The creator of the immortal characters Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the world's most popular authors. His timeless tales of heroes and heroines transport readers from the jungles of Africa and the dead sea bottoms of Barsoom to the miles-high forests of Amtor and the savage inner world of Pellucidar, and even to alien civilizations beyond the farthest star. Mr. Burroughs' books are estimated to have sold hundreds of millions of copies, and they have spawned 60 films and 250 television episodes. Burroughs fans best know Richard A. Lupoff as the author of Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure and Barsoom: Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Martian Vision. They may not realize that as a senior editor at Canaveral Press in the 1960s he was responsible for the publication of Tales of Three Planets, Tarzan and the Castaways, and other first editions that have since become treasured collectors' items. He was also the author of more than forty novels and more than a hundred short stories, as well as important volumes of criticism and cultural history, including The Great American Paperback; All in Color for a Dime; The Comic-Book Book; the Writer series, volumes 1-4; and Where Memory Hides: A Writer's Life. A film based on his story 12:01 P.M. was an Academy Award nominee. Joe Jusko is among today's most acclaimed fantasy, pin-up, and comic artists. His work has been featured on book and comic posters, and on the much-praised 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards. Jusko is a recipient of myriad industry honors, including a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators and a 2001 Chesley Award nomination. Fittingly, he was born on September 1, sharing his birthday with Edgar Rice Burroughs. Jusko's longtime love of Burroughs' work continues to inspire him in illustrating the Authorized Library and bringing the author's creative vision to life.
"Edgar Rice Burroughs was, and is, the most influential writer, bar none, of our century." -Ray Bradbury