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

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 | Posted by Doug Ellis

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.


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

    Comment by Joe H. - December 9, 2015 8:31 am

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

    Comment by Amy Bisson - December 9, 2015 10:07 am

  3. 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.)

    Comment by Joe H. - December 9, 2015 11:48 am

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

    Comment by deuce - December 9, 2015 3:58 pm

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