Volume 0714



John Coleman Burroughs and father, Edgar Rice Burroughs
JCB in his studioJane Ralston BurroughsJohn Coleman Burroughs and son Danton

J. C. B.
All of Edgar Rice Burroughs' children ~ Joan, Hulbert, and John Coleman ~ were fans of their father's writing, but only JCB actually added significantly to ERB's works  with new creative material, although Hulbert was very involved in ERB, Inc. business matters. Since Jack grew up in an atmosphere saturated by his father's famous creations, it is not surprising that one of his major influences was J. Allen St. John, who illustrated most of the early ERB works. Nor is it surprising that his first excursions into the professional art world would be influenced by ERB themes.

At age 23, he was given the chance to illustrate his father's book, The Oakdale Affair and the Rider published on February 15, 1937. A few months earlier, Ed had written to St. John: " has always been the ambition of my son, Jack, and myself that one day he would illustrate one of my books. He is doing very excellent work, and I am having him illustrate the Spring book for us."  JCB was very dedicated to his art and threw himself completely into his work, striving hard to justify his father's faith in him. The cover and the two interior illustrations were a success and he matured rapidly as an artist. He went on to illustrate all future ERB books published during the author's lifetime - a total of over 125 illustrations.


1913: February 28: John Coleman Burroughs is born in Chicago to Edgar and Emma Burroughs
1913: Summer: Accompanies his family on a cross-country trip from Chicago to California
1913: December 8: Jane Ralston is born
1916: Survives a long, rigorous automobile camping tour
1919: Family moves to "Tarzana Ranch" in the San Fernando Valley, California
1919: Nearly dies of diptheria
1920: Jack, Hully and Joan are given lion cubs and monkeys for Christmas by a film company
1921: Jack and Hully contract mild cases of polio
1921: Jack and Hully enrolled in Page Military Academy but sensitive and timid Jack was taken out for home tutoring
1924: During an adventure trip to the High Sierras, Ed creates the famous "doodad" symbol for himself, Hully and Jack
1926: August: Family auto expedition to Grand Canyon
1926 -1930: Develops a skill for writing and art all through high school.
1926 - 1930: Develops a close, life-long friendship with Rochelle Hudson, who had become a movie starlet at 13
1928?: Sixteen-year-old  Jack drives Rochelle and her mother on a trip to Oklahoma City
1930: Graduates from Van Nuys High School after having attended Urban Military Academy and John Burroughs school
1930: John Coleman enrolls in Pomona College
1933: April: Family auto expedition to Death Valley
1934: Creates a sabre-tooth tiger model inspired by La Brea tar pit bones he had obtained from LA County Museum
1934: Graduates with honours from Pomona College (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum lauda)
1934: Studies under Russian/American artist Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955)
1934: Follows his father's lead takes weekend flying lessons but plans disrupted by parents' divorce
1935?: Works with friend Bob Clampett of Warner Brothers to create a short John Carter animated test film
1936: ERB travels to Chicago and NY to try to launch Tarzantoons, Inc. to produce short and feature length animated films
1936 December 12: Marries Pomona classmate, Jane Ralston
1937 February 15: ERB publishes Oakdale Affair and the Rider using JCB DJ and two interiors (models Pierce and Ralston)
1937: Illustrates ERB's miniature book - Tarzan, Jr. - for Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle Collection in Chicago
1939 June: Thrilling Wonder Stories publishes novelette The Man Without A World by JCB and brother Hulbert Burroughs
1939 August - 1941 June: Created a John Carter of Mars strip for Dell's The Funnies comics
1940s: Produces a 32-page comics adaptation of David Innes of Pellucidar  (12 pages appear in Hi-Spot Comics)
1940: Dell reprints the John Carter strips and a JCB cover in a Fast Action Book
1940: John Carter Big Little Book with story, cover and illustrations by JCB
1940 February: Thrilling Wonder Stories pulp magazine publishes novelette The Lightning Men by JCB and Hully
1940 July: Thrilling Mystery magazine publishes novelette Hybrid of Horror by JCB and Jane Ralston Burroughs
1941 January: Expanded re-working of the John Carter (Giant of Mars) BLB published in Amazing Stories under ERB's name
1941 September: Startling Stories publishes the novel: The Bottom of the World by JCB and Hully - 7 JCB illustrations
1941: December 7: Debut of 69-week syndicated colour Sunday strip - wife Jane models, inks, letters and does backgrounds
1942 June 22: Son John Ralston is born
1944 June 21: Second son, Danton, is born.
1948 June 17: A third child, Dian, is born.
1950 March 27: Buries his father's ashes beside mother's remains under the ERB, Inc. Black Walnut Tree
1961: John and Jane Ralston are divorced
1961 December 16: Marries his second wife, Mary
1962?: The first symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are noticed
1967 March: JCB's last novel, Treasure of the Black Falcon, is published by Ballantine - written 20 years earlier
1972?: John and Mary are divorced
1979 February 22: John Coleman Burroughs dies
2002 January 12: Jane Ralston Burroughs dies

