My name is Charlie -
U.S.Army Sergeant Major (retired) and
High School English/History/Film/Philosophy teacher (retired)
What everyone should know about me----------
I am a hobbyist, not a professional book dealer. I sell dust jackets that I made for books from my own collection. This site will concern itself
only with the sale of these dust jackets. If I don't physically possess a copy of an edition of any title, then I don't make or sell a dust jacket
for that book.
I have sold these DJs for approximately a year and a half on eBay, but their rates have so increased recently that selling there is no longer
cost effective. I'll probably keep one or two items on eBay at any given moment, but only to have another means by which I can lead
afficianados of Edgar Rice Burroughs (ERB) to this site. I will continue to sell and trade hardback books on eBay, because for the
foreseeable future it remains the best venue in which to find the works of my favorite authors.
Again, I'm a hobbyist now retired from public life and finally able to devote as much attention to my hobby as I can. As a hobbyist, I don't
have to make a living doing this little cottage industry of mine and can therefore offer the best product I can devise at the lowest possible
cost, and at the same time offer timely service - normal turn around is one day on any given order. Always looking for ways to improve my
marketing skills and product line, I constantly tinker with this site and with the facsimiles sold on it. Any comparison of the quality of my
facsimiles to others available on the net will show that my quality is high, indeed, for the price asked. The little bit of money I might make
(if I make any) after I meet costs goes to subsidize my expensive collecting habits.
I am a member of the Burroughs Bibliophiles and am active on erblist and the ERBCOF-L. Although I am an omnivorous reader, as a
hobbyist I'm interested only in the reading and collecting of the books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I have some side interest in the
movies, comics, and other collectibles, but am really enthusiastic about the novels and shorter works only. As a part of this interest, I've
also began to study the history and scholarship associated with the works of ERB. I'm currently researching the ERB publishing
interregnum that lasted from 1948 to 1962. If I can I would like to establish why ERB's science fiction disappeared for that time period. I'm
also researching ERB's attempts to get out of the pulps and into the mainstream NY magazines.
I have loved these works since I discovered them at the age of fifteen. If you have not read ERB I can't explain why ERB appeals to me or
why he should appeal to you, and with a fellow ERB reader, it's not necessary. I am, and will always remain, an unrepentant apologist for
these great novels of adventure and romance. As they say in that old theme song to a James Bond movie "Nobody does it better," and
they never will.
About me and my goal for this website ---------
Contact me at email@example.com
or cell phone 254-338-3022
Testimonials from my eBay feedback page:
smooth and fast, great seller
NICE ITEM.... GREAT SERVICE & PACKING.... THANK YOU.... A+A+A+
love it, thank you! great doing business with you again!
Thanks again. Great seller. SUPERFAST SHIPPING!!!
awesome!!! love them!! great service & delivery!!! thanks
I have returned to this seller numerous times! Communicates, knowledgable, quick
Two more exquisite and well-made DJs for my books ! Excellent buy!
Great seller, item was better than advertised and recieved it quickly.
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Testimonials: email received about the operations of this website only:
March 2010 I just got my new dustjackets and they are absolutely gorgeous and fit like a
charm ! I'm absolutely thrilled and can't thank you enough for this beautiful art that you
have perfected ! K.
April 2010 - Your site is awesome Charlie. I especially like the explanations about ERB,
yourself, G&D, Burt, Variations. C.
July 2010 - Nice job, Charlie. Your jackets are a decided improvement over Canaveral's
August 2010 - I received the "At the Earth's Core" and "Pellucidar" dust jackets today.
As always it is a delight to see the finished product. You continue to do a excellent job in
visualizing and preparing these variant versions. TC.
September 2010 - Thanks again for the great covers, including the variant for The Outlaw
of Torn. As fate would have it, I had recently purchased a coverless hard copy edition of
this book and it is now properly attired in what you have sent. WN.
