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Jim Sullos in the Ventura Office Jungle: Tarzana ~ Burroughs Family Christmas Cards:
Studley Burroughs Art and Photo ~ ERB Fictional Names ~ ERB and Tarzan ~ Wolf Larson and Lydie Denier

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIM SULLOS - President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
*** Like a hero out of a Burroughs novel, Jim Sullos finds himself in a position he likely never imagined -- as caretaker and dealmaker for the potent literary legacy of one of the 20th century's most popular novelists. Jim sees his role as ensuring that the Burroughs oeuvre endures. "It's amazing," he says. "Some of these stories are nearly 100 years old, and they still take hold of your imagination."
*** A native of Southern California, Sullos graduated from Oyx with a degree in business administration and earned his MBA from Columbia University. He went on to a long career with Windes and McClaughry in Long Beach.
*** Since 2001, one of his clients was Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. where became a director and trustee in the mid-1990s. Jim was due to become president of the company on May 1. That same day, board chairman Danton Burroughs -- ERB'sgrandson and the primary overseer of the Burroughs legacy for the last 36 years -- died of heart failure at the age of 63, a day after a fire at his home destroyed a room full of priceless family memorabilia. "It was tragic and unexpected," says Sullos, who now finds himself pulling double duty -- for ERB Inc. as well as his ongoing role at Windes and McClaughry.
*** These days, Jim  maintains an office at his firm and commutes an hour and a half each way from his home in Long Beach to the Burroughs offices in Tarzana. The town was carved out of a 550-acre ranch that once belonged to Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, legendary publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Burroughs bought the property in 1919 and renamed it "Tarzana Ranch." The Spanish ranch-style home, which houses the ERB Inc. offices and fronts Ventura Boulevard, was built in 1927. "Ventura Boulevard wasn't even paved in those days," Jim says. "Burroughs used to ride his horse to work every day and write his books." After the author died in 1950, his ashes were reportedly buried in an unmarked spot in the front yard."

*** Much of Jim Sullos's time is spent dealing with trademark and copyright issues and negotiating contracts and licenses for the use of Burroughs's many creations. As the primary representative of a closely held family corporation, he is always cognizant of the Burroughs legacy. "We're constantly trying to shut down what we call infringers," Sullos says. "I spend a lot of time defending our copyrights and trademarks. In the trademark world, it's use it or lose it."
*** Jim has done an incredible job of bringing the Burroughs properties into the fast-changing multi-media world of the 21st Century. Under his guidance, ERB, Inc. has overseen a revitalization ERB's creations in publishing, film, gaming, merchandise, comics, International contracts, stage musicals, fandom, conventions, Internet, social media, and promotion in all fields of entertainment.
Happy Birthday Jim - from your many friends in ERB-World.
Meet Jim Sullos
Jim Sullos and Friends I
Jim Sullos and Friends II
*** 1936-1949: Burroughs family and friends looked forward each December to Studley Burroughs' remarkable personal Christmas cards. Featured here are cards from 1936-1949

Studley Burroughs' Family Christmas
Studley Burroughs Bio and Art
Our Annual Christmas Greetings
*** 1959: Wolfgang von Wyszecki
was born Dec. 22, 1959, in West Berlin. Thirty-two years later, under the name Wolf Larson, he played a character named Tarzan who hung around with a researcher named Jane.Porter, a French environmental scientist. Larson was chosen for the role because Wolf Blitzer was busy at CNN, The Big Bad Wolf was a cartoon, and nobody was afraid of Virginia Woolf. Some may also  wish to be assured that Wolf Larson is not the grandson of Wolf Larsen in Jack London's "The Sea-Wolf," nor is he the son of either of the guides, Larson and Wolf, in the Tarzan radio series, "Diamond of Ashair."
    The series was originally televised from 1991 to 1994. The idea for the series was to take everything about Tarzan and do the opposite. Wolf's blond hair was the reverse of Tarzan's black mop, just as Jane's black (sometimes brown) hair was unlike the book versions's blonde. Tarzan was never seen with the blood of the kill staining his chin, but instead he crunched vegetables. Jane was from France, the opposite side of the Atlantic from the real Jane's Baltimore, and Tarzan was Jane's "gofer" as opposed to being her middle terraces chauffeur.
    This Tarzan had not worked much on his communication skills and so the only job he could find was running errands for Jane and serving as her bouncer whenever unsavory characters happened by.
Jane Porter had a secret crush on this big palooka but he never even asked her out on a date, so eventually she changed her name to Olga de Coude and went in search of a Tarzan whose adventures were more Epic.
In the pages of ERBapa during the early 90s, John Guidry regularly and humorously reported on the adventures of this Tarzan, referring to him as TAPCAP (Tediously Aware Politically Correct Ape Person).
Any similarities between Wolf Larson's Tarzan and ERB's Tarzan were, of course, coincidental. Fans of ERB's true Tarzan found a lot to dislike in this syndicated series. However, there was one redeeming factor which made it bearable: In most markets, the show was aired late at night when most were asleep and, in other markets, not aired at all.  It is too bad that television, along with the movies, can come so close to portraying Tarzan as ERB wrote him but then make some needless changes that totally ruin a production for ERB fans.
    A few years ago, John Martin was watching an episode of Larson's Tarzan when he realized that, with just a few minor tweaks, the episode could have actually been a realistic Tarzan story. So, having taped the episode, he replayed it several times and typed out a workable script, in which he made those changes and came up with a version that was more like ERB's Tarzan. This tale was originally printed in ERBapa and reprinted at ERBlist.
    The 75 titles for all three seasons of this Tarzan series are listed in ERBzine's ERB-TV:
    Reviews of Wolf's series of TV Tarzan episodes along with hundreds of screen captures are featured in ERBzine at: 7453
Reviews and Screen Captures of Wolf's TV series:
Tarzan TV Series with Wolf Larson: Titles
Lydie Denier: TV's Jane

