Saturday, March 10, 2012
Martians Are Aces!
While Ballantine Books was putting out what it considered "authorized" editions of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, a confusion developed over the copyright situation and before you know it ACE Books was also producing Tarzan, Mars, Venus, Pellucidar, and other books wearing the Burroughs brand. A deal was apparently struck and Ballantine kept control of the Jungle Lord and Barsoom properties while ACE kept everything else.
But thank goodness for the confusion because it allowed ACE to contract Roy Krenkel (assisted by Frank Frazetta) to create some devastating artwork for several of the Mars novels that ACE was able to publish before the dust settled.
Above and below is the original artwork to three of those covers.
Here are the four covers themselves.
And here's a treat, the four frontispieces Krenkel did for the books.