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Cover to the premiere issue of a new MARS series that teams up John Carter with Gullivar Jones, a martian pulp hero that preceded Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom books by a decade.

Interesting note about this cover; the job preceding it took much longer than I anticipated (they always seem to do that) so I was left with virtually no time to get this in. While there are things I wish I had time to alter or correct for my own peace of mind I can excuse them to the fact that I painted this cover from start to finish in one 25 hour session! It's not the way I like to work but it's nice to know that after all these years I can still pull one out of my ass when I have to. :-)

Acrylic 13"x21"
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LeonMello Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Excelent, excelent!!
jackjadson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
DavidEMartin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I'd not heard of Gullivar Jones until I started reading histories of SF as a teen.
Marvel picked up the character during their Bronze Age experimentation but had little interest in him aside from being an alternate to the DC-licensed John Carter.
I think Alan Moore might have been the first to do the obvious and crossover these two guys.
BlackroseSariaSan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
For a second there I thought to myself, Planet Earth has finally come to conquer Mars and all that stands between them and Barsoom is John Carter! LOL.
Dac75 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
You must have called upon your inner Frazzetta for this one then. That seemed to be the way Frazzetta did most of his oils from what I have read and heard (in one long session that is) The inly question I have is did you listen to classical music like Frazzetta or something else to get you threw it?
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Time to dispel that myth. Anyone who thinks Frank painted Egyptian Queen, Death Dealer, Silver Warrior or any of the Conan's overnight is just buying into mythology. Some of the looser pieces I can see being painted in one sitting (Neanderthals, for one) but the tight, detailed pieces are not overnight paintings, especially since they're oils. I loved Frank as a person and like all of my generation I worship his work but the myths that have been created around him are in many ways a disservice to aspiring artists who are made to believe that great art is created on the fly without a lot of preparatory work. Frazetta's prelims and color comps are evidence enough of that.

This is a competent piece but by no means my best. It can't be when you're turning off your brain and working on instinct. I'm really flattered that people are liking it as much as they seem to be, though. It's taken a lot of the apprehension away. :-)
Dac75 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks Joe for that bit of truth, AS you say most people put Frazetta on such a high bar that they believe everything that is said about him. Since I know you have meet him, and certainly over the years talked with many other artist who have been around Frazetta as well, I know when you say there is no way he did those oils (Death Dealer's/Conan's) over night I believe you. It takes nothing away from the man himself. I think your point is that any piece of art worth doing just takes time (not a one night/ or a few hours job) Even tho you worked this one straight thru (beacuse of your skill and focus) you made a wonderful painting. But, I understand where you say it's not your best. As artist we feel like there is never enough time on any project. So when we are under the gun we do what it takes to get the job done. That Joe is why you are a Pro, you always come thru. After what you put yourself thru on the Marvel Masterpiece Cards, I will never question your effort on anything job you do, EVER! It has to make you feel good tho to know that you can still do a 25 hours job and not kill over.
artroland Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Amazing work, Joe. And there's nothing saying you can't go back after it's printed and revise it. Frazetta did it ... :D
JoeJusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Not my thing. It is what it is. While Frank did indeed improve many pieces he destroyed just as many. There are a milion other paintings waiting to be done.
jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have never done art for 25 hours in a row haha that's insane
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