Oct 2010 - I received the dust jackets I ordered and I cannot tell you how satisfied I am …
actually, I can. I am satisfied to the hilt. I am extremely impressed not only with the product,
which was way much more than I expected in terms of quality of reproduction, but you also
adhered a plastic outer-coating [Brodart Library Protector] to preserve your
November 2010 - The Tanar variant arrived today. I think the Post Office lost the package
for a while. No matter, it has arrived safely. I really love that jacket. I had a jacketless G &
D ripe for enhancement. Now it’s, by far, the coolest looking book on that shelf. The
circling thipdars on the spine and the beautiful blues and greens really make that one
stand out. Now the rest of the shelf looks shabby in comparison.
February 2011 - The variants you produce have put back the old excitement of
experiencing something new which had been missing for a long time with my Burroughs
collecting. Even if I did not have copy of a particular dust jacket, I knew what it looked like
so there was no surprise when I was finally able to obtain one. I really like the Tarzan and
the Lion Man variant you produced. I had never seen a picture of that movie poster and I
feel it is a significant addition to ERB art that has long been unavailable. . . I did see on your
list of testimonials that at lest one person liked the Tanar of Pellucidar dust jacket. He
seemed as thrilled about it as I was when I first saw it. . . . I want to express my gratitude
for the work you are doing to produce these variant dust jackets. When I receive a dust
jacket order from you . . . I have always been delighted with the treasure that awaits
March 2011 - The Girl from Hollywood and Bandit of Hell's Bend jackets arrived today. I
agree that both are striking. The scenes are are completely different from their American
counterparts so provide a fresh view for the books. I think your Bandit jacket looks just
as good as the original. . .
The Moon Maid. J. Allen St. John. Collection of ERB, Inc.
When I was 16 years old and already an ardent reader of
ERB in the early ACE editions, I visited ERB, Inc where a
very cordial Hulbert Burroughs spent an hour talking to my
brother and I. Why this very busy man took the time to talk
to us at all still astonishes me. But ERB's son did more than
talk, he spent an hour answering shallow questions from a
callow, awe-struck 16 year old. He was patient and friendly
throughout the interview, making us feel welcome and
appreciated. This glorious painting, the first St, John I had
ever seen was on the wall in his office. I couldn't stop
staring at it.
As we got up to leave Mr. Burroughs reached to the shelf
behind his desk and took down a paperback, the as yet
unreleased Carson of Venus, first ACE edition to be released
in December 1963, and gave it to me, endorsing it on the
title page. As a young reader, I read and reread that book
not realizing it's ultimate sentimental worth to me. That
tattered paperback has traveled the world with this
now-retired professional soldier. It remains the prize in my
collection, and I will always remain an admirer of the
cordial gentleman who allowed us to spend some time with
him that day.
As an eighteen-year-old, fresh off the farm
(literally, I worked the summer following high
school on a large farm/ranch operation in South
Dakota) I joined the Army Security Agency (ASA)
rather than be drafted. In basic training, I heard
that the ASA had a base in Asmara, Ethiopia. I
immediately began to finagle my way to an
assignment there. I had to see Tarzan's Africa.
There I learned the lesson that all young
romantics must learn. The world is a dangerous
place, superstitious, harsh and cruel in the
extreme. Yet in the learning of that lesson, I
never really expunged ERB's Africa from my
psyche, and to this day, in some ways, ERB's
Africa is just as real to me as the geopolitical-
postcolonial-nightmare-Africa that changed me
When I was stationed in Germany, I took up
drawing and painting, first in water colors,
later in acrylic. With new hobbies, my
attention span is often limited, but I've
always managed to keep this hobby up.
Check out a few samples here.
When I retired from the military after
twenty-seven years, I went to work as a
high school teacher in Killeen, Texas, the
city near Fort Hood, Texas which was my
last assignment. I figured that high school
students would be just another group of
trainees, so what the heck. I spent fifteen
years teaching school and still think of the
profession of teaching, like I do that of
soldiering, with fondness and pride.
With my beloved wife of over forty years,
who in that time had to put up with the trials
of a military wife and the tribulations of a
teacher's wife, I am now retired. I spend
my time helping (I hope they think it so) my
children become better adults, visiting my
grandchildren and working on my hobby,
which encompasses Edgar Rice Burroughs
and his world, this web site, and the
facsimiles that I love to make and sell.