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Jane Ralston Burroughs as Dejah ~ Jane's Family: John, Danton, Dian, John Coleman Burroughs ~ Guide to Barsoom
by John Flint Roy: Boris art ~ ERB Fans at a UK Gathering ~ The Roy Headstone ~ Tarzan the Tiger ~ Tarzan's Desert Mystery

*** Jane Ralston was born the same year as John Coleman Burroughs, 1913, and her birthday was this date, Dec. 8. Jane married Pomona classmate, John Coleman Burroughs, on 12 December, 1936 -- they were both 23 years old. John Coleman (Jack) was the youngest of the three children of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Jack illustrated many of his father's novels and comic strips and Jane helped with the backgrounds, inking and lettering of the strip and even served as model for Dejah Thoris and other ERB heroines.
    The greatest of ERB's heroines was the incomparably beautiful Martian Princess, Dejah Thoris. Inspiration for JCB's vision of this most beautiful woman on two planets was his wife, Jane Ralston Burroughs. Jack supplemented Jane's live modelling with hundreds of photographs and it's been our pleasure to share some of these photos in our tribute pages to Jane.
*** In her 1998 letter to George McWhorter, Curator of the ERB Memorial Collection at the University of Louisville, Jane described how she worked with husband Jack in creating the series of the 1942 John Carter of Mars Sunday Pages:
    "Perhaps it would be of interest to elucidate on the "John Carter of Mars" comic strip panels drawn by my husband, John Coleman Burroughs, in 1942. My facial features were drawn and I posed in a swim suit and Martian harness for the body proportions and positions. Never has it been known that I also drew all the backgrounds and buildings, did all of the coloring and all of the lettering, and very much enjoyed the project. My love to all." ~ "Dejah Thoris" (Jane Ralston Burroughs) Irvine, California.

    Jack and Jane's first child -- John Ralston -- was born on 22 June, 1942. Their second son -- Danton -- was born on 21 June, 1944 and they later had a daughter -- Dian -- born on June 17, 1948. All three of the children have carried on the Burroughs legacy through their interest in business, the arts, and entertainment. During his lifetime, Danton was actively involved in the running of ERB, Inc. The photos, documents, artwork, memorabilia, memories and historical details contained in this online tribute to his mother are from the personal collection of Danton Burroughs. The portrait in the accompanying splash bar was proudly displayed on Dan's wall near the entrance to his home. The snapshot I took of it with my early digital camera does not do it justice.
    When Jane passed away on December 12, 2002, I was on a 4-month assignment for my university, teaching a remote class in Pukatawagan, an isolated First Nations reserve in Northern Manitoba, and was hard to reach. When we finally made phone contact via satellite, Dan was very broken up over the loss. I could certainly sympathize, having lost my own mother a few weeks previously. It was a very emotional and teary time. She was an amazing lady.
Jane Ralston poses as Dejah Thoris
for artist husband John Coleman Burroughs
Enjoy the multitude of photos in our JRB Tribute
73 John Carter Sunday Pages by JCB
Our John Coleman Burroughs Tribute Site
Jane as Dejah Statue by James Spratt

*** 1987 John Flint Roy (1913-1987), famous Canadian ERB scholar and writer died. His book A Guide to Barsoom - The Mars of ERB was published by Ballantine in 1976. Roy was the recipient of the First Order of Edgar Award (A McClurg TA First Edition) at the 1972 ERB Gathering.  John Flint Roy was Honoree at the 1986 Jenison, Michigan ECOF.
    "When Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote "Dejah Thoris, A Princess of Mars" in 1911, he had no idea that he was opening a new era in the science fiction field. Over a period of thirty years, Burroughs wrote ten Martian tales... the story of life and death, romance and tragedy on the Red Planet is undoubtedly one of the greatest series of all time. Burroughs created a world of dead sea beds, towering mountains, polar ice caps, underground rivers... he peopled the planet with four different human races and one semi-human. He gave Mars a history, several phases of civilization and an assortment of religions. He added dauntless heroes, beautiful maidens, evil villains and fearful monsters -- all the ingredients necessary for a series of thrilling adventures on any world!" --John Flint Roy -- A Guide to Barsoom - The Mars of ERB.
    Roy Krenkel had done the original artwork for the ERB-dom (below) which Caz had given to John Flint Roy, who is the uncle of Burroughs Bibliophile Doug Denby from Ontario.  Fred Lukas purchased it from Doug and it now proudly adorns his bookroom wall.
    Doug Denby, John Flint Roy's nephew, has shared some background info on his uncle:
    John Flint Roy died 1987.12.08 at age 74, having been born 1913.12.19 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His wife, also a well known traveller to the fan conventions, died 1985.10.12, at age 76. Her death took the life out of him. John Flint Roy was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer for 34 years and as such lived with his wife in many places across Canada, before retiring. During his whole life he loved the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. Although he had a sister, he never knew her well. Their mother died when both were quite young and the father split the children when he was unable to look after them. John was raised by an aunt and uncle with no contact with his sister. He told the story of his leaving that family in his mid teens and being presented with an itemized bill for the cost of raising him by his uncle. Over the years he paid the bill.
ERB and Canada by John Flint Roy
"Who Hasn't Dreamed": Poem by John Flint Roy
Roy's "A Guide to Barsoom" Contents
The Mucker and Roughneck by John Flint Roy
History of the British ERB Society by Laurence Dunn
Caz's ERB-dom Logo by Roy Krenkel  ::  Caz with John Flint Roy
*** 1938: Born on this date: Camille "Caz" Cazedessus, Jr.: a long-time ERB Fan, Burroughs Bibliophile, Honourary ERBapa member, Publisher of the Hugo Award-winning ERB-dom, and the current Pulpdom. Much more about Caz is featured in ERBzine. . . including his bio page and our Illustrated ERB-dom Bibliography:
Meet Caz:
Bibliography of Caz's ERB-dom: 4 pages starting at:
**1929: Universal released the serial Tarzan and the Tiger (based on Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar) with Frank Merrill. Following the success of Tarzan the Mighty, Merrill and Kingston reprised their roles (although she was now correctly referred to as Jane). Al Ferguson, who had played Black John returned as another villain, this time an explorer who kidnapped Jane and sold her into white slavery. Tarzan lost his memory in chapter three of the serial struggled to overcome his amnesia through most of the serial with its endless cliffhangers.

