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Volume 6350

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

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



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Signal Oil Tarzan Club and Radio Shows: Card and Ad, Tarzan and Jane (Jim and Joan) filling up
ERB and Club Members ~ Club Parade and Band ~ ERB Cartoon Art: Cavalry Days and Early Years Hard Times

*** 1932: My Hillman Annotated Illustrated ERB Calendar for Oct. 22 notes that Signal Oil organized the Tarzan Club in 1932 and just over a year later it had grown to 125,000 members.Signal's sponsored Tarzan Radio Show and the SIGNAL OIL TARZAN CLUB were so popular that SIGNAL had to bow out because they could not keep up with the demands. Many other products came out of the TARZAN Radio Shows, such as: TARZAN Flour; TARZAN Ice Cream Cups; TARZAN Bread; TARZAN PEANUT BUTTER --You Name it.
ERB enjoyed the popularity of the Radio Shows (there were 4 series). He even wrote one which eventually ended up as a book of his in 1964, THE RED STAR OF TARZAN (TARZAN AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY) and was a Comic Strip Story. The Strip and Radio Show were under a different name: TARZAN AND THE FIRE OF ASHER.
 For articles and photos, some showing large groups of Tarzan fans marching in a parade, peruse the Signal Oil pages in ERBzine.
Signal Oil's Tarzan Club
ERBzine's Annotated Perpetual Calendar: October
Tarzan 1932 Radio Show: Listen to 77 Episodes
*** 1935: Tthe Courier-Journal and Louisville Times asked ERB to write a political speech for Tarzan on this date. He composed a 600-word campaign speech to be delivered by Nkima, who reportedly supported Tarzan's Nude Deal Platform.

Nkima, Tarzan's Pet, Talks Politics
Tarzan For President
Nkima promoting a Nude Deal Platform
*** 1896:
During his Arizona stint in the US Cavalry, due to his lingering dysentery and his knowledge of horses ERB was assigned the softer job of running the headquarters' stable. Ed recorded some his experiences in a series of cartoon sketches. Danton shared these from his grandfather's family archive.
ERB's Fort Grant US Cavalry Sketches
More Cavalry Days Sketches

*** 1902: Ed and Emma had a hard time making ends meet. He borrowed on his life insurance policy.
ERB Cartoons: Ed and Emma the Early Days 1902-1905
 From Emma Burroughs' Personal Portfolio
*** 1882 Artist Newell Convers Wyeth was born on this date. NC Wyeth (22 October 1882 Needham, Massachusetts - 19 October 1945).  He was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century. Wyeth's art was featured on two New Story Pulp magazines that featured ERB's The Return of Tarzan serial. One of those paintings was then used for the dust jacket on the A. C. McClurg first edition published  March 10, 1915

NC Wyeth ERB Art: Return of Tarzan: Pulp and 1st Ed.
N.C. Wyeth in the ERB Art Encyclopedia
Wyeth Photos and ERB Art Splash Bar
(1935.02.21 - 2020.10.22) died on this date. Richard was an American science fiction and mystery author, who had also written humor, satire, non-fiction and reviews. In addition to his two dozen novels and more than 40 short stories, he also edited science-fantasy anthologies and a series of ERB reprints for Canaveral Press. He was an expert on the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs and has an equally strong interest in H. P. Lovecraft.
He has been an inspiration to so many and certainly a friend to all fans of ERB.
*** We had many chats,  meetings and correspondence through the years and worked on a number of projects together.
Dick was a respected member of our ERBzine Facebook Group in which he often participated. has featured his work many times over the last 25 years. Web Features of interest to ERB fans include:
plus An Illustrated Bibliography with Mini-Reviews
Conducted for ERBzine by Richard Lupoff in 2010
*** All-text version of the interview transcribed by Bill Hillman


ERB's WWII Autograph Books: people who signed the books, cover, introduction ~ LA Monkey Farm
ERB's WWII Friend: DD Dorothy Dalburg ~ Jim Thompson's autograph treasures book

*** 1942:  Just a few years before his death, ERB wrote: "Am now all ready to go — almost. I know that, at my age...."
But that wasn't written because he had a premonition about his death. It was written, rather, to mean that he was ready to go to the combat zone, to be a war correspondent in the Pacific, as soon as he got the go-ahead! It was Oct. 23, 1942, and ERB was awaiting approval of his application. He wrote in his diary:
"Am now all ready to go — almost. I know that, at my age, it is probably a fool thing to do. My decision, then, is not based on faulty judgement. I want the experience. If I don't come back, I am at least definitely expendable. So it won't make any difference. . . ."
"The United Press credentials arrived and on Nov, 2 ERB sent a thank-you letter to old friend George Carlin,* of the United Feature Syndicate, who had been a great help in his quest for accreditation. Carlin responded, "Your example in always seeking fresh adventure at an age when most of your contemporaries are content to give up and just stay waiting is an inspiration to me and gives me a goal at which to aim."
"Now an accredited war correspondent at the age of sixty-seven, Burroughs waited for his army approval and assignment to a plane. On Nov. 6 he started his autograph album which he planned to carry with him. Fittingly, the first entries were by longtime friend, Captain Phil Bird and fellow United Press correspondent, William Tyree."
The above section of ERBzine begins the reproduction of ERB's autograph book pages. He started the book upon his entry into the war and it serves as a record of the many interesting people he met along the way. ERB not only thought up interesting fictional stories. He also thought up ideas -- like the autograph book -- that led to other written legacies, which have been preserved for our reading and research enjoyment today.
*** Danton shared all his Granddad's Wartime autograph books with me during one of my visits to his home in Tarzana. This was in the early days of digital cameras. I snapped photos of each page of the books and when I returned home to Canada I processed the images and laid them out in a series of ERBzine Webpages to share with fellow fans. There were countless  hurriedly-taken, low-resolution photos on my Sony Mavica disc. I tried to decipher the inscriptions to ED from the host of wartime acquaintances and wrote the text below the images -- a somewhat frustrating task since it is often difficult to read people's writing - especially in this context: rush writing, often in party or social locations. I do feel, however, that they provide an interesting glimpse into some of ERB's wartime contacts and activities. (BH)
*** Even more intriguing are ERB's wartime journals shared with us by grandson Danton. I've transcribed and added links and illustrations for scores of these pages
ERB's Wartime Autographs Project Intro
ERB's Wartime Journals: 50 Days