Off-Site Reference:
Martin's Revised Script

*** 1911: The Tarzan of the Apes foreword was written after 95 pages of manuscript had been written.
Full Text of Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
*** 1912: In Business Correspondence between ERB and Thomas Metcalf of All-Story Magazine, ERB gives direction as to how the names of his fictional characters are pronounced:
"My dear (fan): I have to thank you for your letter of December 18th and for your interest in my stories. The correct pronunciations of the names listed in your letter are, as follows:"

ERB/Metacalf Letter: Pronunciation Guide


Studley Oldham Burroughs and Family ~ ERB's Library Bookplate and Descriptions ~ El Caballero Golf and Country Club
ERB Christmas Card to Studley ~ Studley's Cover Art for Uncle Ed's Books (3 of the 4 - Apache Devil shown previously)

*** 1949; The death of ERB's nephew artist Studley Oldham Burroughs. Studley was born December 26, 1892 to ERB's brother Harry and his wife Ella (Nellie) Burroughs. He was named after his father whose full name was Henry Studley Burroughs, and his mother whose maiden name was Oldham. Both Studley and his sister, Mary Evelyn (born March 12, 1895) were born in Chicago. Harry and Nellie took both children to Minidoka  during the Burroughs brothers gold mining venture.
    Young Studley, the budding artist was probably influenced by his uncle Ed more than most people realize. Long before his talents as a writer were recognized worldwide, Ed was writing humorous bits of fantasy, which he illustrated with quite clever and artistic sketches and cartoons. In 1909, ERB sent his young nephew a personally illustrated Christmas card. His verse is headed in large capitals: "S.O.B." and he jokes about his financial state: "Please accept from Edgar Rice The best he's got to give -- advice:  Start a Bank Account."
    The family's artistic talent influenced Studley who was drawing and painting at an early age.  He started out with almost no formal training but studied at nights at a wide variety of places of art instruction. His uncle Ed recommended him for a number of art jobs: ". . .   his work is improving wonderfully." His first Burroughs related job was probably  an illlustration in his grandmother, Mary Evaline's Memoirs Of A War Bride, in which she related her experiences during the American Civil War. In 1919 after the death of his first wife Ed invited him to Tarzana where they designed a golf course and score card - it survives today as the world famous El Caballero. A few years later he illustrated the El Caballero Souvenir Booklet. It was around  this time that Studley designed and illustrated ERB's personal bookplate. He later went on to illustrate four Burroughs novels: Tarzan the Invincible, Jungle Girl, Tarzan Triumphant, and Apache Devil (1931-1933).
Studley died of an embolism at age 57 following an operation for hiatus hernia. His uncle Ed, suffering from serious heart problems and Parkinson's Disease, was not told the bad news.  He would pass away three months later.
    I had a wonderful visit with Studley's granddaughter, Jill Adams, while in Tarzana for Danton's Memorial. Jill has shared personal memories and rare art from her family collection and gave me permission to showcase much of it in our ERBzine Tributes to her grandfather.
Studley Oldham Burroughs Tribute: 6 pages
Memoirs of a War Bride
El Caballero Souvenir Booklet
ERB's Personal Bookplate Designed by Studley
*** Sometime in December of 1959, Vern Coriell published the first issue of "The Gridley Wave," a publication of The Burroughs Bibliophiles. That newsletter along with the much larger Burroughs Bulletin magazine still arrive in our mailboxes today unless -- thanks to changing times and ever-advancing technology -- we have opted for an electronic copy of the Wave in our email inbox. George McWhorter of the University of Louisville revived the organization and publications in 1990. The current publications are are edited by Henry Franke.

