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Tarzan and the Ant Men: Art: St. John 1st,
Frazetta ACE cover, ERB, Inc. Statue ~ Tarzan: Year of the Rat 1888
Manning Strip ~ Tarzan, Jungle King: Lemmo
~ Strip Artists Controversy: Barry, Lehti, Gershwin, Reinman
*** 1888: Tarzan is a Rat! Philip Jose Farmer determined
the actual birth date of John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, to
be November 22, 1888. If this is indeed the actual date of Tarzan's
birth, then according to the Chinese Zodica, he is an "Earth Child" and
... a RAT. Rat people are born under the sign of charm and aggressiveness.
They can always make a success of their lives as long as they manage to
master their perpetual discontent and their insistence on living for the
present moment. Rats are self-contained and keep problems to themselves
and even though they can be talkative at times, they never confide in anyone.
Rats are quick-witted. They are confident and usually have good instincts.
Stubborn as they are, they prefer to live by their own rules rather those
of others. . . .
He's certainly in good company since a great many famous
people are Rats. . . including my own China Princess. . . Sue-On
one uses the date that ERB created the character in print (1911) -- Tarzan
is a BOAR . . . the same symbol as his creator: Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875)
Tarzan the Rat - 1888
Tarzan the Boar ~ 1911
Tarzan Alive: A Chronology by PJ Farmer
*** 1963: The
world will recall this as the date of the John Kennedy assassination.
However, if not for the desire of John Clayton to keep his true
identity out of the public eye, in order to shield himself and his family
from unwanted attention from the persistent papparazzi, the world would
more likely be focused on the birth of Tarzan this date, back in 1888 (at
12:05 a.m., to be precise).
We can thank an esteemed Tarzan researcher, the late
Philip Jose Farmer, for digging up this fact and publicizing it in his
writings and speeches. However, Tarzan's secret is still safe, since Mr.
Farmer's research is shared only among trusted fans, and not accessed by
the prying world. Tarzan's birthday along with timelines on other characters
from the Wold Newton Universe can be found at pjfarmer.com It needs
to be noted that some researchers would disagree with Farmer's determination
of the date Tarzan was born. For plenty of good reasons, Greystoke Chronologist
James Michael Moody has arrived at the earlier day and year of Sept.
Appropriately enough, it was on Tarzan's
birthday in 1929 that ERB was quoted in the L.A. Times' column, "The
Lee Side of L.A.," as saying Tarzan was a good influence on children,
based on his observation of the behavior of his own children: "We tried
to keep the books from them at first," he said, "but couldn't. They almost
know them by heart. And the only bad effect we've ever noticed is that
for awhile one of the boys wanted to eat with his hands, because Tarzan
did that when a boy." See the third clipping down in the article.
Remembering JFK: ERB Admirer
The Lee Side of L.A.: Times Column
*** 1923: ERB commenced
Tarzan and the Ant Men on June 20, 1923 and finished
it on November 22, 1923 ~ 86,000 words. Tarzan was shrunk to the size of
the tiny ant men.
"Originally serialized in seven installements
from February to March 1924 in ALL STORY this is a pretty wild adventure
with strong elements of satire. People who have only a passing knowledge
of Tarzan may think the books are a simple series of fights with wild animals
and African tribes, but this book in particular shows a vivid imagination
with a good use of extrapolated detail that makes the improbable events
more convincing. . .
Underneath the classic pulp adventure is a large dose
of Burroughs` social criticism, as we find the Minunians are suffering
through their own Prohibition, and that the king has been taxing wealthy
people so heavily that they have to work harder than ever just to stay
afloat (being rich and famous was not all Burroughs thought it would be.
"...those who work hard and accumulate property have only their labor for
their effort, since the government takes all from them in taxes.") As satire
goes, it`s pretty blatant but not really overbearing, and it provides an
interesting counterpoint to the bitter remarks in GULLIVER`S TRAVELS."
Excerpt of Hermes Review in ERBzine
Note: Although the G and D
cover art for Ant Men is usually credited to C.E.
Monroe, Monroe denied having done the art and couldn't identify the
Interestingly, on this date in 2018
ERB, Inc. offered fans another in their series of collectibles: A Tarzan
statue with the Ant Man with a size of around 50cm.
Tarzan and the Ant Men: History ~ Art ~
Tarzan and the Ant Men: Read the e-Text Edition
Tarzan and the Ant Men Review by R.E. Prindle
Ant Men Gold Key Comic Book Adaptation (Russ Manning)
Ant Men: Rex Maxons Adaptation in 126 daily strips
*** Speaking of John Kennedy, David Lemmo, in
his book, "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture," reports: "On
the 15th of that month [February 1926], Edgar signed a contract with Joseph
P. Kennedy's FBO and R-C Pictures for the production of a new Ape-Man
film adventure, 'Tarzan and the Golden Lion.' Kennedy was father
of future president of the United States, John F. Kennedy."
A reminder that David Lemmo and partner Rachael
Wenban lost their home in Paradise, Calif., in the recent devastating
One way to help them is to buy David's books about ERB's Tarzan, John Drake
and Frankenstein through Amazon.:
"Tarzan, Jungle King. . ." by David Lemmo
Books on Amazon
*** 1947: The John Lehti Controversy:
John Lehti was claimed to have taken over the daily Tarzan strip on
this date which he ghosted for Dan Barry for 10 weeks. But, according
to Ron Goulart, who had an interview with John Lehti, Lethi did NOT do
the Tarzan dailies. But
Vern Coriell did an interview with John
Lehti and Dan Barry in which they claimed that Lehti was ghosting for Barry
and DID the Tarzan daily. Jostein Hansen of Norway claims that strips 2719-2832
and 2893-2958 were mainly ghosted by Emil Gershwin. Emil's
father, Aaron, was George and Ira Gershwin's uncle.
