Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
ERB 100-Word Drabbles
MAY V Edition :: Days 16-31
by Robert Allen Lupton
Continued from Days 1-15 at ERBzine 7696
With Collations, Web Page Layout and ERBzine Illustrations and References by Bill Hillman
KNOCK SOME SENSE INTO YOU
May 16: On this day in 1927, Edgar Rice Burroughs joined the “Association Against the Prohibition Amendment.” The association was founded in 1918 and at its peak had over 500,000 members. Interestingly, the association refused to accept any funds from businesses with a vested interest in alcohol consumption – breweries, distilleries, or taverns.
The article, The Philosophic Burroughs, located at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0108.html touches on Burroughs’ problems with alcohol and his changing attitudes toward it.
Years earlier, in 1899, ERB was involved in a bar fight in Toronto.
The drabble for today is “Knock Some Sense Into You.” It was written by ERB on February 18, 1929 in response to a questionnaire from the Boston Society of Psychic Research. ERB’s entire response is located at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1177.html. Burroughs refers to a blow on the head, but makes no reference as to how it happened. That information is available in a letter to ERB’s son, John Coleman Burroughs from R. H. Patchin, a friend of ERB’s and a participant in the Toronto barfight. Alcohol may have been involved.
“In 1899 I received a heavy blow on the head which, while it opened up the scalp, did not fracture the skull, nor did it render me unconscious, but for six weeks or two months thereafter I was the victim of hallucinations, always after I retired at night when I would see figures standing beside my bed, usually shrouded. I invariably sat up and reached for them, but my hands when through them. I knew that they were hallucinations caused by my injury and did not connect them in any way with the supernatural, in which I do not believe.”
KNOCK SOME SENSE INTO YOU
May 17: On this day, author and poet, Henry H. Knibbs, died in San Diageo, California. Knibbs wrote 13 novels and six books of poetry. ERB used the title of one of Knibbs’ poems, “Somewhere Out There,” as the working title for “The Mucker,” and quoted the poem several times in the novel. ERB also quoted Knibbs in “The Oakdale Affair.
Knibbs did a great deal of research into becoming a “Western Writer,” even traveling through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. His auto-biography remains unpublished.
The article, “The Poem That Inspired the Mucker,” is located at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag9/0950.html...
The photo of Knibbs with this post is from the Connecticut State Archives.
The 100 drabble for today is an excerpt from the Knibbs’ poem, “Boomer Johnson.” Boomer is a retired cowhand and gunman trying to be a trail boss cook. You can read the entire poem at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag9/0951.html
He quits a-punchin' cattle and he takes to punchin' dough.
Our foreman up and hires him, figurin' age had rode him tame,
A snake don't get no sweeter just by changin' of its name.
Well, Old Boomer knowed his business - he could cook to make you smile,
But he wrangled fodder in a most peculiar style.
He never used no matches - left em layin' on the shelf,
Just some kerosene and cussin' and the kindlin' lit itself.
And, pardner, I'm allowin' it would give a man a jolt
Seeing him stir frijoles with the barrel of his Colt.
May 18: On this day in 1997, the penultimate episode of “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures” was broadcast. “Tarzan and the Mystery of the Lake,” starred Joe Lara as Tarzan. Don McLeod played Glok, Jill Sayre played Alfie, Frank Opperman played Lyle Drake, and Aaron Seville was Themba.
Tarzan joined a safari conducted by Lyle Drake (Frank Opperman) to a remote lake rumored to be inhabited by a giant serpent (Can you say, Nessie?). Instead, the expedition found a prehistoric man named Glok. This could be a homage to Robert Heinlein, the Kaldane, Ghek, or even to Nu, son of Nu from “The Eternal Lover.” Alfie (Jill Sayre), a woman on the expedition, becomes attracted to Glok, but the cave man has a wife and child. Tarzan, who looks ridiculous in boots, saves Glok, his family, and Alfie a few times, but when the giant serpent, which has a head like a tyrannosaurus with catfish whiskers attacks the expedition, it’s Glok, who apparently speaks serpent, tells the beast to go away.
The entire episode may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTI71p-uSxs
A complete list of all the episodes plus ERBzine reviews of “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures” is at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0014a.html
The drabble for today is “Lake Effect” and it was inspired by Nessie, Champy, Ogopogo, and other lake monsters in hiding around the world.
