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Celebrating the literary legerdemain of Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB-APA* member John Martin shares new and previously published articles in his ERBmania! Contributor Column!
His ERB persona is BRIDGE on the listservs ERBList and ERBCOF-L where he is an active member.
Martin, a resident of Washington State, routinely submits articles, essays, and poety which relate to Edgar Rice Burroughsthe creator of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Marsmuch to the enjoyment of his fellow ERB fans. Contact John Martin at edgardemain at comcast.net.
* Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Publishing Association
HUMOR AND REALLY SHORT STORIES
VICTORY OVER JUPITER
(A brief sequel to "Skeleton Men of Jupiter")
First Appeared ERB-APA #45
As my stolen Morgor ship touched down at Zanor, I saw a fair maiden running towards my craft. Eagerly I leaped from the ship as my incomparable Dejah Thoris ran toward me with buds of Sasoomian roses in her hair and kisses on her mouth.
After spending a few days resting up and making plans, I, along with Dejah, U Dan, Vaja, Zan Dar and Vorion, headed back to the Morgor capitol in our ship, activating the invisibility device as we approached the city limits.
By this time I was getting tired of years and years of having my wife kidnapped and spending time in dungeons, so we used extreme care and caution and quickly found and took over a Morgor ship capable of space travel. We blasted off before the Morgors realized what was happening and though they pursued us they could not overtake us and 18 days later we were on Mars again.
I immediately warned Tardos Mors and the other jeddaks about the Morgor threat and, when they finally attacked, we were ready for them and blasted them out of the sky.
...Of Mars and GatholEdgar Rice Burroughs spent quite a few years
Writing great tales of Barsoom:
Princess and Warlord and Synthetic Men
And Chessmen and guys from Sasoom.
Each cover attracted the reader's attention
With prominent mention of "Mars."
Although when he titled Llana of Gathol,
He did it without any R's.
So Edgar could peddle his Red Planet tales
Without actually using its name;
Just titling the book with the name of a town
And its princess, a feisty red dame.
Yes, Burroughs could title 'em Gathol, or Mars,
To sell us the stories we love.
But he never was able to dream up a title
Without that two-letter word: "of."