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Ray Bradbury: Major ERB Fan ~ Fantastic Worlds of ERB ~ ERB Letters and Boulder Dam visit
ECOF 2004 Attendees ~ Tom Tolley and part of his collection ~ ERB, Emma and kids at Tarzana Ranch

*** 1933:  In the early 1930s James and Joan Pierce played Tarzan and Jane in the radio show, and Burroughs in a letter dated November 8, 1933, refers to Joan, his daughter, as being the "Popular Jane Porter of the air." ERBzine 1636 shows a personal collection of correspondence from Burroughs to his daughter, Joan, discussing his impressions of his travels to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Panama, as well as reflections on his writing, thoughts on life, etc. The candid and revealing pages, from the collection of Lee Chase - ERB's step-son, were being made available through Heritage Book Shop. The letters had not been previously offered for sale and were even unavailable to biographer Irwin Porges, author of "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan."
*** The available letter images were very small, but your ERBzine editor laboriously keyed them onto ERBzine 1636 to make for an easier read. I've also added a few photos. One of  the letters describes a trip that Ed, Emma and the two boys took to Las Vegas and an exciting VIP visit to the building site of the Boulder Dam. This was one of the last trips that Ed took with Emma. Ironically, the next letter written two years later in 1935, described his life with his bride Florence and her children, Lee and Caryl Lee, after Ed had left Emma to marry his second wife, Florence Gilbert.
    They had rented a home for eight months at Arena Road, Palm Springs. During this time they spent much time at the Palm Springs Racquet Club owned by actors Ralph Bellamy and Charles Farrell. Bellamy became a "kind of stepfather" to young Lee and Caryl. The children were given swimming lessons by Johnny Weissmuller. Ed often entertained Florence's children by telling them the same cliffhanger stories he once told to Joan, Hulbert and Jack.
    During this time in November, ERB, still suffering from his bladder obstruction trouble, entered the Good Samaritan Hospital under the name John B. Downs. A long period of  convalescence followed.
ERB Letters to Joan
Lost Words of ERB features many more personal letters
*** 2021 "I love to say it because it upsets everyone terribly - Burroughs is probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world." ~ Ray Bradbury

"The Jungle Books are known and read and loved around the world, but they didn’t make most boys run amok, pull their bones like taffy, and grow them to romantic flights and far-flung jobs around the world. On occasion, yes, but more often than not, no. Kipling was a better writer than Burroughs, but not a better romantic. A better writer, too, and also a romantic, was Jules Verne....
"Burroughs stands above all these by reason of his unreason, because of his natural impulses, because of the color of the blood running in Tarzan’s veins, because of the blood on the teeth of the gorilla, the lion, and the black panther. Because of the sheer romantic impossibility of Burroughs’ Mars and its fairy tale people with green skins and the absolutely unscientific way John Carter traveled there. Being utterly impossible, he was the perfect fast-moving chum for any ten year old boy."
The comparisons above were made by Ray Bradbury, who held Edgar Rice Burroughs in the highest regard. The above Ray Bradbury material is an excerpt from the Introduction to the Porges ERB Biography: ERB: The Man Who Created Tarzan, which we had originally reprinted in ERBzine back in 2012 and to which I had added Ray Bradbury Remembers ERB quotes.
*** I've been a longtime fan of Bradbury's work and had integrated some of his writing into the university courses I taught. I had never met Mr. Bradbury, but had a quick phone chat with him when he called Danton's family in Tarzana on the weekend of Dan's Memorial Service. He apologized that he would not be able to attend since he was a featured GoH at a San Diego conference. I was guest at Dan's home after having flown from Canada to deliver the eulogy for my friend. Sue-On wasn't able to make the trip since she had a heavy weekend running our restaurant back in Brandon.
Ray Bradbury Intro to Porges' ERB Bio
Ray Bradbury Remembers ERB
More Introductory Text: Hulbert's Foreword ~ Porges' Preface
Danton Burroughs Memorial

