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Argosy All-Story - February 18, 1922 - Chessmen of Mars 1/7J. Allen St. John: Chessmen of Mars - 8 sepia interiors - Jetan board on back coverJ. Allen St. John: Chessmen of Mars - 8 sepia interiors - Jetan board on back cover
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THE CHESSMEN OF MARS
ERB started writing this fifth Mars novel in January 1921
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PUBLISHING HISTORY (USA)

PULP
Argosy All-Story Weekly: 1922 February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25
    P.J. Monahan: first issue cover ~ Roger B. Morrison: b/w headpieces in each issue
FIRST EDITION
A.C. McClurg: November 29, 1922 ~ 375 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 12,500 ~ Total: 89,000 ~ Heins word count: 93,000
    J. Allen St. John: DJ and eight sepia interior plates
REPRINT EDITIONS
Grosset & Dunlap: 1924 and many later reprints ~ only four St. John interiors
Grosset & Dunlap: 1940 ~ no interiors
ERB, Inc. Tarzana: March 26, 1948 ~ St. John DJ and frontispiece
Dover: April 1962 and many later reprints: Three Martian Novels with Thuvia, Maid of Mars & Master Mind of Mars
    J. Allen St. John: paperback cover and 16 interiors ~ 499 pages (see Thuvia)
Ace paperback: December 1962 ~ 256 pages
    Roy G. Krenkel cover and title page
Ballantine paperback: October 1963 ~ 220 pages
    Robert Abbett cover
Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club: 1972 ~ 341 pages
    Frank Frazetta: wrap-around DJ and six b/w interiors
Ballantine paperback: October 1973
    Gino D'Achille cover
Ballantine - Del Rey paperback: May 1979
    Michael Whelan cover
For detailed information see: Robert Zeuschner's
ERB: The Exhaustive Scholarís and Collectorís Descriptive Bibliography

The Chessmen of Mars
Tara of Helium, the Warlord's beautiful and spirited daughter, is carried away by the vast winds of a violent Martian Storm. Tara brings her small one-man flyer down safely enough, but she is stranded in a strange part of Barsoom, where magnificent rykors-headless bodies work like cattle at the mercy of their pitiless masters, the kaldanes-creatures which are all head and no body. And this is not all, for in trying to escape from the Kaldanes Tara is captured by the city of Manator where she becomes the prize in the Martian game of chess, jetan-played with living pieces-and played to the death!
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CHAPTER TITLES
Prelude: John Carter Comes to Earth
Tara in a Tantrum
At the Gale's Mercy
The Headless Humans
Captured
The Perfect Brain
In the Toils of Horror
A Repellent Sight
Close Work
Adrift Over Strange Regions
Entrapped
The Choice of Tara
Gehk Plays Pranks
A Desperate Deed
At Ghek's Command
The Old Man of the Pits
Another Change of Name
A Play to the Death
A Task for Loyalty
The Menace of the Dead
The Charge of Cowardice
A Risk for Love
At the Moment of Marriage
Jetan, or Martian Chess
CAST OF CHARACTERS ~ PLACES ~ THINGS
Ref: Adams/Bozarth Summary Project
CHARACTERS
ERB
Shea
John Carter
Tara
Dejah Thoris
Djor Kantos
Olvia Marthis
Gahan, Jed of Gathol
Uthia
Luud
Ghek
Turan (aka Gahan)
U-Dor
O-Tar
A-Kor
Lan-O
E-Med
U-Van
I-Zan
U-Thor (jed)
Haja
I-Gos
U-Kal (aka Gahan)
Val Dor
Floran
Tasor
A-Sor (aka Tasor)
O-Mai the Cruel
E-Thas
 

 

PLACES
Helium
Hastor
Gathol
Lesser Helium
Scarlet Tower
Cluros
Luud's Tower
Bantoom
Hall of Chiefs
Towers of Jetan
Manator
Manatos
Gate of Enemies
Fields of Jetan
Manataj
THINGS
Jetan
Dance of Barsoom
Woola (calot)
flier
Vanator (airship)
banths
radium bulbs
kaldanes
rykors
hypnotisim
Utan
zitidar
thoat
ulsio
corphal
odwar
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Original printing plate