    The success of "the talkies" prompted Universal to add music and sound effects to this silent serial and audiences were able to hear the Merrill's version of the apeman's ape cry for the first time. The serial was a success despite its untimely release which coincided with the October 1929 stock market crash.
Tarzan the Tiger
Frank Merrill Remembered (3 Parts)
*** 1942: 6:30 departure from Fiji. Ed experienced the excitement of takeoff and a low flight around the tropical island. At 11:46 A.M. they landed at Plaines des Gaiacs at the northwest end of New Caledonia. The officers -- most of them Tarzan fans -- gave Ed a warm welcome. At 1 P.M. he flew to Tontouta 30 miles from the southern end of the island and was taken by command car to Noumea to check into the officers' quarters at the Grand Hotel du Pacifique. Here he met Lt. Ballanger who had gone to Pomona with Jack and Jane, then old acquaintance Hal Thompson, husband to long-time family friend, actress Rochelle Hudson.

ERB's Wartime Journals

*** The prospect of Nazis being eaten by a giant spider was something that would appeal to movie-goers during World War II, and Tarzan was happy to oblige in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery," released Dec. 8, 1943. Tarzan and Boy set out to seek some medicinal plants for Jane, who is helping to care for wounded British troops in London. The film was some nasty Nazis, and likely was rushed onto the market to cash in on the mood of the time.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery: 4 Webpages
*** "The response of civilians to the demands made upon them since December 7 has been magnificent, but I have heard of no greater self sacrifice to duty than that of Hazel Kahookele, a volunteer worker under Mrs. John Halliday, chairman of the medical unit at Kaneobe.

"Hazel did not report for duty December 8. When she came on the 9th, she was full of apologies, and begged Mrs. Halliday not to discharge her. She explained that she had not come the day before, because her brother, her uncle, and two cousins had been killed by machine gun fire while driving their car Sunday morning. She has been working steadily since. Deserved kudos to Hazel Kabookele!"
The above was the last item written by ERB in his last Laugh It Off! column of 1941.
ERB's Laugh It Off Columns for 1941
*** "Tarzan and Tembo-Haven, Korak and the Elephant Girls," by Russ Manning, began Dec. 8, 1968, in the Sunday comics. Read all 23 of t hese Sunday pagers in ERBzine starting at:

Tarzan and Tembo-Haven: 23 Sunday Pages by Manning
View the Collage of all  the opening title frames
The series is also mirrored in our JCB companion site:


Darrell C. Richardson - "The Old Tiger" ~ Tarzan and the Golden Lion art: Monahan, St. John,
Krenkel, Jusko, Yeates, Grell, Privitera  ~ ERB's Auto-Biography ~ Tarzan Newspaper Serial Art

*** 1922: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," began its serialization in Argosy All-Story Weekly.
In "The Beasts of Tarzan," Tarzan had tamed a leopard and in "Tarzan the Untamed" he had tamed a lion or two, but there, on the cover, was Tarzan with yet another lion. Readers would have to open the magazine and turn to the start of the story to know that this was going to be a full-fledged story about the apeman and a lion, because the title of the story was not on the cover. P.J. Monahan's illustration certainly gave readers an idea that Tarzan had a lion under his control, but the lettering on the cover had only the non-title, "Triumphant return of Tarzan of the Apes."
    This is the first book that Tarzan wrote by dictating into his Ediphone recorder. He started dictation on February 10, 1922. Argosy All-Story didn't start its seven-part serialization until December 9th. William Stout created one interior illustration for each issue. Editor Robert H. Davis wrote a Foreword in the magazine that wasn't included in the book release.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: History ~ Art ~ Review ~ Info
"Golden Lion": All 7 Pulp Covers
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Read the e-Text Edition
The Golden Lion Classic Poses Page
P. J. Monahan: The Man and His Art
*** 1979: Darrell C. Richardson's Article: "Tarzan Is The Other Of Minister's Two Heroes" appeared in THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, Memphis, Tenn.:

"...I have some 2,000 Tarzan and other Burroughs books in foreign editions. There is a complete set in Chinese, for example, and the first editions in German, Greek, Dutch, Turkish, Finnish, Arabic and about 30 other languages." That's one of the things the late Darrell C. Richardson had to say about his vast ERB collection. Mr. Richardson was both a man of the cloth and a man of the loin cloth. His heroes were the Lord from Heaven and the Lord of the Jungle. These and other interesting facts about Richardson are brought out in several articles, the first of which was originally published this date in 1979.
    Almost every major artist in the history of science fiction is represented in the author's collection of original art. One of his special interests over the years was the artist J. Allen St. John.
Though born in Kansas, he lived most of his early life in Missouri. He studied journalism and later archaeology, but then entered the seminary and prepared for the ministry. He spent over twenty years as a pastor in Kentucky and also served as an army chaplain during the Korean War. He retired as Editor of the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in Memphis, Tennessee where he lived during all later years.
    Since college days at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. (where he had athletic scholarships for football, basketball and track) he worked as a writer. He wrote and edited books, magazine stories, articles, and newspaper columns. His travels and expeditions, archaeological digs, research and adventures carried him into over forty countries of the globe.
    "The Old Tiger" died in Memphis, Tennessee on September 19, 2006.
Darrell C. Richardson's Article
ERBzine Tributes to Darrell C. Richardson:
*** 1916:
The Republic Motor Truck Co. of Alma, Michigan convinced Ed to write a 1,900-word promotional booklet detailing his experiences on his transcontinental trip. The result is the whimsical "An Auto-Biography" - told through the POV of a Republic truck. "According to Mr. Burroughs' own statement, he ran his touring car 1,500 miles in reaching Coldwater, a distance of 193 miles from his starting point, and he figures that at the same rate he will travel 229,500 miles in getting to Los Angeles and will complete the journey in 23 years, 3 months and 15 days. [It took 99 days.]
An Auto-Biography Booklet by ERB
*** 1942: New Caledonia
: On one of his missions as a war correspondent, ERB visited a former cannibal village of grass thatched huts close to St. Louis Mission (French Catholic) - a place famous for its rum production. Photographer Corporal Wold took many photos of Ed with natives and the Grand Chief following their exchange of gifts.
ERB's Cannibal Village Visit: WWII Diary
Rare ERB WWII Photos
ERB's WWII Journals
*** On Dec. 9, 1913, Indiana's Fort Wayne News Daily began treating its readers to installments of ERB's classic, "Tarzan of the Apes." We, too, can enjoy seeing these layouts as well as the unique art, thanks to ERB fan Ron de Laat, who provided scans from his collection to ERBzine.

Tarzan of the Apes Newspaper Serial Art
Ron de Laat: Super Fan From Holland
Ron's Birthday
ERB Art Encyclopedia

Off-Site Reference
Ron de Laat's ERB Website in Holland

*** 1918: The fear of the deadly flu epidemic hung over the Burroughs household. "Diagnosis is at best uncertain and difficult. I was asking our family physician about this yesterday and he had to admit that the Coroner makes the most successful diagnosis."
*** 1927: "We ceased sending Christmas cards last year. It grew to be a meaningless gesture. We had a list of names in a book, we ordered the Christmas cards a month ahead of time, someone else addressed the envelopes -- that is Christmas sentiment for you. All our friends were vying with each other to outdo everyone in the expense and elaborateness of their Christmas Greetings. We decided that it was vulgar, shoddy and bunk. Therefore, we cut it out."
ERB Bio Timeline and Journals


Edgar Rice Burroughs and Religion: Reason vs. Superstition ~ Tarzan of the Apes ~ Legend of Tarzan trailer
ERB's Marcia of the Doorstep and Jungle Girl ~ Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure: Russ  Manning Strip

1929: In a letter to Hulbert, ERB expressed some views on religion "I have no quarrel with religion, but I do not like the historic attitude of any of the established churches. Their enthusiasms and sincerity never ring true to me and I think that there has been no great change in them all down the ages, insofar as the fundamentals are concerned. There is just as much intolerance and hypocrisy as there ever was, and if any church were able to obtain political power today I believe that you would see all the tyranny and injustice and oppression which has marked the political ascendancy of the church in all times....  I do not subscribe to any of the narrow, childish superstitions of any creed."  He speaks of "the disgusting lust for publicity, which animates many divines."

    Ed as a man of science and a staunch believer in Darwin's theories was a strong critic of the church's attitude toward scientific progress and "toward the promulgation of the truth in art and literature. . . ." "A man can be highly religious, he can believe in a God and in an omnipotent creator and still square his belief with advanced scientific discoveries, but he cannot have absolute faith in the teachings and belief of any church, of which I have knowledge, and also believe in the accepted scientific theories of the origin of the earth, of animal and vegetable life upon it, or the age of the human race; all of which matters are considered as basic truth according to the teachings of the several churches as interpreted from their inspired scriptures."
ERB's Views On Religion: Letter and Gridley Wave
ERB and Religion
Quotes from ERB's Favourite Authors
Religious Themes in the Novels of ERB by Robert Zeuschner

