Friday, February 18, 2011

Auction records: Original art by Bob Abbett for 1960's Ballantine reprint of Edgar Rice Burroughs's novel Synthetic Men of Mars

Robert Abbett (American b. 1926)
Synthetic Men of Mars, 1963
Acrylic on board
16 x 15.5 in.
Signed lower left

This illustration appeared on the cover of Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, The Synthetic Men of Mars, Ballentine Books, 1963.

"John Carter desperately needed the aid of Barsoom's greatest scientist. But Ras Thavas was the prisoner of a nightmare army of his own creation – half-humans who lived only for conquest. And in their hidden laboratory seethed a horror that could engulf all of Mars."

Sold for: $3,585 (includes BP)
Date sold: March 11, 2009


  1. I like that piece - fun colors and composition.

  2. Damon: Wish I had a better scan of the book cover.