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr
in Pulp Artists
*** 1971: Tarzan Returns to the Earth's
Core daily strips by Russ Manning: November 22, 1971 - July
29, 1972 ~ Strips: 10093-10308
Tarzan Returns to the Earth's Core by Russ Manning
P. Dempsey Tabler in Son
of Tarzan ~ Boris Karloff: Tarzan and the Golden Lion Native,
The Monster, Letter, Autograph
~ ERB and Rex ~ Danton and Hully Article ~ Maxon's Tarzan strips
*** 1876: When Perce Dempsey Tabler (1876.11.23-1956.06.07)
born in Tennessee on Nov. 23, 1876, one-year-old ERB was far from even
considering the idea that some day he would write a novel titled “The
Son of Tarzan,” and that it would be made into something known as a
"movie." But P. Dempsey Tabler, minus a hairbrush, grew up to play
Tarzan in that very film.
Scott Tracy Griffin noted in
his book: Tarzan Centennial
Celebration that the actor chosen to play Tarzan in The Son
of Tarzan 1920 was "One of the more unconventional castings, Tabler,
a 40-year-old opera singer, broke several ribs and had to wear bindings
for much of the rest of the movie, taking them off for photography. The
marks from the bandages are clearly visible in some of the film stills.
Tabler performed real-life heroics on the set when he spotted an escaped
lion stalking a small boy, and charged it, scaring it away with a fierce
FACTOIDS From 0589:
* The Tarzan role went to Perce Dempsey Tabler (a.k.a.
Percy Dempsey Tabler or P. Dempsey Tabler), a middle-aged actor whose feeble
physique and poorly designed toupee failed to convince anyone that he was
the Lord of the Jungle.
* P. Dempsey Tabler was miscast as Tarzan, Lord Greystone
(sic) and fortunately his character remained in England for most of the
* Tabler reportedly worked as an opera singer and travelling
salesman before moving to Los Angeles.
* Lord Greystoke's name was misspelled as Greystone in
most of the title cards in the serial. Paulvitch's name was spelled Paulovich.
* Former daring stuntman Kamuela Searle carried the bulk
of the picture as Tarzan's son, Jack Clayton, aka Korak the Killer.
* By the time Tabler did "The Son of Tarzan", at
age 41, the Tennessee athlete had four seasons of light opera, had produced
films, starred in several of Thomas H. Ince's Triangle productions, co-starred
with William S. Hart in "Captive God", and had helped found Paramount Studios.
Tabler died at age 79 in San Francisco,
Son of Tarzan 1920: Credits ~ Trivia ~ Stills
Son of Tarzan: The Novel
Tarzan Centennial Celebration by Scott Tracy
*** 1887: Boris Karloff who
Owaza, a villain, in “Tarzan and the Golden Lion,"
was born on this date. Back then, in Camberwell, London, England, he was
known as William Henry Pratt.
I've featured interesting memorabilia on my Golden Lion
Movie Edition page including a Karloff "thank-you" letter to ERB as well
as his signature with all the other cast autographs. He appeared in full
native make-up and costume in the film.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Film Credits ~ Photos
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Movie Edition Book
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Read the e-Text
Golden Lion Film Stills Webpages and Collages
Special Screen Showing at the 2014 Fargo ECOF
*** 1929: On Saturday, Nov. 23,
1929, the L.A. Times ran a story announcing that the last strip in Rex
Maxon's adaptation of “The Beasts of Tarzan” was appearing in the newspaper
that day. However, fans need not be forlorn, because the next ERB story,
“The Son of Tarzan,” would be picked up starting that Monday. The
Times had a nice article to announce the new storyline on the comics page,
the type of article you seldom -- if ever -- see in newspapers today.
All 96 strips are reproduced in ERBzine starting at ERBzine 2041
LA Times Announces Son of Tarzan To Start
Son of Tarzan: 96 Strips by Rex Maxon
Son of Tarzan Newspaper Serial Illustrations
*** 1923: "BURROUGHS: HE
STARTED TO RIDE AT FOUR and has been riding ever since: military academy
cadet, cavalry instructor, cowpuncher, cavalryman, rancher, gentleman rider
for pleasure and in horse shows. His mount here is his four year old, five
gaited stallion, Brigadier Rex"
ERB sent a telegram to veterinarian Dr. Carr in
LA: "Our stallion, Rex, has acquired a habit of occasionally abusing himself.
I purchased some rings, but am not certain of the wisdom of using them.
What is your idea about this, and if you think the ring should be used,
about how tight should it be put on?"
Carr responded: "Rings are commonly
used. Just put on loose just so they will stay on and when erection takes
place it pinches them so they will not abuse themselves. Wear it for a
week or so then remove for a week and repeat again a week. If he continues
to do so when off keep it on continually. If they are not to tight will
do no harm."
Danton Burroughs Scrapbook: Tarzana Ranch I
Horse Talk: Burroughs Family Horses
My Diversions by Edgar Rice Burroughs
***1972: TARZAN STRONGER THAN
:: TARZAN ENJOYING NEW WORLDWIDE INTEREST
PHOTO CAPTION: Hulbert Burroughs, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs
who created Tarzan and his son, Denton (sic), displayed some
of the new reprints about the ape-man. ~ Daytona Beach Morning Journal
~ November 23, 1972 ~ Read the article which I've transcribed for easier
Tarzan Stronger Than Ever
1914: From November
23 - January 11, 1915: ERB wrote Pellucidar
(60,000 words). ERB prepared a long glossary and drew maps. It was serialized
in All-Story Weekly from May 8, 1915 May, 8 - May 29, 1915. The first edition
was published by A.C. McClurg on September 5, 1923.