I joined the Burroughs Bibliophiles in May of 1964. This began a long association with Vern Coriell, Bob Hyde, George McWhorter and the Burroughs Bibliophiles. I have been editior, Webmaster and Web Host of the Burroughs Bibliophiles Website for many years.
I corresponded with Vern Coriell many times after joining the BBs in 1964. When I sent him tapes of the first 77 Tarzan radio shows from 1932 he responded by sending me a complete set of all his BB publications -- a much prized addition to my Burroughs Collection. We weren't able to visit the House of Greystoke, in Kansas City until 2002. Vern had passed away by then but we had a wonderful afternoon visit with Rita Coriell during which she shared many memories of the Golden Days of the BBs in which she played a major part.
    I've collated the Gridley Wave back issues from 1959-2010 in order and have displayed scans of the pages for all to read in ERBzine. Covers and Contents of the Bulletins -- Original and New Series -- are also featured -- all authorized by George McWhorter.
Guide to The Gridley Wave: Read 'em All from 1059-2010
History of the Burroughs Bulletin
Read the first 27. . . and counting Bulletins
Hillmans visit the House of Greystoke in 2002
Burroughs Bibliophiles
*** In 1941
, ERB continued to write his regular "Laugh it Off!" column for the Honolulu newspapers. On Dec. 23 of that year, he used it to tell of Eve Stockin, who, "tired of stumbling over her Great Dane in the dark, would like to trade him for a Peke or sump'n that she can carry in her pocket. Just another little navy wife trying to get along in the dark."
In that 1941 column, ERB noted among other things: "The Japanese naval officer, survivor of the peanut sub that hit the reef off windward Oahu, when being questioned by a soldier who held a .45 against his forehead, said: 'I am a gentleman. Kill me intimately.' So sorry! No can do. We only kill in battle; then we shall kill you intimately, and you will stay killed."
And then there was the man "who plans to dig his air-raid shelter in the cemetery across the street, so that in case they are bombed, they won't have to move."
A year later, on Dec. 23, 1942, ERB, as the oldest war correspondent in the Pacific Theater, was looking at his bill for the past 15 days of room and board on New Caledonia, and saw that it came to $13.60!
Laugh It Off! 1941: Scanned and Keyed
ERB's WWII Journal Dec 23, 1942,%201941
Laugh It Off! 1942:
*** 1959:
During this week, the last issue of the British comic, Tarzan Adventures, was printed. Most of the covers and other information for this series are featured in the ERBzine Comics Emporium:
During the music performance and recording tours of England that Sue-On and I made in 1976-1979 I had a chance to search markets for ERB items with the best finds in London's Petticoat Lane I found stacks of these Tarzan Adventures comics and freighted them home in duffle bags. Friend and fellow ERB fan from Texas, Mickey Burwell, added many pristine copies to my collection.
I haven't scanned the contents of the Tarzan Adventures because I've already featured most of the strips contained in my ERBzine Comics section.
Tarzan Adventures: UK Comics: 15 Pages:
ERB Comics Emporium
Cover Collage of the last 14 issues of Tarzan Adventures


War Correspondent ERB's Arrival in Australia: 1942.12.25 ~ Young Joanne with Grandparents,
Mother Joan, Uncle Hully ~ Tanar of Pellucidar dedicated to Joanne ~ ERB  in Dictionaries

*** 1942: Christmas Eve Notes that I've pulled from the ERB War Journals from the personal collection of Danton Burroughs:
    ERB arrived in Sydney, Australia. Ed arose before dawn on the Christmas Eve morning of 1942, admiring the Southern Cross on his way over to the kitchen where he cajoled the cook into opening a can of tomato juice. An army truck took him to the airport where he joined a dozen service men in boarding a DC3 marine transport bound for Sydney, Australia. It was a tiresome and uncomfortable eight-hour trip. Because of the onboard auxiliary fuel tanks they were not allowed to smoke. The passengers were hungry and cold and many of them had to lie on the floor as there were not enough of the notoriously uncomfortable seats for everyone.
    Upon arriving at Sydney's Mascot Field they boarded a navy bus for downtown Sydney. The bus came to a sudden stop, however, when the baggage that had been stowed on the roof -- including Ed's typewriter -- fell off onto the concrete pavement. The hotels were packed, but with the help of the billeting officer, Ed and his friend, Ham Freeman, each got a room at Usher's Hotel. Ed's room had a bath and lavatory but no W.C.  Ed reported to the Public Relations Officer, who telegraphed General MacArthur's HQs to check for mail. There was none. He was expecting a letter from Ralph Rothmund with information about which banks held ERB, Inc.'s frozen Australian royalties. The PRO invited him to a nearby office where Australian officers and civilians were being treated to piles of great food and Scotch.  Ed returned to the hotel to pass his laundry on to the "housekeeper" but she warned him that it probably wouldn't be returned for almost a week because of the Christmas holidays. Ed and Ham joined an Australian captain and three girls for Christmas Eve drinks and dancing at The Princess.
ERB in Australia: Notes from his War Journals
Wartime Journals of Correspondent ERB :: Dec 1942-April 1943
ERB: The War Years
*** 1929:
Ed became a grandfather when daughter Joan, in Holllywood Hospital, gave birth to a daughter -- blonde-haired, blue-eyed little Joan (later they changed the spelling to Joanne to avoid confusion). The proud grandfather dedicated his next book, Tanar of Pellucidar, to her: "To Joan Burroughs Pierce II."
Tanar of Pellucidar: History ~ Art ~ e-Text
Joan Burroughs Tribute Pages
*** 1929: Elser
promised to follow up on Ed's request to have Webster's and Funk and Wagnall's dictionaries include his bio and the word "Tarzan" in future revisions.
    Webster's added this: Noun 1. Tar’zan, n. - (sometimes used ironically) a man of great strength and agility (after the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs) : a strong agile person of heroic proportions and bearing ~ He is a white man of prodigious strength and Chivalrous instincts, reared by African apes.
     2. Tarzan - a man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tar’zan-ish, adj. ~~ Webster’s New International Dictionary
    Synonyms: Tarzan of the Apes
    "-- a character that has a place as a noun and an adjective in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary -- he is entitled to whatever rest and privacy he can catch up with down here on the island of Oahu, where I found the great simianologist and author "Tarzan" strolling through his Hawaiian jungle at Lanikai." Bob Davis
Bob Davis Reveals
Ape Man Business: Fortune Magazine - 1938
*** The White House will be lavishly decorated for Christmas on Dec. 24, 2025, for a ball honoring the crew of the USS Barsoom, who will be blasting off Christmas morning (presumably after opening their presents). We know this will be happening just seven years from now from reading "The Moon Maid," an astonishing account which Edgar Rice Burroughs was able to write thanks to an interview in June of 1967 with a fellow named Julian, who was able to see every detail of his future lives! Obviously, such foresight was an ability possessed by ERB himself, since he wrote of the late 60s meeting back in the early 1920s.

