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ERB 100-Word Drabbles
MARCH VI Edition :: Days 16-31
by Robert Allen Lupton
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March 16:
On this day in 1916, Edgar Rice Burroughs submitted “Out There Somewhere,” the sequel to “The Mucker,” to All-Story Magazine. The story was published by All-Story as “The Return of the Mucker.” In the UK, it was published as The Man Without a Soul.”
“Out There Somewhere” was inspired by the Henry Henry Knibbs poem of the same title, “Out There Somewhere.” The story is an almost unnoticed western by Burroughs, making it one of the six, at least the way I keep count. The War Chief, Apache Devil, The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County, The Bandit of Hell’s Bend, and “The Girl From Hollywood.” Yes, I count Hollywood as a western.
    A Mucker is a person who removes waste from mines or stables, an informal Brit word for a friend, but back when Ed wrote this story it met a rough, coarse, uncultured, and probably bad person.
    Publishing details for “The Return of the Mucker” are at:
The drabble for today, “Ghost Ship,” is 100 words from the Henry Herbert Knibbs poem. Should you wish to read the entire poem:


"The mountains are hid in mist; the valley is like amethyst;
The poplar leaves they turn and twist; oh, silver, silver green!
Out there somewhere along the sea a ship is waiting patiently,
Up the beach the bubbles slip with white afloat between.
“Her spars are tipped with gold and o'er her deck the spray is flung.
The buoys that rollick in the bay, they nod the way, they nod the way!
The hunt is up! I’m the prey! The hunter's bow is strung! "
"Out there somewhere"  says I to me. " By gosh! I guess that's poetry!


March 17:
On this day in 1916, Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing “The New Stories of Tarzan,” aka “Jungle Tales of Tarzan” for The Blue Book Magazine. These twelve short stories which focused on Tarzan’s adolescence, were published one per month in Blue Book, with the first story, “Tarzan’s First Love,” published in September 1916 and the last story, “Tarzan Saves the Moon,” in August 1917. It took Burroughs a year and a day to complete all twelve stories, sort of poetic if you think about it. The collected stories have been published several times as “Jungle Tales of Tarzan,” and the first story, “Tarzan’s First Love,” was reprinted as “Tarzan, Jungle Dectective,” in Ellery Queen’s 1970 anthology collection and in “Love Stories” edited by Martin Levin and published by Quadrangle, an imprint of New York Times Books.
    Read all about “Jungle Tales of Tarzan” at
    The drabble for today is “Deadline,” and it was inspired by ERB’s decision to write short stories on a monthly schedule. It’s a fictional conversation between Ed and Emma after a check from Blue Book arrived.


“Emma, I cashed another check from Blue Book today.”
“I saw that, Ed. It seemed less than you usually get paid.”
“I know, but it was for a short story, “The God of Tarzan.” It’s about cash flow. I write a short story every month and I get a monthly check. I can spend a more time working on the next novel without worrying about grocery money, but I’m not I’m happy with the arrangement.”

“Why, it sounds great.”
“With a novel, I set my own schedule. Now, I might as well be a newspaper columnist with a nightly deadline.”

March 18:
On this day in 1917, Edgar Rice Burroughs finished writing the 12th and final short story included in “The New Stories of Tarzan” for Blue Book Magazine. It took him a year and a day to finish the project on schedule. He wrote other books during that time. The collected stories were published as “Jungle Tales of Tarzan.
    The final tale, “Tarzan Rescues the Moon,” tells the story of a young Tarzan, exiled by the Mangani for freeing a native warrior, and recalled by the great apes to save the moon from being eaten.
    Details about the New Stories are to be found at:
The drabble for today, “Eclipse,” was inspired by the story, “Tarzan Rescues the Moon,” and every other writer who used a solar eclipse in a novel.


The Blue Book editor called Ed. “I just read ‘Tarzan Rescues the Moon.’ Not very original. Mark Twain used an eclipse in ‘Connecticut Yankee,’ Haggard used it in ‘King Solomon’s Mines,’ and Verne put one in his novel, ‘The Fur Country.”

“I see,’ said Ed. “Don’t get out much, do you?”
“So what?”
“Those stories use solar eclipses, my tale is about a lunar eclipse.”
“What’s the difference?”
“Read an astronomy book. One happens during the day and the other at night.”
“You sure?”
“The sun doesn’t shine at night where I live. Isn’t it the same in New York?”