*** 1912:  Unknown to the world in 1911, Edgar Rice Burroughs was fast becoming a household name at the end of 1912, having had his first two stories ever -- "Under the Moons of Mars" and "Tarzan of the Apes" published in The All-Story magazine to enthusiastic reader response.
In a letter written Dec. 10, 1912, Thomas A. Metcalf, editor, suggested (no doubt with tongue in cheek) a new title for the monthly periodical. He wrote, "I still get letters about 'Tarzan.' They come in so often and ask for more of your work that I am tempted to believe we had better call the magazine the 'All-Burroughs Magazine'."
In the same letter, Metcalf mentioned that he had received ERB's third story submission, "The Outlaw of Torn," and had not yet made up his mind about it. Ironically, he who had commented on the success of ERB's previous yarns would end up rejecting "Outlaw," along with ERB's second "Tarzan" story. Undaunted, ERB simply found other publishers for those stories and Metcalf learned his lesson and published virtually everything ERB wrote for many years thereafter.
Metcalf's Letters to ERB
Olympic swimmer Josephine Eveline McKim died in Woodstock, NY on this date. Josephine McKim was member of the 1924 and 1928 U.S. Womens' Olympic Swim Teams and one of the four U.S. swimmers on that team to win the 1928 gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay. Kim won a total of three medals in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. She set five world swimming records during her career.
    Kim’s acting career was brief, but Tarzan fans know her as the body double for Maureen O’Sullivan in the infamous nude swimming scene in “Tarzan and His Mate.” For that swimming scene in this pre-code film, alternate footage was shot of Jane in various stages of dress, ranging from totally nude to fully covered. According to film historian Rudy Behlmer: “From all evidence, three versions of the sequence eventually went out to separate territories during the film’s initial release. One with Jane clothed in her jungle loin cloth outfit, one with her topless, and one with her in the nude.” Maureen O’Sullivan did not play the naked Jane in the alternate footage; she was doubled by Olympic swimmer Josephine McKim, who had competed in the 1928 games with Johnny Weissmuller. The scene was deleted from the theatrical release in 1934, but a version with alternate footage with Jane swimming nude or topless was restored in 1986 by Turner Entertainment for its video release. It has since been restored in most home video versions.
    After seeing the film's famous underwater nude scene in August 1933, ERB wrote to son Hulbert: "It is a very beautiful and artistic shot. Their movements under water are naturally slow and extremely graceful. I saw nothing objectionable in it . . . it may get by the censors and it may not."
    Josephine also appeared in “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “Dr. Pretorius,” “The King Steps Out,” and “Lady Be Careful.” She appeared on stage in the plays, “Dance Night” in 1938, “Family Portrait,” in 1939 and “The First Crocus” in 1942.
Tarzan and His Mate
Tarzan and His Mate Compendium
Lobby and Gallery Displays: Scores of Posters, Stills, Production Shots starting at:
Swim Scene Screen Captures

*** 2015:  the Edgar Rice Burroughs website posed the official trailer for the upcoming new Tarzan movie, "The Legend of Tarzan," to be released in the summer of 2016. Relive the anticipation:
Legend of Tarzan Trailer
Legend of Tarzan Film
*** 1924: Back on this date, ERB wrote a letter to the principal of Franklin High School in L.A., seeking help on revision of a story that ERB was writing. What story was that? According to ERBzine, it might have been "Marcia of the Doorstep," since 1924 was the year ERB wrote it. But no one is quite sure. Maybe ERB didn't get the help he sought, since the story was not published until 75 years later.

    This is ERB's second romantic mystery -- written in 1924 and the longest novel that he ever wrote, at 125,000 words. It remained unpublished until 1999. This was to be Ed's last rebellious protest against the constant demand for Tarzan or other fantasy stories that he felt he was being forced to write. He would occasionally write in other genres after that, but mostly short stories, and the occasional novelette which he was unable to sell.
    The story is full of Ed's own ideas and ideals, providing with a forum for his political and social beliefs. Like all of his other stories, it too, is full of coincidences and melodrama. Once again Ed instills autobiographical characteristics in his characters. Marcus Aurelius Sackett is most assuredly based on his wife Emma, who always endured Ed's erratic fortunes with grace. Marcia's sweet disposition must certainly be based on his daughter Joan, who at one time wanted to be an actress.
Marcia of the Doorstep: History ~ Art ~ Info
*** 1933:
On this date, ERB's "Jungle Girl" began in The Boston Post Sunday Magazine. It featured an illustration by Tarzan comic illustrator Rex Maxon of the classic scene of Fou-tan riding in a howdah atop the elephant. Interestingly, it appears to be an African elephant rather than an Indian elephant.
Jungle Girl: History, Info and Newspaper Serial Art
*** 1967:
This date fell on a Sunday. The day before, the last daily John Celardo daily Tarzan strip had run. The day after, the first Russ Manning daily would start. But what of the day itself? That belonged to Celardo, who had started the Sunday strip story "Tarzan and the Minians" on Oct. 22. He continued with that storyline until he completed it on Sunday, Jan. 7. After that, Manning took over the Sunday strip, too.
John Celardo's "Tarzan and the Minians" Sunday Pages
John Celardo in ERBzine:
*** 1972: Russ Manning's Sunday Page: Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure Continues Pt. 1 was published

