Marvel announces adaptions of John Carter novels

June 7, 2011 - 2:43 PM
Marvel John Carter

In this comic book image released by Marvel Entertainment, John Carter, a character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is shown. Marvel announced Tuesday, June 7, 2011, that it will do new graphic novel adaptations of Burrough’s Martian series, starting with “John Carter, Warlord of Mars,” as a five-issue mini-series in September. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Carter — Edgar Rice Burroughs' other famous pulp creation — is having his stories told anew thanks to an agreement between Marvel Entertainment and the author's estate that will return the Earth-born adventurer's Martian adventures to comic books.

Marvel said Tuesday that it will do new graphic novel adaptations of Burroughs' Martian series, starting with "John Carter, Warlord of Mars," as a five-issue mini-series in September.

Burroughs is best known for his creation of Tarzan.

Marvel called the adaptations a new way of experiencing the tales Burroughs wrote that were dubbed the "Barsoom" series. There are 10 novels in the series, with the 11th a collection of two separate stories.

The novels are set on Mars and include Princess Dejah Thoris, a four-armed warrior Thark named Tars Tarkas and plenty of fighting.