Aw, snap! Here’s some more advance proof that the long-awaited JOHN CARTER movie is going to be a thing of beauty. Readers of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ MARTIAN TALES will remember the great white apes of Mars (Barsoom). But I don’t think anybody–not even the scads of great comic book artists who adapted these tales in previous decades–has envisioned such a mass, gargantuan version of these white apes. Here’s a newly released shot of John Carter about to come face-to-face with one of those flesh-eating monstrosities. Burroughs himself would be in awe…

As for me, I hope these JOHN CARTER movies are polar opposite of what happened to CONAN. I hope they have great stories directly inspired by the Burroughs tales, great visuals, and a chance to be more than just a video game with live actors. So far it looks good for Carter and his Martian pals…but as with every movie we’ll have to wait and see it on the big screen before making any final judgments.

JOHN CARTER hits theatres on 3/9/12.

(Yeah, I know, it should have been called JOHN CARTER OF MARS. Eh, that’s Hollywood. I’ll forgive the title if the movie rocks.)

Speaking of Martian Tales, I have to give props to Marvel’s current adaptation of ERB’s very first John Carter novel A PRINCESS OF MARS, as brilliantly drawn by Filipe Andrade. There are a lot of John Carter comics on the market right now, but this one is truly a cut above the rest. Andrade puts his own visual twist on Barsoom and its inhabitants, while staying true to the spirit of Burroughs’ creations. I hope to see the same team tackle the second, third, and even more volumes of the original series. Kudos to Marvel for putting this great book together…