*** Some further thoughts from John Martin on saving autographs and other memorabilia: I am a saver, but my wife is not.
She can look at a birthday card, smile, and then toss it in the trash. Me, I save the things! In fact, I've even rescued a few of her birthday cards before she got around to tossing them. If I die first, and she goes through my stuff (to throw most of it away), she'll find some of her birthday cards and may enjoy a second smile (before throwing them away).
Edgar Rice Burroughs was a saver. He saved manuscripts in his safe. He saved photographs. He even saved autographs. Of course, in order to save autographs, you first have to have the idea of collecting them.
One world-famous autograph collector is Jim Thompson, who has filled his "Tarzan of the Movies" book with autographs of famed and fan alike. ERB always carried his autograph book with him wherever he went and had people sign it all along the way as he traveled about and covered the war. And then, he made sure he saved it. Because he did, it exists today.
Some of us are happy to have autographed books in our collections. But, how many think about starting their own "autograph book" like ERB did?
Jim Thompson Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile: Many Pages
*** 1945:
On this date, the war being over, ERB was ready to come home. And he was within days of it when he wrote a letter to his daughter Joan. And because of that letter, we know the brand of cigarettes ERB smoked was Camels. He did not walk a mile to get them, however, as he mentions in his letter that he had been confined to his room for the past 57 days. The reason for his "confinement" was that he had experienced a heart attack. He had mentioned that to Joan a month earlier. These and many other 1945 letters have been scanned and transcribed by Bill Hillman.
    Camel cigarette packaging has kept pretty much the same look over the years, but the Camels ERB smoked while serving as a war correspondent in the Pacific may have included some of military issue. With the rise of World War II, tobacco companies continued to foster the culture of wartime smoking by sending free cigarettes to troops and supporting the inclusion of cigarettes into the soldiers' rations. Advertisements also encouraged citizens back home to support the troops by sending cigarettes.
    Camel packs were a lot of fun for kitchen table discussions. My grandpa showed me how to find the lion on the package of camels by holding a thumb over part of the camel's body. It's pretty easy to find. There is also an urban rumor that a naked man is "hidden" in the camel's front leg and body area. I never knew to look for a man there but after my grandpa showed me the lion he asked if I could find the man. When I couldn't, he took the package back and squinted at it and then told me, "Oh. He's behind the pyramid going to the bathroom."
    Back in ERB's early days his cigarette of choice was Cubebs. He entered Harvard school in Chicago in 1888 and in piece he wrote about those early days he confessed: "Bennie Marshall and I used to sneak down to the breakwater and smoke cubeb cigarettes and feel real devilish. . . . There should be a moral to this. Perhaps it is that one should not smoke cubeb cigarettes."
ERB Letters to Home
"When Tarzan Went to Harvard" by Edgar Rice Burrroughs
ERB's Favourite Cigarette Before WWII: Cubeb
Cubeb Cigarette Collage
WWII Camels Cigarette Collage

Off-Site Reference:
Replica WWII tobacco sales

*** 1929: Elser talked ERB out of investing in the LA Monkey Farm. On July 4, 1929, the Los Angeles Times announced that there would be a ceremony held at Bill H. Rice’s Los Angeles Monkey Farms, in Culver City, to celebrate the opening of the private zoo’s latest attraction: "Dedication tomorrow of the recently completed monkey island at the Los Angeles Monkey Farms, on Washington Boulevard, just east of here, where more than 50 simians already have taken up residence on the water encircled monkey playground, will mark the introduction here of an attraction enjoyed only by a few other communities. Patterned after the most famous of all monkey islands, that of the Washington Park Zoo of Milwaukee…The island here permits the monkeys entire freedom of the mound, a high wall surrounding the encircling canal forbidding escape of the simians."
Visitors, already fascinated with jungle life thanks to popular movies and books, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs “Tarzan” series, were encouraged to throw peanuts and other food on the island, and watch the fracas that resulted. During the Depression, these attractions were a cheap way to entertain the masses. Unlike other animals, monkeys were easy to get and could be taken care of at a relatively low cost. Monkeys, in many respects so like humans, were personified in the media and became local celebrities.
LA Monkey Farm in ERBzine Eclectica
*** 1917: Ed started Cor-Sva-Jo (The People That Time Forgot)

The People That Time Forgot
1919: Methuen's first British edition of Jungle Tales of Tarzan UK Edition

Jungle Tales of Tarzan UK Edition

1928: Continuing longtime correspondence with Gen. Charles King, Ed sends him a 84th birthday congratulations
General Charles King Tribute
1945: In letter home to Joan we learn that Ed's relationship with "DD" appears to have cooled. Ed is making plans for his return home.
ERB's Letter to Joan
Dorothy Dalburg Photos


Mucker in All-Story Pt. 1: PJ Monahan Art ~ Mucker: Thomas Floyd Art presented at Pocatello Dum-Dum
ERB "My Diversions" photos with boys and horses ~ Escape On Mars (Yellow Men) Pt. 3 of Llana of Gathol

*** 1914: Readers who purchased All-Story Cavalier Weekly found the first part of a serialized story titled "The Mucker," written by that same man who had written the Mars and Tarzan stories. Back then, of course, they had no idea that the story would gain a wider audience than just those who bought the pulp -- that it would be published as a hardback book and, years later, there would be other hardbacks and paperbacks as well.
"The Mucker" is ERB's story of Billy Byrne, a two-fisted ruffian from the streets of Chicago who goes on to have fantastic adventures and even eventually changes his rough behavior to become a real pussycat (Well, not quite, but he does become a lot nicer!).
Another Edgar Rice Burroughs character, Julian 5th, may have known the future, but ERB (and the rest of us) don't. So when he ran a store in Pocatello, Idaho, and rode the range in Cassia County, Idaho, ERB didn't know that some day he would write a story called "The Mucker" and that special editions of it would be presented, to the Bannock County Museum in Pocatello; the Minidoka Museum, and the Minidoka Mayor. That's what happened in the summer of 2011 when The Burroughs Bibliophiles had their annual Dum-Dum in southern Idaho, retracing ERB's old haunts.
The Mucker: History ~ Art ~ Covers ~ Reviews
The Mucker: Read the eText Edition
2011 Pocatello Dum-Dum: 14-Page Coverage
Thoughts on The Mucker by Phil Burger:
The Mucker Pulp Covers

Off-Site Reference
Mucker Summary

1925/1928: Methuen purchased Tarzan and the Ant Men. I have displayed many UK covers as featured in the accompanying links.
UK Methuen Hardcover Checklist
Tarzan and the Ant Men in C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliophiles
Rare UK Editions of ERB Books
Rare UK Editions Collage
Methuen Hardcover Edtions Collage
Tarzan and the Ant Men: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
*** 1929: Ed responded to Metropolitan's request for promo material by submitting the rambling article, My Diversions describing his activities and philosophies.

