Preorder now: COSMIC EPICS and SAVAGE EPICS: The Seminal Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs®

May 23, 2023 (Tarzana, California) In this centennial year of our company, we are thrilled to announce preorders for two giant companion omnibuses collecting the seminal works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Titled Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics, these mammoth volumes gather together the first novels in each of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ major series—Barsoom® (Mars), Va-nah™ (the Moon), Amtor™ (Venus), Tarzan®, Pellucidar® (the hollow Earth), and Caspak™ (The Land That Time Forgot). Longtime fans of Burroughs’ tales of wonder and imagination will delight at the opportunity to survey the length and breadth of the Master of Adventure’s timeless creations in these entertainment-packed volumes. And for new readers, Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics serve as portals to enter the ERB Universe and begin a lifetime of adventure, making them the perfect gifts for veteran fans to give to their family members and friends to introduce them to the magic of Edgar Rice Burroughs!

Highlights of the collections include:

  • The first novels in each of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ major series (Mars, the Moon, Venus, Tarzan, Pellucidar, and Caspak)
  • Prefaces by Christopher Paul Carey (ERB Universe Director of Publishing and ERB Universe Creative Director)
  • Introductions by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D. (editor of the award-winning Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • Cover art by Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Joe Jusko, Richard Hescox, and Mike Wolfer
  • Frontispiece illustrations for the individual novels by J. Allen St. John, Frank Schoonover, and Michael Herring
  • Commemorative ERB bookmark and collectible ERB Universe trading card with preorder
  • Available in paperback, hardcover, and Collector’s Editions
  • The Collector’s Editions each come with a bonus trading card and a bookplate signed by John Burroughs (ERB’s grandson), Kathleen Bonnaud (ERB’s great-granddaughter), and the entire ERB, Inc., staff to commemorate the centennial of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

“We have been wanting to produce these essential collections of the seminal works in ERB’s major series for a long time,” says Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.’s Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey. “Whenever our team attends the big pop-culture conventions like WonderCon and L.A. Comic Con, we are deluged by people coming up to our booth looking for the first book in any given series by ERB, whether it’s A Princess of Mars, At the Earth’s Core, Pirates of Venus, or any of the others. Because it’s going to take us a few years to produce all 80-plus volumes of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library, we wanted to fill that gap sooner rather than later. These exciting ‘starter’ collections do just that, allowing new readers and lifelong ERB fans alike to thrill to the exploits of ERB’s dauntless heroes and heroines—Tarzan and Jane Porter, John Carter and Dejah Thoris, Carson Napier and Duare, David Innes and Dian the Beautiful, Julian 5th and Nah-ee-lah, and Bowen J. Tyler, Jr., and Lys La Rue.

“The six novels included in Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics are ground-breaking works that forever changed the face of science fiction and fantasy, spawning entire subgenres and influencing the biggest figures imaginable in a wide array of fields, whether it’s Tarzan of the Apes captivating the wonder of a young Jane Goodall, A Princess of Mars sparking the imagination of future astrophysicist Carl Sagan, or the entire ERB cosmos inspiring generations of prominent authors like Ray Bradbury, who proclaimed that ‘Edgar Rice Burroughs was, and is, the most influential writer, bar none, of our century.’ With Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics, we are excited to present the genius of Edgar Rice Burroughs to a whole new generation of readers. And what better year to do that than exactly one century after Mr. Burroughs founded our company.”

Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics are available in paperback; hardcover; and a Collector’s Edition with a signed bookplate and bonus trading card. The books are expected to ship to customers Summer 2023. 

Cosmic Epics: The Seminal Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs collects the following novels:

Interior illustration by Frank Schoonover

A Princess of Mars (1912)

Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself a captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is Dejah Thoris, the incomparable Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lies a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.

The Moon Maid (1923)

The Barsoom, the first Earth-Mars vessel, is sabotaged on its maiden flight and forced to enter a crater and make an emergency landing inside the hollow Moon. The crew discovers a world hidden from the most powerful telescopes on Earth—a world of winged women, of conical cities, and of semi-human monsters. But what the earthly visitors don’t know is that they are about to face a danger greater than at any time since they left their own planet.

Pirates of Venus (1932)

Carson Napier is bound for Mars when he is forced to crash-land on the planet Venus instead. Beneath the eternal clouds Carson discovers a seeming utopia, a world populated by a wise and beautiful people blessed with everlasting youth. But despite their wisdom, a horrible danger threatens the fair folk of Vepaja, and at the heart of it is the lovely princess Duare, whose beauty is as unattainable as the evening star. And Carson, having seen her, knows he has met his destiny.



Savage Epics: The Seminal Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs collects the following novels:

Interior illustration by J. Allen St. John

Tarzan of the Apes (1912)

Orphaned as a babe in the African jungle, the only child of the Lord and Lady Greystoke is rescued by a tribe of great apes. Now named “Tarzan,” the child grows to manhood in this savage world. Aided by his keen knife and innate intelligence, Tarzan ascends to become king of the apes, able to face any peril and conquer all foes. But when men come to Tarzan’s jungle, they bring danger that is motivated by greed and deceit. All of Tarzan’s cunning will be required if he is to defeat this threat, and win the love of Jane Porter, the beautiful young woman whose appearance in his jungle has left him forever changed.

