John Carter of Mars (collection)
dust-jacket of first edition
|Author||Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Coleman Burroughs|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||Llana of Gathol|
The first, "John Carter and the Giant of Mars", is a juvenile story penned by Burrough's son John "Jack" Coleman Burroughs, and claimed to have been revised by Burroughs. It was written for a Whitman Big Little Book, illustrated by Jack Burroughs that was published in 1940 and then republished in Amazing Stories the next year.
The second story, "Skeleton Men of Jupiter", was first published in Amazing Stories in 1943. Intended as the first in a series of novelettes to be later collected in book form, in the fashion of Llana of Gathol, it ends with the plot unresolved, and the intended sequels were never written. Several other writers have written pastiche endings for the story.
The first edition of John Carter of Mars (a title that Burroughs never actually used for any book in the Barsoom series) was published in 1964 by Canaveral Press, fourteen years after Burroughs's death.
- "John Carter and the Giant of Mars"
- "Skeleton Men of Jupiter"
This book is not highly regarded by fans of the Barsoom series and is generally considered something of an afterthought. However, in the book Master of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Richard A. Lupoff, the editor of the 1964 Canaveral Press edition of John Carter of Mars, writes that it is interesting for its contrast between "real" Burroughs (Skeleton Men of Jupiter) and "ersatz" Burroughs (John Carter and the Giant of Mars).
- ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R ENCYCLOPEDIA entry for John Carter of Mars
- Text file of "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" at Project Gutenberg Australia Zip file
- Text file of "Skeleton Men of Jupiter" at Project Gutenberg Australia Zip file
- Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project page for "John Carter and the Giant of Mars"
- Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project page for "Skeleton Men of Jupiter"