With the upcoming Walt Disney film version of John Carter of Mars set to hit the Silver Screen on March 9th, many fans of the classic literature by Edgar Rice Burroughs have felt the trailers and TV spots that have been presented have not necessarily shown the majesty and importance of the character.
Well, the John Carter Files YouTube Channel decided to help with this fan trailer using the footage already presented in other media. As they say on the posting of the video they are fans of the book and just want to help Disney get as many people as interested in the movie as they can. I like this idea. I LOVE their trailer.
There is a new poster out that I’ve yet to see in theaters around my neck of the woods, thanks to IMP Awards for sharing it.
I’m looking forward to Walt Disney’s John Carter next month, I’m hoping it will at least contain a glimmer of what made me fall in love with Edgar Rice Burrough’s books so many years ago. What I’ve seen from the trailers so far makes me think that I’ll be pleasantly surprised by the film. Not quite as surprised though as when I stumbled on this post by the esteemed Mike Sterling of the Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin Blog. He got his hands on a 1974 Tactical Studies Rule book by THE Gary Gygax and Brian Blume of Dungeons and Dragons fame on how to create miniature warfare on Barsoom, John Carter Minatures Warfare Game.
This whole system is a mystery to me. Not a lot of people have mentioned it and all my searches on eBay have so far pulled up nothing. Now I have a “John Carter Minatures Warfare Game” search running, so if anything new shows up, I will add a followup to this post.
I was able to find this scanned image online as well showcasing some of the artwork within the rule book.
John Carter Minatures Warfare Game scanned page
I can honestly say, I have never heard of this rule book before, but I’m going to have to try and get my hands on it now!
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.