March 19:
On this day in 1950, Edgar Rice Burroughs passed away while reading the newspaper comics. It was a Sunday morning and the Sunday Tarzan comic story arc was “Tarzan and the Adventures,” written by Rob Thompson and James Freeman. It was illustrated by Burne Hogarth and ran for 38 weeks. It began on October 30, 1949 and concluded on July 16, 1950.
    Read this entire Hogarth Tarzan Sunday series in ERBzine at
Read the strip that Ed was reading when he passed away HERE:
    Ed had a full and busy life. He was a soldier, railroad policeman, salesman, pilot, war correspondent, film producer, land developer, publisher, father, grandfather, writer, but most of all, he was an entertainer and entrepreneur. His works spawned an industry which included films, radio shows, television shows, animated films, Broadway plays, toys, games, slot machines, clothing lines, and who knows what else. Thousands were employed as a result of his writing.
    I’ve attached the appropriate Sunday comic page, assuming I did the math right. I wish the quality was better, but the page I photographed is a little faded. It’s a great Hogarth page. I hope Ed liked it.
    The drabble for today is ‘Requiem,” and it is from the Associated Press Obituary published shortly after Ed’s passing.


Burroughs died yesterday, but the ape-man he created will live on to delight generations of youngsters the worldwide.

"Tarzan of the Apes" brought Burroughs only $700, but he retained control over his literary works and the royalties reached fabulous proportions.

Almost 40,000,000 Tarzan books have been sold.
Burroughs never set foot in Africa, the locale of his jungle stories.
Burroughs lived in Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was attacked. As a war correspondent for the LA Times, he traveled with the armed forces for four years.

Before he began writing he’d been a salesman, clerk, cowboy, gold miner and railroad guard.

March 20
: On this day in 1875, artist Roger B. Morrison was born in Paris, Kentucky. Morrison drew a black and white illustration for the interiors of the Moon Maid series in the pulps. Morrison also contributed interior illustrations for The Efficiency Expert, Tarzan and the Ant Men, and The Chessmen of Mars.
    Morrison was born in Paris – Paris, Kentucky in 1875. After finishing school at age 15, the worked briefly as a clerk for Standard Oil before a brief career as a semi-pro shortstop. During the off season he worked as a cartoonist for the Louisville Evening Post. He moved to New York City in 1898 where He looked for work as a newspaper cartoonist and studied night school art classes at the National Academy of Design on Fifth Avenue and East 89th Street. By 1900 was selling illustrations to The Bohemian and The Cosmopolitan. He accepted a job as a staff artist for the New York World in 1909, where he signed his work as Mori. His illustrations were frequently reduced in size for publication and his small signature wasn’t legible, so he created a signature with fewer letters and made his new signature larger tin order to achieve the desired result.
    He began selling his illustrations to All-Story Weekly and The Argosy in 1917, but his fledging career that was almost interrupted by WW1, but at age 39, he wasn’t accepted by the military. In 1919 he worked as a newspaper artist at The New York Morning Telegraph.
    The pulp magazine The Argosy had a regular feature entitled, The Men Who Make The Argosy, which introduced some of their key contributors to their readers. The July 26, 1930 issue included a charming and light-hearted autobiographical profile on Roger B. Morrison, which included the self-portrait included herein.
    In 1940, he retired and moved to Gulfport, Florida where he painted seascapes until his death in 1945.
    Details about all of the novels mentioned herein are available at
    The drabble for today is, “Worth a Thousand Words,” and it was inspired by the remarkable Roger B. Morrison.


Edgar Rice Burroughs talked to the editor at Argosy. “Who’s going to illustrate “The Red Hawk, the new story in my Moon Maid series?”
“We’ve commissioned Modest Stein for the cover and Roger B. Morrison for the interiors.”
‘I like Stein’s work. Have I worked with Morrison?”
“Yes, Ed. He worked on “The Efficiency Expert,” The Chessmen, of Mars,” and “Tarzan and the Ant Men.”
Burroughs replied, “A Barsoom novel, a Tarzan story, and a modern romance. That’s quite a range.”
“It’s the same range for you. Morrison’s darn good. If you can think it up, he can draw it.”

