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Exclusive Extended Preview: WARLORD OF MARS #17

John Carter thought returning to Helium would be pleasant. But there's trouble awaiting and Dejah Thoris is a prisoner. Time for more but-kicking action.

You have to wonder if John Carter ever gets time to rest. There's always one giant battle after another. It also makes you wonder if visiting Mars would be a pleasant vacation. John was away and returns to Helium but he's not going to get the warm welcome he might've imagined.

Check out this exclusive extended preview courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment. When you're finished, be sure to check out the previews to the rest of this week's Dynamite books.

WARLORD OF MARS #17

32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature

Written by ARVID NELSON

Art by EDGAR SALAZAR

Covers by JOE JUSKO (50%), LUCIO PARRILLO (50%),

STEPHEN SADOWSKI (1-in-15)

“Virgin Art” Retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO

“Martian Red” Retailer incentive cover by STEPHEN SADOWSKI

John Carter returns to his beloved Helium, only to find it in the clutches of a brutal dictator. His princess, Dejah Thoris, is a prisoner of the evil priests who control the cult of Issus, the false goddess worshipped throughout Mars. John Carter's enemies have branded him a heretic and an outcast, but Carter has his own allies – his son, Carthoris, the great Thark warrior, Tars Tarkas, and his own sword arm! Warlord of Mars #17: Helium Divided is the second-to-last installment of the Gods of Mars story arc. The stage is set for the final confrontation!
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Posted by The Impersonator

Warlord of Mars XXX. =P

Posted by wmwadeii

Never understood why multiple companies would use the same Character. Marvel and Dynamite are both running with John Carter. I understand Marvel because of the Disney movie, but not Dynamite as much.

Posted by revbucky

The saga continues!

Posted by deadpool25mm

hmm very colorfull people.. lol

Posted by Nova`Prime`

@wmwadeii said:

Never understood why multiple companies would use the same Character. Marvel and Dynamite are both running with John Carter. I understand Marvel because of the Disney movie, but not Dynamite as much.

Dynamite reintroduced the character before there was any hint of a movie, Marvel is just doing it to go with the movie.

Posted by wmwadeii

@Nova`Prime`: I would figure Dynamite would have been smart enough to get the trademark rights to it as well. Although if we look at it being at issue 17 (title started 17 months ago), Disney would have been far into producing the Movie, and Marvel had a Comic back in 2009/2010 if I'm not mistaken. In which case Disney/Marvel was stupid for not optioning sole rights on it.

Posted by difficlus

Why is dejah seemingly always a prisoner of someone or something?

Posted by Mercy_

@difficlus said:

Why is dejah seemingly always a prisoner of someone or something?

Excuse to put her in chains/slave Leia gear and allow the audience to let their minds go nuts.

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Posted by Lexino

@wmwadeii said:

@Nova`Prime`: I would figure Dynamite would have been smart enough to get the trademark rights to it as well. Although if we look at it being at issue 17 (title started 17 months ago), Disney would have been far into producing the Movie, and Marvel had a Comic back in 2009/2010 if I'm not mistaken. In which case Disney/Marvel was stupid for not optioning sole rights on it.

Dynamite or Marvel can't get rights to it because the books are public domain.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

@difficlus said:

Why is dejah seemingly always a prisoner of someone or something?

Because that's how it was written in the book. Same with the lack of clothing, in the book the characters didn't wear any clothes except maybe the "metal" or their trophies from battle.

Posted by wmwadeii

@Lexino: Ok yeah I get it. Just figured somebody would still own the rights. I guess the original publisher didn't get them after the author died, and Disney/Marvel or Dynamite didn't try to get it renewed.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

@wmwadeii said:

@Lexino: Ok yeah I get it. Just figured somebody would still own the rights. I guess the original publisher didn't get them after the author died, and Disney/Marvel or Dynamite didn't try to get it renewed.

That's not really how public domain characters work, once a character gets into the public domain you can't claim copy right ownership of it. Now you can claim ownership of a redesigned character from the PD, but you won't own the original, just your remade one. That's why Dynamite can get away with doing a comic based on a character that Marvel is doing and has done before. For example DC owns the rights to the Ted Garrett and Ted Kord Blue Beetles and most likely the Blue Beetle name, but another publisher can do a Blue Beetle character, especially if its based on the original Ted Garret (from Fox Features) They would most likely have to call the comic something else, but still use the Blue Beetle name in the book itself, just like DC does with Captain Marvel (or at least did until they changed his name to Shazam).

Posted by KidSupreme

@Nova`Prime` said:

@wmwadeii said:

@Lexino: Ok yeah I get it. Just figured somebody would still own the rights. I guess the original publisher didn't get them after the author died, and Disney/Marvel or Dynamite didn't try to get it renewed.

That's not really how public domain characters work, once a character gets into the public domain you can't claim copy right ownership of it. Now you can claim ownership of a redesigned character from the PD, but you won't own the original, just your remade one. That's why Dynamite can get away with doing a comic based on a character that Marvel is doing and has done before. For example DC owns the rights to the Ted Garrett and Ted Kord Blue Beetles and most likely the Blue Beetle name, but another publisher can do a Blue Beetle character, especially if its based on the original Ted Garret (from Fox Features) They would most likely have to call the comic something else, but still use the Blue Beetle name in the book itself, just like DC does with Captain Marvel (or at least did until they changed his name to Shazam).

you totally right ....Nova .. especially on the spelling of the name (Ted Garret) is public domain and (Ted Garrett) is not public domain owned by DC comics

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Man this is a solid story it seems! That's the true Warlord of Mars I tell you, John Carter. Someday...someday I swear I will delve into this more fully when funds provide for it.

Posted by wmwadeii

@Nova`Prime`: Ok I get that, was just confused when I read the comment on Public Domain and Expired Copyright on Wikipedia;

Legal traditions differ on whether a work in the public domain can have its copyright restored

Posted by Nova`Prime`

@wmwadeii said:

@Nova`Prime`: Ok I get that, was just confused when I read the comment on Public Domain and Expired Copyright on Wikipedia;

Legal traditions differ on whether a work in the public domain can have its copyright restored

That's correct, many countries have different copy right laws, but as far as I know in the US once a character reaches the Public Domain it can not be copy righted in its original incarnation.