Pellucidar: History ~ Art ~
Covers ~ Map
Pellucidar: Read the eText Edition
St. John and Frazetta Pellucidar
Herman Brix and Ula Holt: New Adventures of Tarzan
~ Forrest J Ackerman: Lifetime Photos,
Sharing SciFi Tales with the Hillmans, Famous Monsters
mags ~ ERB and Ashton Dearholt Production Co.
*** Forrest J Ackerman (1916.11.24-2008.12.04): Forry
is legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp
magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. Although this title debuted
in the late '50s, I didn't discover it until later when I became
a great fan and collector of Warren magazines: Kurtzman's Help!, Creepy,
Eery, Blazing Combat, The Spirit, Vampirella, etc. He was also the
owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary
memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion
overlooking Los Angeles. His collection once included more than 50,000
books, thousands of science-fiction magazines and such items as Bela
Lugosi's cape and ring from the 1931 film "Dracula."
Another major achievement was the
discovery of Ray Bradbury. Ackerman had placed a flyer in a Los
Angeles bookstore for a science-fiction club he was founding and a teenage
Bradbury showed up. As a literary agent, Ackerman represented Bradbury,
Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, A.E. van Vogt, Ray Cummings, Hugo Gernsback
and numerous other science-fiction writers. He said the term "sci-fi"
came to him in 1954 when he was listening to a car radio and heard an announcer
mention the word "hi-fi." He was also co-creator of the popular comic book
Forry was Guest of Honor at
the 1999 Tarzana Dum-Dum and invited us to his Ackermansion
the next day. We spent hours marvelling at his collection of books, movie
memorabilia, magazines, photos, film props, etc. jammed floor to ceiling
in all 18 rooms of his two storey home. I took many photos, many of which
I've shared in my ERBzine Feature: Hillman
Lost In Ackermansion.
He was very proud of the giant portrait
of his late wife, Wendayne (Wendy) Wahrman (1912–1990). Wendayne
(the name Forry created for her) translated "Tarzan,
The German Eater" from German to English and I've featured it in
my ERB/German Incident series.
Mr. Science Fiction took a break from
his tour guide role to sit with Sue-On, our young daughter China, and I
and to share many memories of his long career as writer, editor, agent,
and collector of all things Sci-Fi. He told of his love of the Burroughs
books and how, as a teenager he had started a letter correspondence with
ERB and later visited the Master of Sci Fi and Fantasy Adventure at his
home in Tarzana. I've featured these letters and Forry's description of
his visit with ERB in the accompanying links.
Following our long chat, Forry proudly
led the three of us out onto his balcony overlooking LA and into his dungeons
under the house where I took photos of coffins, creepy figures, bodies
. . . and cobwebs. Then it was back to the stacks to explore and handle
so many of Forry's treasures. I know of few collectors who would invite
strangers into his home and to let them roam through a trove lovingly collected
over a lifetime. When we left he gave us autographed photos to remind us
of the visit.
After we returned to Brandon I followed
news items on Forry and shared them in our ERBzine News and Eclectica pages.
Later reports were very disturbing. I sadly reported his failing health,
his selling off much of the collection to pay for health and legal bills,
loss of his house, his eventual death, and his obituary. The reports of
his mansion and so many of his treasures being sold were upsetting. Even
more upsetting were reports of so much of his collection being thrown into
trash dumpsters when the house was being cleared for the new owners. I
and so many of my collector friends can identify with this as we enter
our final years.
My buddy John Martin has also
shared memories of what Forry meant to him. I've included his text in a
companion page at: martin1
Forrest J Ackerman / ERB Letters
Forry Ackerman's Visit with ERB
Hillmans Lost in Ackermansion
Tarzan, the German-eater
translated by Wendy Wahrman-Ackerman
Sci-Fi's Grand Old Man Dies At 92
Edgar Burroughs, here's to you
of Ackermansion Video
1934: November - end: Ashton Dearholt's
Tarzan film expedition sailed for Guatemala. For his film production
company, ERB had outlined a new story Tarzan and the Green Goddess,
which the screenwriters had renamed Tarzan in Guatemala. Dearholt
had visited the country in 1933 as a trouble-shooter for RKO-Radio Pictures.
He felt that he knew enough about the country, had the contacts there including
within the government, and could make the film far more economically than
in Hollywood. The company had no studio and so it was decided to
film on location instead. Unfortunately, Dearholt ran out of money before
leaving for Guatemala so ERB had to reluctantly involve himself as co-signatory
and the loan was approved the day before the party was due to sail.
Therefore, in November 1934, Dearholt “led an expedition” of 29 cast and
crew, with several tons of freight, aboard the liner Seattle to begin filming
in highland ruins in Guatemala.
ERB: Film Producer
New Adventures/Green Goddess
*** On Nov. 24, 1943, Lt. Cmdr.
John Hall Allen wrote in ERB's autograph book:
Your pen travels fast and true
Tarzan brave and jungle dense
How are you, and where, and whence.
ERB's Autograph Pages November 1943
1954: Lee Canalito, boxer
"The Italian Stallion" and actor, was born in Houston, Texas. Lee appeared
in the films “Paradise Alley,” The Glass Jungle,” and “Emperor of the Bronx.”
He was cast by John and Bo Derek to play Tarzan in their film, “Tarzan
the Ape Man” and travelled to Sri Lanka and began filming. He left
the production shortly thereafter for reasons that have never been completely
clear and was replaced with Miles O’Keefe. He Coulda been a Tarzan.
