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So, at what point, if any, does Stanton’s John Carter become ERB’s John Carter?

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What triggered this question was MCR coming on and saying maybe Taylor Kitsch’s John Carter should win a People’s Choice Award for “Whiniest Super Hero” . . . we’ve all been there, done that, as far as the argument about Andrew Stanton’s flawed…

I Dream of Barsoom — Part 1

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From time to time I pop up here trying to coax comment insights from the denizens of JCF  that address the issue of what made the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs special and different in comparison to, on the one hand, other pulp…

John Carter: The First Marketing Blunder – The Title

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This is a chapter from John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood. As introduction, I would just mention that one of the themes that the book explores is the role of the “influencer media” — those entertainment sites, and their readers/commenters, who follow…

A Beautiful Scan of Robert Abbett’s "A Princess of Mars" Art

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I’m working on the DVD disk art for the ERB Centennial and I’m looking at an absolutely gorgeous 62MB Tiff scan of Robert Abbett’s cover art for Edgar Rice Burroughs‘  A Princess of Mars. It’s incredible how much better this looks than anything…

Roy Krenkel’s Evocative Edgar Rice Burroughs Covers

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A disciple of J.Allen St. John, Franklin Booth, William Walcot and Norman Lindsay, Roy Krenkel was responsible for vividly evocative cover art for the ACE 1960’s Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks. For the gallery below I was able to get clean copies — no…

White Paper: The Case for John Carter Sequels

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The burst of activity at Comic Con by volunteers of the Back to Barsoom John Carter Sequel Facebook Group has attracted a certain amount of attention, but while there seems to a certain “we admire their pluck”,  many observers consider theirs to be a…

The Edgar Rice Burroughs Magic — What was it about his writing that was so special?

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There have been recent comments here on JCF about how the adaptation of John Carter was handled by Andrew Stanton, Michael Chabon, and Mark Andrews and as I was writing some responses I realized that there is a good chapter in John Carter…

Quick Thought: "Thelma and Louise" and "John Carter" have something in common?

John Carter, more than almost any movie that I’ve seen in awhile, grows on you in subsequent viewings as small things that almost invariably strengthen the viewing experience “stick” on subsequent viewings. An example — the relationship progression between John Carter and Dejah…

How the Lone Ranger created problems for John Carter

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In working on John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood , one of the things that was extremely important to pin down was — when and how did the “bloated budget” negative storyline begin, and how did it roll out?   Ironically,  The…

John Carter Role Playing Games? Video Games? Board Games?

There is a discussion thread over at the John Carter Facebook Group that I wanted to post here because it’s something that I’ve thought about from time to time — what about John Carter role playing games, or video games, or board games…

When did the negative press for John Carter start, and why?

I’ve spent a frustrating couple of days trying to research exactly when, and how, and why, the negative press for John Carter began and I want to share some of what I’ve found — and ask for some research help on a couple…

Comparing The Disney Publicity output for "John Carter" vs "The Avengers"

Following is a side by side comparison of the publicity output for John Carter vs The Avengers on the theory that it would be revealing to see how these two films, both 250m “tentpoles” released by Disney within 8 weeks of each other,…

Was Disney guilty of a "violation" of its own brand with John Carter?

In analyzing the John Carter performance at the domestic box office, one thing that I’ve learned is that among the pros in the branding business, Disney is considered to have created what is alternately called a “brand violation”, or a “brand misalignment”, or…

Open Letter to Disney Explaining Why a John Carter Sequel Makes Good Business Sense

Dunno how I missed this. Makes some good points. It comes from The Patron Saint of Super Heroes Dear Disney, Yes, I know you said you wanted to gross $700 million before you’d agree to either of the two sequels Andrew Stanton had…

Is John Carter a Perfect Steve Jobs-style "bozo-meter"?

This is a review which caught my attention because of it’s reference to Steve Jobs comment about dividing the world into those that “get it” and those that are “bozos” — with the reviewer reaching the conclusion that John Carter is a “perfect…

Another Iger Interview: Wonder where the preordained flop narrative came from? Read this.

Disney CEO is starting to talk about John Carter and what he has to say, first in a Fortune/CNN Money article, and now in Bloomberg, is extremely interesting, particularly coming now, publicly, the day after the Q2 financials were released.  Iger is interviewed…

Ross and Iger on Ross's Firing and "moving on" from John Carter

Jennifer Reingold has a comprehensive article in Fortune that includes unusually good access to Rich Ross, before he was fired from Disney, and Robert Iger, Disney’s CEO.  Reingold recounts visiting Ross in his office on March 19: The day I visit Walt Disney…

Special Report: John Carter, the Flop that Wasn't a Turkey (Part 2)

This part two of a three part series entitled John Carter, the Flop that Wasn’t a Turkey.  You can read Part One here. by Michael D. Sellers John Carter: The Flop that Wasn’t a Turkey (How did it happen?) Part Two On April…

Roy Krenkel's Evocative Cover Art for Edgar Rice Burroughs

A disciple of J.Allen St. John, Franklin Booth, William Walcot and Norman Lindsay, Roy Krenkel was responsible for vividly evocative cover art for the ACE 1960’s Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks. For the gallery below I was able to get clean copies — no…

A sweet and poignant farewell to John Carter, after a sixth viewing

I reviewed John Carter after seeing it for the first time a little more than 6 weeks ago.  I saw it for the sixth time two nights ago — and the sixth was, surprisingly, the best viewing of all. I feel compelled to…

Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter, and the Mad Romance of the One Man Flier

Reading the Martian novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs as a teenager, high on the list of the “magic of Burroughs” for me was the concept of the tiny “one-man scout flier” — basically, as described by Burroughs, a surfboard sized flying device that…

John Carter Fans Out to "Make a Statement" at final screening of the film at Hollywood's El Capitan

For updates about the “Last Trip to Barsoom” event — go to this link. Following is the original story — which includes the article below; plus (scroll down) quotes from fans who have seen the film multiple times; plus a fan art gallery,…

New John Carter Fan Art Gallery

The fans at the Facebook Group “Take Me Back to Barsoom! I want John Carter to have a sequel!” are continuing to make fan art that celebrates John Carter. This is by no means everything they’ve done — join the group and see…

The John Carter "What Really Happened" File: Andrew Stanton on Reshoots and the Pixar Process

Much has been made of the fact that John Carter had what the industry call “reshoots”, with the implication in some reporting being that the “reshoots” proved that the original principal photography was somehow botched and that expensive, unplanned reshoots were necessary in…

A Tale of the Two Worlds of John Carter (The onscreen one, and the offscreen)

From Adventures by Daddy by Dave Parfitt Walt Disney Studios’ John Carter opened nationwide on Friday, March 9th, but it wasn’t until last weekend my family and I were able to see it.  Three weeks into its theatrical run, John Carter is clearly on life support –…

Fans Declare John Carter "Highest Grossing Flop in Cinema History" — thus "Unfloppable", "Floptastic", and a "Flopbuster"

As John Carter climbs toward $300m global gross, fans at the 6,300 strong Facebook Group “Take me back to Barsoom! I Want John Carter to Have a Sequel” have apparently decided to take the bull by the horns and  point out something that…