    We ERB fans are fortunate to be able to possess copies of "The Moon Maid," which tells us of this future. True, the times ahead are outlined as bleak ones. But we can be proactive. Nothing is certain until it happens. And, forewarned is forearmed. We can start now to get ready to repel those nasty Moon men when they invade the Earth, as foretold in part two of "Moon Maid." If we are successful, that will turn ERB's book from a prophetic treatise to a work of fiction, but I think we'd prefer the fiction to domination by the Kalkars.
The Moon Maid: Full C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Info
Moon Maid: Chapter I: eText
The Other Burroughs
Conquest of the Moon Illustrations
*** 1941:
Speaking of the future, ERB didn't see ahead quite as clearly on the subject of hyphenated Americans. In his Laugh It Off! column of Dec. 24, 1941, he suggested that the term "Japanese-Americans" was a misnomer, and should no longer be used. Little did he realize that the United States was heading for a day when hypenated citizens of every variety under the sun would be using such terms, including Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, et al.
    What ERB wrote was: "There can never again be 'Japanese-Americans' in Hawaii. That term is a misnomer. It is like calling Peter McLean, a Scotch-American, or me an English-American. A citizen of Scotch descent, or English descent, or Japanese descent might be disloyal; but because of such individual cases, we should not all be damned. I have heard of many Americans of Japanese descent who are as bitter in their hatred and denunciation of the Japanese attack upon us as any other Americans.
"As an example of loyalty, I should like to cite the attitude of the four house servants of the William Mitchells of Kaneohe, all of whom are of Japanese descent. They came to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell in a body, and said that they wished to serve without pay for the duration of the war. Later, when, in spite of this, they received their pay, they all returned and insisted upon returning their pay envelopes.
"I can't help but think what a swell story this would have been had they been 'Scotch-Americans' -- swell for Ripley."
    In another item from that Laugh It Off! column, laughs came from some of our servicemen, told in these two items:
--"Here are two true ones vouched for by Harry Linnehan of Pearl Harbor: A big sailor on one of the battlewagons was stationed at an anti-aircraft gun. He was eating an apple. Every time a Japanese came over, he would lay down his apple and blaze away at him. If he missed him, he'd swear a blue streak at him and then pick up his apple and take a couple more bites until the next Japanese came over. As a chief petty officer asks: 'Now how can you lick guys like that?'
-- "The other: 'As the craft got hit, this Swede, Whitey, gets knocked into the drink. As his head came above the oil-smeared waves, he looked a mess. Then he bellows out to his shipmates on board: 'I been tryin' to get off this blanked craft for months, and at last I made it' Guys like that may be bombable, but they're not beatable."
Laugh It Off Columns for 1941
1910: Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr.
(December 24, 1910 – September 5, 1992) was an American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theatre and films, playwright and chess expert. With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having coined the term. He is perhaps best known by Burroughs fans for his novelization of the Tarzan film starring Mike Henry: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold.
    Leiber's Tarzan and the Valley of Gold has been adopted and re-issued by ERB, Inc. It is now available for the first time in hardcover, and features brand-new cover art by Richard Hescox and interior art by Douglas Klauba.
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: Film and Novelization
Tarzan Still Lives!: ERB, Inc. Special Editions

