Joe Ferrier Comments ERB-APA #41: A Reply

In ERB-APA #41 you stated, Nobody so far seems to be able to prove you wrong - but you can't prove you are right either - where Tarzan's birth date is concerned."  And to you Mr. Ferrier I say, "If your not wrong your right."  Just kidding.  When I think of a Tarzan chronology I don't think of who is right or who is wrong.  I think, what did ERB, the author, say, or imply.  When I see another chronologist work I don't think, is he right or wrong?  What I think is, did he say what ERB, the author, said or implied?  If he does not I often point out what ERB, the author, did say or implied.

Often times I am accused of trying to correct, or change someone else's view.  I am not really guilty of this, however.  All I do is point out what ERB, the author, said or implied.  In the end it is ERB, the author, that corrects you. I only point out what he said.

If my 1872 theories were wrong, Joe, my chronology would not run hand in hand with ERB, the author's, presented story line. Look at Phil Farmer's chronology.  Is that the Tarzan series story line you read?  Look at Alan Hanson's chronology without the lunar eclipse and The Son Of Tarzan.  Is that the Tarzan series story line you read?  No, and if one can read you know it's not.

Now with an open mind if you excepted my sixteen year 'push back theory' and then read my 1872 chronology would this be the same story line that ERB, the author, presented?  Yes it is.  If it is not you show me where I strayed.  This challenge will always stand.

Let's move on to your comments in Mooning Moody's Moon.  "Jungle Tales Of Tarzan was more like a book of Aesop's fables or biblical parables - perhaps loosely based on some early events in Tarzan's youth, perhaps not - but certainly not to be taken too seriously.  ERB intended Jungle Tales Of Tarzan to be  a book of inbetweens, filling the gaps in Tarzan's early manhood, only these tales are altogether on a different level, primarily fictional, rather than factual."

I do not agree with this opinion, Joe.  It originates from the Phil Farmer 1888 followers who can not get Jungle Tales Of Tarzan to fit into their 1888 chronology the way ERB, the author, intended. Maybe you have been having trouble getting Jungle Tales Of Tarzan to fit into your 1888 chronology and your borrowing their practice.

In my 1872 chronology I had no trouble at all inserting Jungle Tales Of Tarzan into Tarzan Of The Apes.  Jungle Tales Of Tarzan covers a time span of two years and occurs just after Kala's death and ends November 4, 1892,  the night of the lunar eclipse just before Tarzan sees his first white men. Each chapter runs exactly as wrote, and in the same sequence as ERB, the author, wrote it. Everything worked out perfect to Tarzan being age eighteen when he seen his first man, to Teeka's balu, Gazan, growing up at a realistic rate, down to the lunar eclipse occurring while Tarzan is twenty years old.  I have presented my 1872 theories in past ERB-APA's and Tarzine articles that you have.
If I have strayed anywhere, small or large, show me where.

I have this to say about your closing comment, "Needless to say Moody is wrong."  Using ERB,the author's, provided information, not your opinion, prove it.



James Michael Moody


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