Tuesday, October 19, 2010
John R. Neill & Jan of the Jungle
When collecting Neill illustrated books one doesn't usually think of looking in rack-size paperbacks dating from the mid-1960s. So what's going on?
Well, Neill did a lot of illustration work for Argosy magazine. And in 1931 Neill illustrated Jan of the Jungle for Argosy. Ace Books, an inexpensive science fiction publisher simply reissued the novel and used a couple of Neill's illustrations. Neill did many other illustrations for the Argosy version of the story.
This book actually belongs to my partner, Eric, who has read it and says its a very decent Tarzan-esque novel. Indeed, Kline is considered by many to be the greatest of the Edgar Rice Burroughs imitators. Two of Kline's most respected books are The Swordsman of Mars and The Planet of Peril.
Below you can see a more detailed scan of the illustration from the title page.