Marvel's "John Carter: A Princess of Mars"
I guess this wasn't that much of a surprise if you think about it. Marvel has announced they have partnered with the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate to produce their own comic book series according to the site Comic Book Movie http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/scifimediazone/news/?a=38946&t=Marvel_Announces_John_Carter_A_Princess_of_Mars. No mention is made of Disney's hand in this but considering Marvel published some TRON comics last year this is probably another way Disney will be using Marvel to help promote their movies. From the official press release:
"By working closely with the ERB estate, all John Carter comics produced with Marvel Entertainment will be considered part of the official canon, adding new layers to the rich mythos created by Burroughs.
Transported to the dying planet of Mars, Captain John Carter must now fight for his life against creatures unlike any ever seen by mankind. But as he finds himself enveloped by an alien civil war, he meets the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who will change his life forever!
“With our new partnership with Marvel Entertainment, we believe we have found the best creative force to revive the thrills and adventures in the 21st Century of the legendary John Carter of Mars. We are looking forward to introducing this original interplanetary adventurer to a new generation of fans and await the first issue with great anticipation,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Re-envisioned by acclaimed scribe Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger) and fan-favorite artist Filipe Andrade (Onslaught Unleashed), with covers by Eisner-winner Skottie Young (Wonderful Wizard of Oz), John Carter: A Princess of Mars #1 (of 5) brings you the story you love like you’ve never seen it before.
“Edgar Rice Burroughs created one of the great action heroes in John Carter and we’re excited to bring his novels to comics for a new generation,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor-In-Chief. “Roger and Filipe are going to blow everyone away with their take on the John Carter novels, keeping fans new and old on the edge of their seats.”
This September, one of the greatest action stories of all time comes to life in John Carter: A Princess of Mars #1!