John Coleman Burroughs
Biography I
JCB Life Timeline
Jane Ralston Burroughs
JCB Art Gallery I
JCB Art Gallery II
JC of Mars Strip I
JC of Mars Strip II
Pulp Gallery
Jungle Gallery: Clan - Magnif
Western Gallery
Escape On Venus
Carson of Venus
Llana of Gathol
Pellucidar Gallery I
Pellucidar Gallery II
Nicolai Fechin
Danton Doring
Giant of Mars
Synthetic Men Mars
WWII Propaganda Art I
WWII Propaganda Art II
WWII Propaganda Art III
Forbidden City Gallery
"Foreign Legion" Gallery
OB's Book Artists
OB's Comic Artists
A Conversation with
Mary Burroughs
JC of Mars Sundays: 
Behind the Scenes
JCB Native American
Art Gallery
Lost Cartoons:
John Carter of Mars
Fairy Castle Book
Treasure Black Falcon: 
Treasure Black Falcon 
Jack & Hully in Action
Tarzana Trek: JCB
Unpublished JCB Mars Art
JCB Fans On The Web
JCB Sketches Caricatures

Rare Archive Memorabilia
featured in Bill Hillman's ERBzine
931 Burroughs/Oldham/Washington Connection 932 Home by Ed and Mary Evaline Burroughs 933  ERB Dedications to Joan Burroughs
934 Lost Cartoons: John Carter of Mars 937 Unpublished JCB Mars Art JC 940 My Famous Father-In-Law by J. Pierce
941 Our Japanese Problem by ERB June 30, 1944 942 Major G.T. Burroughs, Sr. Civil War 948 My Diversions: Essay by ERB
949 ERB MMA Gridiron Memories 997 Letters from Hully at ERB, Inc. 1091 El Caballero Country Club Booklet
1092 El Caballero CC Booklet I   1093 El Caballero CC Booklet II

A Six-Day Adventure Exploring the Danton Burroughs-JCB Archives
Featured at Bill Hillman's ERBzine Site
Day 1: Preamble and Arrival Arrival and Search for Weissmuller
Day 2: Burroughs Family Reunion Danton Residence: Entrance Danton Residence: Upper Level JCB Home Movies
Day 3: JCB Treasure Vaults Entering the Treasure Vaults John Carter  & More Danton Doring & Misc
Miscellaneous Art Projects Warner & Universal Film Art I Warner & Universal Film Art II
Warner & Universal Film Art III WWII Projects ~ Propaganda ERB Wartime Memorabilia
Day 4: Jungles of Tarzana Westervelt Classic Cars Tarzana Cultural Centre Tarzana Ranch Today
Day 5: Danton Burroughs Archive Estate Grounds: Outer Archive Hodgepodge Hall Entrance GroundsWalkways and Tiers
Outback Jungle Region
Danton Burroughs Inner Archive 19th Century Art / Projects Ages of (One) Man & More
Early Photo Album Documents & Memorabilia JCB Photo Album ~ Malibu
Hulbert Photos ~ ERB Pipes Hawaii Guest Book & Photos WWII Correspondent
Day 6: Departure Eclectica ~ Scans ~ Maid of Torn
Entire Tarzana Trek Text Tarzana Story: A rare booklet  by ERB  Tarzana Home by Ed & Mom Memoirs of a War Bride Intro
Tarzana Overview John Coleman Burroughs Jane Ralston Burroughs 1091 El Caballero Country Club
Michael Sellers in Tarzana Tarzana Photo Scrapbook

John Coleman Burroughs in his studio

For art samples click below or go to the ERBzine Site: 
JCB Gallery I and Gallery II and C.H.A.S.E.R. Encyclopedia
Tarzan Jr. Miniature Book
The Oakdale Affair and the Rider ~ 1937
Back to the Stone Age ~ 1937
The Lad and the Lion ~ 1938
Tarzan and the Forbidden City ~ 1938
Carson of Venus ~ 1939
Official Guide: Tarzan Clans of America ~ 1939
Tarzan the Magnificent ~ 1939
Synthetic Men of Mars ~ 1940
Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County ~ 1940
John Carter and the Giant of Mars
Land of Terror ~ 1944
Escape on Venus ~ 1946
Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion" ~ 1947
Llana of Gathol ~ 1948

Jane Ralston Burroughs as Dejah Thoris
Jane Ralston Burroughs
December 8, 1913 - January 12, 2002

Photos ~ Art ~ Letters
Early Years Photos Pt. I
Early Years Photos Pt. II
The Early Married Years I
Wife and Mother I
Wife and Mother II
Wife and Model
Dejah Thoris
ERB Heroine I
ERB Heroine II
The Art Gallery I
Correspondence File I
Correspondence File II
Correspondence File III
Wife and Mother III
The Burroughs Boys
 Early Married Years II:
A Love Story
JRB: Wife & Model II
Portrait Studies
 JRB: Dejah Thoris II
Jack & Hully in Action
JCB Life Timeline


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