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A PRINCESS OF MARS
"To My Son Jack"
Written between July 1911 and September 28, 1911
WT= 1. My First Adventure on Mars,  2. The Green Martians, 3. Dejah Thoris, Martian
Princess, 4. Under the Moons of Mars 
MT=Under the Moons of Mars - Series Title in Modern Mechanics = Carter of the Red Planet. 
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Log Notes for the Novel (520 Q and A)

PART I  (Invisible Answers)  |  PART I (Visible Answers)
 PART II (Invisible Answers) |  PART II (Vivisible Answers) 
A Sample of the Original 1912 Serialization in All-Story Magazine (ERBville PDF):

February 1912 | March 1912
Full Text in PDF (Feedbooks)
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Featuring
Cover and Interior Art by
FRANK SCHOONOVER and FRANK FRAZETTA
AMERICAN PUBLISHING HISTORY
PULP:
"Under the Moons of Mars" ~ THE ALL-STORY 1912
     6 pulp magazine issues  February - July, 1912 
     Copyright date for this first February issue is January 10, 1912.
     Preview of the upcoming "Mars" installment was in the January 1912 issue (copyrighted and put on sale on Dec. 9, 1911)
     Fred W. Small: b/w headpiece repeated in each issue
Carter of the Red Planet: Modern Mechanics and Invention magazine: April - July 1929
     C. Saunders: two interiors per installment
A.C. McClurg: September 1917 ~ Pre-publication paperback
FIRST
A.C. McClurg & Co. ~ October 10, 1917 ~ 326 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 10,200 ~ Total: 172,700 ~ Heins word count: 72,000
     Frank Schoonover: DJ painting and five sepia plates
REPRINTS: 
Grosset & Dunlap ~ 1918 - 1940 ~ many of the reprintings contain a fp and 4 interior illustrations
ERB Inc. March 26, 1948 ~ Schoonover DJ and frontispiece only
Ballantine Books (later Del-Rey) ~ January 1963  ~ 159 pages
     Robert Abbett cover
Dover Publications (Paired with A Fighting Man of Mars) May 1964 (two editions) ~ 356 pages
     Frank Schoonover two-colour DJ and five original interiors
Doubleday Book Club: 1970 ~ 179 pages
     Frank Frazetta: DJ and four interiors
Ballantine Books: October 1973
     Gino D'Achille cover
Ballantine - Del Rey: May 1979
     Michael Whelan cover
Carroll & Graff Publishers: 1989 ~ 159 pages
     Kiko cover
Easton Press - Masterpieces of SF: leather binding (Paired with At the Earth's Core)  1996
     Ron Miller illustrations ~ L. Sprague de Camp introduction
University of Nebraska: Bison Books: Under the Moons of Mars (Trilogy)
For detailed information see: Robert  Zeuschner's
ERB: The Exhaustive Scholarís and Collectorís Descriptive Bibliography
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John Carter of MarsôSeries
Edgar Rice Burroughs started writing his Martian adventures in 1911. Even though science claims there is no life on Mars his stories remain vibrant and timeless tales, because Burroughs knew the appeal and power of the Martian myth. Writers like Ray Bradbury and scientists like Carl Sagan have acknowledged that Burroughs' Martian tales were the wellspring from which their own careers arose.

With his opening trilogy, considered one of the landmarks of science fiction, Burroughs created a vast and sweeping epic. Captain John Carter of the Confederate Army is whisked to Mars (Barsoom) and discovers a dying world of dry ocean beds where giant four-armed barbarians rule, of crumbling cities home to an advanced but decaying civilization, a world of strange beasts and savage combat, a world where love, honor and loyalty become the stuff of adventure.

In eleven books Burroughs takes the reader all around the Red Planet (and even to Jupiter), while the action and excitement never let up. Take a trip down the sacred River Iss to the Valley Dor at Barsoom's south pole, but be warned you might wind up the meal for a flesh-eating plant man! Visit the city of Manator, where the citizens play chess with live pieces to the death. Pay your respects to Ras Thavas, the Master Mind of Mars, who will be happy to transplant your brain into the body of your choice or maybe into the body of a giant ape. Rescue princesses from impenetrable fortresses, gallop across the sea bottoms of Barsoom astride your eight-legged thoat, or race through the thin air of Mars aboard your anti-gravity flier.


A Princess of Mars
Suddenly projected to Mars, Captain John Carter of the Confederate Army found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers. A Princess of Mars was originally published as "The Moon of Mars" under the pseudonym Norman Bean in All-Story Magazine as a six-part serial, February through July 1912.

The January 1912 issue of The All-Story magazine made the following announcement:


Somehow "Normal Bean" was changed to "Norman Bean"
when the story debuted in the February issue.

