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Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo - Artist Edition



An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo is a searing portrayal of war that has stunned and galvanized generations of readers.

When Joe Bonham, a young American soldier serving in World War I, awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell, he gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and all of his face, but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. As Joe drifts between fantasy and reality, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend, and reflects upon the myths and realities of war.

Published two days after the declaration of war in Europe and more than two years before the United States joined World War II, Trumbo’s stark and troubling masterpiece of uncompromising brutality went on to become the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era and an undisputed classic of antiwar literature.

Upon its release, The New York Times raved, “Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation, and with a fury accounting to elegance,” while Saturday Review promised, “It is a book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it.”

Johnny Got His Gun won one of the earliest National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1939. A 1971 film adaptation was written for the screen and directed by Trumbo himself.

The signed limited edition of Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. 

Please note that Artist editions are not numbered.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 256 Pages.
  • Limited to 750 copies.
  • Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
  • Two-hits foil stamping.
  • Introduction by Dalton Trumbo from 1959, with addendum written in 1970.
  • Foreword by Cindy Sheehan.
  • Afterword by E.L. Doctorow.
  • Six full-color illustrations by Ūla Šveikauskaitė. 
  • Dust jacket featuring artwork by Ūla Šveikauskaitė (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
  • Signed by the artist.
  • Printed offset on archival Cougar Natural.
  • Housed in a metal mesh paper slipcase with an acrylic coating.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2021 by Ūla Šveikauskaitė.

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Steve Renon
Johnny Got His Gun

This is a beautiful copy of a classic. The artwork is original and it suits the book perfectly.

Mark Masztal
A dinged copy with no dings!

I took the chance to get a copy of Johnny dinged copy at considerable savings and no slipcase. The book is flawless. I can’t find any problem with it and I bought the numbered slipcase and it fits perfectly. Love it!

George Parsons
Johnny Got His Gun Artist Edition

While I have not yet had a chance to read the book, I am very impressed with what a beautiful volume it is. The artwork is very nicely done and appropriate, the cover and binding compliment each other beautifully. I am very satisfied with the book. It is exactly as promised by Suntup Editions. Five stars.

J. Ashcroft
Johnny got his gun

Immaculate copy. Excellent service as always.

Kenneth Davis

A beautiful production! I'm very pleased!!

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