These are some of my principal diversions, enjoyable, because, perhaps, my mind is the mind of a child. Each morning that I ride up into the hills I am as keenly eager to see some sign of the wild life there as though I had never seen it before and each animal that I see gives me a real thrill. I cannot explain why. Something tells me that at my time of life I should not find interest in such trivial things, but I am glad that I do.
For indoor diversions I enjoy Chess, Auction Bridge and Contract, none of which I play well, but best of all I like books. I get all the fiction that a man requires by writing it; therefore, I read none, but of all the diversions that there are, perhaps there is nothing equal to a good book.
After re-reading this I am of the opinion that my real diversions and hobbies are those that I have scarcely mentioned, though I read them into every paragraph that I have written. . .  my children. . . Joan, Hulbert and Jack.
ERB's Article in Metropolitan: My Diversions
*** 1940: ERB started Escape on Mars Pt 3 of the new Mars series - appeared in Amazing Stories - August 1941 as Yellow Men of Mars and in hardcover Llana of Mars.

Escape on Mars: Read the Text
Llana of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio

*** 1940: Started Beyond the Farthest Star start of a new series on planet Poloda
Beyond the Farthest Star


Tarzan the Ape Man starring Denny Miller ~ Bruce Salen "The Brooklyn Banth": OkaR&R Adventure
with the Hillmans in Canada ~ ERB in Pulps HRH The Rider and Skeleton Men of Jupiter

*** 1944: Bruce Salen (1944.10.25-2011.03.25) was born on this date. Bruce, also known as The Brooklyn Banth or as Hadron, visited us in Canada for two extended OkaR&R Missions. Bruce's adventures in our land of Okar were many - he was introduced to archery and swordplay, led a Chinese Dragon parade through our city of Brandon, rode historic locomotives and trains, teetered on perilous swinging bridges, perused rare book stores, basked in Sue-On's Amazing Amtorian Gardens, worked on his novel: "Ring Around A Hailstone," enjoyed Sue-On's exotic Chinese cuisine in our restaurant, etc.
*** We kept regular contact for many years through phone chats and e-mails -- and Bruce contributed many items to our ERBzine pages. We had made our first contact back in the '60s when we found each other through the Burroughs Bibliophiles booklet of BB members - still have the letters. We lost contact after he left for Israel for a work stint on a commune but our friendship was renewed in the '90s, thanks to the power of the Internet. We miss him and think of him often. (BH)
Email conversations between Bruce and Tangor got erb-list listserv started many years ago and the website and associated listserv survives and thrives to this day.
Bruce Salen Remembered (3 pages)
Salen OkaR&R Adventure II
Bruce Remembered by Huck and Victoria Huckenbohler
Bruce Salen Memory Photos

Off-Site Reference
Salen in Hall of Memories

*** 1959: Lost Tarzan, The Ape Man Article. Throughout the country there have been many undiscovered ERB articles in local newspapers, including reviews written by local reporters on Tarzan movies coming out in their area. One of the "discovered" reviews was on Oct. 25, 1959, in the Lincoln Evening Journal in Lincoln, Nebraska. It included a short three-paragraph article which described, with a bit of wit, the plot of the newly released "Tarzan, the Ape Man," starring Denny Miller.
The review: "Denny Miller, Cesare Danova and Joanna Barnes star, with Miller in the title role. The new Tarzan is 6' 4", a former UCLA basketball star.
"Story revolves about attempt of Jane, her father and white hunter to find ivory wealth of famed Elephants Burial Ground. Village, him burned by frenzied natives. They mad!
"Jane, she saved from elephant by Tarzan. She glad!" Those last two paragraphs are witty enough that they could have been written by Denny Miller himself!
See the article in its original clipping format, plus other articles on ERB films in ERBzine 1196.
Tarzan, The Ape Man starring Denny Miller
Lobby Display I
Lobby Display II
Denny Miller Tributes
ERBzine News Clippings Archive
Denny Miller's 50 Career Flashback
*** 1915/1941: ERB Began H.R.H. The Rider and Skeleton Men of Jupiter.
Among his other amazing talents, ERB was organized enough to keep a log of when he started writing each new story, and when he finished it. On Oct. 25, 1915, he began writing "H.R.H. The Rider" (38,000 words) and on this date in 1941 he wrote the first words of "Skeleton Men of Jupiter" --  the first of a planned new John Carter series. Blue Book rejected but it appeared in Amazing, Feb 1943.
HRH The Rider: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Entry
Skeleton Men: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Entry
*** 1918: Ed and Bert Weston's ongoing correspondence
showed their passionate feelings about the war. Weston wrote: "Major, I salute you!!! And a good little major I'll bet you are, and it is a doggoned pitty ou are not majoring over in Flanders where you'd be a credit to yourself, tribe and country, and not merely herding the "Park Ave Rifles" around." Ed replies from his Militia office: "If they put me in that class (Class G-1 to which Weston has been designated), I should go down and jump in the lake. It looks very much as though the filthy Hun would have to lie down and surrender within the next six months but I think he will only do it after a complete and thorough licking unless a gleam of intelligence manifests itself among the German people to the end that they rise up in their wrath and massacre the entire darned military class."
ERB: The War Years

