THUVIA, MAID OF MARS - Variant - Cover artist: Roy G. Krenkel
THUVIA, MAID OF MARS - Variant. This variant is based on perhaps my favorite Krenkel illustration, created by RGK for
the November 1962 ACE Books paperback edition. The illustration is in the public domain, because, according to one
version of this history, Donald Wolheim, the editor of ACE, did not copyright it. Since the copyright on this title had not
been renewed by ERB Inc., he felt he could publish it. He then made the decision that copyrighting the illustration was not
necessary. Another expert opinion purports that he was just too cheap to spend the necessary money to copyright the
work. For whatever reason, this and all of the ACE editions printed during the Burroughs revival of the 1960s are in the
The illustration I used for this particular variant is from a digital photo of the original painting, now in private ownership.
Serendipitously, I happened on it by chance. A customer sent it to me with a request to make a variant based on this
illustration. When asked, he didn't feel he could tell me the owner's name, and I respect that. However I came by it, you
could argue that this is RGK's finest illustration made for a paperback cover, and I wouldn't disagree.
THUVIA, MAID OF MARS - Variant - Roy G. Krenkel illustration - $10.99