Tarzan's Pal-ul-don Adventure #2179


Herman Brix: Tarzan and Green Goddess/New Adventures ~ ERB Stamp: 1st Day Postmark and Burroughs Family
at Tarzana Dedication ~ Tarzana PO: Then and Now ~ Manning's 1st Daily Strip ~ James Pierce: Film and Radio Tarzan

*** On Dec. 11, 1930, Tarzan of the Apes was adopted for the second time. The first time, as we read back in 1912, he was adopted by Kala, the great ape, and raised as her own child.
The second time, Tarzan -- or, at least, his name -- was adopted by a small community in the L.A. area of Southern California. Washington officially approved a post office at Tarzana on this date.
A biographical sketch of ERB includes: "In 1919, ERB purchased a 540-acre ranch in California's San Fernando Valley. Idyllic, ERB played at gentleman farming while solidifying a multi-million dollar industry. The ranch was named 'Tarzana' and the city which sprang up around him officially took the name on December 11, 1930."
Unfortunately, while ERB had trademarked "Tarzan" he had failed to trademark "Tarzana," so he was unable to sue (just kidding!!). But seriously folks, it's great to have a city with such a wonderful name where we can go and visit ERB Inc. and have ERB conventions (in the city next door, at least!). Too bad we can't do the same with Tarzan TX, but I understand the convention facilities are a bit more limited there!
    That name of the city came in especially handy on Aug. 17, 2012, when the post office there was used for the official first-day-of-issue cancellation for the stamp honoring Edgar Rice Burroughs -- and Tarzan.
    Contrast that with this page from the usually trustworthy site,, which says that it was the other way around -- that ERB named the character, Tarzan, after the city!! Obviously, the dates alone would prove that isn't true. Even snopes knows it's not true, but -- in its Lost Legends section -- it deliberately prints false stories out of some kind of reverse logic that is hard for the average person to understand. They don't even do a good job of explaining it on their website! So, every so often this link is picked up and emailed around, as if it were the "true story.":
Tarzana in ERB's Bio
ERB Memories of Tarzana
Tarzana Post Office Today
Our Tarzana Tribute Site
History of Tarzana
ERB Stamp Celebration in Tarzana

Off-Site Reference
Tarzana in Snopes

*** James H. Pierce, of "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" and Tarzan of the Radio passed away this date in 1983 in Apple Valley, Calif. Pierce's story in his own words, plus links to other Pierce sites are well featured in ERBzine.
    Sue-On and I had a long visit and chats with Jim and wife Joan in Tarzana in 1971. Years later, we made a point of visiting the Pierce Family plot at the Shelbyville, Indiana, cemetery. The gravestones for Jim and wife Joan (ERB's daughter) appropriately include the names, "Tarzan" and "Jane".
James H. Pierce: ERBzine Tribute
Pierce Autobio: The Battle of Hollywood
Tarzan Radio Shows: James and Joan Burroughs Pierce
Hillmans Visit the Pierces in Tarzana
Hillmans Visit the Gravesite of Jim and Joan in Shelbyville, IN

Off-Site Reference:
Golden Lion Movie

*** 1934:Variety reports the Guatemala Tarzan film will be Tarzan and the Green Goddess. Also considered for titles are  New Adventures of Tarzan and Tarzan's 1935 Adventures
Tarzan: Green Goddess/New Adventures: 9 Pages
Film Titles and Screen Capture Collage
*** 1967: Refresh yourself, however, with a look at the first-ever Russ Manning strips to grace the pages of the daily newspapers edited by the more intelligent newspapermen, who show good taste in the comics they buy to present to their readers. Russ Manning took over the daily Tarzan strip on this date. The first series was "Tarzan, Jad-Ben-Otho" which ran from Dec. 11, 1967 - Oct. 5, 1968.

Tarzan Daily Debut: Russ Manning Strips
Read ALL the Manning Tarzans: Daily and Sundays
*** 1927: Comic book artist, John Buscema
, was born on this date in Brooklyn, New York. He penciled almost every Marvel character at least once and had long runs drawing their "Conan the Barbarian," "Fantastic Four," "Avengers," Silver Surfer," "Thor," and more. When Marvel gained the rights to "Tarzan" in 1977, they titled the comic "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle." The series, written by Roy Thomas, with artwork by John Buscema, ran for 29 issues and three annuals. All the Buscema Tarzan cover art for Marvel comics is featured in ERBzine.
    Buscema was well known for his speed, sometimes turning out multiple pages in a single day and he was frequently called on to fill in when other artists were unable or unwilling to fulfill their commitments. Buscema’s career spanned 48 years and also included stints at Timely Comics, Atlas Comics, Ace Comics, Hillman Periodicals, Quality Comics, Ziff-Davis, Dell, and DC as well as his incredible work at Marvel. During his long career as an artist John received a multitude of awards.
    John Buscema, who lived in Port Jefferson, New York, on Long Island, at the time of his death, was married to Dolores Buscema, with whom he had a son, John Jr., and a daughter, Dianne. His granddaughter Stephanie Buscema is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, who started out as an inker for her grandfather. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and died on January 10, 2002, at the age of 74. He was buried with an artist's pen in his hand.
The Marvel Tarzan Cover art 1-15 and Specials
The Marvel Tarzan Cover art 16-29
*** 1893: Ed is reprimanded for participating in a hoax involving a Springfield rifle duel to the death with another student at Michigan Military Academy