*** 1928: Ed endorsed some of the ideas of WR. Thurston concerning the hazards of "excessive sexual intercourse" and overpopulation by mental, moral & physical defectives. ERB is witness to an exchange of written arguments between Thurston and GB Shaw
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
*** 2002: Richard Harris
(1930.10.01-2002.10.25) died on  this date.  He was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Limerick, Ireland, and probably never realized he was born on the same day as J. Allen St. John, who came into the world Oct. 1, 1872, in Chicago. The reason that's interesting is because Harris's middle name was also St. John and both he and J. Allen were illustrators of Tarzan adventures. St. John illustrated Tarzan with paint and pen and is forever associated with early images of Tarzan as well as of many of Edgar Rice Burroughs's other characters. Harris's illustrations, on the other hand, were in acting, specifically in acting as a fellow named James Parker, father of Jane Parker, played by Bo Derek, in the 1981 production of "Tarzan the Ape Man."
Fans of Burroughs would probably unanimously agreed that J. Allen St. John's illustration of ERB characters are preferred to that of Richard Harris's, although that was more the doing of John Derek, director of the movie and husband of Bo. And technically, since the movies changed the last name of ERB's father-daughter duo from Porter to Parker, he didn't play a true ERB character at all!
The film credits of Richard Harris read like a list of adventure lovers' favorite films, with roles in movies such as "Jungle Fighters," "The Night Fighters," "The Bible: In The Beginning...," "The Guns of Navaronne," "Mutiny on the Bounty," "The Heroes of Telemark," "Robin and Marian," "Gulliver's Travels," "Orca," "Patriot Games," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and many more. He played a macho, Tarzan-like character in the "Man Called Horse" movie series and Dumbledore, a grandfatherly figure not to be trifled with, in the first two "Harry Potter" movies, dying before he could continue in the role in the subsequent movies. While "Tarzan the Ape Man" is all about Bo, who plays Jane, the trailer features Richard Harris as the narrator and he gets several closeups.
Tarzan the Ape Man 1981 with Harris and Bo Derek
Richard Harris as Jane "Parker"s Father

Off-Site References:
Harris et al on Youtube
Harris in IMDB


Gordon Griffith: First Tarzan ~ Mary Pickford: Little Lord Fauntleroy Connection ~ ERB's DooDad
Romance of Tarzan 1918 Tarzan Sequel ~ Tarzan Radio Show: Promotion ~  ET disc Label

*** 1918: The Romance of Tarzan Review: When was Tarzan compared to a combination of Hercules, John L. Sullivan and Little Lord Fauntleroy, some of today's viewers may wonder, who the heck was Little Lord Fauntleroy, anyway?
"The Romance of Tarzan," which was released Oct. 13, 1918, was reviewed on Oct. 26 by Exhibitor's Trade Review, and the writer was the one who made the comparison:
"The photoplay version of The Romance of Tarzan was designed under the prevalent conception that the feminine contingent likes its sweethearts rough and that brute strength is a decided asset in a mate as well as a fascinating thing to watch. The feature consists chiefly of feats of strength and deeds of daring performed by Tarzan, the man reared by the apes to a combination of Hercules, John L. Sullivan and Little Lord Fauntleroy. It is a lively, romantic drama with thrilling situations accumulating at a breath-taking rate."
*** Read more of this review and other reviews transcribed by Bill Hillman in the ERBzine Silver Screen Coverage at No. 0504. Interestingly, ERB had a copy of Little Lord Fauntleroy and other books by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Most of these Burnett books were part of Emma's collection. The inscription inside Fauntleroy indicated that it was from Auntie Hempstead in 1897, and it contained a Chicago World's Fair sticker.
The Romance of Tarzan
ERB's Personal Libary: "B" Shelf

Off-Site Reference
Fauntleroy in Wikipedia

*** 1921: Another bit of Tarzan-Fauntleroy trivia is this: Gordon Griffith, who played Tarzan as a child in the very first Tarzan movie, "Tarzan of the Apes" 1918, also played in a 1921 production of "Little Lord Fauntleroy." He didn't get to play the little lord himself, though. That honor went to Mary Pickford. There were a couple of early movies about Little Lord Fauntleroy which had girls in the boy role, but in later films the moviemakers finally started using real boys. Griffith's role in this movie was "boy who steals grapes." Thus, one could say that Griffith was the first "Tarzan of the Grapes." The original "Tarzan of the Grapes" story was written by Gene Wolfe and appeared in the June 1972 issue of "Fantasy & Science Fiction." It also appeared in the anthology, "Mother Was A Lovely Beast," by Philip Jose Farmer.
    Gordon S. Griffith (1907.07.04-1958.10.12 was an American assistant director, film producer, and one of the first child actors in the American movie industry. Griffith worked in the film industry for five decades, acting in over 60 films, and surviving the transition from silent films to talkies—films with sound. During his acting career, he worked with Charlie Chaplin, and was the first actor to portray Tarzan on film.
    His big break came with the role of young Tarzan, in the 1918 film Tarzan of the Apes. He was required to do his own stunts, such as climbing trees, swinging from vines, and interacting closely with a chimpanzee. Griffith also has several nude scenes in the first half of the film. Griffith appears before the actor portraying the adult Tarzan—Elmo Lincoln—making him the first actor to portray Tarzan in film. After seeing the movie, a critic described Griffith as "a youthful actor of uncommon gifts." He also played Tarzan's son in The Son of Tarzan (1920).
    In 1958, Griffith died of a heart attack in Hollywood at the age of 51. He was survived by his sister.
Tarzan of the Apes with Griffith as the young Tarzan
"Little Lord Fauntleroy" in ERB's Personal Library
Gordon Griffin; Young Tarzan Screen Shots

Off-Site Reference:
Griffith's films in IMDB
Tarzan of the Grapes Summary

*** 1913: ERB started Mad King of Lutha (MK) (40,000 words)
Mad King (of Lutha)
*** 1933: ERB informed Dahlquist that he is not satisfied with the radio show - plans to take over script writing with episode 248. He contacts Neebe, informing him of his plan to take over the show in March 1934

Tarzan Radio Shows
1935: Lightship Murder appears in Script - Part of the ERB Murder Mysteries series

Lightship Murder


Tarzan and the Lost Empire: A. W. Sperry Art ~ Roy and Dela White's Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection
ERB in the Press ~ Message from Mars Cartoon ~ Lamont Johnson: Tarzan in Radio's 1952 Series

*** 2016: The mammoth ERB collection of Roy and Dela White went to auction on this date. Sue-On and I had the pleasure of visiting Roy and Dela in their Colorado country home. For many decades they had searched out ERB rareties and added them to their incomparable collection. Roy had the enjoyment of creating a collection to share with others, but since they lived in a remote country location quite a ways from Denver, only a few fans were able to view their treasures.
The Whites were wonderful hosts and we spent many hours marvelling at this giant collection and handling rare items we had only read about. We took many photos while there, but it was impossible to document all the items. Being aware of security and their safety we did not release these photos in ERBzine until declining health forced this wonderful couple to move to Denver and offer their treasures to fellow fans via Heritage Auction.
Roy and Dela White's ERB Collection
Poster Collage of the White Collection

