Friday, 12 July 2019

James Allen St. John - part 2

James Allen St. John (1872 Chicago – 1957 Chicago) was an American author, artist and illustrator. He is especially remembered for his illustrations for the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though he illustrated works of many types. He taught at the Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art. He is considered by many to be 'The Godfather of Modern Fantasy Art'. His most famous disciples were Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta, the latter of whom has also been styled as the grandmaster of the Genre.

St. John's artistic career began in 1898. He studied at the Art Students League of New York. This was followed by his first commercial relationship with the New York Herald. During this period he spent time in Paris from 1906 to 1908 at the Académie Julian, then moved to Chicago around 1912 and would eventually live at Tree Studios art colony until his death. While in Chicago he became close friends with artist Louis Grell. Here he began his work with the publisher A.C. McClurg & Co., although he had already produced his best-known work for this publisher back in 1905, “The Face in the Pool,” which he had both written and illustrated.

This is part 2 of a 5-part series on the works of James Allen St. John. For earlier works, see part 1 also.

1917 The Son of Tarzan
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

Like a flash the beast wheeled upon its tormentor

The audience was delighted

Come here, said Paulvitch

The lad, horrified, sprang from the bed

You will pay more than this, he said

The warrior was dead

It was the boy

The boy sailed over the lion's head

The great bulls were dancing in the moonlight


The victory cry of the bull ape

The capture of Meriem

( Un-captioned )

Meriem was brought forth into the sunlight

Both men fired at once

The baboons rout the blacks

Numa the Lion

Slowly and one by one they approached the girl

Meriem's leap saved her from a horrible death

Meriem stopped short

Korak looked searchingly down

The black came upon the spoor of two ponies

The flight of Meriem

With a wild whoop of exultation

Hammock, canopy and man were swung high above Tantor's head

A terrific blow

He commanded the elephant to lift him and carry him

With naked hands he faced the maddened Tantor

1918 Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

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1919 The Warlords of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
artwork by J. Allen St. John

1919 The Warlords of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1920 All-Story Weekly
Tarzan and the Valley of Luna by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1920 Thuvia, Maid of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

Preliminary sketch for the above

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