March 21:
On this day in 1893, actor, stuntman, gymnast, and policeman Frank Merrill, aka Otto Adolph Stephan Poll, Adventures of Tarzan, Tarzan the Mighty, Tarzan the Tiger, was born in Newark, New Jersey. Merrill doubled for Elmo Lincoln in the film serial, “Adventures of Tarzan” and was later cast as Tarzan in the films “Tarzan the Mighty” and “Tarzan the Tiger.” His victory cry in “Tarzan the Tiger” was the first to resonate in movie theatres across America.
    Merrill didn’t make the transition to talking pictures and devoted the rest of his life to working with children in Los Angeles as a city recreation director and volunteer gymnastics instructor with the YMCA.
    His silent film career of 18 films included “The Little Wild Girl,” “Perils of the Jungle,” “Unknown Dangers,” “The Fighting Doctor,” “Savages of the Sea,” and “Battling Mason.”
The drabble for today, “Think First,” was inspired by the life and career of Otto Poll, who performed as Frank Merrill.


The Mayor of Los Angeles said, “We need to upgrade our parks and provide better recreational facilities for our citizens. We’ve a matching federal grant. What should we do?”

One director said, “Build riding trails.”
“No,” said another. “Horse riding is falling into disfavor. More playground equipment.”
“I want tables where men and women can play chess, checkers, or cards.”
“Nonsense, we’ll build a big football stadium.”
“Otto, you haven’t said anything.”
“I don’t know the budget, the timing, or any federal guidelines. Unlike my coworkers, I find that the less I know about something, the less I should say.”

March 22:
On this day in 1936, Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing ‘Elmer,” a novelette that would later be rewritten and retitled as “The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw” and published in Argosy Weekly on February 20, 1937 and included in “Tales of Three Planets,” published by Canaveral Press on April 27, 1964. The original version of “Elmer” was included in “Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder” published by Pat Adkins and John Guidry in 2001. Read the Jimber-Jaw e-Text Edition in ERBzine HERE and
Read the Elmer e-Text in ERBzine HERE
    The story is about a thawed out cave man, who finds nothing but disillusionment in the modern world. A much early version of “Encino Man” without the stupidity.
Details about the story, accompanied by illustrations are at:
    The drabble for today is “Futile Hope,” and it was inspired by the story of Elmer, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Pat Morgan, who’d rescued and revived Elmer from a glacier, taught the caveman to speak English. After several months, Elmer returned to the glacier.

“”Elmer, why were you trapped in the ice.”
“My mate betrayed me for a warmer cave and a bear skin. I hoped to wake in a better time.”
“Why are you back at the glacier?”
“Once more, I hope to sleep until better times. Women in your time are the same as the women of my time. A glacier is warmer than a woman’s heart.”

“I expect you’re right. Is there room for both of us?”

March 23:
On this day in 1897, Edgar Rice Burroughs was discharged from the US 7th Cavalry. He was stationed at Ft. Grant in Arizona Territory.
Ed often claimed that the most disagreeable part of his service involved his contacts with the doctors. Soon after his arrival at the Fort, he was examined by the doctors who recommended an immediate discharge because of heart disease. "He told me that I might live six months, but on the other hand I might drop dead at any moment." Washington ordered Burroughs to be held for observation: "it evidently being cheaper to bury me than to pay transportation back to Detroit."
    Details about Burroughs’ time at Ft. Grant are to be found at:
    The drabble for today is “Horse and Rider,” and it was inspired by Ed’s brief sojourn with the cavalry.


“Doctor,” said Ed Burroughs. “I’m not doing well in this climate. Arizona territory isn’t for me.”

“Are you allergic to armed Apaches?”
“No, I’m not afraid, but I can hardly breathe and my heart races. I’m an excellent horseman, but I’m so weak that almost fell off my mount while on patrol yesterday. The Sergeant got lost and refused any guidance. We wandered aimlessly for two days. I’m completely exhausted.”

“Well,” said the Doctor. You know they say about a Sergeant’s horse. It’s the only equine with two asses, the one under its tail and the one on its back.”

March 24, 2024, the 2100th entry in this series
and 132 years ago on this day in 1892, comic strip artist Rex Maxon was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Maxon drew the Tarzan daily comic strip for more than 18 years and more than 5200 daily illustrations. He briefly illustrated the Tarzan Sunday newspaper strip. Maxon also did illustrations for the pulps, including Spicy Detective, Six Gun Western, and Private Detective. Along with writer Matt Murphy, He launched “Turok, Son of Stone” for Dell Comics in 1954.
    Maxon later moved to London where he did portraits and landscapes, but his work, primarily an educational filler strip about dinosaurs, “Young Earth,” continued to appear in “Turok” until the early 1970s, just before his death in 1973.
    Details and all the Rex Maxon Tarzan daily and Sunday comic strips are available at Start at:
The drabble for today is “Training,” and it was inspired by the career of Rex Maxon.