*** On Oct. 27, 1929, The World Magazine, the Sunday supplement to the New York World, published an article by Edgar Rice Burroughs titled "How I Wrote the Tarzan Books."
ERB told an accurate story, yet with tongue slightly in cheek in places, revealing "a very winsome side to his writing and his personal character that has not been too widely known or appreciated in the past." (Heins)
At the time the article appeared, ERB's 31st novel, "Tarzan and the Lost Empire," had just appeared in book form and his books had passed the eight million mark in American and British editions.
The article was reprinted in Henry Hardy Heins's "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs." The article can also be read in ERBzine 0052.
Rather than quote from the article, here are some questions based on things ERB has to say in it. If you don't know the answers, you can read the article and find out!!
1. What age was ERB when he started writing the story that would launch his career as a paid writer?
2. How much money was ERB making per week when he got married?
3. In what city did ERB work as a railroad policeman?
4. How many children did ERB and Emma have at the time he sold his first story?
5. What was the first story ERB submitted to Thomas Newell Metcalf, editor of The All-Story?
6. What kind of a non-fiction magazine was ERB working for when he wrote "Tarzan of the Apes" on "old letter-heads and odd pieces of paper?"
7. How many words did ERB write in 1913, the year of his biggest literary output?
How I Wrote the Tarzan Books
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: History, Art, Reviews, Comics
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: Read  the e-Text
*** 1
926: At the invitation of the London Daily Express, Ed responded to the headline: "Mars Message Waited." Mars is closer to Earth and thousands of radio enthusiasts are listening for possible messages.
Camille Flammarion and Mars
Chicago Tribune: Planets Inhabited?

Off-Site References: 1926
Man who tried to contact Martians
Martians have big ears
Lawyer contacts Mars
London Attacked

*** Lamont Johnson died on this date in 2010. He was the voice of Tarzan in 64 shows in the 1952 Tarzan Radio Series from Commodore. Listen to all the Lamont Tarzan Radio Shows in ERBzine 2337.
Lamont Johnson, an Emmy-winning television director known for bringing an understated touch to delicate subjects, died at his home in Monterey, CA at age 88.
He was the director of more than 150 television shows, miniseries and movies of the week, and received 11 Emmy nominations during his 45-year directing career.
Lamont Johnson also performed on radio from the mid-1940s through the early  1950s in a variety of roles on such shows. He played the Tarzan role in over 70 shows in the 1951 Commodore Tarzan radio series. See and hear at ERBzine 2337
I was a faithful listener to this series back in 1952 and was thrilled when the announcer introduced the Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs to narrate the story: "And now in the very words of Mr. Burroughs. . ."  It was many years later that I learned that ERB had died two years before and the voice was actually  that of an actor. Disappointment :)
The Commodore Tarzan Radio Shows: Broadcasts and Summaries
*** 1940: ERB wrote a  LETTER  from 1298 Kaplolani Boulevard, Honolulu to the children back home. Topics: Hully got rid of his puppies ~ Hawaiians are dog crazy ~ Edith Thorpe & Tom Bonynge ~ Samoan bus driver clipping ~ had lunch with fight promoter Al Karasic and three sports writers along with wrestler Prince Ilaki Ibn Ali Hassan, the Persian Whirlwind who is also an ERB fan and successful pulp writer. Ed has hired a Hawaiian/Chinese 10th grader to act as janitor in his office for $1.50 an hour. Ed has just taken Caryl Lee to a three ring circus -- loved the elephants.

ERB Letter to family from Hawaii

*** ERB was featured in the article: "Personal Glimpses of World-Famed Southlanders" in the LA Times, October 27, 1929 in the column: LEE SIDE O' L.A. By Lee Shippey
Personal Glimpses of World-Famed Southlanders

*** Celebrating the birthday of Janet Mann. Janet has spent 5 decades in dedicated service in the offices of ERB, Inc., Tarzana, CA. She is held in awe by all ERB fans who have met her in the Tarzana offices and at countless ERB conventions and premiers.
Visit the ERB, Inc. Tarzana Offices
*** More ERB Bio Notes:

1931:  Ed  saw Check and Double Check with Amos 'n' Andy
1933: Pomona College Dean forwarded a report of unsatisfactory work by Jack in Math. Ed responded with a humorous limerick
1941: Hulbert reported to Rothmund that he had talked his father out of drinking so heavily and his health is much improved


Jungle Tales of Tarzan covers: CE Monroe, Hogarth, St. John (1st), Interior St. John Art
Pantages Theatres: Hollywood, Winnipeg ~ Tarzan Radio Stars: James & Joan Burroughs Pierce

*** 1930: ERB started but never finished a story about a young Tarzan: "Young Tarzan Ponders" (1,170 words)  (unreleased in my ERBzine archive). This story, if finished, would had dovetailed quite nicely with the Jungle Tales of Tarzan short stories. In 2005 Danton Burroughs had sent me the rough typed and handwritten manuscript which I keyed into my computer for digital display and for his ERB, Inc. files. Our plan was for it to be sent around to a number of prominent writers interested in the ERB canon to have each of them write an ending to the story -- leaving ERB's original words untouched. If there was enough response a selection of these stories could be collated into an official ERB book release. Unfortunately, Dan died before this project could be fully carried out. Only one entry has been received so far -- from acclaimed writer/publisher Michael Tierney -- and it was published unofficially in a magazine. Meanwhile, ERB's unfinished manuscript languishes in my files. Oh well. . . someday . . .
ERB Bio Timeline and Calendar: Oct 28, 1930 Entries
Lost Words of ERB
Jungle Tales of Tarzan: History, Art, Summaries, e-Text
Jungle Tales Interior Art by J. Allen St. John
Young Tarzan Art by St. John

*** 1931: Ed attended an All-Star baseball game at Wrigley and then went to Pantages Hollywood (just east of  Hollywood & Vine ~ built in 1930 for $1.25 million, it was one of the most beautiful theatres in town. It hosted the star-studded premieres of many major films) to see Chic Sale in The Star Witness. Eleven months later the Tarzan radio show received a live premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Three thousand people attended the festivities (even Johnny Weissmuller showed up) and listened as the first show was aired, certainly a unique "live" broadcast. The show was sponsored in part by the Signal Oil Company, and at their gas stations you were able to pick up Tarzan puzzles and other promotions, while dad filled the car up with Tarzan gas. The stars of the show, of course were ERB's son-in-law and daughter: James and Joan Burroughs Pierce as Tarzan and Jane.
*** There were many theatres built on this style around North America. The one that I am most familiar with is the Playhouse/Pantages Theatre in Winnipeg. Sue-On and I have performed there many times. Quite a thrill being in the dressing rooms and on the stage that have hosted somany greats over the years: all the vaudeville greats in the early days and a myriad of entertainers since: opera, ballet, theatre, big bands, pop, rock, C/W, jazz, broadcasts, etc. Our onstage performances included a series of Opry North network radio broadcasts. Of the many theatres once found in Pantages' chain, the theatres in Hollywood and Winnipeg are among the few that have survived.
Tarzan Premiere at the Pantages Theatre