Filming and production problems were
relentless. The crew slept in tents and there was no running water. The
Dereks fired people every day. Reports were that he injured his knee. Bo
Derek said that she and her husband fired Canalito because he was too heavy
and looked bad when he ran.
There were rumours that he and Bo
were a bit too friendly, but no one really knows why Lee Canalito, a Tarzan
who could have been, left the production. Whatever the reason, Lee was
paid in full.
For more details about Lee, read Robert Allen Lupton's
article in ERBzine 7147.
Canalito was a professional heavyweight
boxer from 1977 to 1987. He retired undefeated on 10 September 1987 after
knocking out Mike Jones in one round in Houston, Texas. After retiring
he owned a boxing Gym in Chinatown, Houston, Texas.
“I Coulda Been A Tarzan”
*** More Notes
from the ERB Journals
1912: The Pioneer published
at Camp E. S. Otis in the Canal Zone published ERB's November 13th
letter answering a fan letter from one of the troops.
had gallbladder surgery and later suffered from arthritis.
1930: ERB wrote: "We are
hoping that our future address will be Tarzana Ranch, Tarzana Drive,
Tarzana, California, which ought to be the height of something or other."
1930: ERB rode out with Jack to inspect
damage from the recent storm. The gale had blown down a favourite old sycamore
tree and others -- "like losing an old friend." Ed and Emma drove
into Hollywood to see Minn
and Bill starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery.
ERB Bio Timeline
SAVAGE PELLUCIDAR Through the Years :: Original
Amazing St. John Art ~ Canaveral Edition
Frank Frazetta ACE Art ~ Grindberg Art for the Deluxe
Limited Editions from ERBbooks.com
*** 1963: Savage Pellucidar (1st
edition) was published with 274 pages was published on this date. ERB had
originally planned to name the book: Girl of Pellucidar.Three
of the stories that make up this 1963 first edition hardcover were first
published in 1942 in Amazing pulp magazine: "The Return to Pellucidar"
~ "Men of the Bronze Age" ~ "Tiger Girl" with two interior
Johns in each issue. These six St. Johns plus a cover were included
in the Canaveral. The fourth story: "Savage Pellucidar" had remained
unpublished until it appeared in Amazing in 1963 with three Larry Ivie
illustrations. It was a thrill to see it appear on the newstands. . . and
an even greater thrill later to see all stories finally collated in the
Thanks to Jim
Gerlach's ERBbooks.com two splendid, lavishly illustrated editions
under the BURROUGHS and GROSSET & DUNLAP banners were
published in twin Special Limited Collector editions in 2018. An amazing
amount of work went into these twin releases and Jim had collated virtually
all the Savage Pellucidar art that has appeared since 1942. OB would be
Savage Pellucidar: History ~
Savage Pellucidar: Read the
The ERB, Inc. Authorized Editions:
ERBbooks.com Limited Edition
Pulp Biblio: Savage Pellucidar serialized in Amazing
*** 1929: ERB answered a letter
from a New York fan who wanted to know when his Efficiency Expert
be published. He explained that his publisher limited his releases to two
a year and since he was such a prolific writer there was a backlog of material
to see book release.
Letter to Fan
Ed had an 11 A.M. operation at Hollywood Hospital. Suffering severe
pain from a bladder obstruction, he had a series of operations. The condition,
called epididymitis, involved an inflammation related to the testicles.
Two operations were performed at the Hollywood Hospital - November and
January. The bill was $2,551.45.
ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan and the Castaways: Improved cover recoverings.com,
Finlay pulp art and influences
ERB, Inc. safe from ERB-dom #8 ~ ERB's close friend,
DD ~ Tarzan and the Madman: Canaveral
*** 1963: Unpublished Manuscripts in ERB's Safe: The
New York Times, on Nov. 26, 1963, printed a story about the discovery of
unpublished manuscripts in Edgar Rice Burroughs's safe. However, the New
York Times was not the first one to know about those.
It was always known, at least by those
in the office and family members, that ERB had a safe and that there were
manuscripts in there, but it was, apparently, just assumed they were manuscripts
of stories that had already been published. At some point -- does anyone
know exactly when? -- it was discovered that, among those manuscripts,
were totally new stories!
According to ERBzine
"Not long after Edgar Rice Burroughs
died in March, 1950, rumors were whispered that ERB had left in his massive
office safe many unpublished manuscripts. For years this legend retained
its currency among science-fantasy fans. And now -- from Hulbert Burroughs,
ERB's son -- comes confirmation."
At some point in the past, family members realized there
were unpublished stories in that safe and that there was probably money
to be made from them. . . or at least, more recognition for the variety
of writing produced by ERB.
In any case, The New York Times was "scooped" several
months before, when The Knickerbocker News of Albany, N.Y., printed on
April 30, 1963, the article. Bill Hillman keyed the article into Bob
Hyde's Odyssey of a Tarzan FANatic. Read it all at ERBzine
Most of those have been published
since that article appeared, but not all. ERB's "autobiography" material
has not been published in full . . it is likely that Irwin Porges
may have drawn extensively from it in his research for writing "Edgar
Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan."
Knickerbocker "Article on the ERB, Inc. Safe Contents
Our LOST WORDS OF ERB
ERB FILM PRODUCER
ERB's BIO TIMELINE AND BIOGRAPHIES
ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. ERB ILLUSTRATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
*** In the December 1963 issue of
(No. 8), Caz reported on a trip he took to ERB Inc. in which
Burroughs gave him a peek at some of the unpublished manuscripts. He
wrote: "I was most curious to see ERB's notebook
and some of the unpublished manuscripts, so we returned to the outer office
where a large safe is located. Here the son of Tarzan's creator brought
forth several typewritten manuscripts and an old looseleaf notebook, crammed
full of notes and sketches."
