Variant - A Fighting Man of Mars
A Fighting Man of Mars - Miclewright Variant G&D $10.99
Fantasy variant dust jacket for A FIGHTING MAN OF MARS: The Hugh Hutton dust jacket painting for A
FIGHTING MAN OF MARS is generally considered a poor example of Burroughs illustration. For a complete
discussion on how this illo was produced see Phil Normand's essay on producing his own first edition
variant at recovings.com under the heading of "Readings." I am in agreement with the general opinion of
ERB fans, the Hutton painting is probably the worst of the front-cover illustrations produced in ERB's
lifetime. (The '60s Canaveral Mahlon Blaine illustrations are the worst of all time.)
I have, therefore, created a fantasy variant using the Laurence Herndon illustration from the April 1930
BLUE BOOK Magazine. I wish I could say that the idea to produce this variant was completely original, but,
truth to tell, Phil Normand's variant using this illustration for the Metropolitan edition inspired me to do the
same for the G&D edition. However, in all other ways the DJ design is my own. (See comment below.)
To create two versions of this variant, I used a Grosset & Dunlap 1932 reprint and a 1948 ERB Inc. edition
for fitting purposes. I started the design of this variant with the Herndon illustration. Then used the ACE
Books blurb for the back cover design. I then re-lettered the cover and spine, adding a Burroughs doodad
just above the Burroughs logo. The front flap blurb contains critical comments about the impact of
Burroughs on Twentieth Century notables. The back flap blurb is an essay describing the Martian series.
COMMENT: Phil Normand is without doubt the finest maker of ERB first edition dust jackets on the planet.
His web page is colorful, informative, and easy to navigate. When I finally obtained a GOOD copy of the first
edition of A PRINCESS OF MARS, I did not even consider trying to make it myself. I ordered it from
Normand, and it is a thing of beauty. I can't recommend him highly enough. His website is located at
Your dust jacket will be wrapped in a mylar dust cover, packed flat, and mailed within forty-eight hours of
payment. Shipping in the USA is free, calculated in the cost of the product ------ International shipping to
Canada only: $8.00 added to the overall costs of the book jacket.
eMail or call if there is a problem with fitting your DJ. I'll pre-fit it on my book just to be as sure as possible
that all is correct. However, anything is possible. So contact me immediately if you have a problem.
A Fighting Man of Mars - Miclewright Variant ERB '48 Reprint $10.99
Hugh Hutton dust jacket design