Off-Site Reference
John Carter Files Page

*** Tom Tolley got his ERB stuff back. Tom had a bunch of ERB stuff in his car when a dirty rat stole the car and everything that was in it! Here's how the Sacramento Bee wrote up the item on Nov. 8, 2004: "Bad timing: Tom Tolley's car picked a bad time to get stolen. The car was packed with 25 boxes of Tom's priceless Edgar Rice Burroughs collection - silent-film ads, books, music scores, even $100 worth of Mylar covers to protect the goods. 'One of the items stolen was a book I worked on, an Edgar Rice Burroughs bibliography, available only online from myself and a dealer in Grass Valley,' Tom said. 'No one else should have them.' Him Tarzan. Want stuff back."
    Unfortunately, there was no followup article with "the rest of the story." I learned the full story a few years later when I met Tom at an ERB convention and asked him about it. He said that the police had been able to locate his car and he was able to get most, if not all, of his ERB material back. Tom may have acquired some of that stuff at an ECOF just three months earlier, or he may have had some of it for sale there. He had helped to organize the 2004 ECOF in Sacramento, and on Aug. 11 of that year The Sacramento Bee, in a brief writeup about the ECOF, had said this:
"Among the organizers is local Burroughs expert Tom Tolley, who hung around the Burroughs compound while growing up in Los Angeles. Tarzans came and went, but Tom agrees the best was Johnny Weissmuller. 'He was a wild man,' Tom said."
ERB Collection Stolen from Tom Tolley
Sacramento 2004 ECOF Photos
Newspaper report on ECOF 2004 Sacramento
Northwest Coast Mangani Event 2017
The Burroughs family return to their original Tarzana home. ERB took possession of 30 acres, which he starts to clear and landscape. During difficult financial times the Tarzana home had become the El Caballero Club House for awhile. The Burroughs family eventually returned to the home. . . but sometime later the main bulding was demolished.
El Caballero Souvenir Booklet (3 pages)
More of our Tarzana Features
Tarzana Ranch and El Caballero Collage


Carl Sagan: Respected Scientist, Astronomer, Writer, Broadcaster and admirer of ERB ~ Soldier of Poloda:
ERB, Inc Wild Adventures of ERB Series ~ Lou Gehrig: Tarzan Wannabe ~ Denny Miller: actor/writer

*** November 9 is Carl Sagan Day: (1934.11.09-1996.12.20) The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many, from major leaguers to science majors, and two who are members of that club are Yankees baseball star Lou Gehrig and scientist and author Carl Sagan.
Sagan was the world's best known astronomer as a result of hosting "Cosmos" a 1980 series on public television which had an estimated audience of 400 million people. He was a prolific writer with 600+ papers and articles and a distinguished scientist. Research interests included the origins of life, nuclear winter, the possibility of life in other locations in the universe and promoting science as a way of understanding the universe and freeing people from fears of the supernatural. "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"I can remember as a child reading with breathless fascination the Mars novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I journeyed with John Carter, gentleman adventurer from Virginia, to "Barsoom," as Mars was known to its inhabitants. I followed herds of eight legged beasts of burden, the thoats. I won the hand of the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. I befriended a four-metre-high green fighting man named Tars Tarkas. I wandered within the spired cities and domed pumping stations of Barsoom, and along the verdant banks of the Nilosyrtis and Nepenthes canals. Might it really be possible - in fact and not in fancy - to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars? Could we venture out on a summer evening, our way illuminated by the two hurtling moons of Barsoom, for a journey of high scientific adventure? ... I can remember spending many an hour in my boyhood, arms resolutely outstretched in an empty field, imploring what I believed to be Mars to transport me there." (BH)
Carl Sagan: Bio ~ Photos ~ Quotes
Carl Sagan's Love of Science and Books
Carl Sagan: Free Thinker Quotes
*** 1936: ERB Telegram to Lou Gehrig:
Even if legendary Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig would have been chosen for the role of Tarzan, he wouldn't have lasted long. Gehrig was under consideration for the role in the fall of 1936, little realizing he would soon have to retire from everything due to a future diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease which would be named for him, and which would end his life five years later.
But Gehrig at least had the fun of dreaming about playing such a role, and had himself photographed in a couple of different kinds of loin cloths and striking the type of poses that he thought were typical of Tarzan (even though Tarzan did not generally carry a caveman club [He did carry one at least briefly while stranded on the island in "The Beasts of Tarzan.").
One thing Gehrig's photos revealed was the musclebound hamhocks that served as his upper legs. They were great for running bases, but not so photogenic as it turned out. And had he ever played the role of Tarzan, movie-goers may have found something to laugh at in addition to the antics of Cheeta. So the dream ended when Sol Lessor, who had won the right to make Tarzan pictures, had to tell Gehrig: "Don't call us; we'll call you."
    Even the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs himself, had to draw the line at approving of Gehrig in the role, even though the baseball superstar's casting might have brought bigger crowds to the movies. The Washington Post reported on Nov. 9, 1936, that Burroughs had sent a telegram to Gehrig saying: "Having seen several pictures of you as Tarzan and paid for newspaper clippings on the subject, I want to congratulate you on being a swell first baseman."
So Gehrig had to content himself with being a super first baseman, and went on to set a record of playing in 2,130 straight games, which earned him the nickname of The Iron Horse. The streak might have gone on even longer had not Gehrig been diagnosed with the fatal, degenerative disease. His record stood until Cal Ripken broke it in 1995.
See ERBzine 1709 for more on Gehrig and the ERB/Gehrig Baseball Connection
The ERB/Gehrig Baseball Connection
ERB says Gehrig's on first:
Gehrig as Tarzan: Photo Collage

