Monday, January 9, 2012

Frazetta: Princess Of Mars

What makes this large oversize sketch sheet special is that it is the first set of ideas drawn for the Doubleday Books MARS series of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Also, notice that Frank's original idea for the cover depicts the scene where John Carter flies in the air attacking a thark. Ultimately, he rejected that idea and used the more standard heroic pose of John Carter and the Princess with the giant moon behind them. The rejected cover design was then used as an interior illustration.

The sketch sheet is simply a wonderful work of art in itself.

(c)2012 DocDave Winiewicz


  1. Thanks for posting these up... Its great to see Franks sketches...


  2. i love seeing stuff like this! thanks Dave!

  3. Frazetta's tharks are much truer to the books than those of the upcoming movie, that's for sure. In fact, his John Carter is as well. It's a shame the director didn't try for a Frazettan look.

    In the spirit of that sentiment, I'd love to see an animated Tarzan movie that is for once true to the books and visually based upon Frank's work. In my opinion, this would yield a better result than attempting live action that would doubtless include a casting choice that fell far short of ERB's Ape Man, and even farther of Frank's.

  4. awesome....thanx a bunch!.