At the Earth’s Core (1914)

When David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry pierce the inner crust of Earth in their new burrowing machine, they break into a strange inner world of eternal daylight—a world of the Stone Age, where prehistoric monsters still live, and cave men and women battle against cruel, inhuman masters—the dreaded reptilian overlords known as the Mahars.

The Land That Time Forgot (1918)

Bowen Tyler’s adventure begins with a terror-haunted voyage as a captive in an enemy submarine. It ends on the rocky shores of a lost world, an unmapped land forgotten by the rest of humanity, where primordial beasts and beast-men still live and fight as they did hundreds of thousands of years ago. What is the secret of this mysterious continent, where time has apparently stopped and where dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, and ape-men still struggle for their lives with tooth and claw?

Each omnibus includes an introduction by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D., the award-winning scholar and editor of the esteemed Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, discussing importance and significance the respective novels, as well as a preface by ERB, Inc., Director of Publishing/ERB Universe Creative Director Christopher Paul Carey. Additionally, each volume features a triptych of classic cover art by acclaimed ERB illustrators such as Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Joe Jusko, Richard Hescox, and Mike Wolfer, and each individual novel collected in the books bears a frontispiece illustration by Frank Schoonover, J. Allen St. John, or Michael Herring.

Bonus Edgar Rice Burroughs Bookmark with Preorder—While Supplies Last!

If you preorder Cosmic Epics or Savage Epics in any edition (paperback, hardcover, or Collector’s Edition) directly from our online store, your order will come with an elegant commemorative Edgar Rice Burroughs bookmark bearing the quote, “No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment. If it entertains and is clean, it is good literature, or of its kind. If it forms the habit of reading, in people who might not read otherwise, it is the best literature.”

Bonus Trading Cards—While Supplies Last!

All preorders of Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics placed directly from ERB, Inc.’s online store will come with an exclusive collectible ERB Universe trading card. Preorders of Cosmic Epics in any edition (paperback, hardcover, or Collector’s Edition) will come with a trading card featuring the book’s cover art by Michael Whelan, Mike Wolfer, and Richard Hescox, and preorders of Savage Epics in any edition (paperback, hardcover, or Collector’s Edition) will come with a trading card featuring the book’s cover art by Frank Frazetta and Joe Jusko. Collect all of the trading cards by preordering each ERB Universe book directly from!

Hardcover Collector’s Editions—Signed Bookplates and Additional Bonus Trading Cards!

To commemorate the publication of these historic omnibuses in the centennial year of our company, the Hardcover Collector’s Editions of Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics are each limited to 300 copies featuring a special oversized bookplate signed by John Burroughs (Edgar Rice Burroughs’ grandson) and Kathleen Bonnaud (ERB’s great-granddaughter) as well as the entire staff of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The bookplate also includes a facsimile signature of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The Collector’s Edition of Cosmic Epics will also come with an exclusive collectible Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe trading card spotlighting Edgar Rice Burroughs as he appears as a character in his own fantastical tales, featuring a portrait of ERB painted by his son, John Coleman Burroughs. Correspondingly, the Collector’s Edition of Savage Epics will come a collectible trading card featuring the real-life Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Special Offer—Get $10 Off When Preordering Both Collector’s Editions!

Preorder the Collector’s Edition of both Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics and get $10 off your order! Simply select the “Both Cosmic Epics & Savage Epics – Hardcover Collector’s Edition” option from the dropdown box on the product page to get this special discount. (Please note: This special offer does not apply to the paperback or standard hardcover editions.)

Preorder your copies of Cosmic Epics and Savage Epics today!

About Edgar Rice Burroughs

The creator of the immortal characters Tarzan of the Apes™ and John Carter of Mars®, Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the world’s most popular authors. Mr. Burroughs’ timeless tales of heroes and heroines transport readers from the jungles of Africa and the dead sea bottoms of Barsoom® to the miles-high forests of Amtor™ and the savage inner world of Pellucidar®, and even to alien civilizations Beyond the Farthest Star™. Mr. Burroughs’ books are estimated to have sold hundreds of millions of copies, and they have spawned 60 films and 250 television episodes.

About Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.

Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D. is a multi-awarded college and university professor, and author. Among his longtime interests and pursuits is the history of the pulp magazine (1896–1960). Roberts was presented with the Munsey Award in 2013 for his work in this field. He has authored, edited, and appeared in many hundreds of books and periodicals worldwide.

As a young boy of about eight in the late 1960s, he read his first Edgar Rice Burroughs books and was hooked for life. ERB’s A Princess of Mars has long been one of his all-time favorite books, and it is included in his award-winning anthology, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The list of other Edgar Rice Burroughs tales he treasures and owns in first edition, original pulp magazine, and other states is too numerous to detail.

About Christopher Paul Carey

Christopher Paul Carey is the Director of Publishing and Creative Director of the ERB Universe at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He is the author of   the ERB Universe novel Victory Harben: Fires of Halos, the Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Swords Against the Moon Men, and several comic books set in Mr. Burroughs’ worlds, including Pellucidar: Across Savage Seas, Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun, and  Carson of Venus: The Flames Beyond. He holds a master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction and has edited more than ninety novels, anthologies, and collections for a variety of publishers. He lives in Southern California.

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