Off-Site Reference
Gehrig in Wikipedia

*** On Nov. 9, 2017,  ERB Inc. announced that a softcover edition of Lee Strong's "A Soldier of Poloda" had become available. Since then, Strong has added another Pellucidar book to the Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs canon, "Untamed Pellucidar." ERB fans look forward the "Fall Book Sale" time at ERB Inc., with many of the Wild Adventurds on sale at bargain prices:
Edgar Rice Burroughs debuted the world of Poloda in the pulp story Beyond the Farthest Star in 1940 just as Hitler’s Nazis marched across Europe and the Imperial Japanese extended their reach across the South Pacific. Like fellow Earthman, Tangor from ERB's story, American OSS officer Thomas Randolph is mysteriously teleported to a foreign planet where he lands in the center of a 100-year war that mirrors the Allied Powers’ struggle against Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. Unlike Tangor, Randolph – now Tomas Ran – finds himself behind enemy lines where he gains a first-hand view of the inner workings of the corrupt Kapar empire. Learn more about this Poloda sequel in our ERBzine coverage starting at: ERBzine 5819 which presents a Strong Bio, Evolution of the Project, Contents, Prologue, Previews, Art, etc.
A Soldier of Poloda by Lee Strong
Wild Adventures of ERB Series
A Soldier of Poloda at ERB, Inc.
Untamed Pellucidar at ERB, Inc.
ERB, Inc. Fall Book Sale
*** Denny "Tarzan" Miller played Florence Henderson's self-centered old high school boyfriend Tank Gates on The Brady Bunch Show on this date in 1973's "Quarterback Sneak" episode. Denny has shared a multitude of such memories with ERBzine which we illustrated with hundreds of photos.

Denny Miller Career Flashbacks
*** "A Time Line of ERB's "Other Burroughs": A Life History of "OB - the Other Burroughs" ~ The Edgar Rice Burroughs gleaned by Bill Hillman from prologues, introductions, forewords, and the novels themselves makes for an interesting read. Apparently there was even another Edgar Rice Burroughs. This one also died at age 75 but on July 22, 2018. This Burroughs never wrote any books but he did love trivia and perhaps had some trivia about Tarzan in his repertoire. No, it's not one of the "real" "other" Burroughs.

Timeline of ERB's "Other Burroughs"

Off-Site Reference:
A Real-Life "other" Burroughs


John Carter and the Giant of Mars: Amazing 1941, Original Better Little Book, Amazing Reprint 1961 and Canaveral
Buster Crabbe in King of Jungle from Stoneham's Lion's Way ~ ERB's "favourite" wrestlers: Stecher and Zbyszko

*** 1940: "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" first appeared in an Amazing Stories magazine dated January of 1941. However, as every schoolboy knows, magazines are dated in a weird way and usually actually hits the newsstands well before the date on the cover. Thus, the edition featuring John Carter vs. Joog actually was available for purchase two months earlier.
Bill Hillman's ERBzine reports that the magazine hit the stands on Nov. 10, 1940. A controversy soon followed as to authorship over this story, which was actually written by Edgar Rice Burroughs's son, John Coleman Burroughs. Hulbert has explained that "Giant" was originally written as a Whitman Better Little Book and was later expanded into novelette form. ERB was in Honolulu at the time. Jack (perhaps with input from Whitman editors) did virtually all of the work on it.
*** The John Carter and the Giant of Mars story has a long complicated history. I first read it in the early '50s in one of the many BLBs in my collection. At the time I, like most people back then, thought it was written by ERB. We later learned, of course, that the story was written and illustrated by John Coleman Burroughs. The story was expanded later for publication in Amazing Stories -- perhaps with a bit of input from ERB and the Amazing editors. This version was illustrated by J. Allen St. John. I didn't get to read the Amazing version until they reprinted it in 1961 at the beginning of the "Burroughs Boom".

    The story was reprinted again in a Canaveral hardcover in 1962 when editor Richard Lupoff combined it with another rare Barsoom story -- the unfinished Skeleton Men of Jupiter. The Canaveral two-story edition was released under the title: John Carter of Mars -- No. 11 in the Barsoom series. The illustrations this time around were by Reed Crandall. This is the version that I've featured in my e-text reprint in ERBzine.
    The story was given new life in 2019 when it was reprinted in a lavishly illustrated special limited edition by Jim Gerlach's in conjunction with Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. Realizing that not many ERB fans and researchers have read the original Better Little Book edition, I scanned every page of my own treasured copy -- the results of which are featured in ERBzine 2841 and at our John Coleman Burroughs site. Sadly the brittle binding of this thick little book was damaged beyond repair during the scanning process. (BH)
John Carter and the Giant of Mars
Read the Complete "Giant of Mars" eText
Read the "Giant" Better Little Scanned Pages
"Giant of Mars" Extended Review by Den Valdron
"Giant" Chapter Summaries and Review by David Adams
Takebe Art For the Japanese Edition

