Grand Master of Adventure: the Drawings of J. Allen St. John - Limited Slipcased Edition



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The Limited Slipcased Edition which sold out immediately upon publication. This slipcased edition contains an extra 16-page ''Collector's Edition Portfolio'' of color illustrations at the back of the book, not to be found in the regular hardcover or paperback editions. Out of print in hardcover.

Amazing Stories, Blue Book, Argosy, and Weird Tales were the top pulp magazine titles of the 1920s and 1930s, and J. Allen St. John's imaginative, visual flights-of-fantasy illustrations are the era's most memorable. St. John quickly became the favorite artist of the great adventure author and creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan the Terrible, The Beasts of Tarzan, as well as Burroughs' sci-fi creations, At The Earth's Core, Pirates of Venus, and the many adventures of John Carter on Mars, are but a few of the classics illustrated by St. John. Grand Master of Adventure: The Drawings of J. Allen St. John collects, for the first time, the exquisite pen, ink and pencil illustrations of the grand Tarzan artist.

St. John began his career by studying the old master in the museums of Paris around 1880. Returning to America, his notoriety among Fine Art enthusiasts developed with recognition from the Society of American Artists and Metropolitan magazine in 1889. The artist went on to become a professor of drawing and painting at both The American Academy of Art and the Chicago Art Institute, but his greatest notoriety came as he ventured into the colorful world of pulp magazine and adventure book illustration. For the readers of fantasy, science fiction and adventure, St. John surpassed the work of his famous contemporaries Frank Schoonover, James Montgomery Flagg, and N. C. Wyeth, and led the way for future masters, including Roy G. Krenkel, the Brothers Hildebrandt, and Frank Frazetta.


J. Allen St. John

Condition & Attributes

Fine/Fine in Near Fine slipcase (small bump to one lower corner)
Limited to 500 deluxe slipcased copies with an extra 16 page portfolio


J. Allen
St. John

Publishing Information

Montclair, NJ

Physical Description

11.5 inches
9 inches
192 pages
174 black & white illustrations