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Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Dynamite Entertainment Join Forces to Relaunch Original "John Carter: Warlord of Mars"

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. reacquires rights from Disney. Dynamite to create new content and publish library.

Press Release

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company founded by the author to protect and maintain his literary creations, and one of the comics industry's leaders, Publisher Dynamite Entertainment, announced today a comprehensive agreement that will see the return of Burroughs' original "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" to the pages of comic books, comic strips and graphic novels. The agreement allows for the world-wide publication of the John Carter universe as well as "Lord of the Jungle" and ERB's library of archival material.

The initiative comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter back story that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.

"It was important to us that we reacquire the comic book and comic strip rights from Marvel Entertainment so we could reintroduce them in the market place. We're excited to see the exploits of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first science fiction adventure hero brought to life in their fullness by the passionate creative talents assembled by the folks at Dynamite," said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. "They're true fans - and it shows on every page and in every idea they've shared with us. Now fans everywhere will be able to appreciate the original adventure stories that later spawned Flash Gordon, Superman, Star Wars and Avatar."

"Working together with Jim and the team at ERB, we will be taking the worlds of John Carter and The Lord of the Jungle publishing initiatives to a new level. There's a rich history, and an incredible amount of archival material in the ERB library, and we're looking forward to bringing it to the fans around the world. I cannot wait to announce the creative teams behind each series in the coming months. This is the beginning of a great relationship." states Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "I can't express how happy and excited everyone at Dynamite is to be working hand in hand with everyone at ERB, Inc".

John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel, serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in the pulp magazine, The All-Story, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars. The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi knights of Star Wars fame and most recently, Avatar.

In planning for a late 2014 relaunch, Dynamite Entertainment confirmed that the new comic book series will be titled John Carter: Warlord of Mars. Dynamite will also republish other John Carter assets, going back as far as the early 1940s comic strips by John Coleman Burroughs, the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

In a related development, new John Carter: Warlord of Mars "adventure strip" episodes will make their online debut in early summer as part of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strip Service at www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics. Written by the legendary Roy Thomas, with art by Pegaso (Rodolfo Perez Garcia) of Mexico City, this series will invite readers to accompany John Carter and his compatriots on exciting adventures that delve into the rich, storied history of Barsoom (as the inhabitants of Mars refer to their planet). As with the other nine series featured on the site, including Tarzan and Carson of Venus, the first four episodes of John Carter: Warlord of Mars will be viewable at no charge.

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Posted by Xwraith
Posted by Akindoodle

John Carter! Un-Disneyfied! WOOT!

Edited by danhimself

So are they cancelling the current series at Dynamite and rebooting?

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Good, Marvel never did anything right with it and Dynamite has been quality the whole time.

Posted by bob808

Awesome

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@jonny_anonymous said:

Good, Marvel never did anything right with it and Dynamite has been quality the whole time.

It is any good? I keep meaning to check it out but usually never have time or get distracted by something else.

I really liked the movie and was sad it didn't make enough money to keep going

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

Good, Marvel never did anything right with it and Dynamite has been quality the whole time.

It is any good? I keep meaning to check it out but usually never have time or get distracted by something else.

I really liked the movie and was sad it didn't make enough money to keep going

Yea, they are pretty fun books.

Posted by NightFang

So are they cancelling the current series at Dynamite and rebooting?

I'm wondering that myself.

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Posted by millennium

@danhimself: seems like it but from the article it seems like their doing a company relaunch as well

Posted by MaccyD

What features were missing from the current series due to Disney?

Edited by pingclang

Very cool. Now Dynamite can cut loose. I'm curious though, what about Burroughs other property, Tarzan? Dynamite was making comics for a short time but they were forced to stop. Does the relationship with ERB Inc. mean something could happen there as well?

Posted by Dragonborn_CT

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

Isn't she just depicted as the same in the books? I seem to remember her being described as just having wearing a necklace.

Posted by MaccyD

@jonny_anonymous: Yeah, it's just a bit more noticeable in the comics. ERB originally used it to show how alien they were compared to the conservative Edwardians and was probably inspired by the stories of semi-naked tribes at the time.

Posted by Dragonborn_CT

@dragonborn_ct said:

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

Isn't she just depicted as the same in the books? I seem to remember her being described as just having wearing a necklace.

Yep. yet ERB charged that the Dynamite work was “pornographic” and threatened to permanently damage the Edgar Rice Burrough’s reputation.

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@jonny_anonymous said:

@dragonborn_ct said:

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

Isn't she just depicted as the same in the books? I seem to remember her being described as just having wearing a necklace.