Off-Site Reference
Leiber in Wikipedia


ERB Christmas: Art ~ US Cavalry ~ Father ~ With Emma AND Kids ~ Tarzana Zoo ~ UK Pen Pal
Flo AND Kids ~ Rothmund ~  WWII Correspondent ~ Tarzana Family ~ Danton and Johnny

Retrieved from the pages of Porges and ERB's Personal Journals
1. Christmas with the US Cavalry in Arizona
2. A Father's Love
3. Christmas Cards Created with Love
4. The Tarzana Ranch Zoo
5. Correspondence with a Young English Fan Through the Years
6. A Bitter Sweet Homecoming from WWII Hawaii
7. Journal Notes
8. ERB's War Journals: Christmas in Australia
9. A Burroughs Christmas Celebration
*** 1942: Christmas Day: More notes from ERB's War Journals that grandson Danton Burroughs shared with me. I spent many days going through them and edited and condensed them for my Daily Events projects that I've featured through the years. Ed's description of his December 1942 exploits in Australia were particularly interesting. Today's entry included:
*** 1942: Ed had an early Christmas morning Australian breakfast -- everything passed the test except for the coffee which tasted like ether. After a walk around the city to deliver a message he returned to his room to write a story. He spent the afternoon in the hotel lounge chatting with a P-38 pilot just in from Guadalcanal. Ed and Freeman then took a tram to King's Cross for a Christmas steak supper.
    One of the stories he wrote said: "I have no business being here and shall probably lose my job and have to go back to writing Tarzan and Martian stories and other factual and scientific works; but when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn't resist the temptation. So here I am 'down under' on Christmas 1942, and glad of it."
He added: "Christmas down here happens in mid-summer. Today is warm and sunny. Everything is closed up tighter than a drum, to remain closed for four days. It seems that tomorrow is Race Day, the next day is Sunday, and Monday is Boxing Day, or something like that." The column he wrote this for was published on Jan. 4, 1943 and it is featured in ERBzine 1756
Christmas Notes:
ERB War Journals
ERB Finds Aussie Customs Odd
*** The Burroughs family knew that books make good Christmas gifts. One Christmas day, ERB acquired a copy of "Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas," by Walter E. Traprock. He wrote in it: "Edgar Rice Burroughs, December 25, 1922, Tarzana Ranch.": See it in SHELF T1
*** A few years later, Emma gave ERB a book for Christmas, "Mystery Cities Exploration and Adventure in Lubaantun" by Thomas Gann. She inscribed it "To Ed from Emma December 25, 1926 Tarzan Again!" Lubaantun was a ruined city of the Mayas. Perhaps Emma thought ERB would take Tarzan there some day. He did, in "Tarzan and the Castaways."
Emma's gift noted, with other books in ERB's library in Shelf G1:
*** ERB's daughter Joan gave him "The Letters of Archie Butt," inscribing it, "Merry Christmas to Papa with a world of love from Joan December 25, 1924." Butt was personal aide to President Teddy Roosevelt, a leader for whom ERB had often expressed admiration. See it in Shelf B6
*** In 1931, ERB presented his son Hulbert with a Christmas gift of Emily Post's "The Blue Book of Social Usage" with the inscription: "To Hulbert Burroughs, whether he needs it or not, with love from O.B., Dec. 25, 1932." See it in Shelf PQ1

*** 1911: Burne Hogarth's parents gave the ERB world a Christmas present on December 25, 1911, with the birth of their son.
Burne Hogarth (born Spinoza Bernard Ginsburg ~ 1911.12.25-1996.01.28) was an American cartoonist, illustrator, educator, author and theoretician, best known for his work on the Tarzan newspaper comic strip and his series of anatomy books for artists.
Hogarth created an amazing number of Tarzan strips for the daily and weekly newspapers. He released two books in which he fully illustrated the stories from Tarzan of the Apes and Jungle Tales of Tarzan. His Sunday pages and B/W dailies have been reprinted a number of publications. . . most recently in Titan Books.  Most of the Hogarth Tarzan Sundays are reprinted in ERBzine with a new one added every Friday in the ERBzine Weekly Webzine
All the Tarzan Sunday Pages by Burne Hogarth
Tarzan Sunday Pages in ERBzine: 1947-1948
A Chat with Burne Hogarth

Off-Site Reference:
Hogarth in Wikipedia

1928: Actress Irish McCalla (1928.12.25 Pawnee City, Nebraska - 2002.02.01 Tucson, Arizona) starred in She Demons (1958), Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1955) and The Beat Generation (1959).
She overcame a brain tumor in 1969 and again when it returned in 1981. President of McCalla Enterprises, Inc. Member of Woman Artists of the American West. Her art work is displayed in the Western White House, Los Angeles Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She was once a "Varga Girl" model. Has painted more than 1,000 paintings, eight collector plates and numerous limited edition lithographs.
The statuesque pin-up star whose measurements were 39-24-38, began appearing in girlie magazines; a photographer recommended her for the role of leopardskin-suited Sheena in the jungle series.
Irish was cast in the role of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1955) only after Anita Ekberg had declined the part.
Following her retirement from acting, she became an accomplished painter of seascapes and Western or Native American motifs.
She was married to Patrick Horgan and Patrick H. McIntyre.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle


ERB and Family: his last Encino home ~ Studley and his Burroughs grandparents 1896 ~ Studley: on his
Tarzana Golf Course, War Bride art ~ Remington and art ~ Jack Benny: Tarzan ~ UK Tarzan Comics

*** 1945: Zelzah would have been a good name for an exotic female character in an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. But it was actually the name of a street on which ERB lived, at 5465, in Encino, from Dec. 26, 1945, until his death in 1950.
    There was a post-war housing shortage and this was the closest abode to his beloved Tarzana that he could find -- just a few streets over. He paid $14,000 for the two-bedroom house on 1/2 acre. Still weak from his overexertions in the Pacific, Ed now spent much of his time resting.
    I visited this address a many years back during one of my Tarzana visits. I didn't work up enough nerve to ring the doorbell :) I believe it is the site of an apartment block now. A photo of a family gathering at Zelzah is at the bottom of that page featuring ERB homes:
Homes of Edgar Rice Burroughs
More Homes of ERB
Where Was ERB Living When He Wrote This Story
Burroughs Bio Timeline and Journals
Homes of ERB: Photo Collage
*** 1974: Benny Kubelsky passed away Dec. 26, 1974, after having touched the life of Edgar Rice Burroughs a few times. Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, had a 15-year run with his half-hour television show and devoted an episode in 1962 to Tarzan, with guest star Carol Burnett on hand to take the role of Jane.

In the program, Benny invited Burnett onto the stage and they joked in front of the audience for a few minutes before the switch to the Tarzan set which, at first, had future "Mission Impossible" strongman Peter Lupus in the loin cloth before his Jane was replaced with Burnett and Lupus was replaced with Benny, complete with extra torso muscles attached.
    Years before, when Jack Benny and his troupe travelled to the Pacific to put on shows for the troops fighting World War II, ERB met and spent some time with Benny on Hawaii. It was in September of 1944, and ERB told of the experience in a letter home to his daughter-in-law Jane that month: "When Jack Benny was here this week I had him and Larry Adler at lunch at the Outrigger Canoe Club with some of my friends. The next day we all went as Jack's guests to see his show at one of the recreation centers here. We had staff cars and a motorcycle escort of MPs. I rode to and from with Carole Landis. She is very lovely and very sweet. (Oh, to be seventy again!) The audience at the show was almost as interesting as the show -- some 18,000 to 20,000 servicemen. They ribbed Jack, which is part of every show he gives for them. He is a swell guy -- with no swelled head."
    Carole Landis's breakout movie was as a cave girl in an ERB-like movie, "One Million B.C." She travelled more than 100,000 miles during the war and spent more time visiting troops -- in Europe, North Africa and the Pacifc -- than any other actress. Landis became a popular pin-up with servicemen during World War II.
    View the entire Jack Benny program with the Tarzan skit and read the script for the Tarzan skit in ERBzine at ERB-TV
The Jack Benny Tarzan Script
ERB's Letter to Jane: Meeting Jack Benny and Carole Landis
*** 1892:
Nephew Studley Oldham Burroughs (1892.12.16-1949.12.27) (future illustrator of ERB books) was born in Chicago to Harry and Ella Burroughs. The Burroughs family were quite excited about the birth of the new baby boy. In April 1895 Ed wrote to his brother, "How is the kid? From all of your letters I will expect to find him riding a bicycle and reading Caesar on my return in the summer. Don't rush him too much. He may get brain fever. Just tell him to follow after his uncle - if he wants to be a blooming idiot." Studley went on to illustrate many ERB-related projects, including his grandmother's Memoirs of a War Bride.
    Studley's granddaughter, Jill Adams, has shared some wonderful memories of her grandfather with me. Many of the family stories, photos and clippings, as well as examples of Studley's art, cartoons, photos, etc. I have featured much of this material on the six ERBzine Tribute Pages starting at ERBzine 0053. He created fabulous family Christmas cards which I've also displayed, a sampling of which is posted here.
Studley Oldham Burroughs: 6 Tribute Pages
Memoirs of a War Bride: Mary Evaline Burroughs
*** 1959: Tarzan Adventures: v9n32
was published. This was the last issue of a long run #32 (59.12.26) The reprints were Celardo Tarzans (59.7.13 - 59.8.5 ~ Daily 6223-6243) ~ This UK series of reprints of American Tarzan strips in comic book format began in 1950. Donald F. Peters, Ltd. was the publisher of this first UK Tarzan comic.
The series started off with the title: TARZAN MONTHLY, which ran for 19 issues with a fully reprinted American Sunday strip on each page. The comic was then taken over by Westworld Publications, Ltd. of London, who changed the title to TARZAN: THE GRAND ADVENTURE COMIC for Volumes 1 and 2. With Volume 3 the title changed again -- to TARZAN ADVENTURES --  title which it bore until its demise with at the end of Volume 9.  Each issue featured a secondary illustrated adventure story (usually westerns or SF), a variety of features, as well as a 1-3 short text story by authors such as Mike Moorcock and strips by Jim Cawthorn,  The series promoted a readers' Tarzan Club whose members were issued a Tarzan badge, membership card and a special message decoder.
    I have devoted nine ERBzine Web pages - part of the ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Comics Encyclopedia - in an attempt to display the cover art of the issues and to dentify the American comic reprints contained in each of these UK comics. Many of the comics shown are in my collection. I found many of them during our music tours of England in the mid to late '70s. Most of them turned up in Pettycoat Lane Market in London. They were too big a load for my airline luggage so I purchased a large duffel bag in which I had the issues sent across the Atlantic by freight. Many more issues are courtesy of the generosity of out Texas friend, Mickey Burwell.
Tarzan UK Comic Introduction and first covers
The final issues in 1959
Mick Burwell: Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile
*** 1909: Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861.10.04-1909.12.26) died on this date. He was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry.

