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The Complete Comic Books Of John Carter Of Mars

Update: May 20, 2014
Dynamite has announced that they have acquired the full rights to John Carter of Mars from the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. In the agreement Dynamite states, “Dynamite will also republish John Carter archival material, dating back to the early 1940s comic strips written by Burroughs’ son Coleman Burroughs.” The comic strip would be a welcome addition to the comics books that have been collected below. This strip ran from December 1941 — March 1943, lasting 72 weeks. If you can’t wait, you can read them all online now.
As for Dynamite reprint the DC, DC and Marvel comic books, I don’t feel that it would be necessary for them to do so.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately over the character of John Carter of Mars. The pulp icon has gained new found exposure thanks to the upcoming Disney film which celebrates his centennial. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also created Tarzan, Carter has been extremely popular and his story has been carried out in many books. But he was also represented in several comic books and today we give you a rundown of what has been collected and what has not.

  • John Carter first appeared in comic book format with The Funnies #30-56 (Dell, May 1939-June 1941). Unfortunately, these comics have never been reprinted. I hope that with the rejuvenation of the character that these classic tales will again see the light of day.
  • Carter next appeared in 1952-53, again, under the Dell umbrella in Four Color Comics issues #375, #437, and #488. Jesse Marsh was the artist on the three books and he was no stranger to Burroughs’ work having been on Tarzan for many years. All of these comics have been collected by Dark Horse with the title of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars: The Jesse Marsh Years in January 2012.
  • Dark Horse has also collected earlier comics with John Carter Of Mars: Weird Worlds. These stories were originally published in Tarzan #207-209 (1972) and Weird Worlds #1-7 (1972-1974) both series were published by DC Comic and done by Marv Wolfman, Murphy Anderson, Gray Morrow, Sal Amendola and Joe Orlando.
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars Omnibus (Marvel), $99.00, is being released today! This book collects the entire Marvel run, #1-28 and 3 Annuals that ran from June 1977-October 1979. Among the many creators on this series were Marv Wolfman, Peter B. Gillis, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Larry Hama and Dave Cockrum. Please note that Dark Horse released the very same Marvel comics in a Black & White, 632 page, Trade paperback in February, 2011 for $29.99.
    FYI, the three Annuals are placed in the following location: Annual 1 between #11-12, Annual 2 between #15-16 and Annual 3 closes out book by being placed after #28.

  • In 1996, Dark Horse teamed up Burroughs’ heroes in the four issue series Tarzan/John Carter: Warlord of Mars by Bruce Jones and Bret Blevins. As far as I can tell, it has not been collected.

More recently Dynamite Entertainment began publishing several new series, they include:

  • Warlord of Mars, the first two issues of this series is a prelude story and then issues #3-9 adapts A Princess of Mars. Issues #10-12 is an original story. Volume 1 TP collects #1-9, $24.99.
  • Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, is set 400 years before A Princess of Mars and focuses on her rise to power of the Kingdom of Helium. Volume 1 The Colossus Of Mars TP, collects #1-5, $16.99 and Volume 2 Pirate Queen of Mars TP collects #6-10, $17.99.
  • Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom is set 100,000 years before A Princess of Mars. The final battle continues as the Green Hordes overwhelm the last stronghold of the White Martian Empire. Volume 1 collects the 5-issue series, $19.99.
  • Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars is another upcoming series. I’m unsure of where this story takes place in the Dejah Thoris continuity, but it looks to be a follow-up to her first self titled series. Issue #1 is expected in April, 2012.
  • Dynamite isn’t the only publisher to issue new material. In 2011 Marvel did John Carter: The World Of Mars, a 4-issue prequel to the movie by Peter David and Luke Ross. There was also a new 5-issue adaptation of John Carter: A Princess Of Mars by Roger Langridge and Filipe Andrade. Both trade paperbacks are in stores now and are $14.99 each.
  • But Marvel is not done with our hero! Starting in March, there will be John Carter: The Gods Of Mars a 5-issue by Sam Humphries and Ramon Perez. This looks to be a sequel to the original Burroughs books as John Carter is transported back to Barsoom! Thanks to Roger Langridge on my oversight of the new Marvel Comics.
  • John Carter was also adapted into a Sunday color comic strip. It only ran in for 72 weeks and in only four newspapers, debuting in The Chicago Sun on December 7, 1941. John Coleman Burroughs, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, wrote and illustrated the strip. Sadly, this series is uncollected, however all are available to read online.

Finally, Disney Press is also releasing today new printings of the all 11 original novels:

  • Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 1 SC; Published from 1912-1914, A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars, $16.99
  • Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 2 SC; Published from 1916-1930, Thuvia, Maid of Mars; The Chessmen of Mars; The Master Mind of Mars; and A Fighting Man of Mars, $16.99
  • Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 3 SC; Published from 1934-1943, Swords of Mars; Synthetic Men of Mars; Llana of Gathol; John Carter and the Giant of Mars; and Skeleton Men of Jupiter, $16.99
  • John Carter The Movie Novelization SC; This adaptation not only gives readers an amazing novelization of Disney’s upcoming John Carter film, but also the original text of A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, $9.99

When I was in high school I read the first two Barsoom tales, A Princess Of Mars (1912) and The Gods Of Mars (1913). I will be going to the movie due out March 9 and perhaps I’ll go back and read all 11 novels – probably on my Kindle.

Dynamite To Reprint The Shadow By Howard Chaykin

News has just broke that Dynamite will be reissuing DC Comics Shadow: Blood and Judgement by Howard Chaykin this April. This graphic novel was originally a four issue mini-series and brought Lamont Cranston and his crime fighting alter ego into the modern world. Much more violent then the 1930’s version, Chaykin’s incarnation was controversial and didn’t sit well with purists, but there’s no question that this is truly a work of art. Shadow: Blood and Judgement even gave way to a sequel that lasted 19 issues plus 2 annuals by writer Andy Helfer (editor of the mini-series), and artists Bill Sienkiewicz (issues 1-6), Marshall Rogers (issue 7), and Kyle Baker (issues 8-19 and annuals). No word on if that series will also get collected.

Collected Edition Blog browsing on Wednesday afternoon

Let’s get caught up on some Collected Edition news:

In Pre 2011 Comic Con Collected Edition News:

  • Titan will be showcasing or debuting several new books including: Zack Snyder’s The Art of Sucker Punch, with New Cover and Signed Book Plates (Comic-Con Exclusive); Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss – Limited Edition; Joe Simon – My Life in Comics, Signed Autobiography by Joe Simon; Drew Struzan – Oeuvre (Limited Edition with print); Tank Girl: Skidmarks TPB, signed by the artist Rufus Dayglo; signed copies of the gorgeous Hagar The Horible 1974/1975, and exclusive signed copies of Beetle Bailey 1965.
  • Image Comics: The Infinite #1, Hardcover comic – exclusive to San Diego Comic Con by Rob Liefeld and Robert Kirkman
  • IDW: Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition, This collection presents Thor 337-340 and 360-362—Simonson’s first story, followed by one of his favorite story arcs, 176 pages, black and white, hardcover, Print run: 500, Price: $100; Dave Stevens Complete Sketches & Studies HC, For several years, Dave Stevens self-published four sketchbooks to sell specifically at the San Diego Comic Con. This volume collects the entire contents of those four sketchbooks, plus approximately 100 additional sketches that have never before been published, 256 pages, 8″ x 12″, Print run: 300 each, Price: $50; Fat Tarino and Popbot Big Beautiful Book Slipcase HC by Ashley Wood, collects the long sold-out Popbot Volumes 1-8. Slipcased hardcover, 360 pages, 12″ x 12″ and slipcased hardcover, 400 pages, 11” X 14”, Print run: 500 each, Price: $100 and $125
  • NBM: The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti HC by Rick Geary, Price: $15.99; Kinky & Cosy HC by Nix, $15.99; Little Nothings: My Shadow In The Distance by Lewis Trondheim, $14.99
  • Archia: Rust: Visitor In The Field HC, by Royden Lepp, Price: $24.95

Thanks to Rich @ Bleeding Cool for the above info

In other Collected Editions news

  • Hermes Press has announced that Due to high orders, they have limited quantities of the remaining stock of The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies—Volume 3. SO if you want one, you better get on it ASAP.
  • Marvel (has announced via the Marvel Masterworks site): Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Volume 4 (Variant Vol. 173), collects Captain Marvel #34-46, $59.99, January 11, 2012 and Marvel Masterworks Tales to Astonish Volume 4 (Variant Vol. 174), collects Tales to Astonish #31-51 and #54, $59.99, January 18, 2012

Lastly, if you are a fan of Dynamite’s Project Superpowers line of comics, Joe Rybandt assures me that it will return sometime in the next few months.

CCL Podcast #247 – Driven By Lemons and Trial Of Sherlock Holmes HC

Collected Comics Library Podcast #247
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I’ve always been a big fan of mystery and detective stories. I guess that’s why I’m a big Batman fan. But I got started on this genre by way of my Dad when he gave me a copy of the Complete Sherlock Holmes back when I was 16 or so. I ate the book up by reading every story and I even did my own annotations with a pencil in the white space along side the text to help me with the language, characters, dates and events. Since then I’ve enjoyed the TV shows on PBS and read a few Non-Canonical stories. But when Dynamite announced that they would be doing a brand new comic book series I was very excited, but, of course, I waited for the collected edition. I’m glad I did. The extras included in the recently released hardcover Sherlock Holmes Volume 1: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes are wonderful and I go over those in detail as well as where this story takes place chronologically and a giant recommendation for further reading.

Also on the show is a audio review of Driven By Lemons by Adhouse books. I did a written review earlier this week and I expand on that in the podcast.

My thanks to Dynamite Entertainment and Adhouse Books for supplying me copies of the books.

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