Pulp science-fiction icon John Carter of Mars has never been more colorful than in the comic-book versions written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Howard Chaykin and others. Check out exclusive preview pages from a new collection reprinting these gems.

The Wolfman-scripted John Carter comics, adapting the original novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, were published in the early 1970s by DC Comics. According to Wikipedia, Wolfman went on to write an original John Carter comic for Marvel from 1977 to 1979, which wasn't based on Burroughs' stories. Perhaps those issues will see print at some point too.

Here are some more details about the reprint, coming from Dark Horse Comics on January 12:

John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Howard Chaykin, Murphy Anderson, Gray Morrow, Sal Amendola
Inker: Joe Orlando
Cover Artist: Joe Orlando

Since his serialized debut in All-Story magazine in 1912, the spacefaring adventurer John Carter of Mars has become one of Edgar Rice Burroughs' most beloved characters. The star of decades worth of novels and comic books, he's soon to be immortalized on the silver screen as well, in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures major film release John Carter of Mars! In this volume, John Carter, an ex-soldier turned prospector, is transported to Mars—"Barsoom," as it is known to its natives—under mysterious circumstances, and becomes a champion dedicated to protecting his new home and newly found love, the princess Dejah Thoris, from warring alien civilizations and a host of deadly Barsoomian beasts!

* Collecting stories originally published in Tarzan #207#209 and Weird Worlds #1#7.

Publication Date: January 12, 2011
Format: FC, 112 pages, 7" x 10"
Price: $14.99

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version

Prepare for Disney's John Carter of Mars movie, with the totally far-out comic book version