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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.

4 Comments »

  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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