DescriptionJOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS (American, 1913-1979)
Synthetic Men of Mars, book cover, 1939
Oil on canvas
21 x 18 in.
Signed and dated lower right
Synthetic Men of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, ERB, Inc. Publishers, Tarzana, CA, 1940. Ras Thavas, the Mastermind of Mars, returns in Synthetic Men of Mars, the ninth Martian novel from pulp fiction master Edgar Rice Burroughs. Originally serialized in six-parts in Argosy Weekly in early 1939, this story brings together many of the characters in the series, which was ERB's best. When Dejah Thoris, princess of Helium, is seriously injured in a collision of two airships, John Carter seeks out Ras Thavas, the greatest surgeon on Barsoom, to repair her broken back. Such a great cover painting by one of Burrough's most fondly remembered illustrators represents a very rare opportunity. From the Jerry Weist Collection.
Visually in very good condition; not examined outside of frame. It is known that this painting was in the 1950s warehouse fire at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and it has been professionally cleaned by a conservator. Framed under glass to an overall size of 39.25 x 27.5 inches.
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