Alan Hanson Comments ERB-APA #40: A Reply

In your 'The Last Word' comments you state, "You (Mike Moody) explain away ERB's mention of the year 1888 by saying he was being deceptive.  Why can't I, then, explain away the supposed eclipse by saying he was being deceptive about that?  Your chronology makes assumptions, and then you assail mine for doing the same thing!  It's going to be fun debating you on this."

Well Alan, we may as well start the debate this issue.  In my opinion the only true Tarzan chronology is one that remains consistent with the stories as presented by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Both you and I know that even using ERB's provided information there are assumptions that have to be made, and even contradictions of provided ERB information which a chronologist must choose which is right or wrong.

The thing to keep in mind is,ERB tells a Tarzan story which is twenty-three novels long.  When a chronologist chronicles these events when he is done he should be telling the exact same story. Excuse me ol' buddy for stepping on your toes, but your chronology does not tell the same story as presented by ERB.  What you did do is fall for the modernization.  Sure, I can not use the 1888 Greystoke sailing date as told in Tarzan Of The Apes, or Jane's 1909 date on the letter to Hazel Strong.  I have to exchange 1908 - 1913 gas cars for 1892 - 1896 steam or electric cars.  But when I get through with the modernization ploy I tell the exact same story that ERB does.

What you do, is that you are so intent on keeping the Greystoke's 1888 sailing date and modernization, that you are willing to change ERB's presented story line.  Alan, I do not like going against the 1888 sailing date, but that date just dose not work in a Tarzan chronology if Tarzan is a real man on the earth as we know it.  It does work if you choose to follow the science fiction, 'Burroughs Universe', approach that John F. Roy did.

Now for the lunar eclipse.  You try to pass this valuable time marker off because it does not fit into your 1888 chronology.  ERB described a lunar eclipse in his story as plain as day and even quoted, "the moon was gradually emerging from whatever had devoured her, whether it was Numa, the lion, or the shadow of the earth."  ERB-The Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  What does it take to see that a lunar eclipse does indeed occur.  As far as being deceptive, why would ERB do so when all other evidence points otherwise.

Once I excepted the easy fact that there was indeed a lunar eclipse I researched all the lunar eclipse dates that was visible over Portuguese Angola during Tarzan's  time.  I inserted them into my 1868, 1872, and 1888 working chronologies which use both Tarzan being fifteen when he sees his first man as told in The Return Of Tarzan, and eighteen when he sees his first man as told in Tarzan Of The Apes.  Using this method I discovered the lunar eclipse of November 4, 1892 fit perfect in an 1872 chronology that has Tarzan being eighteen when the jungle lord sees his first man.

Using this approach there is exactly enough time for Jungle Tales Of Tarzan to occur as exactly described by ERB, and for The Son Of Tarzan to occur exactly as described by ERB,  Using my 1872 chronology there is no such thing as a Korak time discrepancy and Jack and Korak is the same person, Tarzan's son, as described by ERB.  Outside of applying Henning's full moon research the 1872 chronology is perfect as far as I could find.  So perfect, I can not believe it is mere coincidence. None, I repeat, none of the lunar eclipse dates would fit with 1868, 1872 and 1888 combinations to make a mistake free chronology.

Ol' buddy you say you can punch a few holes in my 1872 chronology.  I can not wait.  If I have reported anything contradicting ERB I want it corrected.  That is the whole purpose of presenting my 1872 chronology in the ERB-APA instead of book form like you did.  The very best ERB researchers will have a shot to correct me if I have made a mistake.  Until next issue...

James Michael Moody