If you have never been to Phil Normand’s “Recoverings” — by all means click and visit because what you’ll find is a site, and an enterprise, that is a true labor of love. Here’s a brief description of what Phil does at Recoverings:
THIS is the premier site for high-quality replica and facsimile dust jackets for your Edgar Rice Burroughs collection. These jackets have been praised and added to collections all over the world. Since 1999 I’ve been working to reconstruct the entire run of dust jackets for all the Edgar Rice Burroughs first editions. My reconstruction of the A.C. McClurg Tarzan of the Apes dust jacket is the only letterpress-printed facsimile of that piece and is printed on paper which matches the color and weight of the original first edition dust jacket. It is a true art-quality replica of the highly sought after dust jacket and comes comlete with a notice of authentication. You can read more about it here.
The reason I found myself thinking about Phil is that earlier today I was doing some research for John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood and I came upon an article in a google search entitled: “An Inside Look at the John Carter Fiasco and other things” so of course I clicked — and it took me to Phil’s blogsite where he has written a heartfelt and detailed piece on his reaction to “the John Carter fiasco”, including some discussion — almost review, actually — of how The John Carter Files has covered the story. Here is the opening para of his article, and a link to the rest.
After having tried to write my thoughts about the JOHN CARTER movie, I’ve about given up. There is so much already out there on the web in the way of comment, most over the top both good and bad, and a lot less with anything really perceptive to say. Michael Sellers’ site, thejohncarterfiles.com, is probably the best place overall for a balanced view. His recent three-part series, soon to be an e-book, goes in-depth on the missteps and unfortunate decisions that were made concerning the marketing of the movie and why it was, in all likelihood, allowed to sink on its own by Disney’s promotions department. Read the rest.
FInally — I can’t resist sharing this header image from Phil’s site — it gives you a great feel for the enchantment that awaits you there: