If you are a long term Beat reader, you know that we here at Stately Beat Manor are big fans of the campy yet imaginative John Carter of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Sample chapter title: Chained in Warhoon.) A John Carter movie is in the works from Pixar, meaning (as we fear) it will either be the movie that breaks Pixar’s string of making SOME OF THE THE GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME, or maybe….it will be the John Carter movie we’ve always dreamed of!
The first five books in the Mars series — from A Princess of Mars to Chessmen of Mars — are actually in the public domain, and so, we have a new Mars series, WARLORD OF MARS, coming from Dynamite this October. As a Mars fan, I have to say this looks promising…except for the gross porn star Dejah Thoris in some of the covers. YUCK. PR below:
The original warrior of Mars returns! Dynamite is proud to announce the October release of Warlord of Mars, an enhancement to the classic story Princess of Mars! If you thought you knew Princess of Mars before, think again! We are so proud and excited about this book, that we are offering the first FULL issue for the introductory price of just $1.00!
Princess of Mars is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the first of his famous series, which initially began publication in serialized form within the pages of All-Story Magazine in February 1912. It is also Burroughs’ first novel, predating his Tarzan stories. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the story is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. This series is written by Arvid Nelson and is illustrated by Stephen (Avengers/Invaders) Sadowski and Lui Antonio, and features covers by Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, Lucio Parillo, and J. Scott Campbell!
“We’re trying to stay as true to the spirit of the originals as possible,” says writer Arvid Nelson. “The novels are told as the “memoirs” of John Carter, the main character, and the comics will be told the same way. I think Mars is going to be something really special. We’re doing this adaptation the right way, and I’m so excited for people to read it!”
“This is a project that we’ve been working on for quite a bit,” says Dynamite Entertainment President Nick Barrucci. “We plan to capture all the grit and action of the original, while expanding the story with brand-new elements, exploring the back story and earlier events of this classic tale! To allow the series to be accessible to fans old and new, we are offering the first issue at the Introductory Price of $1.00 for the full ENTIRE 32 page comic, as well as dedicating both of the Dynamite front gate folds of the October shipping Previews Magazine to our launch. Get on board for the biggest comic book launch in October!”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.