Yep. yet ERB charged that the Dynamite work was “pornographic” and threatened to permanently damage the Edgar Rice Burrough’s reputation.

That's silly, they are just putting in to pictures what ERB wrote.

Posted by HisLolita

@dragonborn_ct said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@dragonborn_ct said:

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

Isn't she just depicted as the same in the books? I seem to remember her being described as just having wearing a necklace.

Yep. yet ERB charged that the Dynamite work was “pornographic” and threatened to permanently damage the Edgar Rice Burrough’s reputation.

That's silly, they are just putting in to pictures what ERB wrote.

You guys have to admit some of those covers were pretty racy. Dejah's comic wasn't one most people would carry around in public without feeling a little uncomfortable.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@dragonborn_ct said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@dragonborn_ct said:

@xwraith: Thank you for the callout, mate.

This is some surprisingly good news. Last time I heard I thought Dynamite was facing some proccess from ERB Inc. over character rights. I believe the company didn't like the way Dejah Thoris was depicted in such racy manner in their comics so they put a sue on Dynamite. I guess things worked out on its own.

Isn't she just depicted as the same in the books? I seem to remember her being described as just having wearing a necklace.

Yep. yet ERB charged that the Dynamite work was “pornographic” and threatened to permanently damage the Edgar Rice Burrough’s reputation.

That's silly, they are just putting in to pictures what ERB wrote.

You guys have to admit some of those covers were pretty racy. Dejah's comic wasn't one most people would carry around in public without feeling a little uncomfortable.

But in the novels the characters don't wear any clothes just necklaces like a native tribes would so if anything she's less naked in the comic.

Edited by HisLolita

@jonny_anonymous:

Trust me, I get it. But it's comics and there being variant covers showcasing just Dejah nude in very suggestive positions for most of the issues released must make a few people uncomfortable in the ERB camp. I did try to read some books of hers but I couldn't stomach how the women were depicted compared to the men. Each were barely disguised replicas of Dejah herself, but with different hairstyles and worse, just standing or lying about, looking ready for "action" and not the fighting kind. Had the stories been good (my opinion, of course), I might have pulled through.

I think the book would do better if it had an M rating. Just own up to it being filled with gratuitous female nudity and have at it. The only thing standing in the way are her nipple covers and extremely barely there thong.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous:

Trust me, I get it. But it's comics and there being variant covers showcasing just Dejah nude in very suggestive positions for most of the issues released must make a few people uncomfortable in the ERB camp. I did try to read some books of hers but I couldn't stomach how the women were depicted compared to the men. Each were barely disguised replicas of Dejah herself, but with different hairstyles and worse, just standing or lying about, looking ready for "action" and not the fighting kind. Had the stories been good (my opinion, of course), I might have pulled through.

I think the book would do better if it had an M rating. Just own up to it being filled with gratuitous female nudity and have at it. The only thing standing in the way are her nipple covers and extremely barely there thong.

Again all this is from the books, all the comic is doing is putting it in to pictures.

Edited by HisLolita

@jonny_anonymous:

The book actually states women from Mars are all sexually appealing and are strewn about the planet in various poses of languid ardour? Plus the covers of Dejah's own books? Or John Carter's?

Dejah is rarely standing and when she is, it's not exactly a power stance unless it's a legs spread apart, hips tilted kind of way. Or legs pressed together with arms high above. I know I am coming off combative but really, I am not trying to be. To insist a book from the early part of the 20th century mandated a future comic book present its female characters artistically like Dejah has been (and other females) is a bit of a stretch. Naked, okay. Mars is hot. Makes sense. But you can show nude and not make it sexually charged. Dynamite deliberately made the books of John Carter and Dejah appeal to fans in such a way. I'm not saying it's a bad thing. What sells, sells. It's just I can't quite fit the idea people over at Dynamite were keeping true to the books' roots when they hired and instructed artists to lay it out in comic form and by doing so, are now being unfairly accused of "pornographic" imagery. So what, you know? Just own up to it.

If anything, it was because of Dynamite John Carter and Dejah and their world are popular still to this day. It's a bit of the mouth biting the hand that fed it. Eddy B. did make the women naked. His camp can't claim innocence either.

Edited by COBRAMORPH

TBH even if Dynamite actually had her nude in all the comics, I'd still rather carry one of them around than a manga. Japan's tamer stuff is usually more "pervy" than an american product.

So female martians are naked, I assume females in Tarzan barely wear anything, but how about the females on Venus?

As for ERBInc, I knew about Dejai being naked the entire time LONG before Dynamite.

Posted by dshipp17

Great to hear some more of Dejah Thoris is coming out.