*** 1918: ERB started "The Debt"
ERB Bio Timeline and Annotated Calendar


Jane Ralston and John Coleman Burroughs Wed on December 12, 1936: Photos: Young Jane, Wedding,
Portrait, Dejah Thoris Poses for JCB's art ~ ERB at Tarzana Post Office ~ John Martin's Postmarks

1936: Jane Ralston (1913.12.08-2002.01.12) married Pomona College classmate, Jack (John Coleman) Burroughs, on this date. Ed described her as a lovely girl -- sweet and intelligent.
They were both 23 years old. John Coleman (Jack) was the youngest of three children of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Jack illustrated many of his father's novels and comic strips and Jane helped with the backgrounds, inking and lettering of the strip and even served as model for Dejah Thoris and other ERB heroines.
    Jack and Jane's first child -- John Ralston -- was born on 22 June, 1942. Their second son, Danton, was born on 21 June, 1944 and they later had a daughter, Dian -- June 17, 1948. All three of the children worked at carrying on the Burroughs legacy through their interest in business, the arts, and entertainment. Danton was actively involved in the running of ERB, Inc. until his death. The photos, documents, artwork, memorabilia, memories and historical details contained in this online tribute are from the personal collection of Danton Burroughs.
    Danton spoke often of his mom and shared many photos of her, with family and as a model for JCB's art and photography. Sadly, I never had a chance to meet his mom and it came as a shock when Dan sent word via satellite that she had passed. I was on a University assignment in the Manitoba's far north at the time and was also in a state of grieving as my own Mom had died a few weeks before. It was a very sad time.
Jane Ralston Burroughs Tribute: A Huge Series of Webpages
Photo Collage of Jane Burroughs as Dejah
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute
Jack and Jane: Early Married Years
*** 1930: A Southern California community was dubbed Tarzana, in honor of ERB's Tarzan, on Dec. 11, 1930. A day later, on Dec. 12, the U.S. Post Office officially established the Tarzana Post Office. Eighty-two years later, on Aug. 17, 2012, the Tarzana Post Office served as the first-day-of-issue city for the stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of ERB's first two published novels.

The residents had originally petitioned for their own post office in 1927. The Tarzana Post Office (fourth class) opened in a store on Ventura Boulevard. The population of Tarzana at the time was about 300.
When the community was first named, it was Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of the community's namesake, Tarzan, who coined a slogan: "Tarzana, The Gateway to the Sea." Nowadays, there are a lot more traffic lights to negotiate between Tarzana and the sea than there were back then.
The Air Mail cover pictured, which bears the slogan, was signed by E. Louise Holmquist, the office's first postmaster.
Tarzana Memories:  Post Office, etc.
Hillman Trek to Tarzana Post Office
First Day Stamp Covers by John Martin
The Stamp Story by John Martin
Our Tarzana Tribute Site

*** 1952: Sarah Douglas was born Dec. 12, 1952, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK. She has two ERB screen appearances to her credit.
First, she played Lady Charlotte "Charly" Cunningham in "The People That Time Forgot." There was no such character in ERB's original book, but the movie was loosely based on his story. "Star Wars" had come out on May 25 of 1977 and Princess Leia's hair-style must have been popular around that time because when "People" came out in August of that year, Sarah's character sported a similar "do." Douglas also appeared as Kiki Bluett in "Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth," a 1993 episode of Wolf Larson's Tarzan. Sarah has had a long and varied career on TV and in film -- including her role as the alien villainess in Superman II.
People That Time Forgot: Credits ~ Photo ~ Info ~ plus links to 3 Lobbby Displays
People That Time Forgot: Review by Den Valdron


"The Quest of Tarzan" written in 1940: released in Argosy 1941: Virgil Finlay Art then Canaveral 1965:
Tarzan and the Castaways with Frazetta Art ~ ERB in News: Laugh It Off ~ Dearholt Divorce ~ Joan the Rider

*** 1940: ERB completed writing the short story, "The Quest of Tarzan" (37,000 words)(Nov 26-Dec 13).  It was later serialized in three parts in Argosy Weekly starting with the August 23, 1941 issue. It appeared in a Canaveral 1965 1st edition with "Tarzan and the Champion" and "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders" as Tarzan and the Castaways .
Tarzan and the Castaways: History, Art, Info
Tarzan and the Castaways: e-Text Edition
Virgil Finlay: Art Collages
1941: Edgar Rice Burroughs' first of a series of "Laugh It Off" columns appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin. He was asked to write this by a military acquaintance at General HQ. Ed is extremely proud of his new role of War Correspondent. Column 1 Header: "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Honolulu resident and famous author of the "Tarzan" books and comic strip, has volunteered his services to the Army and will write a column each day on the lighter side of the war, Army authorities announced last night. The first of these columns follows. Watch for others from day to day. "