Off-Site References:
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Winnipeg Pantages Theatre
Hillmans: 50-Year Musical Odyssey

1934: LA Times reported that ERB had taken up residence in Las Vegas, hinting that most temporary residents are there for quick divorces. After Ed's divorce finally came through, he and Flo would be married next year on April 4.
    On April 4, 1935: Ed and Florence took a Western Air Express flight to Las Vegas. They were married at the court house at 10:20 by Judge William Orr with witnesses McNamee and Mrs. Keller. They flew back to LA.  Joan, who had been Florence's close friend, would never speak to her again. Florence's children, Lee, age six, and Caryl Lee, age four, became very attached to Ed ("Ebby"). Photo
ERB Divorce and Marriage
1939: Nephew Studley Burroughs
wrote that he had steady work doing cartoons and had done a series of posters for a brewery company. He reported that his dad and Ed's brother, Harry, was still in the hospital following his operation (cataracts?). He was still wearing a bandage on his eye but he was no longer suffering mental lapses. He had heard the Texaco broadcast by accident and wanted Ed to inform him of future radio appearances. In answer to Studley's query Ed described the "slat house" he had built (to give flowers protection from wind and hot sun he nailed slats on a frame with a small space between each slat)
Studley Oldham Burroughs
1945: Ed boarded a plane for the mainland -- leaving Hawaii and his many WWII adventures behind. He would spend his remaining years in his beloved San Fernando Valley and Tarzana.

ERB: The War Years
1951: Joe R. Lansdale
was born on this date in Gladewater, TX. He went on to become a well-known prolific writer. Joe has written novels and stories in various genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as Batman: The Animated Series. He has written 45 novels and published 30 short story collections along with many chapbooks and comic book adaptations. Several of his novels have been adapted to film and to television series.
Joe was chosen to finish ERB's unfinished 82-page Tarzan Manuscript: Tarzan: The Lost Adventure. He was Guest of Honour at the 2017 Irving, Texas, ECOF.
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure
2017 Irving, Texas, ECOF

Off-Site Reference
Comparison of ERB's Fragment and Lansdale's Version


Tarzan the Mighty: released as a serial and feature in 1928 with Frank Merrill and Natalie Kingston
ERB and silent film star Baby Peggy ~ Kingston in her swim scene ~ Frank Merrill in costume

*** 1918: The Birth date of  Diana Serra Cary, known as Baby Peggy (1918.10.29-2020.02.24) -- American former child actress of the Silent Film Era. She went on to become a noted author and historian. She is the Last Living Silent Star. She made the Equivalent of $14M a Movie and Lost It All. Baby Peggy's family bought a plot out in the San Fernando Valley at ERB's urging (she doesn't say if it was one of ERB's Tarzana Ranch properties), and they were regulars at his prohibition-era parties. Baby Peggy's father later decided a move to Beverly Hills was in order to promote her image by allowing magazine photo layouts of their lavish home. Baby Peggy's parents were friends with Ed and Emma Burroughs, and there are several anecdotes in her biography (along with a fascinating first-person account of Hollywood from the silent era foreword). At the age of 4 1/2 she was signed to a remarkable $1,500,000 contract. ( Her co-stars included the likes of Clara Bow, Irene Rich, Edward Everett Horton, Hobart Bosworth, and other major names. However, by the age of 6 it was all over. The film career of Baby Peggy abruptly ended in 1925 when her father had a falling out with studio executives over her contract. They retained their friendship with Emma Burroughs after the Burroughs divorce.
ERB Family Friend: Baby Peggy - Child Star
Appeal to Help 98-year-old Baby Peggy
The Baby Peggy / ERB Connection

Off-Site Reference:
Hollywood Reporter: Last Living Silent Star
Huffington Post Article

*** 1928: Frank Merrill (March 21, 1893.03.21-1966.02.12) was brazenly billed as the "first Tarzan" because he had played stuntman for Elmo Lincoln in the latter's outings as Tarzan. Universal labeled him as such in some of its promotional material for "Tarzan the Mighty." When filming was to begin on the 15-chapter serial, a fellow named Joe Bonomo was tapped as the next Tarzan. However, Joe was injured three days into shooting and the mantle of Tarzan was draped over Merrill instead. Merrill, who invented the vine-swinging stunts for the Tarzan franchise, was also the most dressed Tarzan, wearing a nearly full torso leopard skin and even headgear -- a large sweatband. He also wore shoes...or slippers...or something. But at least they, too, appeared to have been made with leopard skins.
The film was based loosely on “Jungle Tales of Tarzan,” with the ape man contemplating God, his challenge to Goro the moon, his concern over not having a mate, and the apes Teeka and Taug. It had run as a serial for a few months previous to this feature film release.
Natalie Kingston played female love interest Mary Trevor - a name used in one of the first Maxon Sunday pages, but in the next Merrill Tarzan movie, "Tarzan the Tiger," she changed her name to Lady Jane Greystoke.
Tarzan the Mighty: Credits, Photos, Synopses, Novelization
Tarzan the Mighty Gallery of photos, ads:
Frank Merrill Remembered: 3 Webpages
Tarzan the Mighty: Film Novelization: 15 Chapters
Natalie Kingston Photo Gallery
Natalie Kingston Collage

*** 1945: Finally home in Tarzana and catching up on his mail Ed wrote a letter to Thelma Terry in Australia: A short letter. Ed reported that he was home to stay. "Was glad to read what you wrote about the American boys. I think that everywhere they have been far more popular with the girls than they have with the men.  I remember one night when a taxi driver in Sydney wouldn't take us on board because of Ham. He wouldn't drive an American. Probably some G.I. got his girl."
ERB's Letter to Thelma Terry in Australia
1933: Hal Foster's Tarzan Sunday Strip on  this date was "Combat"

Foster's Tarzan: Combat
*** 1945: Ed arrived in the morning at Hamilton Field, outside of San Francisco, and is greeted by Jack and Lt. Middleton. After celebrating around town they take a leisurely trip back down the coast. - Ed is finally home after his service in the Pacific Theatre as the oldest war correspondent in the war.