Off-Site Reference
Giant Summary

1933: In the ERB universe, 25 women took a vote Nov. 10, 1933, to determine who would star in the film, "King of the Jungle," a role that would pave the way for the star's path to the role of Tarzan himself. They decided on an individual who was just their "type" and you already know his name, but read the article in ERBzine 0311:
Buster Crabbe Voted for "King of the Jungle"
Buster's King of the Jungle Pics
Tarzan the Fearless Compendium
Ed and the boys attended the wrestling matches. He wrote that he had seen only one football game this season (U.S.C. vs U.C.), preferring to listen to the games on radio. He and the boys had become wrestling fans. ". . . but the game is so damn crooked that much of the kick is taken out of it. They say that every opponent who faces Stecher, the heavyweight champion, has to post a twenty five hundred dollar bond that he will not beat him, and the bouts certainly suggest that this may have foundations in truth. We saw him wrestle Zbyszko last night and in my opinion if Zbyszko had dared, he could have killed him. Of all the rotten excuses for a champion, I think Stecher the rottenest. We also attended the classical Dundee-Ace Hudkins fiasco last week. If all the lousy crooks who make an easy living off the fighters and wrestlers could be eliminated, I think the public might enjoy some pretty good sport, but as it is going now it will not be long  before boxing and wrestling will be stopped in California entirely."
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Gridiron Memories
ERB Bio Timeline

Off-Site References
Wrestler Joe Stecher in Wikipedia
Wrestler Stanislaus Zbyszko in Wikipedia


Tarzan and the Lion Man: Liberty, Ray Dean art, ERB, Inc. edition, Artist Stockton Mulford ~ Noiseless typewriter
Parents George and Mary ~ ERB's recommended beach wear ~ Brother Harry ~ Ashton, Florence, ERB and kids

*** 1933: "Tarzan and the Lion Man" first appeared in Liberty on  this date, a more mainstream magazine than the usual pulps, and it resulted in a $10,000 check for author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
However, Ed immediately wrote a check for $1,500 of that $10,000 to pay the agent who had done the negotiations with Liberty.
There were no ERB covers for the nine-part serial, which continued into early January, but there were two illustrations with each installment, done by artist Stockton Mulford, who signed the art as "Ray Dean." (Mulford used his own name when he did cover illustrations for pulp editions of two other ERB novels, "Tarzan and the Ant Men" and "The Moon Men."
"Tarzan and the Lion Man" could also be titled 'The Payback of Edgar Rice Burroughs." After the movie-makers had taken his well-spoken English Lord and turned him into someone who spoke pidgin English, ERB turned the tables on the filmographers by writing a story on what might happen to a movie company which came to Africa to film a movie about a Tarzan-like "Lion Man." Of course, the real Tarzan has to get the crew out of all kinds of trouble.
    Finally, in the last chapter, Tarzan goes to Hollywood for a visit and ends up on the set in a studio where an actual Tarzan movie is being filmed. ERB has a lot of fun with everything about this story line.
Robert B. Zeuschner, author of "Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Bibliography," reports that the magazine version is a bit shorter than the eventual book version published by ERB Inc. After paying the $10,000 for first serial rights, Liberty's editors apparently decided they didn't need to get their full money's worth! Bob said "it is thought that the Liberty editor may have made deletions."
Henry Hardy Heins, author of "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs," reports that "The last chapter...which bears the title 'Hello, Hollywood!' exists also as a separate Burroughs manuscript titled, "If Tarzan came to Hollywood."
Tarzan and the Lion Man: History ~ Art ~ Links
"Lion Man" ~ Read the eText Edition
"Lion Man": Ray Dean full-size Art in Liberty Magazine serial
"Lion Man" ~ 9 Liberty Magazine Covers
Liberty Art by Ray Dean (Stockton Mulford)
More Liberty Art: McWhorter Collection
Stockton Mulford (Ray Dean): Artist Encyclopedia