Matt Murphy said, “Dell wants a comic book starring a Native American in a prehistoric world, “Turok, Son of Stone.” Are you interested in illustrating some like that? We’ll need 24 pages a month.”

“Sure, my last Tarzan page was almost seven years ago. I’ve been freelancing western comics and pulp magazines. It’ll be nice to have a regular gig again.”

“Turok and his young sidekick, Andar, are brave and clever dinosaur hunters. Do you like the idea?”

“Tarzan and Korak wearing more clothes and dinosaurs? Yes, I love the idea. I’ve been training to draw this my whole life.”

March 25:
On this day in 1975, actress Evelyn Greeley, who portrayed Gail Prim in The Oakdale Affair, the first approved film based on a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, died. Previously, “The Isle of Content,” allegedly based on The Cave Girl was released. See The Isle of Content
Evelyn was born in Austria. Contrary to publicity gossip of the time, she was not related to Horace Greeley. She arrived in America in 1897 and her birth name was Emilie Mahorko. She signed a contract with World Film Corporation and was a star in silent films, often referred to as “The most proposed to woman in America.” Her silent films included Bulldog Drummond, Me and Captain Kidd, Bringing Up Betty, The Brand of Satan, and A Daughter of the Sea. Her eight-year film career encompassed a total of 30 films.
Details about the film, The Oakdale Affair, directed by Oscar Apfel, are located at
    The drabble for today is “Grin and Bear It,” inspired by the beautiful Miss Greeley and the unending pursuit of suitors that chased her.


Director Oscar Apfel said, “Cut! Great scene, Evelyn. I wasn’t sure how you’d do acting with a bear. I thought you might be afraid.”

“Better a big bear than a big bad wolf. He’s cute, but he did drool a bit.”
“You nailed it on the first take. You didn’t seem the least bit troubled by him.”
“Unlike most of the men in Hollywood, he behaved like a perfect gentleman.”
“What does that mean?”
‘He didn’t paw me. He kept his hands to himself and he didn’t make unwelcome proposals, decent or otherwise. I may take him out to dinner.”

March 26:
On this day in 1921, Argosy All-Story Weekly published the seventh and final installment of “Tarzan the Terrible,” the eighth novel in the Tarzan series. Argosy had acquired “All-Story,” and combined the titles of the two magazines to create, “Argosy All-Story Weekly. Only a few years earlier, All-Story had acquired Cavalier Magazine and combined the titles to create All-Story Cavalier Weekly.”
    The issue contained a short story by Ray Cummings, “Apollo of the Burrer Cakes.”
    Details about the novel, its publishing history, and several magazine, book covers and other illustrations are available at:
The novel follows the storyline from “Tarzan the Untamed,” as Tarzan seeks to rescue Jane, who has been kidnapped and taken to Pal-ul-don, a hidden land where the humans have tails, and dinosaurs still survive.
    The drabble for today is “Tale of the Tail,” and it was inspired by the Ho-don’s and Waz-dons, the tailed hominids of Pal-ul-don.”


“Jane and Pan-at-lee, a Waz-don female were held captive by the hairless pale-skinned Ho-dons. Jane said, “How do I tell which men are in charge. They all dress much the same.”

“Clothing is important, but carriage and attitude are more important.”
“I’ve noticed that the men have often tamed the three-horned lizards and ride them from place to place. Some ride small plainly covered steeds, and some ride large ones painted like rainbows. Does having a multi-colored dinosaur to ride indicate a strong and powerful man.”

“No, just the opposite. It indicates compensation for being born with a tiny tail.”

March 27:
On this day in 1915. The Fort Wayne Daily News began the serialization of The Eternal Lover.” “The Eternal Lover” is significant in that it is a story in which Tarzan and Jane appear, but Tarzan isn’t part of the book’s title.
Details about the novel, its publishing history, and several covers and other illustrations may be found at:
    The drabble for today is, “I Coulda Been a Sports Writer.”


Mr. Burroughs, a copy of the March 27th issue of the Fort Wayne Daily News arrived in today’s mail. It has part one of “The Eternal Lover.”

“I always wanted to be a newspaper man, c, but I never expected it would be one of my adventure stories or in Indiana. The editor was difficult to understand.”

“Did he have an accent?”
“I thought so. I mentioned it.”
“Was he offended?”
“Not at all. He said, “Folks in Fort Wayne got a saying, “We don’t talk funny, everyone else does.’”

“Seems kinda snooty.”
“Snooty, patooty. He sent me a press pass.