Illustrated Time Line of Events: 1945: The War Years
*** 2012: George McWhorter and his University of Louisville ERB Exhibit Celebrated a Century of Tarzan on WHAS-TV. Visit our George McWhorter Tribute Site.

McWhorter ERB Collection's Century Celebration of Tarzan
George McWhorter Tribute Site

*** More Notes From ERB Bio Timeline
1929: The Stock Market Crash signaled that Ed and Weston's investments were in trouble.
1941: ERB's 2,400-word article, Fall of a Democracy was completed. Magazine submissions were turned down and it was never published.
ERB Bio Timeline & Annotated Calendar
2005: Today is National Cat day.
Cats played a major part in ERB's books, not the typical pet house cat, but rather the huge denizens of the wild: lions, leopards panthers, tigers and even the giant lion-like banths on Barsoom.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: The Classic Pose
"SUFFERIN' CATS!" ERB and the Domestic Feline by Alan Hanson


Thuvia, Maid of Mars art: PJ Monahan Cover, J. Allen St. John Interiors ~ Mars Invasion:
War of the Worlds Broadcast with Orson Welles ~ ERB, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller

*** 1920, "Thuvia, Maid of Mars":  ERB's fourth Martian novel and his 11th hardback overall -- was published on this date. You'll see in ERBzine 0425 that the working title for Thuvia was Carthoris. The story was originally serialized in All-Story Weekly: 1916 April 8, 15, 22. It was published in hardcover by AC McClurg ~ 256 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 17,00 ~ Total: 104,500 ~ Heins word count: 45,000. At the end of the story, ERB provides a glossary of terms and names found in the first four Martian novels - the glossary isfeatured in ERBzine 0425. The original jacket features the same P.J. Monahan art which adorned the All-Story Weekly cover when the story appeared in a pulp serial, but interior art is by J. Allen St. John.
Thuvia herself had actually been introduced in "The Gods of Mars," the girl who had a way with banths, those huge and ferocious Barsoomian lions.
ERB sometimes varied his series books by writing one about the male offspring of a main character. In the Tarzan series, this was "The Son of Tarzan," featuring the adventures of little Jack, who became Korak the Killer. In the Pellucidar series, ERB devoted a book to the adventures of Tanar, the son of Ghak the Hairy One. But in Thuvia, he chose to give the title honors to the female of the species, although John Carter and Dejah Thoris's son, Carthoris, was just as much a part of this story.
    In this novel, at least two new elements are introduced to readers of Barsoom -- the Destination Compass invented by Carthoris and the Phantom Bowmen, including Kar Komak.
Although the ethereal bowmen shoot phantom arrows, they can kill you just as dead through the power of suggestion. Kar Komak appeared as a phantom so many times that eventually he turned into a real person, just like wooden Pinocchio turned into a real boy. Fortunately, he came down on the side of Carthoris and Thuvia! Besides being an adept fighting man and a valuable ally for Carthoris and Thuvia, Kar Komak also gave an assist to John Carter himself. For, in the next book, "The Chessmen of Mars," we read the prelude where John Carter visits his nephew ERB:
"And now as to your natural question as to what brings me to Earth again and in this, to earthly eyes, strange habiliment. We may thank Kar Komak, the bowman of Lothar. It was he who gave me the idea upon which I have been experimenting until at last I have achieved success. As you know I have long possessed the power to cross the void in spirit, but never before have I been able to impart to inanimate things a similar power. Now, however, you see me for the first time precisely as my Martian fellows see me--you see the very short-sword that has tasted the blood of many a savage foeman; the harness with the devices of Helium and the insignia of my rank; the pistol that was presented to me by Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark."
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: History, Reviews, Glossary, Art, Comics
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Read the eText
Thuvia: J. Allen St. John Interior Art Collage
Thuvia Cover Art Collage

Off-Site References:
Fanfic Sequel
Thuvia Summary

*** 1912: ERB submitted a rough outline of a Tarzan of the Apes sequel to All-Story - working title was Monsieur Tarzan
The Return of Tarzan: History, Art, Reviews
1931: Tarzan, Guard of the Jungle - Tarzan the Invincible - started in Blue Book
Blue Book Pulp Cover Collage
1931: On this date starlet Maureen O’Sullivan was personally chosen by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production head Irving Thalberg to star opposite Johnny Weissmuller in the first Tarzan talkie, “Tarzan the Ape Man.” O’Sullivan was given a studio contract and hired at $300 per week, $50 more than Weissmuller.

Maureen O'Sullivan: (9 Pages plus all the films)
*** 1938: America's fascination with the planet Mars and Martians was further stoked when The Mercury Theatre on the Air with Orson Welles produced the radio version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" broadcast terrified much of the country on this date although this terror was greatly exaggerated by the sensationalistic media of the day. Nevertheless, the show is one of the best known and popular shows from the Golden Age of Radio.

The show has an honoured place along with many related newsstories and videos in my giant OTR library of many thousands of shows.
Mercury Theatre War of the Worlds Script
Listen to the War of the Worlds Broadcast
Read H.G. Wells' book War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds Radio Show Collage
*** 1941; In his letter home to Joan,  Ed reported that he and Hully were having some grand old discussions ~ concerning:  Grand Opera "Hulbert said that I was a 'musical moron.'  It is the first time I was ever accused of being musical . . . I agreed with Schopenhauer that 'the amount of noise a man can endure is in inverse ratio to his intelligence' . . .Such insulting remarks always follow our discussions of the Roosevelt family. . . . "

ERB Letter Home from Wartime Hawaii
This was the last day of Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, a great fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World. The Expo was an important event for young Ed Burroughs who spent the summer there - first parading with the MMA cadets and then working at his father's battery exhibit in the Transportation Building. Part of his duties were to do exhibition drives of the first electric horseless carriage in Chicago - powered by his dad's company batteries. features hundreds of photos of the Expo and accounts of what ERB saw and did, starting at:
Young Ed Burroughs' Remarkable Summer of '93
A 30-Webpage Illustrated Docu-Novel by Bill Hillman


The Mucker: Cover and Interior art by J. Allen St. John ~ Bookstore Ad ~ Return of the Mucker
(Man Without A Soul): UK Methuen Edition ~ Wartime Photos in Hawaii: ERB and son Hully