Caz mentioned that Hulbert had said he was considering
publishing ERB's notebook someday. Perhaps it will be among the ERB books
to be published over the next few years by ERB Inc.
The news about the unpublished manuscripts was a pleasant
surprise to many in the early 1960s, but apparently their existence was
known for years, and needed only the enthusiastic Burroughs Boom of the
60s to convince ERB Inc. that someone just might be interested in reading
those unpublished stories after all!
*** Danton had shared photocopies of ERB's journals and
I've shared much of ERB's Journal writings across ERBzine in various articles,
ERB Bio Timeline, The ERB Annotated Calendar, DantonBurroughs.com, many
Wartime Journals, and this current ERB Life and Legacy Daily Events project.
Sue-On and I visited Hully in the
Tarzana office in 1971 after the contents of the safe had been pretty much
explored and itemized. After guiding us through the office treasures, Hully
led us next door to the warehouse where we had a great time exploring and
taking photos. Twenty-five years later Danton and I spent much time in
the warehouse -- cataloging and scanning rare items. I have very few interior
photos on that visit since security had tightened and access to the building
was very limited.
Caz's Tarzana visit: ERB-dom #8
Hillman Tarzana visit with Hully, Joan and Jim
Hillman Visit to ERB Tarzana Warehouse Collage
ERB-dom Illustrated Index (5 pages)
Diary of a Confused Old Man: WWII Journals
*** 1940: November 26:
ERB starts writing The Quest of Tarzan -- Part 3 of Tarzan and
the Castaways of the "New Tarzan Series."
This book is a collection of stories written by Edgar
Rice Burroughs, the twenty-fourth in his series of books about the title
character Tarzan. In addition to the title novella, it includes two Tarzan
short stories. Of the three pieces, "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders" was
written first, in January, 1939. It was first published in the magazine
Thrilling Adventures in the issue for June, 1940. "Tarzan and the Champion"
was written in July, 1939, and first published in Blue Book Magazine in
the issue for April, 1940. "The Quest of Tarzan" was begun in November,
1940 and first published in the magazine Argosy Weekly as a three-part
serial in the issues for August 23, August 30, and September 6, 1941. The
three stories were gathered together and first published in book form in
hardcover by Canaveral Press in 1965. At that time "The Quest of Tarzan"
was retitled "Tarzan and the Castaways" to avoid confusion with the earlier
Tarzan novel Tarzan's Quest. The first paperback edition was issued by
Ballantine Books in July, 1965. "Tarzan and the Castaways" (originally
entitled "The Quest of Tarzan"). Tarzan is stranded on a Pacific island
inhabited by the remnant of a lost Mayan civilization. "Tarzan and the
Champion". Tarzan, his monkey friend Nkima, and Chief Muviro and his faithful
Waziri warriors confront an American prize fighter who has come to Africa
to hunt the wildlife. "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders". Tarzan applies his
jungle lore to solving a mystery.
Tarzan and the Castaways: History ~
Art ~ Reviews
Tarzan and the Castaways: eText Edition
Frazetta Castaways Art Collage
1944: Ed met
and Dorothy Dahlberg at Joan's. Ed went home with the Dahlberg's to
spend the night with his new friends. This was the start of a close relationship
with the Dahlbergs -- especially Dorothy.
ERB's Friend Dorothy Dahlberg
ERB's Letters to Dorothy Dahlberg
Dahlberg Photo Splash Bar
Tarzan and the Golden Lion 1927: Starring James
Pierce, J. Allen St. John Art 1923, Photoplay Edition
ERB, Director JP McGowan, Jad-Bal-Ja ~ ERB, Joan Burroughs,
McGowan, Jim Pierce
*** In the 1930 version of "Moby Dick," Ahab was portrayed
as a friendly soul with a romantic interest and actually survived the trip
to hunt the white whale. He successfully harpoons Moby Dick and kills him.
The crew boils the whale down for oil, and they return to New Bedford,
where Ahab and his sweetheart are reunited. That movie sure opened my eyes
to how much liberty film makers can take with converting an author's words
And so it has been with the transfer of ERB's characters
and plots from printed page to cinema screens.
One example is "Tarzan and the
Golden Lion," released just three years before Moby Dick, in March
of 1927. Anyone who had read the photoplay edition of the book would realize
right away that the movie was far different from the book, just by comparing
the four photos (and their captions) in the book with what the novel actually
said. Years before, I had read a photoplay edition of Jules Verne's "Twenty
Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and the photos in that didn't match the
story either. Even Disney, many years later, took his own liberties with
One unfamiliar with the Tarzan books,
though, might have thought that articles like the one in The
Mansfield News on Nov. 27, 1927, were accurately describing the
plot of ERB's book.
If James Pierce, who starred as Tarzan, read this
article, or one like it, he might have groaned at the part about the "masterful
direction" of McGowan. Said Pierce later: "Because
of poor direction, terrible story treatment and putrid acting, the opus
was a stinkeroo. I emerged with nothing to show for my strenuous effort
except being typecast as Tarzan. I was out of a job."
