|Art by Frank Frazetta|
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
Picking up the Dynamite Warlord of Mars comic book series inspired me to take back up with the original prose series. I read them all many years ago, at least twice that I know of. First in the Ballantine paperbacks with the Gino d'Achille covers, then in the Science Fiction Book Club edition of the 1970s with the great Frank Frazetta covers and interior art – which is the very copy I'm reading now, the second volume in that edition, containing both the first and second stories, a copy I acquired (according to my note on the inside front cover) on 6 September 1977. I had actually started rereading the series early last year, 2010, with the first story, A Princess of Mars, via the Kindle app on my iPod Touch, but finished it about the time we headed off for a family vacation/historical tour of England and Scotland (June 2010) which meant I was wanting to read something more British – so I set The Gods of Mars aside at that time after only a chapter or so in favor of Sherlock Holmes stories during those few times I had a little while to actually read during that very busy couple of weeks. So a couple of weeks ago I picked Gods up again.
|Art by Gino d'Achille|
|Interior art by Frank Frazetta|
Scanning the IMDB entry for the upcoming John Carter movie reveals that other characters who only make their appearance in this second novel (e.g. Matai Shang) are part of the cast of characters. I guess that movie is incorporating characters and story elements from more than just A Princess of Mars. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It seems to me that that novel alone has plenty of material for an epic film, which could be the beginning of a great series of films. I hope they don't try to cram too much in and end up with a confused mess. This is of course, a movie I will approach with my usual cautious, hopeful hesitance. Never underestimate Hollywood's ability to screw up a great story – which seems to happen all too often in this kind of adaptation.
Like the story, I'll be proceeding directly into Warlord of Mars.