Bob Zeuschner saw my previous post about the J. Allen St. John “Thuvia” and was good enough to send me a really good quality scan, and for that I’m immensely thankful. I am sharing it below. This is the one piece of art above all others that to me captures what’s going on in my mind when I read the ERB books. ERB considered St. John to be the ultimate illustrator of his novels, and for good reason. Things I love about it:
- The “steroid factor” is not in evidence. I don’t hate the steroid art (Frazetta comes to mind), but I definitely like this better.
- The representation of Thar Ban, on the horse, is interesting in that the humanoid elements are more pronounced.
- The thoat is awesome.
- The classical feel
- Thuvia is perfection. Obviously it’s easier to get perfection from behind — but that’s part of the genius. Her hair, her form, her body language, even the way she holds her hand.