed title to the crown of America's premier ham. Oddly enough they reach the monkey-house just in time to hear Tarzan scrambling about on the tin roof and grunting to his mother for more cookies. The curtain falls as the attentive professor of the expedition impressively declares: "Yes, that is undoubtedly the challenge cry of the bull-ape!" And, as a topical interlude between the acts, the orchestra plays "Mighty Lak a Rose."
But, after a while, even this funmaking begins to pall, and where once you felt a rosy glow at the realization that such things still exist in the world, you are slowly overcome by that ominous drowsiness which is said to be the prelude to freezing to death. There really can be too much of even such a good time as you are sure to have at "Tarzan of the Apes."
    The clipping and coverage of the many Tarzan Stage Productions since 1921 are featured in ERBzine 1568
Tarzan On Broadway 1921
LIFE Review Clipping: "Nature Study"
Tarzan Stage Collage
1938: Ed and Flo left Honolulu for Vancouver on the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan ocean liner.  This ship was the second of two CP vessels to be named Empress of Japan and it regularly traversed the trans-Pacific route between the west coast of Canada and the Far East until 1942.

During the nine years after her launch in 1930 this Canadian Pacific liner, the RMS Empress of Japan, made 58 round trips from Vancouver to Yokohama and Shanghai (via Honolulu) during which time the American and Japanese competition could never match her speed of 23 knots. This luxury liner was the undisputed champion of the trans-pacific service.
The ERB / Canadian Connection
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Tarzan and the Ant Men: McClurg 1st, St. John Art and Counter Display ~ All-Story Mulford Cover
ERB Article ~ Maxon Strips compiled into BLB ~ Tarzan Gold Key Comic ~ Japanese Takebe Art

*** The dust jacket for "Tarzan and the Ant Men" might have been a good place for one of those advertising stickers saying: "New, improved."
That's because the A.C. McClurg & Co. first edition, published this date, Sept. 30, in 1924, was actually longer and contained more plot elements than the version which ran in a magazine serial several months before.
Specifically, ERB added the framing chapters that told of the ultimate fate of Esteban Miranda, the Tarzan imitator who had shown up in the previous book, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion."
"Tarzan and the Ant Men" is really three stories. In addition to the disposition of Miranda, it also tells the story of the knee-high Ant Men civilizations and the Alalus, the tribe of standard-sided humans who are dominated by females until Tarzan comes along and turns things around.
It's a story where we learn that Tarzan knows how to fly an airplane, as well as how to survive a crash landing.
And it's a story with a science fiction element, where Tarzan is reduced to the size of an Ant Man and then, fortunately for us all, put back to his right size again.
If you have a first edition of Tarzan and the Ant Men, or the mixed edition with Grosset & Dunlap on the spine but A.C. McClurg on the title page, then you have a fourth story. The last four pages of the book contain the article, How Burroughs Wrote the "Tarzan Tales," by Robert H. Davis, a past editor of the All-Story.
If you don't have that article in your Ant Men book, at least you can find it online in ERBzine:
Tarzan and the Ant Men: History, Reviews, Art, Comics
Read "Ant Men" in the eText Edition
126 Daily "Ant Men" strips by Rex Maxon
Two Gold Key Tarzan and the Ant Men Comics
4-page, Illustrated Analysis of "Ant Men" by RE Prindle
How Burroughs Wrote the Tarzan Tales:
"Why I Wrote Tarzan and the Ant Men" by ERB

Off-Site Reference:
Ant Men Fan Summary

*** 2010: Lamont Johnson (1922.09.30-2010.10.24), was born in Stockton, CA on this date. He was an Emmy-winning television director known for bringing an understated touch to delicate subjects. In his early years, while attending Pasadena City College he performed in radio dramas — one of his roles was the voice of Tarzan — while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He went on to direct more than 150 television shows, miniseries and movies of the week, and received 11 Emmy nominations during his 45-year directing career. He died at the age of 88 at his home in Monterey, CA.
    From the 1940s to present day I have been a fan of radio - especially in the '50s and '60s when I witnessed the birth of rock 'n' roll. I was also captivated by the comedy and drama shows: Suspense, Tom Corbett, Dimension X, Jack Benny, and on and on. A show in 1952/53 that I seldom missed was Tarzan starring Lamont Johnson. . . with the added dimension of . . . "and now in the very words of Mr. Burroughs"! The voice of Edgar Rice Burroughs! Later, of course, I learned that ERB had died in 1950 and the words were actually spoken by a radio actor. But it was exciting for a while.
Years later after I got my first reel-to-reel recorder, I was able to add thousands of Old Time Radio shows to my library, including the '50s Tarzan series most of the ones that had been aired before.
Listen to all his Commodore Tarzan Radio Shows at:
Johnson in our Eclectica Pages
ERB On The Air
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*** 1933: Pirates of Venus serial began in London's Passing Show Magazine
*** 1940: Mrs. Jane Morse is hired as a typist
*** 1942: Ed hosted one of many radio shows for BMTC - featuring many military friends as guests
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ERB Annotated Perpetual Calendar



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