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Mansfield News Article
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Facts ~ Photos ~ Links
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Photoplay Edition
Pierce's Autobio: The Battle of Hollywood
James Pierce discusses working with McGowan
Screen Capture Collages I
Screen Capture Collages II
*** How many of you would like to
see the movie, "Tarzan the Untamed"? I think we would all like to
see that movie, but we can't. And Gomer Pyle wasn't able to see
it either because he was roped in to taking the colonel's daughter to a
dance. Watch about three and a half minutes of this episode, "A
Date for the Colonel's Daughter," from Nov. 27, 1964, to find out what
Gomer (Jim Nabors) was looking forward to seeing in the movie.
Gomer Dates The Colonel's Daughter
Tarzan the Untamed
*** 1913: ERB
started the 25,000-word
of the Neocene" and finished in 20 days.
Eternal Lover: Nu of the Neocene
1940: Ralph Rothmund sent
word that feedback on Tarzan and the Jungle Murders and "The
Giant of Mars" was bad - many fans did not believe that ERB had
When John Carter and the Giant of Mars
appeared in the January 1941 issue of Amazing Stories, it was billed
as being by ERB and the return of the master.
A couple of months later, a reader expressed considerable
doubt in magazine's the letter column. Much later it was revealed that
it had been written by son J.C. Burroughs
Tarzan and the Jungle Murders was first
published in the magazine Thrilling Adventures in the issue for
ERB Bio Timeline
John Carter and the Giant of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. ERB
Tarzan and the Castaways (Champion ~ Jungle Murders
ERBzine Pulp Bibliography: Jungle Murders in Thrilling
Ed wrote in his diary that Emma was bent on ruining him.
ERB Bio Timeline
Cathy Mann Wilbanks: VP ERB, Inc., Tarzana ~ Tarzan
At The Earth's Core: Metropolitan 1st Ed with
St. John DJ & FP Art ~ Canaveral Ed. Frazetta
DJ/inside Art ~ Ace PB Frazetta Art ~ Gold Key Comic
The Four ERB Books Published
by Metropolitan Books
and the Lost Empire ~ 1929 :: Tarzan
At The Earth's Core ~ 1930
of Pellucidar ~ 1930 :: A
Fighting Man of Mars ~ 1931
*** Cathy Mann Wilbanks was born on this date. Cathy
is Vice President of Operations of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.,
In recent years, Ms. Wilbanks served
as Archivist, where she oversaw the company’s vast library of historical
publications, artwork and other artifacts owned by the company.
She is responsible
for all internal operations and continues to assist in marketing.
Ms. Wilbanks, who joined ERB, Inc.
in 1984, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Masters of Education
from California State University Northridge.
Cathy Mann Wilbanks Photo Galleries
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
*** 1930/1963: "Tarzan at the
Earth's Core" was published Nov. 28 -- twice.
The first-ever hardbound of the mid-series Tarzan book
was published by Metropolitan on Nov. 28, 1930. It sold for $2.
The Canaveral edition was published on Nov. 28,
1963. Its price was $2.95.
Apparently, prices for new books had not gone up that
much in 33 years. Too bad the same can't be said for books published 33
years and more after the Canaveral edition!
This was the second and last Tarzan book published by
Metropolitan, the first being "Tarzan and the Lost Empire." After
Metropolitan published four ERB books, including the non-Tarzan books "A
Fighting Man of Mars" and "Tanar of Pellucidar," Burroughs himself
started his own publishing company.
"Tarzan at the Earth's Core" is a
unique volume in ERB's world, being a crossover between his Tarzan series
and his series about the inner world of Pellucidar. At the end of the third
Pellucidar book, "Tanar of Pellucidar," inner world hero David Innes is
languishing in a Korsar dungeon. An Earth expedition is mounted to rescue
him and enters Pellucidar via a Zeppelin through an opening in the North
Pole that leads to the Earth's interior. Tarzan goes along as a member
of that rescue expedition.
The book also has a detailed foreword to acquaint Tarzan
readers with the singular characteristics of Pellucidar, including its
prehistoric inhabitants and its anomaly with regard to the passing of time.
The first edition of "Tarzan at the Earth's Core" featured
a wonderful J. Allen St. John wraparound dust jacket with Tarzan
battling Sagoths in Pellucidar.
Canaveral's edition is a much-sought
after book due to its cover and eight interior illustrations by Frank Frazetta.
Frazetta illustrated just two of the Canaverals -- both of them Tarzans.
The other one was "Tarzan and the Castaways," published just over
a year later.
For those who own both the
Canaveral hardback and the Ace paperback, there is an expanded look at
Tarzan's battle with the giant cave bear. In this exciting sequence, Tarzan
has to use each of his weapons to win his way to victory. He first shoots
the bear with his last four arrows, then gives it a dose of his spear (the
scene opposite page 158 of the Canaveral). He then uses his rope to get
above it and finally lands astride the creature after his rope breaks.
He administers the coup de grace with his knife (pictured on the cover
of the Ace paperback).
ERB gets a lot of mileage out of this battle, starting
it at the end of one chapter, followed by a chapter about Jason and Jana,
and then winding up the battle in the chapter after that. That's why ERB's
books are known as "page turners."
Tarzan At the Earth's Core: History ~ Art ~ Reviews
Tarzan At the Earth's Core: Read e-Text Edition
All the Pulp Covers in Collage
Tarzan At the Earth's Core: 96 Maxon Strips
Tarzan At the Earth's Core: Gold Key Comics
The Four ERB Books Published
by Metropolitan Books
and the Lost Empire ~ 1929
At The Earth's Core ~ 1930
of Pellucidar ~ 1930
Fighting Man of Mars ~ 1931
Chessmen of Mars: 8 Great Artists: St. John
~ Krenkel ~ Whelan ~ Jusko ~ Yeates ~ Hoffman ~ Manning ~ Frazetta
Emma's Grand Piano: Tarzana Living Room ~ Hillman Jetan Set by James
*** 1922: The Chessmen
of Mars was published by McClurg ~ 375 pages ~ 1st
Ed. Print Run: 12,500 ~ Total: 89,000 ~ Heins word count: 93,000.
