John Carter Minatures Warfare Game

TSR’s John Carter Minatures Warfare Game (1974)

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!

Walt Disney Showcase # 46 – The Cat From Outer Space/Shaggy Dog (1978)


Somehow this particular Walt Disney Gold Key comic totally slipped past my radar as a kid. I usually ended up with one when visiting my Grandparents on a Sunday after church, but perhaps this issue featuring illustrated adaptations of the Cat From Outer Space and the Shaggy Dog were snatched up by other kids that weekend.


[Via] Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin, a blog that all self-respecting comic book fans should be visiting. He loves Swamp Thing, so you know you can trust him!

Superman Trading Card

Superman Trading Card (1978)

While they continue to make Superman movies, for many of us, only one Superman will do. That is Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film. A big old thanks to the always impressive Mike Sterling at the just as equally impressive Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin Blog for posting this wonderful scan of a Superman Trading Card from the 1978 film. The card features Reeve not as Superman, but as the lovable Ace Reporter, Clark Kent.

What a smirk! How can anyone else ever be Superman?

If you love comic book related news and humor, make sure to follow the link up top to visit Mike’s blog. He likes Swamp Thing as well…so it shows that he is a good guy!