After saving Glok and his family, Tarzan said, “Glok and I have hollowed out a canoe to cross the lake. Get in.”
Alfie said, “Are you insane. That’s not a boat, it’s a log. Besides, I’m not crossing no lake filled with giant serpents waiting to eat me. I know these things. I saw Scooby-Doo’s “Curse of the Lake Monster.” This will end badly!”
Tarzan asked, “Scooby-Doo?”
“I’ve seen a hundred horror films. Heading into the unknown, like across this lake, is a sure way to die. The only thing worse would be if we’d had a drug-fueled orgy first.”
WHERE THERE ARE NO FENCES
May 19: On this day in 1928, Argosy All-Story Weekly published the first installment of “Apache Devil.” The novel was serialized in six installments ending on June 23, 1928. Paul Stahr illustrated the cover for the first installment and Roger B. Morrison, who signed his work as ‘Mori” did one B/W illustration for the interior of each installment.
ERB meticulously researched this novel in addition to relying on his time stationed at Fort Grant near Wilcox Arizona. Among several others, he identified the following books as references that he used.
“Thrilling Days in Army Life” by General George. A. Forthsyth 1900“Apache Devil” Publishing details are at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0775.html
“Geronimo's Story of His Life” by S.M. Barrett, 1907
“Trailing Geronimo: The Outbreak of the White Mountain Apaches” 1881 - 1886 by Anton Mazzanovich
“Life Among the Apaches” by John Carey Cremony
“Apache Medicine-Men” by John G. Bourke
Today’s 100 word drabble, “Where There Are No Fences,” is a collection of quotations attributed to Geronimo, who is one of the primary characters in “Apache Devil.”
“I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures. I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me.
WHERE THERE ARE NO FENCES
“I will protect my people if I live. For myself I do not fear.
“It is my land, it is my father’s land. I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.”
May 20: On this day in 1960, actor, director, singer, and producer, Anthony Howard Goldwyn, was born in Los Angeles, California. Tony, the grandson of Samuel Goldwyn, was the voice of Tarzan in Disney’s 1999 film of the same name. He reprised the role for the video games, “Tarzan: Untamed’ and “Kingdom Hearts.” His career includes roles “in Ghost,” “Nixon,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “The Pelican Brief,” ”The Last Samurai,” and the Divergent series. IMBD lists 85 acting credits and 23 directing credits for Tony Goldwyn.
A good place to learn about the Disney Tarzan film is https://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0181.html
`The 100 word drabble for today, “Tony Talk,” is a series of quotations attributed to Tony Goldwyn.
“Whether it’s movies or television that I’ve directed, or characters that I’ve played, I’m always fascinated by the moral ambiguity inherent in life. Life’s a very emotional experience. There’s nothing wrong with honest emotion.
“When you first meet Tarzan and he’s interacting with Terk he’s a regular guy. When he confronts the humans he’s an ape. He acts and speaks like a gorilla. When Jane teaches him English, he approaches it as someone speaking a second language.
"My daughters were excited about my voicing Tarzan. It’s the only job I’ve ever done they care about. They think it’s really cool.”
May 21: On this day in 2014, actress Jane Adams, who appeared in “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain,” died. She played a villager in the 1949 film, which starred Lex Barker as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as Jane.
Born as Betty Jean Bierce, she was a regular on Lux Radio Theatre and The Whistler.
Her film career began in 1942 after her husband, a Navy pilot, was killed during World War II and ended with her portrayal of Babette DuLoque in a single episode of “Adventures of Superman. She also appeared in “The Cisco Kid,” 1949’s “Batman and Robin,” and “House of Dracula.” Two of her leading roles were in 1946’s “Lost City of the Jungle’ and the Cisco Kid film, “The Girl From San Lorenzo.”
Details about “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain,” the first film in years that didn’t star Johnny Weissmuller, are available at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag6/0629.html. Not only did Jane Adams have an uncredited role in the film, but so did Elmo Lincoln, who’d played Tarzan in three silent films.
The 100 word drabble for today is, “Wrong Tarzan” and it was inspired by “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain.”
Jane Adams prepared for a scene in “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain and Lex Barker came on the set. “Relax, young lady. Just do your job and scream on cue.”
“This isn’t my first jungle. Who the hell are you?”
“Name’s Lex and I’m Tarzan.”
“The devil you say. Johnny Weissmuller is Tarzan.”
“Not any more. I’m the new Tarzan.” Lex pointed. “That’s Brenda Joyce. She’s the new Jane.”
Adams pointed at a fisherman. “See that old man, he’s Elmo Lincoln. Elmo is Tarzan, Johnny is Tarzan. You’re not! I’m leaving after this scene. I only accepted this role to meet Johnny.”
A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO HIDE
May 22: On this day in 1999, Actress Vanessa Brown, died in Woodland Hills, California. Vanessa played Jane in the film, “Tarzan and the Slave Girl.” Vanessa was born in Vienna, Austria and her birth name was Smylla Brind. Her family fled Austria to escape the Nazis in 1937.
Vanessa worked in radio, using her 165 IQ to perform as a panelist on the radio series, “Quiz Kids.” Her film roles included “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” “The Bad and the Beautiful,” and “The Foxes of Harrow.” On Broadway, she originated the role of “The Girl,” for “The Seven Year Itch,” a role Marilyn Monroe played in the film version. She was multitalented, a successful artist, using her birth name, Smylla, she wrote one stage play, “Europa and the Bull,” and she wrote music, dabbling in music for motion picture soundtracks. She was active on television until 1991.
Read about “Tarzan and the Slave Girl” at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag19/1950.html
The drabble for today, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Hide,” and it was inspired by Vanessa’s IQ and her role as Jane in “Tarzan and the Slave Girl.” The final line is a quotation attributed to Vanessa.
Lex Barker was studying the script when he noticed Vanessa Brown was working with Paul Sawtell, who was composing the music. After filming his next scene, he said, “Vanessa, you never study your lines and you’re helping with the music.”
A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO HIDE
“I learned my lines the first day. I’ve been working on fine tuning the music and re-writing dialogue.”
“You memorized your lines the first day?”
“I memorized all the lines the first day.”
“Does the director realize how smart you are?”
“He does. In Hollywood having a mind is all right if you conceal it behind a low cut bosom.”
May 23: On this day in 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs submitted stories written by his sister-in-law, Nellie Oldham Burroughs, to All-Story Magazine. The stories weren’t published. Nellie, the wife of Henry Studley Burroughs, was successful in having one of her stories published. “The Bride” was published in the December 1913 issue of The Metropolitan Magazine under the name, Ella O. Burroughs. The cover of the issue was by Perhyn Stanlaws, the pseudonym of Penrhyn Stanley Adamson, who did hundreds of magazine covers including several for the “Saturday Evening Post. I haven’t been able to find a copy of the cover, but the issue contained “The Case for Equality” by George Bernard Shaw and “The Edge of Evening” by Rudyard Kipling. Pretty good company.
The Bride was illustrated with black and white interior illustrations by Will Grefe, who was well known for his illustrations in all the leading magazines of his day. He started illustrating for the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1900's and painted a number of covers for them.
Nellie’s story is quite autobiographical. She uses her background a s southern bell, trying to survive her new live on a ranch in the primitive west. It should be noted that Ella and Henry were the parents of Studley Oldham Burroughs, who illustrated covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs. Studley would have been about twenty when Ella wrote “The Bride.”
Ella was killed in a car accident on March 30, 1933. The Bride is featured in ERBzine at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag36/3655.html
It’s only fitting that the drabble, “In Memory,” for today is 100 words taken from the end of her long short story, “The Bride.” The young bride didn’t do well on the harsh frontier, but her husband refused to leave. She didn’t survive and he blamed himself, rightly so. Her grieving husband and their son returned to civilization, where the son became a famous artist. His landscapes of the west were in great demand and he held a large showing. One picture was particularly well received.
“The gem of the collection created a furor among artists, critics, and the public.
The bleak Prairie valley bleak symbolized vastness and silence. In a cottage doorway stood a woman with graceful young figure and a small oval face with a mouth made for laughter and kisses. But the eyes, the lovely dark, beautiful eyes, were filled with all the wistful questioning, the yearning and loneliness of a slowly breaking heart.
No man viewed this picture without profound emotion; no woman without a rush of burning tears.
Beneath, on the dull gold frame, in ebony letters was inscribed: The Bride”
HOW FAT IS HE
May 24: On this day in 1896, Edgar Rice Burroughs was sworn in at 9AM and assigned to Troop B 7th Cavalry at Fort Grant. After spending a sleepless and hungry night in Wilcox, Arizona, he’d spent all of his money on the railroad trip, he took the morning stage to Fort Grant. Burroughs had expected to spend his time on patrol for Apaches and outlaws, but spent most of his time digging ditches or standing guard. He took the opportunity to learn the area and used what he learned when he wrote his western novels.
Read about ERB in the US Cavalry in ERBzine: https://www.erbzine.com/arizona/
The drabble for today, “How Fat Is He?” is 100 words attributed from Irvin Porges’ book, “The man Who Created Tarzan.”
Fort Grant was a dreary collection of dusty barracks and tents set in the midst of parched Arizona country. The duties, a prisonlike form of hard labor, consisted of road work, ditch digging, and what Ed described as "boulevard building". The commanding officer, enormously fat, and lazy, set an uninspiring example of leadership for the other officers. Ed commented scathingly about the colonel that he “conducted regimental maneuvers from an army ambulance. It required nothing short of a derrick to hoist him onto a horse. He was then and is now my idea of the ultimate zero in cavalry officers.”
HOW FAT IS HE
MUD IN YOUR AI
May 25: On this day in 1940, Edgar Rice Burroughs sent his poem, “Mud In Your AI,” to his son, Hulbert. The reference to AI does not refer to artificial intelligence, but could refer to food from vegetables or fruit – specifically not meat based. Ai can simply mean ‘there,’ or it can figuratively mean to eat and/or to enjoy the privileges and comforts usually accorded to a chief.
This poem and more poetry by Burroughs are available at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0001.html There is more ERB poetry at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0003.html
Burroughs wasn’t completely enamored with life in 1940s Hawaii, as you’ll see in the poem. The entire poem is 14 lines long and 125 words and even though a drabble is exactly 100 words long, I won’t edit ERB’s poetry. Here’s the complete 125 word poem, “Mud In Your AI.” ERB uses the term ‘buffo buffo,’ which I believe refers to the Hawaiian toad, the bufo, aka the Cane Toad, which secretes poison. Lovely creatures.
MUD IN YOUR AI
On the beach at Lanikai, lovely, lovely Lanikai
Where the mud comes down from mauka, from mauka to makai;
Where the piebald fishes ply through the mud at Lanikai;
There's where I love to be beside the yellow sea
With my water-wings and slicker, and umbrella over me.
Where the liquid sunshine tumbles and the thunder rumbles, rumbles
And a cloud-burst is a sun-shower on the beach at Lanikai.
I love the buffo buffo and the rain upon my roof, oh!
And the mildew and the rust and the typhoon's throaty gust
And the roaches, and the ants that have crawled into my pants.
I love it! oh, I love it! I cannot tell a lie,
From Kalama and Kailua all the way to Lanikai
PLAY TO THE MASSES
May 26: On this day in 1913, actor Peter Wilton Cushing was born in Kenley, Surrey, England. Cushing is best known for twenty-two horror films for Hammer Studios, including Baron Frankenstein in six films and Doctor Van Helsing in five Dracula films. He portrayed Sherlock Holmes and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He is the only actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation, Abner Perry, the inventor of the Iron Mole, doing so in “At The Earth’s Core.” He even took a bow in the Star Wars universe.
You can read about this magnificent actor at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001088/ and about “At The Earth’s Core” at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag30/3031.html IMBD lists 131 acting credits for Peter Cushing.
The one hundred word drabble for today is, ‘Play to the Masses,” and it is a series of quotations attributed to the remarkable Peter Cushing.
“Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very Few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein so that’s the one I do.
PLAY TO THE MASSES
People look at me as if I were a monster, but I can’t think why. In my macabre pictures, I’m either a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I’m a gentle fellow. I love animals. When I’m in the country I’m a keen bird-watcher.
My criterion for accepting a role isn’t based on what I’d like to do. I consider what the audience would like to see. I thought kids would adore Star Wars.”
WRITE TO ENTERTAIN
May 27: On this day in 2001, columnist Lloyd Shearer died in Los Angeles, California. Shearer was primarily known as a gossip columnist and using the pseudonym, Walter Scott, he penned “Walter Scot’s Personality Parade” in Parade Magazine for 33 years, from 1958 until 1991.
Shearer’s article, “Tarzan and the Man Who Made Him” appeared in the July 14, 1945 issue of “Liberty Magazine.” The cover illustration was of a WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) parachute rigger and is credited to John Whitcomb. The issue also contained an article by Irving Wallace. This issue appeared less than two months before the end of WW2.
The entire article is available at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag31/3159.html
The 100 word drabble for today, “Write to Entertain,” combines two quotes in the Shearer article that are attributed to Edgar Rice Burroughs. ERB’s quotes were delivered tongue-in cheek according to Shearer and Shearer concluded his article confirming that there are, indeed, millions of people who liked the same things that ERB liked.
“I became an agent for a pencil sharpener, and while sub-agents tried unsuccessfully to sell the sharpener. I began writing stories.
WRITE TO ENTERTAIN
“For thirty years, I’ve been writing deathless classics, and I shall keep on writing them until I’m gathered to the bosom of Abraham. In all those years I haven’t learned one single rule for writing fiction or anything else. I still write as I did thirty years ago; stories which I feel would entertain me and give me mental relaxation, knowing that there are millions of people just like me who will like the same things that I like."
May 28: On this day in 1989, the Tarzan Sunday Comic story arc, “Return to the Land That Time Forgot,” concluded after fourteen weeks on May 28, 1989. Written by Don Kraar and illustrated by Gray Morrow, the story tells of Tarzan’s visit to Caprona with Admiral D’Arnot to determine whether or not Caprona is a god source for fossil fuel. They arrive on a submarine, which is promptly attacked by plesiosaurs. When the crew goes on land, they have to defend themselves from a tyrannosaurus. After which, Janet, a woman on the crew, is captured by a wieroo, a winged humanoid species which breeds only male children and much capture females in order to survive as a species.
Tarzan is forced to allow himself to be captured in order to find the wieroo nest and free Janet. After everyone is back on the submarine. D’Arnot determines that Caprona is not a suitable source for oil.
Read the entire story arc at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3528.html
The 100 word drabble for today is “Premature Exploitation,” and it was inspired by the story arc, “Return to the Land That Time Forgot.”
D’Arnot indicated the island. “Good bye and good riddance to Caprona, or as some say, Caspak. Glad we survived. It took eighty years for world’s governments to decide who held the mineral rights.”
“Don’t asked me to explain civilization. Seems like making a decision like that should require input from the island’s natives.”
“Tarzan, you can’t negotiate with a tyrannosaurus or with pterodactyls.”
“No, you can’t. I believe it’s far too soon to claim fossil fuel while the creatures we believe will die and decay and become such fuel are still alive."
“Indeed. There’s no fuel like the old fuel!’
SWORD AND BOSOM
May 29: Today is the 1802nd post in this daily series. On this day in 1930, British artist, Richard Clifton-Dey, was born in Yorkshire. He painted numerous book covers in the 1970s and 1980s, including several for books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He also illustrated covers for books by Andre Norton, Robert E. Howard, Ray Bradbury, and Philip Jose Farmer. His work wasn’t limited to science fiction and fantasy, his work included romances, war sagas, westerns, and even the occasional gothic. His range was legendary, he illustrated “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “Jane Eyre,’ and “All Creatures Great and Small.” His Burroughs’ covers included “Carson of Venus,” “Lost on Venus,” “The Wizard of Venus,” “The Cave Girl,” and the Barsoom novels. https://www.erbzine.com/cards/art8/richardclifton-deyerbartall.jpg
Possibly his best known work is “Behemoth’s World,” the album cover of “Cultosarus Erectus” by Blue Oyster Cult.
Details about his artwork are available at: https://isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?26442 and at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1005.html
The drabble for today is ”Sword and Bosom,” and it was inspired by the work of Richard Clifton-Dey.
The interviewer said, “Richard, you illustrated hundreds of books, mostly science fiction and fantasy. You could have painted portraits and landscapes.”
SWORD AND BOSOM
“That’s not fair. I illustrated westerns, gothics, and romances, I did an album cover for Blue Oyster Cult. Michael Moorcock wrote some of the lyrics.”
“Why the focus on fantasy?”
“People say that you can’t judge a book by its cover. They may be true, but people will buy a book because of its cover. A bare-chested man with a sword and scantily-clad women in distress rings the cash register. I call the art genre, “Sword and Bosom.”
May 30: On this day in 1933, Edgar Rice Burroughs put the finishing touches on his Tarzan novel, “Tarzan and the Lion Man.” The novel was serialized in “Liberty Magazine” in nine parts beginning on November 11, 1933 and concluding on January 6, 1934. Liberty never featured ‘Lion Man’ with cover art and never mentioned the novel or even Burroughs' name on a single cover issue, but it did commission 18 color–tinted interior illustrations attributed to Ray Dean, a pseudonym of Stockton Mulford, who illustrated a number of pulp covers featuring ERB's works. The cover for the first issue was by B. McCowen and it would be difficult to assign the cover to any story or article contained therein.
"Ray Dean" was a pen name occasionally used by Stockton Mulford between the years 1933 and 1935. While the Great Depression was in full swing, Stockton Mulford was able to supplement his income by producing additional illustrations under the pen-name "Ray Dean." Stockton Mulford worked at the peak of his abilities during these years, so he also produced an impressive body of work under the pen-name "Ray Dean."
The 18 Ray Dean "Lion Man" illustrations in Liberty are featured in ERBzine at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0726a.html
For details about “Tarzan and the Lion Man” visit: https://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0726.html . Information about Stockton Mulford is at: https://www.pulpartists.com/Mulford.html .and in the ERBzine Artist Encyclopedia at: https://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1013.html
The drabble for today is “Bachman Solution,” and it was inspired by the need by prolific artists and writers to find new ways to sell the work they’ve produced. If you're wondering why the drabble is titled, “Bachman Solution,” don’t rage, just take a long walk. And don’t be running, man, near the roadwork. The sidewalk is blocked but if you suck in your gut and make yourself thinner, you can slip past the barricades.
Mina Mulford, wife of Stockton Mulford, tossed the new Liberty Magazine on the table. “Look at this, Stockton? The drawings look like yours, but they’re credited to someone named Ray Dean.”
“Dear, they’re mine. Money’s tight and editors try to spread work around. I hired an agent to sell work under the Ray Dean name.”
“So you’re both Stockton and Ray Dean?”
“Whatever it takes to feed the children.”
She smiled. “Excellent, but I’m not setting an extra plate for dinner and you can tell Mr. Dean to find somewhere else to sleep. Our bed’s only big enough for two!”
ALFRED GUILLORY, JR.
May 31: On this day in 1960, according to www.erbzine.com, the first issue of ERB-dom, a Hugo Award winning fanzine, appeared. The publishers were Alfred Guillory, Jr. and Camille Cazedessus Jr.
Guillory, who was the US agent for ERBANIA, was killed in a car/train wreck after the second issue was published. Caz continued publishing ERB-dom, eventually publishing 104 issues, at least that’s how many I have in my collection. He also published Pulpdom. 100 issues of Pulpdom, over 3000 pages is advertised for sale in pdf format for $50.00 from firstname.lastname@example.org. A bargain at twice the price. He also published countless issues of “The Fantasy Collector.” I bought some issues of ERB-dom in a newsstand in Austin, Texas. It was the only fanzine I ever saw available at a regular retail outlet.
For a summary of all the issues of ERB-dom and all the covers: https://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0117.html
The untitled drabble for today is for Alfred Guillory, Jr. I thought it appropriate this close to Memorial Day. It is 100 words from the dedication written by Camille, Cazedessus Jr. and published in ERB-dom # 3, June 1961.
Al had been Pete Ogden’s agent for nearly four years when we began discussing publishing our own fanzine. I do not depart from the truth when I say that this very magazine you are reading was Al's dream and his alone. I offered my assistance and it became my dream too, but without Al's continued initiative ERB-dom would not be the reality that it is today.
ALFRED GUILLORY, JR.
Now, even though Al is gone from this world, his efforts were not in vain, his dream lives and will live on, and he will not easily be forgotten."
MAY HE REST IN PEACE.”
MAY V 16-31 ILLUSTRATIONS COLLAGE
Click for full-size promo collage
Copyright 2023: Robert Allen Lupton
Visit our thousands of other sites at:
BILL AND SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
ERB Text, ERB Images and Tarzan® are ©Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.- All Rights Reserved.
All Original Work ©1996-2023 by Bill Hillman and/or Contributing Authors/Owners
No part of this web site may be reproduced without permission from the respective owners.