Joe Jusko

Posted by: on Dec 1, 2010 | 10 Comments

Warlord of Mars #5 front cover, art by Joe Jusko My tailbone got whacked pretty bad a few days ago during a session of submission grappling. I stumbled across Joe Jusko’s front cover for Warlord of Mars #5 whilst dickering around online today, and it took my mind off the pain for a few minutes.

It’s a tribute to the Saturday Evening Post, of course, but I really love the modern details – the shoes of the kid in the foreground, the cut of his jeans, even his hair. This cover reminds me that everything I love about American culture is still very much with us. Edgar Rice Burroughs is still with us, and it’s such an incredible honor to be able to share his Mars novels with the world in the adaptation I’m doing with Dynamite.

All Joe’s covers for Warlord of Mars are absolute treasures. They make me feel like I’m ten years old again, secretly reading beat-up old copies of Heavy Metal. Art like this is why I got into science fiction and fantasy in the first place.

If #5 doesn’t sell a million copies and Joe doesn’t win two dozen Eisners, I’ll be very upset.


  1. Joe Jusko
    December 3, 2010

    Your mouth to God’s ears, Arvid! LOL Glad you’re liking the covers! I’m having a ball!

  2. Rvid
    December 4, 2010

    Joe! I read on Wikipedia you were a police officer for a time. The life of an artist is full of many swerves and curves! I’m very glad you’re creating art instead of catching bad guys.

  3. Joe Jusko
    December 4, 2010

    Well, if it’s on Wiki….LOL Yeah, remind me to tell you about it at a con sometime. I loved it, but one day I realized no one ever tried to shoot me for painting a bad picture! 🙂 Have you seen the Dejah I painted for #6? Send me your email if you haven’t. I’m working on the cover to Dejah #1 right now. 🙂

  4. Rvid
    December 5, 2010

    I did a ride-along with two policemen, for an aborted attempt at a story. This was in Inwood, Manhattan. It was really surprising, all we did was drive around responding to crank phone calls. They assured me if I came back in the summer there would be lots of exciting bar fights to break up.

    Can’t wait to see the cover for Dejah Thoris #1! And for Warlord #6!

  5. Joe Jusko
    December 5, 2010

    I lived in Inwood when I first got on the job because I worked in the 34 Pct. Lived on Seaman and Dyckman (yeah, I’ve heard ALL the jokes). 🙂 The job is mostly service calls with moments of violence and insanity coming out of nowhere.

    Send my your email. I have #6 done and Dejah #1 will be done tonight.

  6. Juan Ferreyra
    December 5, 2010

    That Cover is juts beautiful! I love the pallete! great job!
    You can cry Arvid!…. of joy…

  7. Rvid
    December 5, 2010

    I cry because I miss you, Juan! Te extraño, te extraño mucho!


  8. Rvid
    December 5, 2010

    Joe, such an amazing coincidence you worked the very precinct where I did my ride-along! I really liked the guys at station, I wish I’d gone back again, just to learn a little bit more about what it’s like… the ride-along was a real eye-opener.

    I’m — I await the covers with bated breath!

  9. Arvid's mother MOMBO
    February 11, 2011

    Arvid, I LOVE your website, you are a creative genius!

  10. Ale
    September 30, 2015

    This is a fun calendar and I enjoy hvnaig it on the wall, but the iconography is not always clear and, as usual with these things, not wholly consistent with the books. This calendar is basically about flaunting sex and keeping violence in check, which is a reasonable agenda for the Burroughs Mars novels.This year of 2012 is the anniversary of the publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel, which was A PRINCESS OF MARS, of the Mars books depicted here, and with the release in this Centennial of the Disney film JOHN CARTER it is good to get with the whole calendar business. There are a few Earth dates scattered throughout the Burroughs Mars novels, and other dates that it might be possible to deduce from the chain of events, taking into consideration the difference between the 24 hour Earth day and the 25 hour Martian day. Many of the novels begin with an Earth day and a story that keeps the first several days discrete, so it may be possible to speculate with some plausibility about what occurs on some other days. Assembling a coherent calendar is a good task for a Burroughs Mars fan.The depictions of John Carter are not all consistent with his character, and the females cannot all be Dejah Thoris. I think the March image is the best on these two counts, and that’s good, since that’s the month the Disney JOHN CARTER film came out, just a few days, in fact, after the anniversary of Carter’s mysterious teleportation to Mars, which occurs the first time on March 4, 1866, and the second time on March 4, 1886. Since Burroughs is clearly giving us some kind of bare bones calendrical schedule, I watch the calendar with a certain interest. In the March image, Carter is defending Dejah; he does not look crazed, which is never his mental mode unless he is starved or long imprisoned, and she has the oval face Burroughs invariably attributes her with, and the firm at least medium size boobs required for credibility with all us adolescents. The Cover/January image perhaps is Dejah but the face is not oval; the table of contents image of Carter is too bad-boy crazed, that’s not him; February works as the sort of thing Carter is thinking of Dejah while away from her; April absolutely cannot be Dejah Thoris. It could be Thuvia I suppose. There is no call for bare feet; that detail is wrong. Throughout the calendar the images of the Green Men are not satisfactorily consistent. The image in May might be a proper Dejah; she has too much character in her face, and Dejah Thoris is an absolute beauty, but maybe there is room for more than one icon. However, why have more than one icon in the same calendar, that is confusing. This image of, perhaps, Dejah appears in December, where certain prominent attributes are correct, but she looks like an everyday girl, and the March image is always to be preferred. June reminds me of the porn star Lisa Ann, and so I’d take her, though Lisa Ann would rightly be disappointed with the small boob size and that’s a little hard in the face for Dejah, so I think the Lisa Ann look is of some other Martian queen. July would make a good Thuvia, or a Dejah perhaps, but the oval face is not evident enough to prefer this image over the March image. She is very comely however and inviting, and a good mood for Carter’s and Dejah’s son Carthoris, who is married to Thuvia. Or, this could be a Tara of Helium, or her youth suggests it could be Llana of Gathol. August is not the mood of Dejah; my guess is this is another Martian woman, possibly a Thuvia, though Thuvia is associated more with Banths than swords. Again and again, this calendar reveals it is not thoroughly thought through, this is not the stuff of Burroughs fans, just, usually, kid stuff. And no one in surprised at that.The image in September is good of both John Carter and Dejah Thoris, though the legs on the woman are a little thick for Dejah Thoris’s wonted daintiness. Basically, Dejah Thoris has an oval face, a slight body, and probably should have really magnificent breasts, which look good not so much in a bikini-style swimsuit design, but in a forward-thrusting ornamental and supporting suit made of jewelry and wisps of colored silk, that give her sexuality a voluptuous enhancement that should be sensuous yet of graceful militancy. It is clear from the way John Carter speaks of her that Dejah Thoris’s personality is of beauty that commands through sheer presence. She has the same appearance in court that she has the moment before John Carter begins the brief task of disrobing her for penetration, and indeed her clothing does not prohibit this in any case. These are the types of male fantasy that I think Dejah Thoris invokes. The woman whom I think best suits Dejah Thoris is the Polish model Ewa Sonnet; very oval face; big, natural boobs; no waist, as typified in her ES beach T-Shirt. Other actresses who would make good models for Martian women are Lynda Carter,

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