As many of you know, 2023 has been a year of special significance for our company, as Mr. Burroughs founded and incorporated Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 100 years ago to protect, preserve, and manage his literary and creative legacy. We are both humbled and honored to be here a century later continuing to bring Mr. Burroughs’ works and vision to the world, none of which would be possible without each and every reader of his tales of fantasy and romance, and all the fans worldwide of his unrivaled universe of exotic worlds and intrepid heroes.
In March of this past year, we commemorated the corporation’s hundredth anniversary with a Centennial Open House event at the historic offices in Tarzana, California, where Edgar Rice Burroughs managed his business and wrote many of his classic tales. The event was attended by many fans and friends of the company.
As part of the festivities, as well as for those who could not attend the event, we prepared a video to celebrate the past century of Edgar Rice Burroughs, which you may watch below. The video features tributes, reminiscences, and appearances by ERB’s grandsons Danton Burroughs and John Burroughs; ERB’s great-granddaughters Llana Jane Burroughs, Dejah Burroughs, and Kathleen Bonnaud; President Jim Sullos, Vice President of Operations Cathy Wilbanks, Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey, Assistant Treasurer Janet Mann, and Operations Manager Charlotte Wilbanks from ERB, Inc.; Tarzan actors Casper Van Dien and Wolf Larson; artist Thomas Yeates; longtime fans Bill and Sue-On Hillman from ERBzine; authors Win Scott Eckert and Will Murray; Burroughs Bulletin Editor Henry G. Franke III; author Jeffrey J. Mariotte; artist Douglas Klauba, Meteor House Publisher Mike Croteau; and longtime fan Jess Terrell.
Centennial Year Photo Gallery
Here’s a look at some very special memories from this past centennial year:
Onward to the Year of Mars, and More!
ERB Authorized Library Update
One major achievement of this past year was wrapping up production on Tarzan volumes #21–24 in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library. For the first time in decades, all 24 volumes of the original adult Tarzan books will soon be back in print. Since our printer slowed down its output over the holidays, we are now expecting the books to begin shipping sometime in January 2024. It won’t be long now!
So, you might ask, what’s next? Mars, of course! Specifically, what we have begun calling the Year of Mars, with multiple Barsoom titles to be released in 2024. We are already well underway on the production of Barsoom volumes #1–3. The texts of the three novels are being proofread, the new front and back matter is being written, and artist Joe Jusko is hard at work creating a new set of stunning and iconic cover paintings and frontispieces destined to stand the test of time alongside more than a century’s worth of imaginative visualizations of ERB’s Barsoom.
With rising printing and production costs, we’ve decided to make it a little less painful for your pocketbook by releasing smaller sets of ERB Authorized Library volumes at a time, which will also allow us publish sets at a faster rate and get them into your hands sooner. So the first Barsoom set will include the classic three-book John Carter of Mars trilogy—A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars—which we hope to put up for preorder this Spring. Then, a few short months later, after the first set has shipped to customers, we’ll switch to releasing two-book sets, with the next set to go up for preorder consisting of Thuvia, Maid of Mars and The Chessmen of Mars. And then presales for another two-book set will be announced only a few months later, and so on. This should help cut down on the time between preorder announcements and shipping the final product to customers—something we think we can all get behind, since we are as eager to release these timeless tales of adventure and romance as we know you are eager to read them!
Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Update
Continuing with the Year of Mars, we are thrilled to be publishing the first novel to feature everyone’s favorite incomparable princess in the lead role—Dejah Thoris! A Princess of Mars: Shadow of the Assassins by Ann Tonsor Zeddies (author of Deathgift, Steel Helix, and Blood and Roses: A Jayne Taylor Novel, as well as the ERB Universe novelette “Victory Harben: Stormwinds of Va-nah”) turned in her novel earlier this year and has been waiting patiently for it to advance in the publishing cue. Well, the time is almost nigh! As soon as the cover art is finished, we’ll be putting the book up for preorder. As a bonus, the back pages of A Princess of Mars: Shadow of the Assassins will feature a brand-new novelette, “John Carter of Mars: Swords of the Mind” by fan-favorite author Geary Gravel (John Carter of Mars: Gods of the Forgotten).
While 2024 is the Year of Mars, it’s also the 100th anniversary of the book publication of The Land That Time Forgot and the 50th anniversary of the 1974 film of the same name directed by Kevin Connor and starring Doug McClure. To commemorate these occasions, we have commissioned a new Caspak novel to be written titled The Land That Time Forgot: Fortress Primeval. The author of the novel will be Mike Wolfer, whom ERB fans will know from the quality work he’s done on a host of Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe comic books and graphic novels, as well as for writing the prose novelettes “Victory Harben: Clash on Caspak” and “Beyond the Farthest Star: Escape on Zandar.”