Off-Site Reference
A summary of the story

*** 1887: Father George Burroughs was an official witness to the execution of the convicted Haymarket bombers who had been arrested after the Haymarket Square riots, a mass labor protest in May of 1886. George, a staunch Republican, later stated, ""I do not believe in fanaticism anywhere."
    He was sworn into the army on April 19, 1861, despite having limited vision in one eye -- the result of a childhood accident. He entered service in the Civil War as a private in Company "G" of the 71st Regiment, New York State Militia. The new recruit was in the hospital with dysentery when he learned that his company was marching to the front. He climbed out the window and caught up with his company -- he was reprimanded but was allowed to remain. In the advance on Manassas, June 16 to 21, he saw action at Sudley Springs and at the Battle of Bull Run. In the front rank of the Bull Run battle George felt a bullet pass through his blouse. It struck and killed the man behind him. After the disaster of Bull Run on July 21, the soldiers of the 71st, bewildered and in disorder, managed to reach Washington within the next two days. The letter he wrote from Headquarters 71st Regt. NYSM ~ Navy Yard, Washington D.C. on June 27 1861 is featured in ERBzine 0943.
    On December 16, 1861 reentered service with a commission as First Lieutenant, 43rd New York Volunteer Infantry, "Albany & Yates Rifles." He served as acting regimental quartermaster from December 1861 to September 1862. After various battle campaigns, he was detached from his regiment and assigned to duty as acting commissary of subsistence on the staff of General F. L. Vinton and then, with a commission from President Lincoln, was made captain and commissary of subsistence on February 19, 1863.  He remained throughout the war and was present in numerous campaigns.
    George's military involvement had a lasting influence upon his youngest son Edgar who attended Michigan Military Academy and tried unsuccessfully to join Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and also as a mercenary in the Chinese Army. Edgar went on to serve in the US Cavalry and later, during the Great War to serve as a Major in the Reserves. In WWII Ed served in the Pacific theatre as the oldest war correspondent in the war.
    George's wife and Edgar's mother -- Mary Evaline -- bravely followed her husband into war. She related these experiences in a book written for the family: Memoirs of a War Bride
George Burroughs Bio Tribute
George Burroughs Memoriam
George Burroughs Photo Collage
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years
Memoirs of a War Bride by Mary Evaline Burroughs

*** 1887: Brothers George and Harry wrote home regularly from Yale. Danton shared all these letters with me and I'v transcribed these handwritten letters into seven huge Webpages.
Hartland 1884 ~ Yale 1887/1888 ~ Chicago 1920 & 1926
*** 1929: "I have one of those noiseless typewriters, but as far as I am concerned it is a total loss. I want to hear them go."

ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calendar
*** 1929: Ed's pointers for a uniform to wear onboard a yacht: "The hat is the principal item. This should be of the well-known cocked variety with a white plume. The hat should be done in blue or green to match the sea. In addition to this I suggest large epaulets and a red sash. What else you wear will be a matter for your own discretion, but if you like suntan and do not freckle the above will be all that you will require."

Burroughs Family Summer Beach Cottages at Morrison Lake
*** 1934: Florence drove back to Las Vegas with Ed, while Ashton took care of the children.
*** 1946: After many requests, Ed refused to buy a horse for Caryl Lee, stating that if her parents wanted her to have one, they would be better able to buy one than he.

Caryl Lee Burroughs Tribute: 3 Pages
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Tributes: 8 Pages


James H. Pierce in Tarzan and the Golden Lion ~ Back to the Stone Age and Escape On Venus:
Sigaloff DJs for Canaveral from original JCBs ~ Bobbie Rucker's Tarzan Cabin ~ Pierces' Gravesite

*** 1963: Canaveral Press published two more Edgar Rice Burroughs editions on this date -- "Back to the Stone Age" and "Escape on Venus." Both featured Sam Sigaloff covers based on the original John Coleman Burroughs cover paintings.
Canaveral didn't always do things chronologically. A year less four days earlier, the company had published the first Venus book, "Pirates of Venus," but an ERB fan totally dependent on Canaveral would have been frustrated with the appearance of the fourth book in the series when the second and third had not yet appeared. But, no worry for the patient -- because, just a few days later, on Nov. 15, 1963 -- both "Lost on Venus" and "Carson of Venus" rolled off the press.The fifth story, a novelette, "The Wizard of Venus," appeared on April 27 of 1964 along with two other novelettes in a volume called "Tales of Three Planets."
    Canaveral also shuffled the Pellucidar books slightly out of order, with "Tanar of Pellucidar" coming out Oct. 19, 1962, six days before the first book in the series, "At the Earth's Core," and seven days before the second book, "Pellucidar." The rest of them were published in the right order.
A foreword was provided for "Back to the Stone Age" in the pulp serial but the forward was not included in the book editions. The forward is included, however, in the "Back to the Stone Age" entry of "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography," by Robert B. Zeuschner.
In Henry Hardy Heins's "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs," the one-liner description of the inner world story reads: "Lieutentant Wilhelm von Horst finds love and adventure in the prehistoric world of the eternal sun." The description of "Escape on Venus" is: "Ever fighting to escape imprisonment, Carson and Duare finally find their home and peace."
*** The next major reprint for Back to the Stone Age was the deluxe Jim Gerlach ERBbooks and ERB, Inc. edition.
Back to the Stone Age: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
"Stone Age": Read the eText
More related John Coleman Burroughs art
Gerlach ERBbooks Deluxe Edition
Escape on Venus: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio
Read the Complete Novel in e-Text
The Canaveral Press Story

