Escape On Venus - Variant - Canaveral Press edition based on John Coleman Burroughs frontispiece
Escape on Venus - John Coleman Burroughs variant Canaveral Press editions - $10.99
Canaveral Front Cover
Canaveral Frontispiece (ERB Inc.
was the same) by John Coleman
Escape On Venus - John Coleman Burroughs variant ERB Inc. - $10.99
The variant on my
copy of the book.
The original dust jacket for the Canaveral reprint of Escape On Venus is poorly executed (see center above). Canaveral isn't
all to blame on this one; even the original full-color, ERB Inc., first edition seems naive, even cartoonish. Canaveral Press
simply had someone adapt that original into a two-color front cover. In both editions, the jackets leave much to be desired.
However, the B&W interior illustrations are some of John Coleman Burroughs' very best. To make this variant I scanned the
original black and white frontispiece illustration (see left above). I then began to infuse color, building it layer by layer, until
I had a more life-like and a more colorful front cover. I did not care for the spine design; so I reworked it. For the Canaveral
edition I kept the back cover and flaps from the original Canaveral scan. For the ERB Inc. edition back cover, I borrowed
Roy G. Krenkel's frontispiece to the 1963 ACE reprint of this title. I hope that you agree that this variant is a strong esthetic
improvement over the original.