We are also extremely excited to bring author Joshua Reynolds on board the ERB Universe team to write a direct sequel to The Monster Men, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic horror novel exploring the spine-tingling question of what it really means to be human. Josh has written more than 30 novels and numerous works of short fiction for properties such as Warhammer, Legend of the Five Rings, Mack Bolan: The Executioner, and Arkham Horror, in addition to penning his own excellent 1920s pulp-inspired Casefiles of the Royal Occultist series. We don’t yet have a release date for Return of the Monster Men, so it’s possible this one may slip onto the 2025 release schedule, but we wanted to let you know that the Monster Men are coming! And just to make sure everyone’s caught up on the story, we plan to release Return of the Monster Men simultaneously with a special Vintage Cover Art Edition of ERB’s original The Monster Men novel. Stay tuned!
Additionally, we’re happy to report that Win Scott Eckert’s upcoming novel, Korak at the Earth’s Core, Book One of The Dead Moon Super-Arc, is still on track for an early 2024 release. Win, of course, is the author of the very popular ERB Universe novel Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar, so you’re not going to want to miss this first book in this brand-new Super-Arc. Korak at the Earth’s Core will be followed by Pellucidar: Land of Awful Shadow (Book Two in the Dead Moon Super-Arc trilogy) by Win Scott Eckert, so make sure you are signed up for the official Edgar Rice Burroughs Newsletter to be notified of the preorder announcement for next chapter in the saga.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Illustrated Epics Update
Last year saw the publication of the ERB Universe prose novel Victory Harben: Fires of Halos by Christopher Paul Carey, featuring wayward scientist and adventurer Victory Harben, who finds herself unwittingly transported to the Omos planetary system from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Beyond the Farthest Star (among other destinations in the spacetime continuum). We are proud to be presenting the next chapter in Victory’s far-flung exploits very soon, this time in the form of the full-length graphic novel Victory Harben: Ghosts of Omos, written by Mike Wolfer and illustrated by Alessandro Ranaldi, with colors by Arthur Hesli and lettering by Natalie Jane. But that’s not all. Alongside Ghosts of Omos, we will also be releasing a trade paperback titled Victory Harben: Warriors of Zandar, which will collect all four issues of the critically acclaimed Beyond the Farthest Star: Warriors of Zandar mini-series. The campaign for both graphic novels will launch on Kickstarter early in the New Year, and will include exclusive Kickstarter rewards that you’ll truly have to see to believe! (Hmmm…handcrafted Hucklebuck plushies, anyone…?)
Oh, we almost forgot… Another reason you might want to check out Victory Harben: Ghosts of Omos is because, in addition to being a satisfying standalone story, it just happens to be the lead-in to the upcoming, yet-to-be announced Victory Harben prose novel by Christopher Paul Carey. (Wait…did we just announce it…? More details on that later!)
Also, if you missed the Kickstarter Edition of The Moon Maid: The Three Keys graphic novel (and even if you didn’t!), look for the Mass Market Edition to be arriving soon in the ERB Universe Illustrated Epics section of our webstore.
And if that’s not enough for you, we have even more ERB Universe Illustrated Epics in the works, but we’ll save the details of those projects for a later time!
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And closing out the Year of Mars, we have Gauntlets of Mars: A Novel of Barsoom, the stunning sequel to Chris L Adams acclaimed novel Dark Tides of Mars. The latter story ended on something of a cliffhanger for protagonist Dat Voga, so we are all waiting with bated breath to find out what will happen in the next chapter of our hero’s amazing odyssey. We’ll also get answers to some intriguing questions about the mysteries of Ancient Barsoom before the seas dried up and scavenging hordes of green Martians began roving the forlorn, moss-covered dead sea bottoms.
Last Chance—Holiday Sale Ending Soon!
Don’t miss out on unprecedented savings—the massive Holiday Sale in our online store ends January 8, 2024! From ERB-related books, comics, puzzles, and playing cards to our classy Tarzan Crest Clothing and Hand-Painted Tarzan Centennial Anniversary Statue crafted by legendary artist Joe DeVito, it’s all on sale!
So that’s it for now. Until next time, en garde! Take your sword in hand and get ready for an adventurous New Year—the Year of Mars!
Best wishes for a Happy New Year from the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Team.
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