March 28:
On this day in 1927, Edgar Rice Burroughs received a letter from Joseph Bray at A. C. McClurg notifying him that his book, “The Outlaw of Torn” had sold out the first edition. This was both gratifying and frustrating. Ed had encountered a great deal of resistance in having the story published in the pulps and the quick sales rewarded his persistence. However, he’d constantly battled McClurg over small print runs, and the quick sale of the first edition justified his concerns and frustration.
    Details about “The Outlaw of Torn” abound at:
    The drabble for today is, “Love Sells,” and it was inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.


 “Hello, Joseph, this is Ed. Got your letter saying “The Outlaw of Torn” sold out in thirty-seven days. That’s good and bad. If you’d printed more than 5000 copies, we’d have made more money.”

“I know. Did you just call to say me I told you so?”
“I did. I’ll put that the next book I inscribe to you.”
“When do we get another manuscript?”
“I’ll send “Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle” if you’ll print more copies.”
“I’ll do what I can.”
“Joseph, there’re other publishers. I’ll talk to Metropolitan.”
“They only publish love stories.”
“I only write love stories.”

March 29:
On this day in 1940, “The Times and Daily Leader” of San Mateo, California published the column by Dale Carnegie. This installment praised writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Carnegie was the author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
You can read the entire article at:
The drabble for today is, “By His Bootstraps,” and it’s an excerpt from the article by Dale Carnegie. The message is familiar, but remains true. It’s been worded in many ways. It reminds me of what I tell people about still being a runner at 75 and about being a writer. First rule of running is ‘Get off the couch and go run.” First rule of writing is ‘Get off the couch and go write.” If you only run/walk a quarter mile a day, that’s eighty-one miles a year, better than zero. If you only write 300 words a day, a little more than the length of this post, that’s 110,000 words a year, enough for an annual novel. Interestingly enough, the more you do both of these things, the better you’ll do them.


“I interviewed a man whose job wouldn’t support him, peddling pencil-sharpeners.
“He'd seemed beaten, but he wasn't.
“He tried to think of something he could do at night. He read a story, and said to himself, "I can write as well as that."

“The turning point in his life came when he determined to hold one job while he tried another. That idea took him from poverty to the millionaire class. If you’re not making what you need, then hold the job you have and work up one on the side. It won’t be easy, but it can be done.”

March 30:
On this day in 1946, the Rex Maxon written and illustrated Tarzan daily newspaper story arc, “The Law of Jungle,” began in newspapers across America. Rex had been illustrated the Tarzan daily strip since 1929, with one short break. He would illustrate the strip for about 15 months after the story, “The Law of the Jungle,” concluded in May 1946.
Read the entire story arc at:
The drabble for today, is "Self Conviction," inspired by the Laws of the Jungle.


Blake, an adventurer in Africa, had cheated a native tribe and fled into the jungle. A tribe of lions followed his spoor, He tried to climb a tree, but a large snake waited there. Tarzan led him to safety. Blake said, “Everywhere I go, something or someone is trying to kill me.”

“You break the laws of the jungle.”
“What laws?”
“Be wary. Respect territory of others. Don’t take what you don’t need and don’t be stupid.”

“Laws? And what’s the punishment for breaking these laws.”
Tarzan growled, “The jungle has but one punishment for stupidity. Death!”

March 31:
On this day in 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing “Number Thirteen,” which would later be published as “The Monster Men.” The novel was serialized in All-Story Magazine as “A Man Without A Soul,” a title often confused with the British Methuen publication of “The Return of the Mucker,” which was titled “The Man Without a Soul.
    In this novel, Dr. Van Horn is creating human like creatures from animals, with mostly horrible results. Project number 13 is different, a perfect human, but is he the result of the experiments or something else. There’s always a woman in danger, Virginia Maxon, in this case. Can Number Thirteen overcome his savage beginnings, embrace his humanity, and come to her rescue? Read the novel and find out.
    Publication details and an electronic version of the book are located at:
    The drabble for today is “Who’s the Savage,” inspired by the novel, “The Monster Men.”


“Virginia,” said Number Thirteen. “I’m mostly a beast, a product of Dr. Horn’s vile experiments. It’s dangerous around me. You should stay away.”

“A lion? Lions kill, but not for pleasure. They protect and feed each other.”
“Perhaps I was created from a wolf.”
“Human wolves prey on women, but real wolves mate for life.”
“I could be some kind of ape.”
“That’s another story, but apes raise and protect their children.”
“Are you saying it’s better to be born an animal than a human?”
“Unlike animals, only humans are intentionally cruel. You aren’t that way. I’ll take my chances.”

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