ERB described what he was doing during and after the Pearl Harbor attack. . . and how brave the citizens were. .
ERB used humor, as well as patriotism and bravado, to pep up the populace on Hawaii, beginning a few days after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
    An example of the above mixture of emotions came in this sentence in the column: "Also during a black out, a colonel and a captain fell into a trench dug in the lawn at department headquarters -- but maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it, as it may be giving aid and comfort to the enemy -- something they are going to need damn bad before this man's army and navy gets through with them." He forgot to mention the Marines but...okay.
    ERB also poked a little fun at himself, noting that he and his son played tennis during the bombardment, thinking it was only war games. When they realized the truth, they finished their tennis game anyway.
Rumours are a part of war, and they certainly flowed during the first days after the attack. ERB used his first column to put many of them to rest. One such rumor resulted when an accidental brush fire broke out on a hill near Fort Shafter and burned a perfect circle, which some thought was a Japanese signal to ships at sea. Nowadays, people would probably think that aliens had landed and left a crop circle!!
ERB noted that he personally had seen no panic and that "I have seen more grins and heard more laughter and jokes than ever before in all the time that I have spent in the Paradise of the Pacific."
The column was the Army's idea and the newspaper was happy to cooperate. Who would not want the author of Tarzan to be using his talents to attract readers to the daily news?
    ERB closed this column with: "This column is intended to reflect the lighter side of what we are passing through.Army and navy personnel and civilians are invited to mail in amusing items and anecdotes to Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1298-B Kapiolani Blvd. for use herein.
Laugh It Off Columns: Dec 13-31, 1941
Laugh It Off Columns: All of January 1942
Laugh It Off Columns: 1945/46
ERB: War Years: First ERBzine Webpage from 1996
ERBs: The War Years
Laugh It Off Collage

*** 1934: (AP - News Release: Hollywood, Calif.): Only a final decree of divorce today separated Edgar Rice Burroughs, the novelist, and Mrs. Florence Dearholt, jr. from matrimony. Burroughs and Mrs. Dearholt, who is awaiting her final decree from Ashton Dearholt. Jr., producer of Burroughs' motion pictures, announced last night they will be married next spring, probably immediately after the decree becomes final in March. Burroughs recently obtained a Las Vegas. Nevada, divorce decree, which was immediately final, from his wife of 34 years.
ERB's Plans to Marry Divorcee Florence Dearholt
*** 1939:
In a letter to Joan Ed sent a TWA brochure by company president Jack Frye. He asked was this is the person they had invited to a horse show many years ago.
Letters to Daughter Joan.
Joan Horse Show Clipping
*** 1942: Ed spent the day settling in and getting supplies. He set up his typewriter in a tiny lanai opening onto the main island road with its 24-hour stream of noisy and dusty military traffic. Officers invited him to an evening poker party and they formed the Noumea Chowder and Marching Club.

ERB War Journals and Autograph Books
*** 1926: ERB wrote L. B. Mayer requesting that Joan be given a tryout for a part in "Old Heidelberg." (The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg 1927) with Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, and Jean Hersholt

ERB Bio Timeline and Journals


H.R.H. The Rider: All-Story 1918: Brehm Art ~ JCB Illustrating Oakdale Affair and The Rider:
ERB, Inc. 1937 Edition ~ Jock Mahoney: 2 Tarzan Films ~ ERB: New Caledonia Cannibal Village

1989: Jock Mahoney (born Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney, February 7, 1919 – December 14, 1989) died of a second stroke in 1989 at the age of 70, two days after being involved in an automobile accident in Bremerton, Washington. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. (Seattle Obit) He played Tarzan in two feature films: "Tarzan's Three Challenges" and "Tarzan Goes To India" and was associated in various capacities with several other Tarzan productions. In 1948, he auditioned to play Tarzan after the departure of Johnny Weissmuller, but the role went to Lex Barker. Jock went on many ot her roles however, and to star in the TV series: "The Range Rider" and "Yancy Derringer."
  • In 1960, Jock appeared as Coy Banton, a villain in Tarzan the Magnificent, starring Gordon Scott. Mahoney's strong presence, work ethic, and lean (6 foot 4 inch, 220 pound) frame impressed producer Sy Weintraub who wanted a "new look" for the fabled apeman.
  • In 1962, Mahoney became the thirteenth actor to portray Tarzan when he appeared in Tarzan Goes to India, shot on location in India. A year later, he again played the role in Tarzan's Three Challenges, shot in Thailand. When this film was released, Mahoney, at 44, became the oldest actor to play the jungle king, surpassing Johnny Weissmuller and P. Dempsey Tabler, a record that still stands. Dysentery and dengue fever plagued Mahoney during the shoot in the Thai jungles, and he plummeted to 175 pounds. It took him a year and a half to regain his health. Owing to his health problems and the fact that producer Weintraub had decided to go for a "younger look" for the apeman, his contract was mutually dissolved.
  • Mahoney made three appearances on the Ron Ely Tarzan series-- The Ultimate Weapon (1966), The Deadly Silence (1966) (a two-part episode, later edited into a feature film) and Mask of Rona (1967).

