See Lester Del Rey’s Art Direction to Michael Whelan for A Fighting Man of Mars

See Lester Del Rey’s Art Direction to Michael Whelan for A Fighting Man of Mars

Michael Whelan's rough art for A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs-small

We just got this piece, a preliminary by Michael Whelan for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Fighting Man of Mars. [Click for bigger version.]

On the back was an interesting note by publisher Lester Del Rey, so I’m including a scan of that as well.

Lester Del Rey's notes for A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Here’s Whelan’s final art:

A Fighting Man of Mars Michael Whelan-small

And finally, the book cover:

A Fighting Man of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs


Doug’s last article for us was The Elusive Film Footage of the Very First Worldcon.

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Joe H.

An excellent cover to what is possibly my favorite Barsoom book outside of the original trilogy.

Amy Bisson

That is so cool. I am always fascinated by any aspect of the creative process.

Joe H.

For me, the “true” covers are D’Achille for 1, 2 and 4, and Whelan for 3 and 5-11. (Although I now have full runs of both, of course.)

deuce

Great post! FMoM is the book that first took me to Barsoom. Lester definitely knew his ERB. Whelan is a national treasure.

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