First Appearnce as Under the Moons of Mars in All-Story Magazine ~ February - July, 1912 ~ Fred W. Small headpiece art
All-Story Magazine ~ February - July, 1912
See ERBzine 0419 and ERBzine 0221



Alternate McClurge Dust Jacket

Cover Painting
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McClurg Dust Jacket by Schoonover: With my back against a golden throne, I fought once again for Dejah ThorisOriginal colour version with Earthly mural and green Tharks in background


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I turned to meet the charge of the infuriated bull apeI sought out Dejah Thoris in the throng of departing chariots
She drew upon the marble floor the first map of Barsoomian territory I had ever seenThe old man sat and talked with me for hours


Our thanks to Robert B. Zeuschner for supplying scans of the Schoonover interior art
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Fortunino Matania painting from the Robert Barrett Collection



Frank Frazetta Illustrations
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1970 Doubleday Edition

Cover Art (alt)

Interior Art

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CHAPTER TITLES
1. On the Arizona Hills
2. The Escape of the Dead
3. My Advent on Mars
4. A Prisoner
5. I Elude My Watch Dog
6. A Fight That Won Friends
7. Child-Raising On Mars
8. A Fair Captive from the Sky
9. I Learn the Language
10. Champion and Chief
11. With Dejah Thoris
12. A Prisoner with Power
13. Love-Making on Mars
14. A Duel to the Death
15. Sola Tells Me Her Story
16. We Plan Escape
17. A Costly Recapture
18. Chained in Warhoon
19. Battling in the Arena
20. In the Atmosphere Factory
21. An Air Scout for Zodanga
22. I Find Dejah
23. Lost in the Sky
24. Tars Tarkas Finds a Friend
25. The Looting of Zodanga
26. Through Carnage to Joy
27. From Joy to Death
28. At the Arizona Cave
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter
James K Powell
Tars Tarkas
Sola
Woola (calot)
Lorquas Ptomal
Dejah Thoris
Sarkoja
Zad
Tal Hajus
Bar Comas
Dak Kova
Kantos Kan
air plant keeper
Sab Than
Than Kosis
Tardos Mors
royal psychologist
Gozava
Mors Kajak

All Story - February 1912 - Under the Moons of Mars 1/6
Chronology Charts for A Princess of Mars
From Chronology For the Princess of Mars Trilogy by Fredrik Ekman
ERBzine 0507

Scientific Days and Years

Earth Time   Barsoom Time   Event Note
Mar 5, 1866   0 ord, 0 padan   Advent upon Mars 1
Mar 6, 1866   0 ord, 1 padan   The incubator ceremony  
Mar 9, 1866   0 ord, 4 padan   Dejah Thoris is captured  
Mar 15, 1866   0 ord, 10 padan   Defends Dejah Thoris in the audience chamber  
Mar 19, 1866   0 ord, 14 padan   Departure from Korad 2
Mar 20, 1866   0 ord, 15 padan   Duel with Zad  
Apr 8, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Helium  
Apr 8, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Arrival at Thark 3
Apr 9, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Escape from Thark  
Apr 12, 1866   0 ord, 37 padan   Captured by Warhoon  
Apr 15, 1866   0 ord, 40 padan   Warhoons march for home  
Apr 18, 1866   0 ord, 43 padan   Arrival at Warhoon  
Apr 25, 1866   0 ord, 50 padan   Murders jailer 4
Apr 26, 1866   0 ord, 51 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Warhoon 5
Apr 28, 1866   0 ord, 53 padan   Kantos Kan imprisoned  
May 1, 1866   0 ord, 56 padan   Escape during the great games  
May 4, 1866   0 ord, 59 padan   Sets out from Warhoon  
May 19, 1866   0 ord, 73 padan   Arrival at atmosphere factory  
May 19, 1866   0 ord, 74 padan   Guest at the Ptor brothers'  
May 24, 1866   0 ord, 79 padan   Sets out for Zodanga  
Jun 1, 1866   0 ord, 86 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Zodanga  
Jun 4, 1866   0 ord, 89 padan   Arrival at Zodanga  
Jun 8, 1866   0 ord, 93 padan   Finds Dejah Thoris  
Jun 9, 1866   0 ord, 94 padan   Battle outside Thark  
Jun 12, 1866   0 ord, 97 padan   Tharks march toward Zodanga  
Jun 22, 1866   0 ord, 106 padan   Battle of Zodanga  
Jun 23, 1866   0 ord, 107 padan   Air battle outside Helium  
Jun 24, 1866   0 ord, 108 padan   The battle of Helium is won  
Jul 5, 1866   0 ord, 119 padan   Tharks march from Helium 6
Jul 26, 1866   0 ord, 140 padan   Married with Dejah Thoris 7
Oct 9, 1866   0 ord, 212 padan   Dejah Thoris lays an egg 8
Feb 14, 1871   2 ord, 422 padan   Thuvia of Ptarth enslaved by the therns 9
Mar 2, 1876   5 ord, 209 padan   Message about atmosphere factory received  
Mar 5, 1876   5 ord, 212 padan   Saves the day and returns to Earth 10