I've compiled some of his art inspired by the time he spent with the US Cavalry at Fort Grant -- the Fort that ERB was stationed at while serving with the US 7th Cavalry. I've also included ERB's Fort Grant Sketches on the same page.
Frederic Remington and ERB Art while at Fort Grant

Off-Site Reference
Remington Western Art in Wikipedia

*** 2001: Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne died (1929.04.05-2001.12.26). His last role was as the voice for Archimedes Q. Porter in the Disney’s 1999 Tarzan film, although he was featured in  the 2001 “Tarzan Untamed” video game and three television appearances after “Tarzan.” He is most known for his stage acting and his portrayal of Sir Humphrey Appleby, the permanent secretary in the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister and the Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister.
He was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and was knighted in 1999.
Hawthorne’s was raised in South Africa and didn’t begin his acting career in 1950. His half century of public performances  encompassed stage, film, television and voice. He portrayed King George in “The Madness of King George” on stage and screen. He was nominated for one Academy Award, won one Tony award and over a dozen awards for stage and screen roles in the UK.
    Alan Bennett described him in his diary: "Courteous, grand, a man of the world and superb at what he did, with his technique never so obvious as to become familiar as, say, Olivier's did or Alec Guinness's."
Animated Tarzan 1999 from Disney: Starting at:


Cheetah RIP ~ Tarzan Controversy & Boom in LIFE ~ ERB's and Kipling's Juvenile Books
Joe Celardo: Artist ~ Bob Hyde with JCB's Family and in Tip Top Comics ~ Maxon "What-If" Tip Top

