NOT EVERYONE is as finicky as I am. There are just a few changes I would have made if I had been the Art Director at McClurg, Metropolitan or Canaveral Press. Of course, there were reasons why these jackets weren't produced like this at the time, but that's no problem for this revisionist designer.

WHAT MAKES THESE alternate dust-jackets different is the attention paid to historical accuracy in the title lettering and cover art choices. SAVAGE PELLUCIDAR and JOHN CARTER OF MARS use the pulp magazine cover art that was intended for these books, but was never used. THUVIA and FIGHTING MAN use the cover art that might have been used if issues with the publisher or with ERB himself hadn't arisen and forced the designs to a fall-back position. Title lettering on all of these jackets is either taken from the original or has significance in its relationship to the book. I believe these jackets have historical viability in that they offer something that almost certainly WOULD HAVE BEEN if circumstances had allowed. Consider them "Alternate Timeline Dust-jackets."

THESE ARE FOR the hard-core collector who wants to indulge in a little wish fulfillment. All are full-size and include the complete original text on back covers and end flaps. Scroll down to see all currently available Alternate jackets. Each comes with its own limited edition alternate bookmark and is inscribed, numbered, signed and dated on the back side.

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Tarzan and the Castaways Alternate

TARZAN AND THE CASTAWAYS: 1964. Frank Frazetta Full-color Edition

Ever since Biblo and Tannen placed a banner across the cover art of TARZAN AND THE CASTAWAYS to keep from shocking the public, fans have longed to see the famous Frazetta image properly displayed on their copies of the Canaveral Press dust-jacket. Now, after over 100 hours of research, careful study of more than 70 different Frazetta watercolors, and careful production, the Alternate Timeline™ version of TARZAN AND THE CASTAWAYS is available from Recoverings. With coloring approved by Frazetta friend and collector, and Edgar Rice Burroughs scholar Robert R. Barrett, this full color dust-jacket presents the art with the same palette and watercolor techniques that Frazetta himself might well have used at that point in his career. Here is a new way to see and display the final collection of ERB’s shorter Tarzan stories. This is how the jacket might have looked if Canaveral had had the money to do it right. A limited edition, only 64 of these jackets will be available. Each will be individually printed, to order, on an Epson Stylus Pro 3880, with 8-color UltraChromeK3 archival inks on 47lb. Red River Premium Matte paper, to closely match the stock of the original. Each jacket will be numbered and inscribed to the buyer.
— Limited to 64 copies: (SOLD OUT!)

The Giant of Mars swings an uprooted tree at oncoming fliers.

JOHN CARTER OF MARS: 1964. J. Allen St. John/John Coleman Burroughs Edition

When Biblo and Tannen decided to start reprinting the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1964 there was no budget for 4-color dust jackets. This alternate jacket for the Canaveral Press first edition compilation pays a special tribute to two great names connected to the Master of Adventure. First, to J. Allan St. John by using his cover for JOHN CARTER AND THE GIANT OF MARS from the Amazing Stories January, 1941 issue. And secondly, to John Coleman Burroughs, the actual author of that particular tale by using the logo lettering from his John Carter comic strip, a spine illustration from the strip and by emulating his signature in the author byline. The back cover shows reproductions of both the original pulp magazine covers for GIANT and for SKELETON MEN OF JUPITER, the second story in the book.
— Limited to 100 copies: $40.00 (65 copies available)


A FIGHTING MAN OF MARS: 1931. Laurence Herndon Edition

This alternate jacket uses the Blue Book magazine cover art by Laurence Herndon that Max Elsner of Metropolitan Books originally intended for the book. Burroughs, thinking of a different artist whom he didn't like at all, expressed his dislike and dragged his feet on the idea. Elsner went back to the drawing board and the published jacket used a wrap-around painting by in-house artist Hugh Hutton who would later go on to a long career as a politcal cartoonist. This jacket also features seldom-seen cover art of ERB foreign editions that were intended to go on the back panel. For the full story read Robert R. Barrett's revealing article in the Burroughs Bulletin #45. Fits the Metropolitan first edition and the Grosset and Dunlap reprints. READ MORE. . .
— Limited to 100 copies: $40.00 (60 copies available)


J. Allen St. John Edition

I designed this jacket to continue the run of St. John covers on the Mars books. I thought that an unfinished painting of this scene in the Vinson Collection had been done in the 1920s, leading me to believe that St. John was expecting to do the jacket art. Later I found out that the painting had actually been started at the request of Vern Coriell, founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, in the 1950s. However, A.C. McClurg & Co. always ordered a black and white frontispiece illustration which was a copy of the painting to be used on the dust jacket. So this powerful image, drawn for the frontispiece of THUVIA, was well worthy of a color treatment. Fits the A.C. McClurg first edition and the Grosset and Dunlap reprints.
— Limited to 100 copies: $40.00 (43 copies available)


J. Allen St. John 4-color Edition

This was the first alternate ERB jacket I produced. Suggested to me by D. Peter Ogden, publisher of Erbania the Edgar Rice Burroughs fanzine from Tampa, Florida, when I was first showing my jacket reconstructions at the 1999 Dum-Dum in Tarzana. Peter asked if I could create a jacket for the Canaveral edition of SAVAGE PELLUCIDAR using the cover of Fantastic Adventures from March, 1942. He loaned me a copy of the cover and I digitally painted out all the lettering. I created a new title block by referencing the many lettering samples in Dr. Darrell C. Richardson's book, J.ALLEN ST. JOHN, AN ILLUSTRATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Many fans, including Danton Burroughs and Dick Lupoff, editor at Canaveral in 1963, have been very happy with this.
— Limited to 100 copies: (SOLD OUT)

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