Off-Site References
Back to the Stone Age summarized
Escape on Venus summarized

*** 2007: McWhorter's ERB Book List sent to ERBzine.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was always a reader, including in the last seven years of his life. George T. McWhorter inventoried the papers used by Irwin T. Porges in writing "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan." Among the papers he found a list of books Burroughs read after 1943. On Nov. 12, 2007, he wrote a note to Bill Hillman when he sent him the list of the books. ERBzine added cover illustrations and research information to the list which is featured in ERBzine 2002-2006
Last Books Read by Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERBzines 2002-2006: Starting at:
ERBzine's Complete ERB Personal Library Project
*** 1983: Jim Pierce
(1900.08.08-1983.11.12) the fourth movie Tarzan, the first radio Tarzan, and ERB's son-in-law, died on this date at age 83. He had lost his wife, Joan Burroughs Pierce, back on December 30, 1972 at age 64.
    Back in 1970, Sue-On and I were warmly welcomed by Hulbert Burroughs who showed us all around the ERB, Inc. offices in Tarzana. We then had a great time exploring all the treasures in the normally very private warehouse and marvelling at the books, documents and memorabilia that had survived the disastrous warehouse fire started by very combustible cellulose nitrate Tarzan films. We had such a great visit that Hully invited us to come back the following day to visit his sister Joan and her husband Jim Pierce who were driving in from their home in Apple Valley for an ERB, Inc. board meeting. We checked into Avalon Motel and returned next day for a long visit with Jim and Joan. We took photos of them but were so star struck that we didn't have Hully take photos of us with the pair.  . . I didn't even ask for their autographs. Later, however, I sent down tapes of their 1932 Tarzan radio shows which they hadn't heard for many years. They were so grateful that the sent us a huge box of ERB, Inc. first editions and many dust jackets. Very warm and gracious people. Sadly, we didn't have a chance to cross paths again, although we visited their gravesites Forest Hills Cemetery in Shelbyville, Indiana.
Many years later, Danton had the office photocopy all the pages from his copy of Jim's autobiography, "The Battle of Hollywood". He sent these to me and I've scanned the photos and transcribed all the text for all to read in ERBzine.
James H. Pierce Tribute: Bio ~ Radio Shows ~ Films ~ Photos
Hillmans meet Jim and Joan in Tarzana
Jim Pierce Photo Collage
Jim and Joan Burroughs Pierce Gravesite in Shelbyville
*** 2008: Bobbie M. Rucker
(1923.03.14-2008.11.12) passed away on this date from heart stroke, after which she declined life support treatments.
Bobbie was the widow of Jefferson County Police Sergeant, Charles O. Rucker. She was a medical records supervisor for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center until her retirement in 1983. She was a violist in several local chamber music groups, and was also an active member of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliophiles, Louisville Miniature Club, and the Church of the Ascension. Bobbie is survived by her two sons, Marc A. Rucker (Linda) and Lance M. Rucker (Bianca); grandchildren, Charles, Michael, Jason, Meg, Alex, Lon, and Adam; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Bobbie was a dedicated Burroughs Bibliophile, contributing articles to the Burroughs Bulletin and attending many Dum-Dums, including the memorable visit to Greystoke Castle in 1988. Of special interest to ERB fans is her hand-crafted miniature of Tarzan's birth cabin, carefully researched from her reading of Tarzan of the Apes. Her sense of humour was refreshing, and she referred to Edgar Rice Burroughs as "the sole remaining prop of my declining years."
    We always looked forward to meeting Bobbie at numerous ERB Conventions. She and Sue-On always had some wonderful chats at these meetings. We miss her very much.
Remembering Bobbie Rucker
Bobbie Rucker in Gridley Wave
ERBzine News Archive #26

Off-Site Reference
Bobbie Markendorf Rucker


Tarzana Ranch and Ballroom/Theatre then and now ~ Ralph Herman and Danton: film presentation at Ballroom/Theatre
More Herman photos: El Cab, NYC, Danton Memorial, etc. ~ Tanar Blue Book Cover ~ Young Eagles serial: ERB Productions

*** 1921: Film schedule at the Burroughs Tarzana Ballroom Theatre: Danger Ahead ~ For Sale ~ Wolves of the North ~ Man Tamer ~ A Dollar's Worth (short) ~ (Luring Lips  was cancelled as most people had seen it downtown).
    It was a thrill for Sue-On and I to visit this Ballroom/Theatre building during a visit to Tarzana. Of the original Burroughs Tarzana Ranch Estate this is about the only structure remaining since the main house was demolished in the '30s. Ralph Herman owned this building at one time and had done extensive remodelling to it.
    I had first met Ralph at the Marriott after-show party at the Broadway Premiere of Tarzan the Musical. A few years later I spent a day with Ralph during the weekend I was in Tarzana for Danton's memorial service. Ralph is the leading expert on the history of and all-things Tarzana. He was a marvelous host. He drove me all around Hollywood and we rode a golf cart all around the El Caballero Country Club golf greens, all of which was once part of the Burroughs Ranch. Following this we dined at the exclusive El Cab Dining Room. Later, we even explored his new high rise which was under construction near Hollywood and Vine. A very bitter sweet time.
    Photos: Ralph has done many presentations boosting Tarzana through the years, including the one in my accompanying photo bar where he and Danton shared their memories of Tarzana in the orignal Ballroom Building. Other photos are of Ralph giving a tribute at Danton's Memorial, Dining at the El Caballero Club (site of ERB's original golf course), Tarzan Musical Premier party at the Merriott on Broadway with Ralph, his lady friend, and myself, and finally, Ralph leading me on a tour of his high rise bulding site at Hollywood and Vine. There is more info and many photos at ERBzine 4197.
Tarzana Ranch Estate: Then and Now
The Ralph Herman / Tarzana Connection
Tarzana Ranch Photos and Art
Tarzana Hall of Fame
Tarzana Adventure
*** 1928: Tanar of Pellucidar
was completed (77,000 words). For one of the cities in the book Ed spelled the nearby town Pacoima backwards: Amiocap.
Tanar of Pellucidar: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Blue Book Serial Cover Collage
Mahlon Blaine Illustrations