J. ALLEN ST. JOHN INTERIOR ART GALLERY

Turan, the Slave! they cried Death to him!The Princess Comes! Dejah Thoris! The Princess Comes!To the girl's horror, the headless body moved.Only a single antagonist could face him at a time upon the narrow stairway.
A giant Martian rat was gnawing upon his arm.O-Tar's sword slipped from his nerveless fingers.Gahan of Gathol smote the man from his mount.Gahan looked in upon a small chamber dimly lighted.
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Frank Frazetta Gallery of Doubleday Art
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Doubleday Edition: Frank Frazetta wrap-around dust jacket
As Gahan entered his square, Uo-Dor leaped toward him with drawn sword.To Tara's horror, the headless body moved, took the hideous head in its hands and set it on its shoulders.Twice Turan struk the Marian rat away, but both times it returned with increased ferocity to renew the attack.


PAPERBACK GALLERY
Roy Krenkel art: Ace edition 1963Michael Whelan art: Del Rey edition 1979New English Lilbrary UK edition


Gino D'Achille cover art

FOREIGN EDITIONS
Cover art by Motoichiro Takebe - Japan: Sogen-Suiri Books, 1966
Japanese editionJetan: Japanese art
UK Pinnacle EditionFour Square UK editionNew English Lilbrary UK edition


ROY G. KRENKEL ACE ART GALLERY

Ace F-170 | 1962

Frontispiece
 


Preliminary Art

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Roy Krenkel Interior
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PUBLIC DOMAIN ELECTRONIC VERSION
Containing the Rules for Jetan or Martian Chess
For those who care for such things, and would like to try the game, I give the rules of Jetan as they were given me by John Carter. By writing the names and moves of the various pieces on bits of paper and pasting them on ordinary checkermen the game may be played quite as well as with the ornate pieces used upon Mars. 

 THE BOARD: Square board consisting of one hundred alternate black and orange squares. 

THE PIECES: In order, as they stand upon the board in the first row, from left to right of each player. 

Warrior: 2 feathers; 2 spaces straight in any direction or combination. 

Padwar: 2 feathers; 2 spaces diagonal in any direction or combination. 

Dwar: 3 feathers; 3 spaces straight in any direction or combination. 

Flier: 3 bladed propellor; 3 spaces diagonal in any direction or combination; and may jump intervening pieces. 

Chief: Diadem with ten jewels; 3 spaces in any direction; straight or diagonal or combination. 

Princess: Diadem with one jewel; same as Chief, except may jump intervening pieces. 

 Flier: See above. 

Dwar: See above. 

Padwar: See above. 

Warrior: See above. 

And in the second row from left to right: 

Thoat: Mounted warrior 2 feathers; 2 spaces, one straight and one diagonal in any direction. 

 Panthans: (8 of them): 1 feather; 1 space, forward, side, or diagonal, but not backward. 

 Thoat: See above. 

The game is played with twenty black pieces by one player and twenty orange by his opponent, and is presumed to have originally represented a battle between the Black race of the south and the Yellow race of the north. On Mars the board is usually arranged so that the Black pieces are played from the south and the Orange from the north. 

The game is won when any piece is placed on same square with opponent's Princess, or a Chief takes a Chief. 

The game is drawn when either Chief is taken by a piece other than the opposing Chief, or when both sides are reduced to three pieces, or less, of equal value and the game is not won in the ensuing ten moves, five apiece. 

The Princess may not move onto a threatened square, nor may she take an opposing piece. She is entitled to one ten-space  move at any time during the game. This move is called the escape. 

Two pieces may not occupy the same square except in the final move of a game where the Princess is taken.

When a player, moving properly and in order, places one of his pieces upon a square occupied by an opponent piece, the opponent piece is considered to have been killed and is removed from the game. 

 The moves explained. Straight moves mean due north, south, east, or west; diagonal moves mean northeast, southeast, southwest, or northwest. A Dwar might move straight north three spaces, or north one space and east two spaces, or any similar combination of straight moves, so long as he did not cross the same square twice in a single move. This example explains combination moves. 

The first move may be decided in any way that is agreeable to both players; after the first game the winner of the preceding game moves first if he chooses, or may instruct his opponent to make the first move. 

Gambling: The Martians gamble at Jetan in several ways. Of course the outcome of the game indicates to whom the main stake belongs; but they also put a price upon the head of each piece, according to its value, and for each piece that a player loses he pays its value to his opponent. 
 

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Jetan Battle by Mike Hoffman


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