|My earliest memory of John Carter is this comic book cover. Awesome!|
John Carter, Conan, and Tarzan were who I wanted to be at a very young age. I recall my mother reading their comics to me before I was able to read myself. Later, armed with plastic swords I would weave a tapestry of steel and blood across the landscape of the living room and down the hallway. Evildoers and their henchmen fell by the hundreds as they were repelled from a fortress of pillows and blankets. Gun play and swashbuckling ruled the day!
Eventually I graduated to reading the paperback books. Although my first one was a Conan novel I quickly got into reading John Carter again and actually finished that series before I finished Conan.
|I consider Michael Whelan’s cover art as “my” visual of John Carter and Barsoom.|
After being introduced to Frank Frazetta’s art through Conan book covers I was delighted to find plenty of John Carter art by him as well. And yes, this is pretty much how I see myself at any given time of day.
|This is me after giving a negative counseling in the office.|
|A1S on patrol in Kharmah, Iraq.|
Decades later I find myself a somewhat accomplished adventurer and student of the sword and firearm much like John Carter himself (alas, I come up short in the Martian Princess dept). Now Hollywood is all set to quite possibly wreck my entire childhood in one fell swoop. Here is the pretty boy they have playing the role of John Carter:
|Not once have I ever imagined looking like this guy.|
|This rugged character, on the other hand, is much better suited to take on Tharks and other denizens of Barsoom.|
While I’m hoping the movie will be a decent adventure film I’m bracing myself for disappointment. Considering Hollywood’s track record for wrecking cool ideas, I’m not holding my breath. Ah, maybe I shouldn’t be such a hater.