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Volume 7787a

ERB 100-Word Drabbles
FEBRUARY VI Edition :: Days 16-29
by Robert Allen Lupton
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February 16:
On this day in 1943, Edgar Rice Burroughs reported in his Diary of a Confused Old Man, that he crossed the International Date Line. Ed was onboard the USS Shaw and all of a sudden, Tuesday was Monday again. Not exactly time travel, but it’s the closest thing we have. It’s not unlike driving or flying westward. You pass from one time to another and get to live the same hour again. If you live where I do. I can get on a plane to Phoenix, Arizona and arrive before I left. It’s magic.
    The Shaw was seriously damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but was repaired and served during the rest of the war.
The entire diary is available to read at:
There’s always a ceremony when someone crosses the date line for the first time, but Ed didn’t provide any details.
    The drabble for today, “And Back Again,” is inspired by the date line crossing of the USS Shaw on this day in 1943.


The Captain said, ‘Ed, we crossed the dateline. Now today is yesterday.”
“Does that mean that I’m a day younger?”
“Nope, you look exactly the same, but you could use a shave. It just means that your year will be a day longer this time.”

“This year will be long enough. War does that.”
“Deep thought, Mr. Burroughs. Any questions?”
“Yes, we drank the last of the bourbon yesterday. Now that we’ve got the day back will the bourbon supply magically replenish itself?”

“I don’t know, but that’s a wonderful thought. Let’s find out before anyone else thinks to check.”

February 17
: On this day in 1880, film producer Sol Lessor, was born.
    In 1933, Lessor bought the screen rights to Tarzan and filmed “Tarzan the Fearless” staring Buster Crabbe. Burroughs decided to make his own Tarzan films and refused to renegotiate with Lesser. Burroughs's movie enterprises were short-lived, and the rights passed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Burroughs sold Lesser the option on all his Tarzan novels for seven years  but he only one Tarzan film during that time, “Tarzan's Revenge,” featuring athletes Glenn Morris and Eleanor Holm. Lesser sold the his rights back to MGM, but he regained the Tarzan property in 1943, after MGM relinquished the rights. Lesser's new Tarzan films were produced for RKO and starred Johnny Weissmuller, Lex Barker, and Gordon Scott. He produced.
    He produced “Tarzan the Fearless,” “Tarzan’s Revenge,” “Tarzan’s Desert Mystery,” “Tarzan Triumphs,” “Tarzan and the Amazons,” “Tarzan and the Leopard Women,” “Tarzan the Huntress,” “Tarzan and the Mermaids,” “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain,” “Tarzan and the Slave Girl,” “Tarzan’s Peril,”’ Tarzan’s Savage Fury,” “Tarzan and the She-Devil,” “Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle,” “Tarzan’s Fight For Life,” “Tarzan and the Lost Safari,” and “Tarzan and the Trappers.” Details about all of these films are available via ~
    The drabble for today, “Movie People,” was inspired by the dance for film rights to Tarzan.


Hulbert Burroughs said, “Dad, I saw the new Tarzan serial with that Buster Crabbe. I understand the company isn’t making another film.”

“No. I’m keeping the rights for now. I’ll make my own films. Those Hollywood folks are all the same. They’re like a plague of insects. They eat all the profits like a locusts eat the crops and weevils eat the cotton.”

“So you don’t trust any of them?”
“MGM isn’t all that bad and neither is that guy, Sol. But if I had to choose one, I’d choose. Sol. At his worst he’s the lessor of two weevils.”

February 18:
On this day in 1939, the daily comic strip adaption of “Tarzan and the Elephant Men” concluded. Rex Maxon did the illustrations and Don Garden wrote the continuity. The story, which ran for 114 days, had begun on October 10, 1938. Maxon and Garden worked together on the Tarzan daily strip for nine years, except for an almost two year break beginning in 1936 and ending in 1938. Their work brought Tarzan to the attentions of countless people who would otherwise never been exposed to the Lord of the Jungle.
The entire story arc and thousands more daily Tarzan comic pages are available at:
    The drabble for today is “Under a Bushel, No,” inspired by the story arc and by brave people who have traveled the world and faced danger and uncertainty to spread their beliefs, whatever their beliefs may have been. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll getting the results you’ve always gotten.


Tarzan spoke to Stanley Wood, who led an African expedition. “Why are you here” You should’ve stayed home.”

“We’ve strong beliefs. We’re missionaries. We must teach others what we know and believe. We can’t sit in our small church and preach to ourselves until we grow old and die. Unless we spread the word in new places, it will wither away.”

“People have their own beliefs. They will reject yours,” said Tarzan.
“Everyone person you don’t ask, says no. If one in a thousand says yes, our church grows. Hiding smugly in our cloistered haven, won’t gain a singly acolyte.”

February 19:
On this day in 1954, the John Celardo illustrated and Dick van Buren scripted Tarzan daily comic story arc, “Tarzan and the Blood Ruby,” began. The story ran for 64 days. The entire strip may be read at:
    The 100 word drabble for today stars my old friends, John and Pat, from New Orleans. The title is “Come To Me, My Precious.”


Pat found John by a swimming pool with four other men. “Watcha doing, John?”
“Looking for Tarzan fans.”
“In a swimming pool?”
“Think of it searching for jewels.”
“John, there aren’t jewels here.”
“Fans are like precious gems, but they should come to us. We email each other and post on our private sites.”

“The ‘jewels’ don’t see your message board or read your emails.”
“Pat, this is the way we’ve always done it. The ‘jewels’ will find us if they want to be here.”

“Interesting concept, but most prospectors find it more effective to go where the jewels are.”

February 20:
On this day in 1941, actor and director, Lorimer Johnson, died in Hollywood, California. While hardly a household name, Johnson directed sixty-nine films, wrote thirteen, and acted in thirty films. On screen he appeared in Tarzan the Mighty, Son of Frankenstein, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Crime and Punishment, Silvia Scarlett (wonderful film), and Scaramouche.
    He directed The Cricket on the Hearth, The Tigress, Devil McCare, and The Gun-Runner – all silent films.
    His career began in 1913 and lasted until 1940, averaging about four films a year in one capacity or another. Pretty impressive for a young man from Maysfield, Kentucky
    The 100 word drabble for today is “Seek and Ye Shall Find,” inspired by the lengthy career of this regrettably mostly forgotten pioneer on the film industry. This short fable has a pretty simple message. If you want to be in pictures, go to where pictures are made. What’s the line in the song from “Cabaret,” “What good is sitting alone in your room ...”


On the set of Tarzan the Mighty, Frank Merrill said, “Lorimer, you were a director in 1913. How’d you get the job?”

“I said I could. I figured that even if I couldn’t I’d know more when they fired me than I did when I applied and maybe do better next time.”

“Must’ve worked. Did they beat a path to your door?”
“No, I beat a path to theirs. You want a job, go where they’re hiring. Hungry, find a restaurant. Thirsty, go to a tavern. Nobody ever found work waiting for a job to knock on their front door.”

February 21
: On this day 107 years ago, actress Luz del Fuego, who appeared in “Tarzan and the Great River,” was born in Brazil. He stage name translates as “Firelight.” Born as Dora Vivacqua, the feminist, ballerina, naturalist, and dare we say, a striptease artist, first used the stage name Luz Divina, or Divine Light.
    She had only seven film credits, including “Curucu, Beast of the Amazon” and “Poeira de Estrelas.”
    She was famous for performing on stage in the nude wrapped with live pythons. She established the Brazilian Naturist Club, a nudist organization, and parlayed that into a political party, the Brazilian Naturist Party and ran unsuccessfully for congresswoman. Shortly after filming “Tarzan and the Great River, she was murdered by a fisherman she’d threatened to report for violating fishing laws.
    David Neves directed actress Lucelia Santos in the  biopic, ‘Luz Del Fuego,” in 1982. Details about Tarzan and the Great River may be found at:
    The drabble for today, “Walk Proud,” is inspired by the actress and dancer Luz del Fuego.


Direct Robert Day approached actress Luz del Fuego. “Senorita, those snakes make the rest of the cast nervous. I’m a bit concerned myself.”

“It’s hot today. The cold blooded snakes cool me and my name means Firelight. I keep them warm.”

“Nevertheless, stop letting them crawl all over your skin. I may be sick.”
She dropped the snakes and stood up proudly. “Is this better.”
 “For God’s sake, you’re naked. Put the boas back on.”
Luz picked them up. “They’re pythons, not boas. I’m not naked, I’m just not wearing any clothing.”

“Pythons, boas, naked, clothesless, just distinctions without differences.”

February 22:
On this day 1913. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Thomas Metcalf at All-Story and thanked him for rejecting, “The Return of Tarzan.” Ed was especially pleased because he sold the story to New Story Magazine for more money than All-Story would have paid. Metcalf may have been willing to reconsider, but it was too late. The story was sold elsewhere. He who hesitates is lost, etc. A day late and a dollar short. ERBzine links to ERB/Metcalf letters at: "In a way I am awful sorry about the Ape-Man, for I really wanted you to have it; at the same time my grief is tempered by the knowledge that it couldn't have been quite as rotten as you thought it, for I got the best price for it that I have had for any of my stories, nor did I have to alter a line of it."
    The drabble for today is, “We Were Here, Where Were You?


Garbuc, one of the great apes, stood alone under the Dum-Dum Tree. The other apes were preparing to leave. “When’s the meeting?”

“Yesterday, We voted unanimously to move north.”
“I didn’t vote. Everyone is disrespecting me. Decisions shouldn’t be made until I say so.”

“We were here when we were supposed to be. You weren’t. Who’s being disrespectful, the ape who’s tardy are those who tire of waiting on him.”

Garbuc threw a screaming fit and then sat pouting against the Dum-Dum Tree.

The ape said “We’re leaving now. You should come with us, but go or stay. Suit yourself.”

February 23
: On this day in 1931, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote his book publisher, Metropolitan, and said that he’d decided to publish his own books, making him, no doubt, the most successful self-published author in the world. It couldn’t have been an easy decision, but it worked out for him. A couple years later, he decided to make his own films, but that didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.
    The first book he published as Edgar Rice Burroughs Incorporated was ”Tarzan the Invincible” It sold well. It still does. It must have been a great decision. The company is still family owned and still publishing almost 100 years after that first book. Most other publishing companies that were around in 1931 have gone out of business or been sold since then. Metropolitan, Grosett & Dunlap, and A. C. McClurg are nothing but faded memories.
    The drabble for today, “Opportunity of Pitfall,” was inspired by that decision.


“Hulbert,” Ed told his son. “I’m tired of other people making decisions about my work. I’m going to publish my own books. I won’t have to argue about print runs, deal with poor editing, or fight about the illustrations.”

“That’s a brave decision. It could hurt.”
“It will hurt for a while. The learning curve will be difficult. Courage is expecting something to hurt, but doing it anyway.”

“Dad, stupidity works the same, like sticking your hand in the fire.”
“Correct. That’s what makes life so darned hard, but I think I’ve been burned enough times to know the difference.”

February 24:
On this day in 1943, Edgar Rice Burroughs, the world’s oldest war correspondent, was on board the USS Shaw. He began writing a 20,000 world humorous murder mystery, “More Fun! More People Killed!” He finished the story a few days later. It has never been published. Ed later adapted it as a film synopsis, ‘Night of Terror,” but it was never produced.
    We don’t know a lot about the story except that there are more than a dozen people killed in the story. I’ve heard the story takes place at a carnival, but I have no confirmation. Sounds like a story written forty of fifty years too soon. It would have fit right in with “Halloween,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Scream.”
The drabble for today, “What Have You Done?” was inspired by the little we know about the story.


Police detective, Chris Conrad, handcuffed the carnival worker, Buford Buckley. “You killed all these people.”
“Did not.”

“You’re covered with blood. You were holding a chainsaw when I caught you. You’ve got the knives in your pocket, you’re wearing a hat you took from a victim, and you’re carrying five purses.”

“Well, so I am. I guess that you got me, copper. Ole Buford killed ‘em all. I got a dozen of them, I think.”

Officer Conrad shoved Buford into the police car. “Twelve. Why on Earth twelve people?”

“That’s your fault. You caught me before I could kill thirteen.”

February 25:
On this day in 1961, Alfred Guillory, Jr., cofounder of ERB-dom, was killed in a car wreck. Guillory was also the United States agent of Pete Ogden’s Erbania magazine.
    After Alfred’s death, cofounder Camille "Caz" Cazedessus, Jr. continued to publish ERB-dom, which won a Hugo award, for several years. Issue #3 of ERb-dom was dedicated to Alfred Guillory Jr. The front and rear cover were illustrated by R. Horvath.
    The drabble for today is “Lord Alfred,” and it’s 100 words taken from the memorial in ERB-dom # 3 written boy Camille Cazadessus, Jr.


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.

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."


February 26:
On this day in 1989, The Gray Morrow / Don Kraar Sunday Tarzan comic story arc, “Return to the Land That Time Forgot,” began. The story ran for fourteen weeks and ended on May 28, 1989.
All the Gray Morrow Sunday pages may be found by visiting and for an index.
Tarzan accompanied the crew onboard a French submarine on a visit to “The Land That Time Forgot.” The battled dinosaurs including a tyrannosaurus, of course they did. A female member of the expedition was kidnapped by the Weiros, a tribe of winged humans who capture human females for breeding purposes (they only father male children.) They finally escape the island and Tarzan encouraged them not to return.
    The drabble for today is “Art of the Deal,” and it was inspired by the comic story arc, “Return to the Land That Time Forgot.”