Quoted Days and Years

Earth Time   Barsoom Time   Event Note
Mar 5, 1866   0 ord, 0 padan   Advent upon Mars 1
Mar 6, 1866   0 ord, 1 padan   The incubator ceremony  
Mar 9, 1866   0 ord, 4 padan   Dejah Thoris is captured  
Mar 15, 1866   0 ord, 10 padan   Defends Dejah Thoris in the audience chamber  
Mar 19, 1866   0 ord, 14 padan   Departure from Korad 2
Mar 20, 1866   0 ord, 15 padan   Duel with Zad  
Apr 8, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Helium  
Apr 8, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Arrival at Thark 3
Apr 9, 1866   0 ord, 34 padan   Escape from Thark  
Apr 11, 1866   0 ord, 37 padan   Captured by Warhoon  
Apr 15, 1866   0 ord, 40 padan   Warhoons march for home  
Apr 18, 1866   0 ord, 43 padan   Arrival at Warhoon  
Apr 25, 1866   0 ord, 50 padan   Murders jailer 4
Apr 26, 1866   0 ord, 51 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Warhoon 5
Apr 28, 1866   0 ord, 53 padan   Kantos Kan imprisoned  
May 1, 1866   0 ord, 56 padan   Escape during the great games  
May 4, 1866   0 ord, 59 padan   Sets out from Warhoon  
May 18, 1866   0 ord, 73 padan   Arrival at atmosphere factory  
May 19, 1866   0 ord, 74 padan   Guest at the Ptor brothers'  
May 24, 1866   0 ord, 79 padan   Sets out for Zodanga  
May 31, 1866   0 ord, 86 padan   Kantos Kan arrives at Zodanga  
Jun 4, 1866   0 ord, 89 padan   Arrival at Zodanga  
Jun 8, 1866   0 ord, 93 padan   Finds Dejah Thoris  
Jun 9, 1866   0 ord, 94 padan   Battle outside Thark  
Jun 12, 1866   0 ord, 97 padan   Tharks march toward Zodanga  
Jun 22, 1866   0 ord, 106 padan   Battle of Zodanga  
Jun 23, 1866   0 ord, 107 padan   Air battle outside Helium  
Jun 23, 1866   0 ord, 108 padan   The battle of Helium is won  
Jul 4, 1866   0 ord, 119 padan   Tharks march from Helium 6
Jul 26, 1866   0 ord, 140 padan   Married with Dejah Thoris 7
Jun 27, 1867   0 ord, 467 padan   Dejah Thoris lays an egg 8
Sep 26, 1870   2 ord, 251 padan   Thuvia of Ptarth enslaved by the therns 9
Mar 2, 1876   5 ord, 124 padan   Message about atmosphere factory received  
Mar 5, 1876   5 ord, 127 padan   Saves the day and returns to Earth 10
Refer to ERBzine 0507  for notations
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PAPERBACK COVER GALLERIES
Jesse Marsh re-issue of DellBallantine Edition ~ Robert Abbett artBallantine Edition: Gino D'Achille art
Ballantine Edition: Michael Whelan


Gino D'Achille cover art


Michael Whelan cover art

"Might it really be possible -- in fact and not fancy -- to venture with John Carter 
to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars?" -- Carl Sagan

Penguin Edition - cover art supplied by Bill Hillman from Marvel comic
Penguin Classics
Cover art: © Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. ~ JOHN CARTER ® Owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Image provided to Penguin publishers by Bill Hillman of ERBzine.com
Illustration by Dave Cockrum, penciller, and Rudy Nebres, inker.

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A Princess of Mars - PinnacleA Princess of Mars - 4 Square - Mortelmans coverA Princess of Mars - New English
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Cover art by Motoichiro Takebe - Japan: Sogen-Suiri Books, 1965
 

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For Many More Barsoom Features

See the Guide to the 
Mars Novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs: 
ERBzine 1351
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JOHN CARTER FILM NEWS

A Princess of Mars Illustrations by Joel Rothberg 
1965 ~ Limited Edition of 500 
Pratt Adlib Press
Pratt Institute ~ New York, NY 
http://www.erbzine.com/mag21/2164.html

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Oxford University Press
Art Gallery 
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Voice of America Serialization of A Princess of Mars
Part of their Special English Program: 
American English Made Easier:  Read + Listen + Learn
Text and Audio Summaries collated in ERBzine:
ERBzine 1436
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Dell Comics 1952

Dell John Carter I 

Dell John Carter II

Dell John Carter III
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The Martian

A graphic interpretation of
A Princess of Mars
From UK Sun Weely
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A Graphic Interpretation of
Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars
by James Killian Spratt.


CHAPTERS
Intro | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 15a | 16 | 16a |
17 | 17a | 18 | 19 | 19a | 19b | 20 | 20a | 20b
| 21 | 21a | 21b | 21c |22 | 22a | 23 | 23a | 24 | 24a | 24b |


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Patrick Ewing's First Edition Determinors
John Coleman Burroughs Tribute
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Edgar Rice Burroughs: LifeLine Biography
Bob Zeuschner's ERB Bibliography
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Burroughs Bibliophiles Bulletin
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Phil Normand's Recoverings
ERBzine Weekly Online Fanzine
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ERBVILLE: ERB Public Domain Stories in PDF
Clark A. Brady's Burroughs Cyclopedia
Heins' Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs
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