"The Skeleton Men of Jupiter" - A variant designed for the Canaveral Press edition
of John Carter of Mars
THE SKELETON MEN OF JUPITER - A variant designed for Canaveral editions of John Carter of Mars - $10.99
Variant created for Canaveral editions of John Carter of Mars - I have always loathed the book the editor of Canaveral
Press called the "eleventh book" in the Martian Series, John Carter of Mars, because it includes the novelette written by
John Coleman Burroughs for a children's edition published by Whitman Books, John Carter and the Giant of Mars. A
longer version was submitted to AMAZING STORIES under Burroughs' name by the manager of ERB Inc, Ralph Rothman.
ERB himself was living in Hawaii at the time and probably did not know of the novelette's submission. When published
the novelette had been so poorly researched and developed that readers of the time complained loudly about it
appearing in the magazine at all. I complained just a loudly the first time I tried to read it when I was fifteen. The novelette
really is terrible.
In 1964, wanting new Burroughs material to publish, Canaveral Press published JCB's mish-mash along with another
novelete, Skeleton Men of Jupiter. Ever since that publication some readers, like myself, have been left to wonder how
anyone could consider this book a part of the Martian series. Personally, I have never considered it anything more than a
curiosity; much less an actual eleventh book. Any new reader trying out ERB's Martian novels for the first time would
have no reason to go on with another Martian book if this volume was his only guide to how good the rest of the series
The second novelette in the Canaveral edition, Skeleton Men of Jupiter, was received enthusiastically by readers of the
time and admired by all readers ever since. It was intended to be the first novelette in a series of possibly four that would
have made up a new book in the Martian series And personally, I and many others have always lamented that ERB never
got to write the sequels that would have turned this terrific story into the authentic eleventh book in the Martian Series.
When a friend in the ERB community of fans suggested to me that a new jacket could be developed placing the primary
emphasis on the only true ERB-written novelette in the Canaveral volume, I took his suggestion to heart and immediately
began the development of this variant using the St. John illustration from the original AMAZING STORIES publication of
1943. I've enjoyed doing this variant and am happy with the final result, and I hope you are too.