*** 1928: On this date ERB expressed his opinion of his own experiment in writing stories for juveniles. This was after a rather tepid reception of The Tarzan Twins, written for a juvenile audience. It was published by Volland the previous year on October 10, 1927. It contained 126 pages and 23,000 words. He then added what he thought about Kipling's efforts in writing for a juvenile market.:
    "It gives me a great deal of pleasure to hear from children and to know that they like my stories. An odd thing about my work is that my stories are written for adults and I have a very large adult following and that the only juvenile that I ever wrote, "The Tarzan Twins," is practically my only flop. Trying to find out why has taught me a lesson. I have it from no less an authority than the president of A.C. McClurg & Company, who has been publishing books for many years, that from fifteen years up children read and enjoy adult literature. I made my mistake in "The Tarzan Twins" by doing what is known as 'writing down' and succeeded only in reaching a mental level far below that of the young people I wished to appeal to. I think Kipling did the same thing in his "Just So" stories, for I know that as far as I was concerned they were the rottenest things he did."
In spite of his feelings, ERB went on to write a second juvenile story, "Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion," in 1936.
Pulled from ERB's Personal Journals
The TarzanTwins: History, Art, Info
The Tarzan Twins: Read the e-Text Here
Tarzan Twins: 102 Rex Maxon Strips from 1935
Tarzan Twins: Gold Key Comic
Tarzan Twins: Morphology of a Folktale
Read all 48 pages of this Give-Away Edition
*** 1961: A Downy, California school teacher
stated that Tarzan and Jane never married. The resulting furor and publicity resulted in a major boom in the publishing and popularity of ERB's books -- many of which the copyrights were lapsed. The phenomenon was covered in a multitude of newspapers and magazines including  LIFE Magazine ~ November 29, 1963. The boom was spearheaded by the release of Canaveral hardcovers and ACE and Ballantine paperbacks. Use of Frazetta and Krenkel art for covers and interiors lured in millions of new readers.
"Tarzan publishers stand behind Jane's fair name": The Modesto Bee
    ~TARZANA, Los Angeles Co. - UPI- Publishers of the Tarzan books rose up in arms today against critics who tried to besmirch the fair name of the apeman's mate Jane.
Cause for the indignation was a report from nearby Downey stating that an elementary school banned the Tarzan books and the western stories of Zane Grey from its library.
It was intimated in hushed tones that Tarzan and his mate had an offspring without benefit of wedlock and therefore the books, "Tarzan of the Apes" and "The Return of Tarzan" might have a deteriorate effect on young minds. In connection with the Zane Grey books, it was said that some of his characters used language a little stronger than "shucks" or "gee whiz."
    ~ 'They Were Married' Tarzan's main defender was Ralph Rothmund, general manager of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the firm established by the late author of the Tarzan books which gave the name to this Los Angeles suburb. Said Rothmund in high dudgeon: "They were married. They were married. Anyone who has read the books at all closely should know they were married.
    NOTE: Mr. Rothmund's defense of Tarzan was admirable. However, he himself should have reviewed the last chapter of "The Return of Tarzan." If he had, instead of saying "The father may not have been an ordained minister," he could have quoted from the book itself, which says he definitely was: "Professor Porter, who in his younger days had been ordained a minister, conducted the simple services for the dead."
    ~ "Jane and Tarzan took the marriage vows in the jungle with her father present. The father may not have been an ordained minister but after all things were pretty primitive in those days     in the jungle. It is common practice in some primitive areas for betrothed couples to take their vows of marriage without the presence of an ordained clergyman.
    ~ Jack of All Trades: "You'll find that most churches recognize such marriages. Jane's father had to be - like all white men in the jungle - a jack of all trades. Such a man would be a minister, a doctor, a carpenter, anything you want to name. "Why it's ridiculous if the Tarzan books have been banned by some narrow minded people. But I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. They say there are even people who hate God."
    ~ In Downey, Superintendent of Schools Bruce Boore was under instructions from the school board to investigate the reported banning of the books as soon as teachers and librarians return from Christmas vacation. Board member Robert Ryan said he was told the books were removed from a school library because some parents thought Grey's books "contained obscene words and that there was no indication that Tarzan and his mate were ever married."
Tarzan Publishers Stand Behind Jane's Fair Name
Burroughs Boom of the '60s: Life Magazine
Tarzan X-Rated
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography Info on all titles
*** 1940: Bob Hyde's Letter in Tip Top, Dec. 27, 1940:

Another very important event happened to me in 1940. My letter to Tip Top Comics was selected to be headlined as the "Hobby-of-the-Month" in the February 1941 issue, which came out on December 27, 1940. As a result of the publication, I received more than 100 letters from other kids in the United States, England and South Africa.
Many wanted to start a Tarzan collection hobby, others just wanted a pen-pal, and a few were Tarzan collectors. I answered every letter and every response to my letters. This went on for several years, until all correspondence died out. But many years later, I was able to reestablish contact with two of the boys (now men) who had been collectors then, and I still correspond with one of them.In all, 1940 was a very eventful year for me.
Dear Hobby Editor:
I have a hobby which I think no one else can equal. I collect everything about Tarzan I can find. I have 20 of the 21 full length Tarzan books -- two of them are first editions; one of them is autographed by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself. All together I have 44 Tarzan books, four of which I made myself from picture articles, Sunday papers and your swell magazine Tip Top Comics. I also have a 100-foot film of Tarzan, the Boy; a Tarzan puppet with full equipment and I have three Tarzan suits -- one of them my mother made, one a Halloween masquerade costume and one a bathing suit. I also have all the equipment -- spear, bow and arrow, quiver, rope, hunting knife, fur belt, a wig and a head band. I would like to hear from anyone else interested in Tarzan.
Bob Hyde ~ 404 Kenmore Ave. S.E. ~ Warren, Ohio
Tip Top Reference in our Bob Hyde Tribute
Tip Top: Tarzan Cover Bibliography
Bob Hyde Tribute Pages
*** 2011: Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said. Cheetah was roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music, said Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary's outreach director. He was an outgoing chimp who was exposed to the public his whole life, Cobb said today. "He wasn't a chimp that caused a lot of problems," . . . "In the wild, the average chimp survives 25 to 35 years and at zoos chimps typically live 35 to 45 years," she said.

Tarzan co-star Cheetah dies at Palm Harbor sanctuary
Cheetah Has Died
Cheetah's ERBzine Scrapbook
*** 1918:  John Celardo
(Artist, Writer, Editor) was born on Staten Island on this date: (1918.12.27-2012.01.06)  John Celardo is remembered for his very long run on both the daily and Sunday TARZAN strips beginning in 1954 and ending in 1968, eventually drawing a total of 4350 daily strips and 724 Sunday strips.
Meet John Celardo: Bio and Guide to Strips
Celardo Tribute Collage in ERBzine

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