*** 1934: ERB assigned all rights for Romance Films to George Stout, including the boy scout film serial, "Young Eagles." This was a serial Dearholt and Cohen slapped together just before Dearholt convinced ERB to let him do the Tarzan serial: it's also got a South American or Central American jungle motif, and is possibly the most boring serial ever made.
"Young Eagles" is a 12-episode serial in which two Boy Scouts (Eagle Scouts) win an around-the-world trip with a crack aviator, and find themselves crash-landed in the jungles of Central America after the ace forgets to refuel in Ecuador. They are captured by natives, discover treasure and are rescued by the U.S, government.
Chapter Titles: 1. The Crash ~ 2. The Drums of Hate ~ 3. City of the Dead ~ 4. Bridge of Doom ~ 5. Treasure Trails ~ 6. Fangs of Flame ~ 7. Tropic Fury ~ 8. Wings of Terror ~ 9. The Lost Lagoon ~ 10. Jungle Outlaws ~ 11. Trapped ~ 13. Out of the Sky
It was produced under the company name, Romance Pictures, which seems probably to have more or less morphed into Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises
"Young Eagles": Romance Films
ERB: Film Producer - Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises

*** More ERB Bio Timeline Notes
1934: Walter Winchell reported that ERB was staying at the Apache Hotel in preparation to end 34 years of marriage. His  bride-to-be would be Florence Dearholt of Queens Road, Hollywood.
1936: ERB submitted an idea for a dice-board game to Whitman. They rejected the idea and referred him to Parker Brothers.
1942: ERB completed an article reporting on a year of martial law in the Hawaiian Islands.

*** 1920 and 1930: Two character actors who had parts in Tarzan films were born on Nov. 13. The older one was born in 1920 and the younger, in 1932. The older one appeared on screen as a grown man. The younger one was an actor only into his mid-teens. The older one didn't make his first movie until 1944, but the younger one was in front of the cameras by 1940.
The older one made it into two Tarzan productions: "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle" and a Tarzan television episode, "The Circus." The younger one played a native youth, named Tumbo, who was rescued by Boy in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure."
The older won was Jack Elam, the villain many loved to hate. The younger one was Cordell Hickman, a young man whose movie career ended before he could emerge into adulthood as either a good guy or a villain.
Cordell Hickman was typecast as a stereotypical young black kid in virtually every movie he made in a career that lasted only from 1940 to 1946, probably when he grew too old to play a child anymore.
His roles were mostly uncredited and mostly bit parts. Perhaps a highlight of his career was playing Tumbo alongside Johnny Sheffield, Tarzan's adopted son, Boy, as the two made friends.
Hickman was born Nov. 13, 1932, the same year that "Tarzan the Ape Man," the first Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie, came out. Sheffield himself was born about a year and a half earlier.
Jack Elam, the man with the shifty eye, played evil villains, funny villains and, once in awhile, a strange-looking but nice fellow. He mostly hung out in cow towns, but went to the jungle twice to interact with Tarzan in "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle" and the Ron Ely TV Tarzan episode. Biographic Info and Filmographies of both actors are included in our off-site IMDB links.
Tarzan's Secret Treasure:
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle:
Ely TV Tarzan Series Episode Synopses and Reviews with scren captures
Ely TV Tarzan Episode No. 28: THE CIRCUS ~ Review

Off-Site References:
Jack Elam in IMDB
Hickman in IMDB


ERB meets with Sol Lesser and Glenn Morris ~ Tarzan: Broadway Musical: Danton Burroughs on Green Carpet,
Tarzan on Screen and Stage: Terk ~ Africa Speaks at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre ~ Mucker: All-Story and Canaveral 

