Before Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and long before “Dune”, “Star Trek” and “Star Wars”, there was famed science fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’ cosmic adventurer, John Carter of Mars.
First appearing in 1912 in tales serialized in The All-Story magazine titled “Under The Moons of Mars”, this valiant Virginian and former Civil War captain was magically teleported to the exotic world of Barsoom (Mars ) while hiding in a cave in Arizona. Apaches in search of gold.
The story was first published as a novel in 1917 under the title “A Princess from Mars”. The heroic character went on to star in a series of epic Burroughs novels, all set on Barsoom, where John Carter is elevated to immortal warrior status and savior of the planet’s extraterrestrial inhabitants.
Now, after decades of tie-in books and spin-off comics, and 10 years after Disney’s ill-fated $250 million “John Carter” feature starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe, the charismatic Martian warlord returns. in a new comic book series coming this spring from the folks at Dynamite Entertainment.
Written by Eisner Award winner Chuck Brown (“Bitter Root,” “Aquamen”) and joined by acclaimed illustrator and colorist George Kambadais (“Firefly”), “John Carter of Mars #1” hits comic book stores in April with a new slate of adventures in the realms of Barsoom and Earth.
The plot is set in 1919 as a strange asteroid composed entirely of the elemental substance “Ninth” is heading towards Earth. Its mysterious effects begin to strangely mix and change the inhabitants of Earth and Barsoom.
John Carter, the warlord of Mars, finds himself torn from the bedrock of his life and his loved ones. He struggles to make sense of this cosmic conundrum as he is abruptly transported to Virginia where he clashes with Martian monkeys. If these bizarre events occur on his home planet, then what strange calamities could befall his beloved Barsoom?
“I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi and adventure,” writer Chuck Brown said in a Dynamite press release. “Like many of us as a kid, I was obsessed with Mars and the other planets in our solar system. Barsoom has such amazing characters and stories. So it’s a huge opportunity for George and I to star in this. world.”
Dynamite’s “John Carter of Mars #1” arrives in April with special variant covers from Junggeun Yoon, Jonathan Case and two others from “Dejah Thoris” veteran Joseph Michael Linsner and series interior artist Kambadais .
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