*** 1920: On this date The Mucker  was published by A.C. McClurg ~ 414 pages ~ US 1st Ed. Print Run: 17,000 ~ Total: 122,830 ~ Heins word count: 138,000. It had been serialized earlier in All-Story as The Mucker and The Return of the Mucker. TThe UK Methuen edition  of the Mucker Pt. I pre-dates that of McClurg as it had been published on October 6.
The hardbound book edition of "The Mucker" held the distinction of being the tallest ERB book, at least for 15 years.
When it was published, on Friday, Oct. 31, 1921, it was a bit taller than all of the other McClurg first editions, standing at 7 and 7/8 inches in height instead of 7 and a half. The G&D reprint cut it back down to normal size. But in 1936, along came an ERB book written specifically for children: “Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja The Golden Lion.” This topped even “The Mucker,” standing 9 ½ by 7 ½ inches tall.
The 2010 version of “The Mucker,” published by The Chicago Muckers chapter of The Burroughs Bibliophiles for distribution at the Dum Dum, also topped the first “Mucker” but didn’t quite reach the height of the juvenile book, measuring 9 and 5/16 inches tall.
In modern times, there have been other editions of ERB books which have been even taller, including “Minidoka,” the Michael Kaluta-illustrated edition of “A Princess of Mars,” the David Burton-illustrated “Tarzan of the Apes,” and others.
After first appearing in “All Story” pulp magazines, the book story has gone through a number of printings, including a Canaveral Press edition, paperback editions and foreign editions. It originally appeared in a pulp magazine as two novelettes, “The Mucker” and “The Return of the Mucker.” Both parts were combined for the book. However, some later printings, most notably by Ace Books, re-divided it back into its original two parts, with paperback editions of both “The Mucker” and “The Return of the Mucker.”
If you have a copy of McClurg's “The Mucker,” you can look at the title page to find out if it's a first or a second printing. The first says 1921 on the title page; the second says 1922.
ERBzine defines “Mucker” thus: “A person who removes dirt and waste, especially from mines or stables. An informal British term for a friend or companion. In the Canadian or British Armies it applies to a comrade -- a friendly, low-ranking soldier in the same situation. It is a dated term in the U.S. for a rough or coarse person.”
The Mucker: History, Art, Links, Comic, Reviews
Mucker Issue: Burroughs Bulletin
Mucker commentary by Phil Burger:
Mucker: Read the e-Text
Mucker Splash Bar
Mucker: Preview Collage

***1942: Ed wrote a letter full of exciting developments home to Joan. Ed sent copies of the Honolulu paper relating some of Hulbert's experiences at Guadalcanal"The plane he was in was under anti-aircraft fire from land batteries over Buka and from thirty-eight Jap warships over Shortland harbor.  It had running fights with Zeros, two of them, with a total of about twenty-five Zeros participating.   The plane was hit with machine guns and one shell which failed to explode, but remained in the plane.   After they got back to Guadalcanal, they were bombed from the air, shelled by shore batteries, and by Jap warships all the rest of the day and all night.  The latter dropped 14" shells, among others.  They took off the next morning while the shore battery was shelling the field.  Some experience!" Ed had received his correspondent's credentials from the War Department. He was waiting for the UP bureau chief to send him on assignment. "All my life I have wanted to be a war correspondent - to really see things first hand and write about them.  After all, I am a professional writer; Not a professional soldier."
Hully Photos in Wartime Hawaii
Collage of Hully's WWII Photos
*** 1903: Ed wrote his first piece of fiction: Minidoka 937th Earl of One Mile Series M. An Historical Fairy Tale - 82 pages handwritten on the backs of letterheads and odd sheets of paper. The amazing thing about Minidoka is the fact that it is kind of an Ur-text or a primitive template from which all of his subsequent stories are drawn.  It might just be a line here or a line there, but it all sounds strangely familiar.

Minidoka is a captivating, humorous, satirical, and highly imaginative fairy story that presages the ERB talent that was to flower ten years later. Idaho was the setting for the tale and ERB created two imaginary kingdoms separated by the Raft River and “forever at war.” Burroughs’ facility in concocting names that were unusually rhythmic, colourful, or comical, which was strikingly evident in his later works, both the Tarzan and other worlds series, is noticeable at this early period. He liked to experiment with odd syllables and combine them to produce strange words that sounded realistic in the bizarre settings he created. He had a keen ear for original phonetic combinations. There are shades of Lewis Carroll here, and the style surfaces again in the work of John Lennon, the Monty Python comedy troupe and countless fantasy writers.
Minidoka 937th Earl of One Mile Series M. An Historical Fairy Tale

*** 1970: Tarzan actor Steve Hawkes (Steve Sipek) and actress Kitty Swan (Kristen Svanholm) were badly burned while filming the movie, "Tarzan and the Brown Prince" aka "Tarzan at the Rainbow-Tarzán y el arco iris" Filming was in Rainbow Springs, Florida. Hawkes and Swan were tied up for a scene and spilled fuel caught fire during the planned pyrotechnics. The fire spread quickly, the actors struggled, and the film crew panicked. Hawkes' lion, Sampson, who had been trained to remove Hawkes' bonds, freed him. The lion sustained burns over 90% of his body while pulling the two actors from the fire. Kitty had burns over a quarter of her facial and bodily skin and Sipek suffered extensive burns and spent the next five years undergoing 45 skin-graft operations. When money ran low to pay his medical bills, he starred in a bizarre B-movie called Blood Freak. Kitty was transferred to the best American clinic for treating burns. She never made another film.
    A grief-stricken Sipek vowed he would pay the lion back by looking after big cats which he did on his animal sacntuary in Florida called Jungleworld for the rest of his life. Over the decades he had adopted more than 50 big cats including Sampson, who lived for 23 years.
STEVE HAWKES (Steve Sipek 1942-2019.06.23)
Steve "Tarzan" Hawkes Film Posters and Stills
ERB Event for June 23:
Reprint Series: Real-Life Tarzan Shares Home With Big Cats

Off-Site Reference
The Wild Eye: Steve Sipek aka Steven Hawkes 2008

*** 1935: ERB rented a Palm Springs home for 8 months. He spent time at  the Racquet Club owned by Ralph Bellamy and Charles Farrell. Bellamy became a "kind of stepfather" to the kids. Weissmuller gives swimming lessons to the kids here.
*** 1904: Ed tried a series of jobs: a high-rise timekeeper, door-to-door book salesman, seller of electric light bulbs to janitors and candy to drugstores, accountant and office manager, etc.
ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calendar




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