*** 2006: Tarzan, The Broadway Musical, was featured on ABC’s “The View.”  Host Rosie O’Donnell joined star Chester Gregory II and the cast of Tarzan for a performance of the song “Trashin’ the Camp.”  O’Donnell had played the role of “Terk” in the Disney animated film Tarzan.  Gregory plays “Terk” in the Broadway production of Tarzan. Tarzan celebrated its 200th performance on Broadway on Wednesday, November 1st.
    Sue-On and I had joined Danton and family with the Tarzana ERB, Inc. to attend the Premiere of Tarzan the Broadway Musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre followed by a huge gala party in the Merriott Ballroom. The production was exciting and the after-show party was packed with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities -- including the composer of the play's music, Phil Collins. I've featured reviews and photos across many ERBzine pages. Phil later invited us to attend the Tarzan Musical Premiers in Holland and Hamburg for which we created full photo coverage.
ERBzine News
Tarzan, The Broadway Musical
Tarzan: The Musical Photo Collage
Disney's Animated TARZAN 1999
*** 1930: ERB
was advised to take a publishing offer from Harper. He attended two football games. The boys headed back to college. Ed and Emma went to Grauman's Egyptian Theatre to see Africa Speaks a documentary of explorer Paul Hoefler's exploits in Africa, narrated by Lowell Thomas. He thought Thomas' attempts at humour in the narration fell flat.
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 1947:  Ed turned down an invitation to visit Sol Lesser in Palm Springs, citing health reasons.

    "Sol Lesser entered the film industry as an exhibitor and the owner of a chain of movie theaters. His first "production" had an interesting story behind it. In 1915, while he was living in San Francisco, he learned that the authorities were about to clean out and close down the city's notorious Barbary Coast district, a raucous area of gambling houses, saloons and brothels. He grabbed a camera and a friend (future Hollywood cameraman Hal Mohr) and roamed all over the district, shooting footage of some of the area's best-known establishments before they were shut down. After the film was put together he titled it Last Night of the Barbary Coast (1913), sold it to theaters himself and made a bundle on it. Using that money, he began buying up theaters and soon had his own chain. Going into film production full-time in the 1930s with his own company, Principal Pictures Corp., he concentrated mainly on low-budget westerns and Tarzan pictures. He joined RKO in 1941 as executive in charge of feature production." ~ IMDB
    A Sol Lesser Quote: 'Tarzan' is pure escapist entertainment. He is the original superman, fighting for the rights of the downtrodden and the persecuted against all villains, be they human or beast. He rules with a minimum of words - hence he is understood by all. Rarely does Tarzan get gooey with Jane. Thus the kids love him and so do the old folks.
ERB Silver Screen Pages
Sol Lesser Splash Bar
Tarzan and the Huntress 1947
*** Numerology enthusiasts might like to know that Canaveral published its hardback reprint of Edgar Rice Burroughs's "The Mucker" on Nov. 14, 1963. It was also on that Nov. 14, in 1914, that the final installment of the story's first appearance in print was in All-Story Cavalier Weekly.

And, each hardback edition of "The Mucker" through the Canaveral printing has had 414 pages.
The Canaveral edition of "The Mucker," like "Tarzan and the Castaways," had a sticker added to the copyright page. This sticker informed readers who were unable to read tables of content pages that the book contained both "The Mucker" and "The Return of the Mucker." It's a good thing Canaveral had the stickers pre-stuck. If they had just handed out the stickers with the books and instructions for where they should be stuck, most ERB fans would have not done so, in order to keep the stickers "mint."
The Mucker: History ~ Art ~ Articles ~ Comics ~ Links
Canaveral Press Story
*** Astrobiology Magazine
of Nov. 14, 2004, reported on the characteristics and traveling habits of the moons of Mars. The article said the small moon, Deimos, does not "hurtle" as ERB said. The article, of course, was in error. Burroughs never said Deimos hurtles. He said Cluros hurtles. The article, plus another article focusing on Phobos (Thuria)
    Mars' moons are among the smallest in the solar system. Phobos is a bit larger than Deimos, and orbits only 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the Martian surface. No known moon orbits closer to its planet. It whips around Mars three times a day, while the more distant Deimos takes 30 hours for each orbit. Phobos is gradually spiraling inward, drawing about six feet (1.8 meters) closer to the planet each century. Within 50 million years, it will either crash into Mars or break up and form a ring around the planet.
    To someone standing on the Mars-facing side of Phobos, Mars would take up a large part of the sky. And people may one day do just that. Scientists have discussed the possibility of using one of the Martian moons as a base from which astronauts could observe the Red Planet and launch robots to its surface, while shielded by miles of rock from cosmic rays and solar radiation for nearly two-thirds of every orbit.
    Like Earth's Moon, Phobos and Deimos always present the same face to their planet. Both are lumpy, heavily-cratered and covered in dust and loose rocks. They are among the darker objects in the solar system. The moons appear to be made of carbon-rich rock mixed with ice and may be captured asteroids.
    How Mars Moons Got Their Names: The moons are named for the mythological sons of Ares, the Greek counterpart of the Roman god, Mars. Phobos means fear and Deimos means dread. Fitting names for the sons of a war god.
Moons of Mars News Story: ERBzine News #5
The Secret of Thuria I by Den Valdron
The Secret of Thuria II by Den Valdron

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