As far as a Blu-ray extra, viewers get a 10-minute featurette “100 Years in the Making” that will have pop-culture historians gritting their teeth for its brevity while looking at the roots of John Carter in novels. It only touches upon his sequential art appearances.
The promotional-style piece does feature interviews with Mr. Stanton (who pines a bit for the 1970s Marvel Comics series John Carter: Warlord of Mars), “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau (who once was attached to the “John Carter” project), and writer Michael Chabon.
Read all about it: The movie liberally adapts Burroughs‘ first John Carter novel, “A Princess From Mars.” Marvel Comics took a chunk from that 1917 story to offer the 31-issue series John Carter: Warlord of Mars back in the late 1970s. The comics featured the work of industry all-stars such as Frank Miller, Gil Kane, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont and Sal Buscema.
Dark Horse Comics has compiled that series into a 632-page trade paperback ($29.99) that really highlights the artwork through a black-and-white format.
Additionally, Marvel Entertainment offers a hardcover of the collection called John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus ($99.99) produced in glorious color.
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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