D_4ppBLXYAAfXBdAs I announced in July, I’m writing a book called Carson of Venus: The Edge of All Worlds for Edgar Rice Burrough, Inc. It will continue the adventures of Carson Napier and his exploits on the planet Venus and introduce the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. I’ll save the synopsis of each of the original novels for when we get closer to the launch date of my book.

There were many editions released of each novel through the years and I wanted to start my exploration of Carson Napier by looking at some of my favorite cover art from the books. I’d fully intended to do a thorough round-up of every cover variation I could find, but the good folks at ERBZine have already done the hard work and put together an amazing page with covers, dates, interior art, and even advertisements from the time. Why mess with perfection?

Here’s a quick look, then at my favorites.

Pirates of Venus in Argosy Weekly 1932

Pirates of Venus in Argosy Weekly 1932

 

 

The first book in the Carson story is The Pirates of Venus. It was serialized in Argosy Weekly in 1932. It introduced readers to the world of Amtor (the native word for Venus.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was collected and released two years later as the novel The Pirates of Venus. The cover artPirates_of_Venus for the original edition was done by James Allen St. John. As you’ll see, this image of a woman being carried off by a bird man, becomes the standard image for this particular novel. The bird men are called angans in the book, just to give you a heads-up.

 

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I think the main difference in the subjects of the covers is the varying degrees of humanity in the angans. In one cover they look nearly human, in another they look like a combination bird/bat/human.

One of the more unique covers shows a little more of the ‘pirates’ in the title, with Carson fighting hand-to-hand without a bird man in sight.

s-l300Another cover that avoids the angans is the one below. It, instead, shows one of the many dangerous creatures Carson encounters on Venus, a targo (giant spider-like creature.)

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I like this last example a lot, because it does away with all of the other cover subjects and features Duare, the princess featured in the novels. I have to assume that the figure fighting way off in the background is Carson?

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These covers were found at various places on the internet, my collection includes a few copies of these books, but not all.

I don’t own the rights to any of the artwork, books, images or anything else.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe ® , AmtorTM, Carson NapierTM, AmtorTM, and DuareTM owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.