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BARSOOMIAN THARK
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TARS TARKAS
GALLERY I.

Edgar Rice Burroughs by Al Williamson and Reed Crandall ~ Courtesy Richard Lupoff
TARS TARKAS & THARK GALLERIES
Scores of interpretations of Thark appearances
by the best-known ERB artists
NEW: The First 8 Rooms of a Series of Tars Tarkas Images

Gallery I
Gallery II
Gallery III
Gallery IV
Gallery V
Gallery VI
Gallery VII
Gallery VIII
More in preparation

First Appearnce as Under the Moons of Mars in All-Story Magazine ~ February - July, 1912 ~ Fred W. Small headpiece art


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Since ERB's first novel -- A Princess of Mars -- appeared there have been countless artistic interpretations of Barsoomian Tharks and Tars Tarkas. Although most are amusing, it is obvious that some of these images are not based upon the Green Men that ERB described in his Mars novels. The best description appeared in the first book of the Mars series:
"Five or six had already hatched and the grotesque caricatures which sat blinking in the sunlight were enough to cause me to doubt my sanity. They seemed mostly head, with little scrawny bodies, long necks and six legs, or, as I afterward learned, two legs and two arms, with an intermediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs. Their eyes were set at the extreme sides of their heads a trifle above the center and protruded in such a manner that they could be directed either forward or back and also independently of each other, thus permitting this queer animal to look in any direction, or in two directions at once, without the necessity of turning the head.

"The ears, which were slightly above the eyes and closer together, were small, cup-shaped antennae, protruding not more than an inch on these young specimens. Their noses were but longitudinal slits in the center of their faces, midway between their mouths and ears.

"There was no hair on their bodies, which were of a very light yellowish-green color. In the adults, as I was to learn quite soon, this color deepens to an olive green and is darker in the male than in the female. Further, the heads of the adults are not so out of proportion to their bodies as in the case of the young.

"The iris of the eyes is blood red, as in Albinos, while the pupil is dark. The eyeball itself is very white, as are the teeth. These latter add a most ferocious appearance to an otherwise fearsome and terrible countenance, as the lower tusks curve upward to sharp points which end about where the eyes of earthly human beings are located. The whiteness of the teeth is not that of ivory, but of the snowiest and most gleaming of china. Against the dark background of their olive skins their tusks stand out in a most striking manner, making these weapons present a singularly formidable appearance.

"The man himself (TARS TARKAS), for such I may call him, was fully fifteen feet in height and, on Earth, would have weighed some four hundred pounds. He sat his mount as we sit a horse, grasping the animalís barrel with his lower limbs, whilethe hands of his two right arms held his immense spear low at the side of his mount; his two left arms were outstretched laterally to help preserve his balance, the thing he rode having neither bridle or reins of any description for guidance.

"While the Martians are immense, their bones are very large and they are muscled only in proportion to the gravitation which they must overcome. The result is that they are infinitely less agile and less powerful, in proportion to their weight, than an Earth man, and I doubt that were one of them suddenly to be transported to Earth he could lift his own weight from the ground; in fact, I am convinced that he could not do so.

"He was the one whose spear had so nearly transfixed me, and was evidently the leader of the band, as I had noted that they seemed to have moved to their present position at his direction. When his force had come to a halt he dismounted, threw down his spear and small arms, and came around the end of the incubator toward me, entirely unarmed and as naked as I, except for the ornaments strapped upon his head, limbs, and breast."


Keeping this description in mind you will find it interesting to peruse the hundreds of artistic renderings of Tharks that I have compiled in the following galleries:

A 1921 Newspaper Serialization
with Illustrations by Irwin Myers
with Links to Full-Sized Newspaper Pages
A sample ~ More at ERBzine 1192 and 1193


John Carter's first appearance in comic format was in The Funnies.
 Issue #30, May 1939 thru Issue #56, June, 1941.
John Coleman Burroughs did most of the interior art.

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UNRELEASED DELL COMICS ART
by Russ Manning

SolaThoat and TharkTars Tarkas


John Carter Game art by Russ Manning

COMICS COVERS


DELL JOHN CARTER ART
by Jesse Marsh

John Carter of Mars: Dell Comic #375 - My intro to Barsoom back in 1952John Carter of Mars - Dell Reprint
John Carter of Mars - Dell ReprintJohn Carter of Mars - Dell Reprint

MARVEL & DC COMICS COVER ART



Weird Worlds 1Weird Worlds 5: Michael Kaluta


DARK HORSE COVER ART

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ILLUSTRATED ERB BIO ~ JEFF DOTEN ~ DAVID BURTON ~ FRANK BLISARD
DAN PARSONS ~ AARON LOPRESTI ~ KURT METZ


ERB BioJeff Doten Toys
Thark on Thoat by David BurtonSola's Mother by David Burton
Frank Blisard:  Thark on ThoatZodangan Waltz by Frank BlisardThark on Duty by Frank Blisard
Dan Parsons: John and Dejah on ThoatKurtz Metz: Charging Thark
Aaron Lopresti Barsoom ArtJohn Carter Sketch by Aaron Lopresti
C
J. ALLEN ST. JOHN ART
As the great thoat and his rider hurtled past, Carthoris swung his long-sword in a mighty cut.With a savage cry of triumph, Thar Ban disappeared down the black canyon of the Avenue of Quays.I saw the mighty anthropoid hurl him to destruction far below.
PULP COVERS


Blue Book: April 1930 - A Fighting Man of Mars 1/6Amazing: March 1941 - The City of Mummies (Llana of Gathol) J. Allen St. John
 

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