Friday, February 10, 2012

John Carter of Mars by Alan Davis

I just discovered that Marvel released a John Carter of Mars Omnibus featuring all the comics they published in the 1970s.

Alan Davis cover for John Carter of Mars omnibus

Here is cover and as you could expect, Davis does a superb job capturing Carter, Tars Tarkas, and Barsoom.  Notice that Dejah Thoris here doesn't match the version in the Marvel Comics tales. 

Alan Davis John Carter of Mars pencil version

Here is the pencil version of this artwork.  I am not quite sure but I believe that Davis drew this a while back even before the current JC mania in advance of the movie.  Alan writes on his website that "ERB's Mars books have been a favourite for many years and I have often thought about how I might handle the stories. This was one attempt to come up with a slightly different look from the usual comic book versions of the characters."

For more Marvel Comics with John Carter, check out my article on Giant-Size Marvel titled Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum on John Carter Warlord of Mars.  Nuff Said!

1 comment:

  1. I think this was a poor choice for a cover. While it looks great and is a very good depiction of the characters, (Minus the Tharks pumpkin like mouth) I think they should have stuck true to the original art style. People who see this cover will not instantly recognize that it contains the 70s books.


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