I had been captivated
by the fantastic worlds and characters since the late '40s when I faithfully
read the large front page Tarzan Sunday pages in the Toronto Star Weekly.
I went so far as to create my own versions of Big Little Books by cutting
out the panels of the Sunday pages and gluing them on backing and stapling
them into booklet form. This idea came after finding Big Little Books
in the attic of the home my dad grew up in over in Elrose, SK. Then came
Dell Tarzan comic books purchased with my Saturday night allowance followed
by the purchase of a coverless John
Carter Dell comic (the druggist used to sell coverless comics for
5 cents after returning the covers for refund from the distributor). I
don't think I made the connection with ERB and Tarzan but I loved the strange
tale of a WWII soldier being transported to Mars where he experienced fantastic
adventures. Also at this time I faithfully listened to the Tarzan radio
shows and thrilled at the intro when I heard "author ERB :): "And
now in the very words of Mr. Burroughs. . . "
I was ripe for
a real introduction to the wonderful worlds of ERB's Barsoom. After school
one day, I found a ragged red book with loose pages that had been discarded
in the wastebasket beside our Grade 5 clasdsroom bookcase. Wow. . . weird
and fantastic art with headless bodies and crawling heads. . . warriors
doing battle on giant chess fields. . . my 11-year-old imagination was
captivated. I rescued the book and soon created my own Jetan set by drawing
designs on milk bottle caps. I continually pestered my sister and cousins
to play this weird version of chess with me. Now, decades later I'm still
pestering people to play ERB with me by sending thousands of ERBzine Webpages
and Webzines around the world. :)
*** Chessmen started me on a life
long search for all-things Burroughs -- a difficult task in the '50s before
the '60s boom hit. I bought the G&Ds, and Whitmans and sent out letters
looking for rare copies all over Canada and England. I naively but lovingly
place my name and date of purchase into every book as it appeared on my
bookshelves. I shared that list in one of my first ERBzine pages back in
1996 and reprinted it again in ERBzine
*** My dreams of having a Jetan
set worthy of Burroughs creations' came about after George McWhorter proudly
showed the marvelous set in his collection at U of Louisville. He said
it had been created by a sculptor/artist named James Spratt. I was thrilled
when James contacted me to ask if I'd like to share his illustrated version
of A Princess of
Mars that he had started to draw. Spratt?. . . "Have you ever
made a Jetan set?" Before long we were working on creating a series of
Jetan Webpages in ERBzine . . . and a wonderful gift came in the mail:
A full Jetan set created by Mr. Spratt.
*** "The Chessmen of Mars"
stands unique in the world of Edgar Rice Burroughs because of its clever
premise based on the game of chess and ERB's inclusion of rules for playing
Jetan, the name of the Barsoomian version of the game. Chessmen appeared
in book form for the first time Nov. 29, 1922, with publication by A.C.
McClurg & Co.
The story itself would have been an intriguing Burroughs
adventure even without the element of chess -- the opening featuring the
kaldanes with their separate heads and bodies, the city of Manator featuring
the stuffed remains of residents who had died, and wicked O-Tar the jeddak
who redeemed himself the only way he could, by committing suicide.
ERB framed the story by writing about his own chess game,
played on earth, then told the story of the chess game on Mars that could
be played either with living people battling each other to the death for
possession of squares, or as a quiet board game. John Carter, in fact,
had a pocket set of Jetan which he carried with him on his adventures,
just in case there was time between sword fights to squeeze in a game.
And how often might this have been heard back then: "Mom,
I want a Jetan set for Christmas." Since "The Chessmen of Mars" was published
just a month before Christmas, some may have wished for a set of their
own and, logically, it should have been in the stores, or maybe Santa could
have had his elves whip up a set!
Burroughs was pretty clever at thinking of ways to make
money off his stories, but this is one idea he either didn't think of or
couldn't find a manufacturer who thought many of the sets could be sold.
Chessmen of Mars: History ~ Art ~ Rules
Spratt's Jetan figures and Sarang (variant): 3 pages
Chessmen of Mars: Read the full e-Text
Chessmen Review by R.E. Prindle: 6 Parts
Bill Hillman Discovers Barsoom in 1955
Spratt's A Princess of Mars
Ed submitted the Outlaw of Torn manuscript to Metcalf.
Outlaw of Torn:
Outlaw of Torn: eText
Ed and Emma ordered a Mason & Hamlin Ebony grand piano from
Jack Marrill Co., NY at a cost of $900 They had compared this piano
to a Steinway and preferred the Mason & Hamlin.
Danton sent me a high resolution
photo of the living room in the Burroughs Tarzana Ranch Mansion. The grand
piano is shown in the living room photo -- most of the family, other than
ERB, were keen musicians or singers. Danton had preserved some of the artifacts
from the mansion - a few of them were lost in his house fire the day before
the night he died.
Grand Piano in Tarzana Living
Back To Tarzana Docu-Novel by
*** 1944: Ed sold
Emma's Bellagio Road house to Helen M. and Mac Neel Pierce for $25,000.
Ed stayed on, before returning to Hawaii, to take inventory and box up
Emma's and ERB, Inc. property.
