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John "Bridge" Martin grew up in the era in which Lex Barker was the movie Tarzan and Lex's image was on the cover of the Dell Tarzan comics he regularly purchased. He encountered ERB's original Tarzan, as well as the ERBiverse of other ERB characters and worlds, in the early 1960s during what is often described as the Burroughs publishing boom.

  His first fanzine contributions were poems and eventually he acquired the ERB world nickname of "Bridge," the poetry-reciting character who was introduced in the last half of "The Mucker" and also featured in a sequel, "The Oakdale Affair."

  Martin joined the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association (ERBapa) in the late 1980s and began writing articles on ERB's books and characters in earnest. Many of his ERBapa articles, as well as new material, are now online at, the Edgardemain and Fan Fiction sections of, and in Facebook ERB groups, most regularly ERBzine and For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  In addition to research articles on ERB, Martin has continued to enjoy writing poems and has written many short ones as well as longer ones which are featured at ERBzine, including the 115-verse retelling of "The Gods of Mars" in poetry.  He has also tried his hand at fan fiction, typically in the short "flash fiction" format and always with a dose of humor.

  Besides collecting the works of Burroughs and other authors of adventure stories, Martin became interested in the hobby of collecting special postmarks on envelopes (covers) he designs himself. He often combines his hobbies by looking for ways to tie in various stamps with ERB subjects and was especially delighted when a stamp was issued in August of 2012 honoring Burroughs himself. Many of Martin's ERB-related covers, including some in his collection that were made by others, are appearing in ERBzine and on Facebook in the on-going feature titled "Pushing the Envelope."

  Martin's professional writing career began in his 1964-68 Marine Corps enlistment in which he took photos and wrote for base newspapers in the U.S. and on Okinawa and later for the Marine magazine, Leatherneck. Afterward, he was a writer and editor for several years for his hometown newspaper, The Daily Chronicle, before moving on to a Western Washington-based regional monthly magazine, Loggers World. He also edited and published a weekly newspaper, Sportsweek of Washington, for awhile. Later, he managed the Lewis County distributorship for Portland's newspaper, The Oregonian, and eventually settled down as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, which he did for 26 years until his retirement in 2014.

   Martin serves as an elder in a local church, the Centralia Bible Chapel, and has written Christian songs and poems as well and sometimes provides music for church meetings with his guitar. He and his wife Peggy enjoy the close proximity of the four grandchildren born of their own two children.

Since his nickname of "Bridge" and his interest in poems became well-known, Martin was asked to write a poem to be included in a new publication of "The Oakdale Affair." That book was published for the 2019 ECOF by The Muckers, the Chicago chapter of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, as "Bridge and the Oskalooska Kid," which was Burroughs's working title for the novelette of how Bridge the hobo found true love. Martin's poem, which became the "Afterword" of the book, focuses on the role of the barely trained bear in the story and is titled, "Bridge and the Ballad of Beppo the Bear."



All About Amtor (11 Parts)
Pirate Blood Review
A Pilgrimage to Pellucidar (11 Stage Journey)
The Legend of the Beasts of Tarzan
Tarzan of the Apes Summary Project (4 Parts)

Monster Men and the Magic Number I
Monster Men and the Magic Number II
Monster Men Glossary
Mad King Summary and Comments (4 Parts)
Pirate Blood Review

Jane of the Jungle I
Jane of the Jungle II
Back to "Back to the Stone Age" Project
Pastiches of Pellucidar
The Return of Tarzan: Parts I-IV

John Carter of Mars Special Edition: A Dream Come True
Tarzan Presley Review
Group Dynamics of "Tarzan and 'The Foreign'" Legion
Steele's Solar System
Thoughts on "Uncle Bill"

ERB's Great Heritage Lives On: A Review of the ERB inc. Online Comics
Hogarth's "Tarzan and the Adventurers" Compilation: A Review
ERBzine's Cartoon Gallery: Collated by Bill Hillman with John Martin
"Tarzan and the Water Closets": 3 stories in ERBzine Eclectica 2015.05
Tarzan to the Rescue: The Game

Tarzan to the Rescue: Rules and Interpretation
Family Ties: "The Girl From Hollywood" in ERB's House: Pt. I
Family Ties: "The Girl From Hollywood" in ERB's House: Pt. II
Burroughs, the Activist Author, vs. the Wobblies
by Alan Hanson and John Martin

Mars Movie Memories: John Carter of Mars


A Gentleman of Mars: Part I
A Gentleman of Mars: Part II
(Sequel) And Baby Makes Three: Part I
(Sequel) And Baby Makes Three: Part II
Tarzan Tales of Terror

Tall Tales
Greystoke's Guest
Tricky Treats ~ Halloween Scaries
Tarzan in the Comics
Ape-Man and Histah Tales

One Night in a Canadian Bar
ERB Tales II
Tarzan's LA Adventure
John Carter: The Man Behind the News
Christmas With Tarzan and Jane

Tarzan and Santa Claus
Tarzan's Christmas Carol
Two "Fangsgiving with the Histahs" Stories for Thanksgiving
ERB Tall Tales III
ERB Tales IV

ERB Tall Tales V
ERB Tall Tales VI
Return of the Sussex Vampire
ERB Drabbles

From the Eclectic Mind of John Martin

ERBzine 7076 ~ PART I: Dec 1-5
ERBzine 7077 ~ PART II: Dec 6-10
ERBzine 7078 ~ PART III: Dec 11-15
ERBzine 7079 ~ PART IV: Dec 16-20
ERBzine 7080 ~ PART V: Dec 21-25

Holiday Tweets


Gods of Mars Poem
John Carter, Stanton Style
The Legendary Tarzan
An epic 67-stanza poem recounting the events in the exciting 2016 Tarzan film.
ERB Poetry
ERB Rhymes and Rambles

ERB In Song and Verse
ERB In Verse - Poetry I
ERB Poems and Stories
A Visit From Lord Greystoke - Poem
ERB-Themes Poetry II

The Ape Man on Trouble Trail
Tarzan Christmas Poems and Songs
ERB In Verse III
"Beppo the Bear" Poem
By Henry Wadsofwords Longpoemwriter


ERB Country I
ERB Country II
ERB Country III
ECOF 2018
ECOF 2009

Cruise of the Sub-Mole-Rine I
Cruise of the Sub-Mole-Rine II
ERB Daily Events in ERBzine with Bill Hillman
John Eric Holmes Memorial
Call of the Mangani: 2017

Denny and Elvis: Both Romeos to Juliet


Story Behind the Stamp by John Martin
John Martin's Fun With First Day Covers
The Stamp Story by John Martin
Pushing the Envelope Series I
Pushing the Envelope Series II

Pushing the Envelope Series III
Pushing the Envelope Series IV
Pushing the Envelope Series V
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. VI
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. VII

Pushing the Envelope: Pt. VIII
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. IX
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. X
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XI
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XII

Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XIII
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XIV
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XV
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XVI
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XVII

Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XVIII
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XIX
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XX
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XXI: ERB's Tigers
Pushing the Envelope: Pt. XXII:

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