|erbgraphics.com - Dust Jackets for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
This site's purpose is to provide facsimile copies of dust jackets for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the master of the adventure novel, at an affordable price for as high a quality as I can
produce to the millions of readers and collectors who love a good story well told.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) is the
successful author of more than 75 novels, the most famous being his series
of Tarzan novels.
An admitted ne'er-do-well, failing in any job he tried, Burroughs turned to
writing in his thirties in a desperate belief that he couldn't do any worse than
others he had read. For the rest of his life, year after year, with only a four
year break for WWII, he would turn out pot-boilers at a phenomenal rate and
in the process create some of the most beloved and enduring works of
adventure, fantasy and science fiction written anywhere on the planet. His
third book brought to the world the most familiar and popular character in all
of fiction, Tarzan of the Apes.
Readers of all types and all occupations have affirmed Burroughs’ influence
on them, particularly in their formative, adolescent years. In this context it
is difficult to overstate the influence of Burroughs' books. Until recently if
you read science-fiction when you were young, then you read Burroughs.
Within science fiction, Burroughs’ writing is a part of the genre's roots, and
few modern SF authors, and many non-SF, can claim that they have not been
influenced by Burroughs to a greater or lesser degree.
from tarzan.org: Edgar Rice Burroughs was too
old to see active service in World War II ~ he was
66 at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack [which
he witnessed] ~ but as an established writer he
served the war effort by becoming a war
correspondent. He was the oldest war
correspondent to serve in the Pacific theater,
flying from island to island (even bumping into his
son Hulbert, who was serving as a war
photographer), reporting on troop activities,
going out on bombing runs with the 7th Air Force.
Burroughs came through this period of life
unscathed, although he would send Tarzan out on
a more danger-filled mission in Tarzan and the
"Foreign Legion" (1944).
Edgar Rice Burroughs - 1940
ABOUT THIS SITE
The primary purpose of this site is, of course, to sell facsimile and variant dust jackets for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (often aka ERB
throughout this site). However, I've also tried to create a colorful, interesting site that also informs the visitor about the life, works,
illustrators, publishing, and collecting of ERB. Scattered throughout the site you'll find information blocks like the one on the right below
about ERB in WWII that highlight some aspect of the world of ERB. I hope I have succeeded in making the site as enjoyable as possible.
Ray Bradbury has written that “Burroughs . . . probably changed more destinies than any other writer in
America.” Hyberbole aside, no one doubts that he is one of the most widely read and influential writers of
the Twentieth Century, inspiring people as diverse as Carl Sagan, Jane Goodall, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C.
Clarke, Gore Vidal, George Lucas, Ray Bradbury, and Ronald Reagan. . . and worldwide, millions more.
Recent customer comments -
- received 2 November 2013 - Received jackets today. Perfect as always.I must admit it's as much fun collecting the jackets as the books.
- I received the jacket covers from you. They looked great! You do a great job printing facsimiles for First Editions as well as reprints. I enjoyed the
history of the Frazetta variant. I have quite a few of the original ACE paperbacks and always wondered why Krenkel did some of the covers and Frazetta
did others. Thanks for the covers as well as the history. Now, I need to find a copy of Son of Tarzan on which to place the cover.
- I purchased several Tarzan books from Heritage Auction the other day. Two of them were First Editions and the others were reprints. I was excited to
find your website, so that I could place covers on them. So, I ordered three covers just to see if it was worth it. The answer is definitely ‘yes’ so expect
another order soon for the rest.
- The dust jackets arrived yesterday. They're all great! It was a fun time unpacking them and looking them over and wrapping them around the books I had
for them. You certainly have more on your website I'm interested in, so I'll be placing another order one of these days. Thanks for the extra you included
of Tarzan the Trimphant!! Nice looking jacket. And the dark spines are cool!
- I received the Return of Tarzan Dust Jacket [variant based on MGM poster] last week and I must say that you did a fine job with it. I find it strange that
ERB, and Grosset & Dunlap did not take advantage of the popularity of the Weismuller films to issue additional photoplay editions of Tarzan novels. With
the variant dust jackets you are creating using images from the original movie posters you are filling this void, admittedly on a belated basis. I am never
disappointed when I open your latest shipment. You seem to be able to reach back in time and capture an image true to that era and turn it into a dust
jacket that seems to fit with that time-frame. You have my deepest encouragement to continue with this endeavor.
- I got another batch of Jacket Covers today. It was the batch with the two different Mad King copies and the free McClurg Son of Tarzan that you sent
along with the others. These jackets sure improve the old books. I especially like the ones that are "antiqued", they look far more natural with the old
- I just got my DJs and am so pleased with them that I had to email you directly. They are awesome! Also thanks so much for the gift of "The Mad King"
variant DJ. It looks great on my G&D reprint. It's great that you are able to create such wonderfully colorful DJs at such an affordable price. I'll be looking
through my collection so I can order more.
- I received all 6 of the jackets I had ordered and have already left positive feedback on Ebay for the 3 I bought there. Many thanks for that and also for
the Mucker variant. Although I don't think anyone will ever beat St. John's original jacket for that title, Cutta did an extremely good job and I found it
interesting as to both style and composition.