The submarine captain turned to Tarzan. “We’re clear of the island. Scary place. Dinosaurs, cavemen, sabretooth tigers, and winged humans. I’m coming back and and bringing a bigger boat and a lot more men.”

“Leave well enough alone.”
“I force the inhabitants to negotiate with me. We’ll make treaties and alliances. Viva La France!”

“Negotiate?” Dinosaurs don’t negotiate with their lunch.”
“The cave men, then.”
“He who has the biggest club is the best negotiator. .”
“Fine, the men with wings.”

February 27:
On this day in 1913, the “New York Evening World” concluded its serialization of “Tarzan of the Apes.” Edgar Rice Burroughs sold the magazine rights to All-Story, but retained the right to serialize the novel in newspapers. The Evening World was the first newspaper to publish a novel by ERB, beginning on January 6, 1913. “Tarzan of the Apes” was later serialized in “The Los Angeles Record,” “The Bowman Citizen,” “The Toledo Blade,” “The New Mexico Ruralist,” “The Dallas Journal,” and the “Wichita Eagle,” among others.
    Artwork was created especially for these serializations. It’s difficult to identify the artist, but it appears to be G. Bushe or G. Boshe.
    Other novels to be appear in newspaper include “A Princess of Mars,” “The Gods of Mars,” “The Outlaw of Torn,” “The Return of Tarzan,” “The Son of Tarzan,” and “The Cave Girl.”
    Details about and reproductions of newspaper serializations of Burroughs novels may be found at:
    The 100 word drabble for today, “Sell and Sell Again,” was inspired by the newspaper serialization of “Tarzan of the Apes.”


Emma looked at the copy of the New York Evening World. “Ed, I thought you sold your Tarzan book to those people at All-Story magazine.”

“I did and now I’ve sold it to a newspaper.”
“Is that legal?”
“Absolutely. I’ve also sold it to papers in Los Angeles and North Dakota.”
“Why would different newspapers buy the same story?”
“Folks in LA don’t read New York papers and people in North Dakota don’t care much about big cities.”

“Lord, how many times are you going to sell it?”
“As many times as I can, Emma. As many as I can.”

February 28:
On this day in 1925, All-Story Weekly published the second installment of “The Moon Men,” the middle story in the Moon maid trilogy, following “The Moon Maid” and preceding “The Red Hawk.”
    Publishing details are located at:
    The relationship between Earth and the moon has become a reign of terror. Treasonous Earthmen have betrayed humanity to the Moon Men, who rule the planet with an iron fist and reduced the world to a poverty stricken wasteland. Nevertheless, there are those who will fight for freedom.
    The drabble for today is “Call It Treason” and it was inspired by “The Moon Men.” Credit to Marcus Julius Cicero for most of it. What was true 2000 years ago, is true today.


Julian 9th, a citizen on an Earth betrayed to evil overlords from the moon, spoke to the rabbi, Moses Samuels. “Old Father, how could this happen to our world?

Moses replied, “Traitors! A nation can survive fools. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. The traitor moves within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alleys, and heard in the halls of government itself.”

“What can we do?”
“Speak up. Betrayal flourishes best when cloaked by the silence of good people.”

February 29:
On this day in 1972, actor Antonio Sabato Jr., who played John Carter in the Asylum film, “Princess of Mars,” was born in Rome, Italy.
    He began his career as a Calvin Klein underwear model, but soon turned to acting and appeared on General Hospital from 1992 through 1993. He also graced the cover of Playgirl magazine. He made an unsuccessful run for congress in 2018. He has 91 film and television credits.
    In real life, he had problems with drug abuse and that combined with his political activities, which he claims blacklisted him in Hollywood, may have contributed to his relocation to Florida in 2018.
    Details about the film, “Princess of Mars,” are at:
    The drabble for today was inspired by Sabato’s career and especially, “Princess of Mars.” It’s a fictional conversation.


Dejah Thoris smiled. “Didn’t you model underwear in a previous life? Why’d you leave your planet and relocate to Mars.”

John Carter, Antonio Sabato Jr., replied. “Yes, I did. I left Earth for a new life, a life without politics or prescription drugs.”

“I don’t know prescription drugs. Politics are everywhere. That’s how things work.”
“Dejah, the people I worked with hated my political beliefs so I left.”
“On Mars, when people disagree about politics, they settle it with swords. Duel to the death. Quite simple, don’t you think?”

“Interesting solution, but I think I want to go home now.”


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