Artist Profile: John Coleman Burroughs (1913 — 1979)


Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, John Coleman Burroughs displayed artistic talent from an early age and was writing and illustrating stories before he even graduated high school.  He was 23 when he first got his chance to professionally illustrate a book, The Oakdale Affair and The Rider.  The book was written by John’s father, Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of both Tarzan and John Carter of Mars.

John Coleman Burroughs went on to provide the illustrations for all of his father’s future works, along with illustrating a John Carter Sunday newspaper strip. As you can tell by looking at the covers below, Burroughs knew how to capture the mystery and excitement of a good adventure story: