Burroughs had tried to have a John Carter strip as early as 1929, but was caught up in the media wars between United Features Syndicate and King Features Syndicate as the early attempts were shelved for a later date. One of the creator’s sons influenced by artists J. Allen St. John and Gustave Dore decided to give it another try after a comic book adaptation he did for The Funnies. So on the unfortunate date of December 7, 1941, John Coleman Burroughs introduced his John Carter of Mars syndicated Sunday newspaper strip that he wrote and illustrated for seventy two exciting episodes which debuted in The Chicago Sun and finally ending in March of 1943. Since it opened on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the feature was picked up by very few papers with paper rationing and competition from other strips. Starting with an adaptation of A Princess of Mars, he changed the storyline after five weeks in order to provide more action after King Features Syndicate made the request. The artist's wife served as a model for the lovely Dejah Thoris as she also helped with the backgrounds, lettering, and inking some of the Sunday. Featured below is an unpublished John Carter page produced for The Funnies that unfortunately never saw print.
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Created by Forrest J Ackerman and costume/hair designer Trina Robbins in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror comics magazine Vampirella #1 for September of 1969, Vampi, started as a horror-story hostess, before becoming a horror-drama leading lady. First drawn by Tom Sutton and a painted cover by Frank Frazetta, Jose Gonzales became the character's primary artist which soon became a fan favorite. Vampirella was a lovely inhabitant of the planet Drakulon, a world where a vampiric race lived on blood as it flowed in their rivers. The planets twin suns were causing severe droughts across the planet, marking certain doom for her Vampiri race. These strange creatures were able to transform themselves into bats at will, possessed superhuman physical attributes, sprout wings when required to fly, and of course drink blood. Our story begins with Drakulon's last inhabitants are dying when and Earth ship crashes onto their planet and Vampirella is sent to investigate. The sexy vampire soon finds out the astronauts have blood in their veins, takes over the ship and returns back to Earth where her adventures really begin. With her interesting supporting cast of characters, our heroine now becomes a "good" vampire, and devotes her energy to ridding our world of the evil kind of blood suckers.