The Burroughs house on Bellagio
*** 1945: ERB wrote a letter
to Mrs. Charles Westendarp of New Jersey (his Coldwater Niece)
relating family news. Joan and Jim are divorcing. Hully is
an Air Force Captain. Jack is working in the Warner Brothers
ERB Family News Letter
*** 1963: Tarzan of the Paperbacks by
Paul Mandel appeared in LIFE Magazine: The Burroughs Boom of the '60s:
In 1961, a lady librarian in California took a Tarzan book off the shelf
on the spoilsport grounds that Tarzan and Jane were living together out
of wedlock. She could have had no inkling of the consequences of her misguided
act. The furore it aroused in newspapers has brought the Ape Man roaring
back out of literary limbo to delight millions of nostalgic Americans and
thrown a bomb into the paperback book business.
Tarzan of the Paperbacks in
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins: Canaveral Edition
with Krenkel DJ art, Two original editions
ERB & JCB Photos representing ERB's early career
~ Gods of Mars: Canaveral Edition: Ivie DJ art
*** 1962/1963: Canaveral published two ERB books this date,
Nov. 30, one year apart.
In 1962, a first edition rolled off the press, "Tarzan
and the Tarzan Twins." It contained two stories about Dick and Doc,
who were not actually twins, but lookalike cousins, as the author explains
in the introduction. The Canaveral book does not identify itself as a “first
edition” but it is a “first edition thus,” since it is the first time the
two Tarzan twins stories appeared in the same volume. The blurb on the
back of the book’s jacket states it “is the first complete book edition
of the Tarzan Twins saga.”
Originally, the first half of the
story, titled “The Tarzan Twins,” was published as a children’s
book by Volland on Oct. 10, 1927, and was a story complete in itself. However,
there was more to come, and the children who read that first story were
nine years older when the second one was published. That was “Tarzan
and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion,” which was published
by Whitman in its Big Big Book format on March 9, 1936. The book
was formatted like a Big Little Book except that it was twice as tall and
twice as wide. Although it was in no place stated to be a coloring book,
the uncolored pictures on every other page no doubt invited some young
people to haul out the box of Crayolas. Perhaps many of those pages did
get colored and many books eventually discarded since the book is somewhat
difficult to find in uncolored condition.
When Canaveral combined the printings,
it did not identify the story as having been originally published in two
editions, but simply begins the second story as chapter “Twelve.” The long
title with the name of Jad-bal-ja appears nowhere in the book itself but
is found on the inside flap of the book’s dust jacket.
The first book, “The Tarzan Twins,” had color
and black and white interior illustrations by Douglas Grant.
The “Jad-bal-ja” book had illustrations by Juanita Bennett,
and the Canaveral combo had illustrations by Roy G. Krenkel.
The adventures of the Tarzan Twins
have also appeared as a Rex Maxon daily strip, Gold Key comic book, ERB,
Inc. serialized Sunday pages, and in the Big Little Book format.
It has been published in several limited modern editions in both paperback
and hardback by Pulpville Press and Wildside Press and probably others.
Tarzan Twins: History ~ Art ~ Articles ~ Comics
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins: Read the eText
Tarzan Twins: 106 strips by Rex Maxon
Morphology of a Folktale by ERB: David Adams Article
David Adams on TTTWJTGL:
Tarzan Twins: Gold Key Comic Adaptation
Tarzan Twins serialized by Martin Powell and Artguello
Tarza;n Twins Editions: Cover Art Collage
*** 1963: A year to the day after releasing
Canaveral Twins edition, Canaveral published "The
Gods of Mars," featuring a cover and interiors by Larry Ivie.
It's a very nice book, but will forever leave ERB fans scratching their
heads as to why Canaveral printed the middle book of the opening Mars trilogy
and never published the first and third books.
Heins notes that the book also contains a "small
detailed map (opposite page 132) that has long been needed to enable the
reader to visualize the geographical relationship between Valley Dor and
This has been one my very favourite ERB books since first
reading the Dell Comics adaptation in 1952. During my 40 years as a University
and HS Educator I even made use of the Log Notes I created for the book
in some of my English classes :) Since my first editions of ERBzine.com
Weekly Webzine in 1996 I've featured many related articles -- including
the excellent long poetry saga by John Martin. This and some of the articles
are included in the accompanying links.
Gods of Mars: History ~ Art ~ Maps ~ Comics
"Gods": Hillman Log Notes Series:
A Study Guide for Fans and Researchers
Gods of Mars: Full eText Edition
Saga of The Gods of Mars: Poem by "Bridge"
Gods of Mars: Chronology Charts by Fredrik Ekman
Gods of Mars: Cover Art Collage
Gods of Mars: Burroughs Bibliophiles #4
Gods of Mars: 1952 Dell Comic
*** 1918: Indianapolis Star,
Saturday, Indianapolis, Indiana: Ashton Dearholt, who played opposite
Dean in the "The
Two-Soul Woman," will again be her leading man in "Miss Defin,
Safe Cracker," (probably renamed "The
Silk-Lined Burglar") a crook comedy drama which she is now making
under the direction of Jack Dilles. Dearholt has recently been playing
Juanita Hansen and Jack Mulhall in "The
Brass Bullet," Universal's latest serial.
ERB Film News
*** 1929: "How
Tarzan Kept The Wolf From The Door" - a bio article on ERB is published
in The Literary Digest.
How Tarzan Kept The Wolf From The Door
*** 1933: Florence
Dearholt sought Ed's help in booking passage to join Ashton in Guatemala.
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Tribute
*** 1942: An Emma H. Burroughs
- number 4116. It was filled out by Mrs. Burroughs' own hand and issued
to Cash in the amount of $5.00 on November 30, 1942. Emma was Edgar
Rice Burroughs first wife and mother of his three children. Edgar
and Emma were married on January 31, 1900.
Lost Words of ERB VII: Danton's Scrapbook
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