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 John Coleman Burroughs  (1913 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California      Known for: book illustration, cartoons

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John Coleman Burroughs
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Synthetic Men of Mars, book cover, 1939
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted November 2005, is from Ken Mooney, whose source is the family website of the artist.  The son of the artist, John Coleman Burroughs, wrote about his father:

"I was fortunate enough to be born into a family which consisted of a world-famous author and an equally talented artist.  Growing up surrounded by the many books and pieces of artwork that my grandfather and father created, I did not realize until later just how special this family was. 

My grandfather, of course, was Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan novels, and his son (my father) was John Coleman Burroughs, who ably provided the illustrations for many of my grandfather's books. 

 John Coleman Burroughs -- or "Jack" as he was fondly called by the family -- was born in Chicago on February 28, 1913, the youngest of three children.  From an early age, my father showed signs of becoming an exceptional artist, and my grandfather -- an excellent cartoonist in his own right -- nurtured that talent.  He went on to illustrate all his father's novels from 1937 on. He also illustrated the John Carter Sunday newspaper strip, a David Innes of Pellucidar comic book feature and numerous Big Little Book covers.

He wrote a string of short stories with my uncle Hulbert and with my mother Jane Ralston, who also his assisted him in the artwork, lettering and served as model for the heroines he drew.  Dad's solo novel, Treasure of the Black Falcon was published in 1967 by Ballantine Books. Sadly, his creative powers were sapped by Parkinson's Disease in his final years.

Danton Burroughs.....
Tarzana, California...


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Illinois on Feb. 28, 1913. John was the son of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. When he was a small child he moved to Los Angeles with his family.  By the 1930s he was active in the local art scene.  He died there on Feb. 22, 1979.

Exh: Stendahl Gallery, 1937; Beverly Hills Woman's Club, 1937; LA County Fair, 1937; Gourmet Gallery (LA), 1940.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Adobe Gallery:
John Coleman Burroughs (1913-1979) was the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs. At age 23, he began illustrating his father's books, and continued illustrating them during the author's lifetime?for a total of over 125 illustrations.

He also was an illustrator of Tarzan Comic books.

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