Thanks to Ain’t It Cool News for the heads up on this teaser poster for the upcoming John Carter: Warlord of Mars motion picture. Disney Studios has shortened the name of the picture to John Carter, something that my fellow Edgar Rice Burroughs fans have been less than quiet about in their dislike. Though as Nordling at Ain’t It Cool has pointed out, this teaser poster has an M on it…so maybe they are planning on changing the title again?
I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs since I picked up what would be his first novel in the Pellucidar series, At the Earth’s Core. From there I quickly started snatching up what I could of his works and fell in love with his Tarzan series and the admitted favorite of his own work, The Outlaw of Torn. Then a very good friend was kind enough to let me borrow John Carter: A Princess of Mars…it immediately became my favorite of Burroughs’s literary work.
For those not in the know, A Princess of Mars introduces us to John Carter, a Confederate Civil War veteran, turned prospector who is forced to flee for his life in Arizona when beset by attacking Native Americans. He holes up in a cave and that night is mysteriously transported to the planet Mars. There he soon encounters the warrior race of the green skinned Tharks and thanks to the lesser gravity of the red planet finds he possesses great strength which allows him to rise up the ranks of importance in the nomadic tribe. Soon the Tharks capture the Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris. Before you know it John Carter is doing his level best to settle the politics of the planet…which includes leading a horde of Tharks in an attack on the enemies of Dejah Thoris’s people. Winning her hand in the process at the end of the first novel he is bestowed the title of the Prince of Helium. Obviously there is a whole lot more going on in that book…but I want to avoid anymore spoilers.