Saturday, February 11, 2012

An avalanch of "authorized editions"

One of the side-effects of releasing a movie based on a book that is no longer copyrighted, is that apparently everyone and their mother has printed up a stack of their own "editions" of ERB's martian books. I noticed this while breezing through B&N yesterday. At least a dozen different editions.


The ones pictured above caught my eye, because if you look closely (clicking the image will make it bigger) at the ships in the sky on the third book from the left, you'll notice they are in the style of the forthcoming movies. A style of skyship I've never seen before. Peeking inside, these books are "Disney Endorsed" or something like that. So it makes me wonder if these covers are early concept art for the movie. I say early, because, short of the airships and Dejah's scimitar, nothing else looks like the movie previews. It kind of looks like Carter is wandering the bombed out ruins of WWII Berlin.

1 comment:

  1. And what's this crap with John Carter wearing pants!?

    A year back I picked up a very nice hard bound edition of the first three novels from B&N that was beautifully Illustratirated by Thomas Yeates. I had hoped that maybe they'd publish another volume, but no such luck.