John Carter of Mars Covers by Gino D’Achille

As I have said elsewhere, my first encounter with Edgar Rice Burroughs was in the elementary school library in 1974. I was nine and I saw The Chessmen of Mars with a cover painted in 1973 by Gino D’Achille.

The eerily casual pose by the headless female figure, her back turned to us and a kaldane (that hideous spider thing) creeping towards her. That was too much for my young mind. I shuddered and turned away. It would be another four years before I ventured into ERB territory, and then to Tarzan with those great Neal Adams covers. It would take the more fantasy-oriented, brightly-coloured Michael Whelan covers to finally get me to read John Carter when I was in my mid 20s.

But that’s not to put down Mr. D’Achille. The covers were a bit more adult, a little more serious, and perhaps more realistic. And very well done.

I’ve been able to gather some of D’Achille’s roughs and originals, and a piece of art direction he received for A Princess of Mars.


Gino Dachille 1 A Princess Of Mars Rough

A Princess of Mars rough

The rough was returned to D’Achille with these notes on the back (or he wrote the notes to himself during a review meeting):

“Dejah must be red skinned and should be more covered – more jewelled harness. Green man must be taller, and skeletally thin.”

Gino Dachille 1 A Princess Of Mars Original

A Princess of Mars

Gino Dachille 2 The Gods Of Mars Original

The Gods of Mars

Gino Dachille 3 The Warlord Of Mars Rough

The Warlord of Mars rough

Gino Dachille 3 The Warlord Of Mars Original

The Warlord of Mars

Gino Dachille 5 The Chessmen Of Mars Original

The Chessmen of Mars

Gino Dachille 6 The Master Mind Of Mars Original

The Master Mind of Mars

Gino Dachille 7 A Fighting Man Of Mars Original

A Fighting Man of Mars

Gino Dachille 8 Swords Of Mars Original

Swords of Mars

Gino Dachille 9 Synthetic Men Of Mars Rough

Synthetic Men of Mars rough

Gino Dachille 10 Llana Of Gathol Original

Llana of Gathol

Gino Dachille 11 John Carter Of Mars Original

John Carter of Mars


Gino Dachille 1 A Princess Of Mars Cover

A Princess of Mars

Gino Dachille 2 The Gods Of Mars Cover

The Gods of Mars

Gino Dachille 3 The Warlord Of Mars Cover

The Warlord of Mars

Gino Dachille 4 Thuvia Maid Of Mars Cover

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Gino Dachille 5 The Chessmen Of Mars Cover

The Chessmen of Mars

Gino Dachille 6 The Master Mind Of Mars Cover

The Master Mind of Mars

Gino Dachille 7 A Fighting Man Of Mars Cover

A Fighting Man of Mars

Gino Dachille 8 Swords Of Mars Cover

Swords of Mars

Gino Dachille 9 Synthetic Men Of Mars Cover

Synthetic Men of Mars

Gino Dachille 10 Llana Of Gathol Cover

Llana of Gathol

Gino Dachille 11 John Carter Of Mars Cover

John Carter of Mars

Gino Dachille Box Set

Box set of the first four novels


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