The uniform Kline variants using the Krenkel illustrations were the best, though. I have always preferred Krenkel's ERB and Kline paperback covers to
anyone else's so it was fun to wrap these around hardcover editions of Kline's books. I thought that the changes you made to the Planet illustration were
a vast improvement over the original Ace presentation; so much so that I now think that it tops the Prince picture, which up until now I felt was the best of
- The jackets arrived today, and they look great. Thanks for the extra piece. I still need to add some more Kline to my collection, so I’m sure I’ll be using
it. Contrary to what some collectors think, I think these facsimile jackets add value to a book aesthetically, and add protection to the books as well.
- Just a quick note to let you know that I have been very pleased with the dust jackets that I have received in the past few months. They have gone a long
way towards dressing up the Burroughs section of my collection (not to mention those old Tom Swift books). I even went so far as to buy some other
editions of Burroughs so that I would have somewhere to put the variant jackets that you do such a nice job on. I am trying to finish up my collection of
ERB before I retire in two years. Of course in the current unstable political and economic conditions I might have to endure a few more years. Anyway I
am sure that I will be making another order soon. So thank you in advance for the great service you provide
- 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 least 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 inside.
- I got the DJ a couple of days ago and it's beautiful! . . . I was delighted to receive the Tarzan and the Lost Empire DJ also. I have one (blue with a rather
wimpy--to me--Tarzan on the cover and a lion's head on the spine) -- perhaps following the original Metropolitan cover (my copy is Metropolitan). If I get
my hands on another T and LE which is G&D, I'll use it or give it to my buddy if he gets one first. Thank you sir!
- (from a customer in England) Just to let you know I received the Canaveral variants today and they look really great. Once again you've done a great job,
and thanks for the bonus jacket. I've never seen this . . . illustration before or the one for the Jewels of Opar variant you sent as a bonus jacket last time,
so it's great to have them, thank you.
- Hello Charlie, just to let you know i received the two jackets you sent. I'm so pleased with them that i had to let you know straight away. The Lion Man
variant looks incredible. You've done a fantastic job with your design. Thank you so much for the Lost Empire jacket. . . . . . . .I have the Metropolitan
hardback and it now looks stunning with it's new jacket! Thanks once again for the great dust jackets.
- (Back in the Autumn of 2011, this customer and fellow ERB enthusiast decided he would cover the jacket-less books in his Tarzan collection.) Hi Charlie,
Received the last of the Tarzan dust jackets today, and thank you so much for variant "Tarzan and the Lost Empire" jacket. I had never seen that jacket
before at all, and, as you, that novel was always one of my favorites. With this shipment I guess that our business together has been concluded. I am very
pleased with all the jackets and enjoyed ordering from you and corresponding with you. If I would ever have the opportunity to recommend you I would do
so in a heartbeat. Thanks again for everything.
- Got the DJ's for Ant Men, Cities of Gold, and the variant Krenkel cover for Thuvia. As Always, they are wonderful. Great quality on the reproductions. I
really enjoy your variants to the point that when I buy a Burroughs first without DJ, my preference is a variant dust jacket of yours rather than a
reproduction. This is my second variant DW for Thuvia. Love them both, but now I have to buy a second copy of the book.
- Here is a note to let you know that I received the Son of Tarzan cover and I greatly appreciate your At the Earth's Core variant cover. Thanks. The cover
design was great and it was interesting to read about the history of the image.
- Got the great new jackets today, along with your letter. Thanks, they are all gorgeous and I have put them all onto their titles. Those two 1st editions,
Escape and Jungle Girl, are 100% improved in their appearance with the new jackets. . .Your unique jacket designs are creating a very special, one of a
kind ERB collection on my shelves. Thanks!
- [Posted to an ERB group site] Want to thank Charlie for the excellent dust jackets he sent! They are superb and are permanently situated on my best
copies on my showcase shelf. I have been moving into a new place this past week and things have been very hectic, and I am unable to reply on my
hotmail account at present to you personally. So I wished to send this note to tell you I had received the both of them, and they are truly magnificent. . .
- Got the dust jackets and they’re great!. . . I just ordered a copy of the Canaveral Escape on Venus wrapper from you, having gotten a copy of the book
today. I look forward to it eagerly.
- The Girl from Hollywood and Bandit of Hell's Bend jackets [variants] arrived today. I agree that both are striking. The scenes are completely different from
their American counterparts [and] so provide a fresh view for the book."
New on this site.
TARZAN OF THE APES - Variant built around an art-deco poster for the movie Tarzan the Ape Man -- size for G&D editions $9.99
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! This site is temporarily closed while I visit my grandson in Minnesota
for Christmas. I invite to browse the site, look and download the "Desk Backgrounds," read
the "Essays/Writings" tab, and finally order something as long as you understand I won't be
able to respond to the order until I return in early January 2014. To all who visit I wish you
and yours the happiest of holiday seasons and God speed,