  • In 1981, Mahoney returned to the Tarzan film series as the stunt coordinator on the John Derek-directed remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man. He was billed as "Jack O'Mahoney".
        "I loved the role of Tarzan," said Mahoney, "because it was such a distinct challenge. I remember being 40 feet up in a tree, sunburned as hell. And I thought to myself, 'What is a 42-year-old man doing 40 feet up in a tree, getting ready to swing out over a bunch of thorn bushes that if you ever fell into you would be cut to ribbons and damned near killing myself to get up there?' So I laughed and thought, 'Well now, who wouldn't want to play Tarzan??!' " (IMDB).  Jock Mahoney's poem, "Coming Home," was read at his memorial service by his wife, Autumn.
    Tarzan's Three Challenges: ERBzine Silver Screen
    Tarzan Goes To India: ERBzine Silver Screen
    Tarzan the Magnificent: ERBzine Silver Screen

    Off-Site References:
    Brian's Drive-In
    Western Clippings

    .....Remembering Jock Mahoney.....
    By John Martin
    (Slightly updated from original appearance in Winter 1989-90 edition of ERBapa)
    Gene Autry signed him to a role
    'Cause he liked what he'd seen,
    And as the "Rider" of "The Range,"
    He blazed the TV screen.

    And then, as Yancy Derringer,
    He tipped his hat again;
    You could safely place a bit:
    This hero'd always win!

    But next he donned a villain's hat,
    A Coy, but not so coy,
    And "Tarzan the Magnificent"
    Took care of this bad boy.

    How many men have ever played
    The villain...then, the good guy?
    Well, Jock Mahoney's one, we know,
    Who turned in quite a good try.

    He battled Gordon Scott (and lost)
    When Gordon was the ape man,
    But later donned the cloth himself,
    And had us all agape, man!

    In India the bad guys said,
    "The elephants be dammed!"
    So Jock, as Tarzan, drove that herd,
    Up to the wall, and rammed.

    Challenges? Jock wanted more,
    And so, he got to be
    A Tarzan in an Asian land,
    Where "Challenges" were "Three."

    Was it the climate or the water?
    We may never know:
    Jock got sick but, challenge met,
    He finished up that show.

    Later, he returned to roles
    Of bad guys, plotting violence,
    Toward Wolf and Ron -- including
    "Tarzan's Deadly Silence."

    Some never got to meet the man,
    But many fans have told,
    Of a Tarzalumnus, friend to fans,
    Who had a heart of gold.

    Sometimes villain, sometimes hero,
    Tarzan movies four;
    Have earned ol' Jock a solid place
    In Tarzan movie lore.

    But more than just his history
    (Though that's a place to start),
    For Jock Mahoney earned a place
    In every ERB fan's heart.

    ERB Amateur Press Association
    *** 1918: December 14-28: H.R.H the Rider
    was serialized in three parts in All-Story Weekly ($800) with George Brehm cover art in #1.  It was also sold to Western Farm Life on October 8, 1919 for $25. This 38,000-word short story was about European royalty. See the ERBzine Webpages for the text and art. When it was finally released in hardcover by ERB, Inc. on February 15, 1937 it was combined with The Oakdale Affair (previously published in Blue Book in 1918). The H.R.H (His Royal Highness) was left off the title. Also omitted where the chapter titles that had appeared in the pulp version. The wrap-around DJ and frontispiece art for the hardcover were by John Coleman Burroughs -- the first of his father's books that he had illustrated. . . he went on to do the artwork for many more -- 125 illustrations in all. His models for the DJ art were family members: wife Jane Ralston Burroughs, Brother-in-Law James Pierce, and brother Hulbert.
    The Rider: History, Art, Info
    The Rider: e-Text Edition
    Oakdale Affair: History, Art, Info
    Oakdale Affair: e-Text Edition
    ***1941: In encouraging folks to "Laugh It Off," ERB, in his second "Laugh It Off!" column in Honolulu newspapers after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, did an exercise in verse to poke fun at the anti-U.S. broadcasts already emanating from enemy radio stations. On Dec. 14, 1941, he wrote this:
    Have you heard the Little Bad Wolf, Baron Hee Haw of Japan, who broadcasts daily, ostensibly from Tokyo? He is trying to give us the jutters, but all he gives us is a laugh; so more power to you, little man! You move me to verse:
    Your line is horrendous,
    Your fancy tremendous,
    As it comes to us over the air;
    But instead of the gaff,
    You give us a laugh;
    Little man who is not all there
    Which is rotten verse, but you get what I mean -- I hope.
    "Laugh It Off" Our 1941 Collection
    *** 1942: December 14 - 16: After his arrival in New Caledonia, the days were spent getting to know the officers and fellow correspondents -- mainly in poker parties. A captain gave Ed a bunch of full-page color comics from the L.A. Times - the first he'd seen in a year.

    ERB's Wartime Diary: Dec. 13 and 14
    ERB On New Caledonia
    New Caledonia Photos
    ERB Wartime Journals
    ERB's Diary of a Confused Old Man: 50 Pages
    *** 1892: Superintendent Rogers reported that: "Cadet Burroughs has made excellent progress in his studies during the last three months and is satisfactory in discipline...."

    ERB Bio Timeline and Journals




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