Variant: A Princess of Mars - Art by Fortunio Mantania
Variant: A Princess o Mars - McClurg editions - Fortunio Mantania
ABOUT THE ARTIST: On erbzine.com's marvelous website David Adams writes of this artist:
The thing that is most striking about Matania’s art is its startling realism. His almost photographic style retains the
quality of the engravings of the old masters, which is often so precise that one gets the impression that his pictures
were created by a method of collage. For example, the cover illustration for the Dover edition of “The Pirates of
Venus and Lost on Venus” shows a girl in the arms of a winged man that one might well imagine combined the wings
of a bat, the head of an American Indian, and the limp body of a girl with arms twisted to accommodate the cut-
and-paste method. It’s not that this is not an effective picture -- indeed it is very well conceived -- but the image is
so graphically startling that it appears to have been done by another method than by painting alone.
Matania’s art looks old-fashioned to us today. Barrett informs us that “During his life, Matania remained aloof from
every enthusiasm that the impressionable art community might be smitten with: post-impressionism, symbolism,
expressionism, cubism, surrealism. For all of these ‘schools’ he had an austere and pragmatic scorn. One will find
no trace of these ‘isms’ in any of his work. For him, they might well have never existed.”
For this reason alone, Matania might well be the perfect Burroughsian artist, for the literary style of ERB remained
similarly in the backwaters of the 19th Century. The literary critic always runs into a brick wall when he tries to
compare ERB’s work with his contemporaries simply because he was an anachronism who continued to write like a
Victorian despite his many enthusiasms for modern inventions and discoveries.
Variant: A Princess o Mars - G&D editions - Thicker versions - Fortunio Mantania
Variant: A Princess o Mars - G&D editions - Thinner versions - Fortunio Mantania
Below you will find two versions of a G&D variant for this title, one thinner at 11/8". and
the other thicker at approximately 13/8". G&D began publishing this title in 1919 and the
books remained the same size until G&D changed printers for the edition of 1937.
According to Zeuschner's description from his Bibliography the '37 edition should be
easy to recognize "it is bound in bright blue (almost turquoise) with yellow lettering on
the front cover and spine." Also, the '37 book is thicker than all previous G&D printings
of this title. If your book is this bright blue, then order the thicker version below.