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A Princess of Mars: A Graphic Novel (Illustrated Classics) [Paperback]

Ian Edginton , Edgar Rice Burroughs
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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (28 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454903600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454903604
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andy
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Now, I am very familiar with the original story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, having read the book (a couple of times) in the run up to the recent John Carter movie adaptation directed by Andrew Stanton, as well as the Dynamite comic book series, Warlord Of Mars. I was looking forward to this adaptation by Ian Edginton and illustrated by INJ Culbard, and I wasn't disappointed.

The artwork is of the same standard of the previous graphic novels I've read by INJ Culbard; HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains Of Madness and The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward as well as Conan Doyle's The Hound Of The Baskervilles, so I knew what to expect. By the way, I would recommend those books as well. I thought the artwork fit the story well.

The story, adapted by Ian Edginton, unlike the recent John Carter film, sticks very faithfully to the original book. It did feel like it was edited down a bit though, kind of like a two hour movie condensed into a half hour edit, as I breezed through the pages, but it never detracted from the story and was still an enjoyable read.

If you loved John Carter the movie, then I would recommend picking this up to experience a pretty good adaptation of the original story, equally, I would recommend it to those who have read and enjoyed the original A Princess Of Mars novel too for exactly the same reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare but engaging 18 Mar 2013
By Henry.
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As ever wonderful artwork. A full on adventure story that is weird enough and random enough for Culbard to bring to life. Very well done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Debra S. Jordan - Published on
All fans of EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS and his Martian novels should buy this excellently done adaptation of his first Martian novel "A Princess of Mars!"

The story adaptation is excellent and faithful to the original, and the artwork is simple but elegant! This is a book worth owning, so BUY IT NOW!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, graphical presentation of the well loved "A Princess of Mars" tale! 25 Nov 2012
By J. Reno - Published on
Edgar Rice Burroughs' fantastic novel "A Princess of Mars" is presented here in graphic novel format splendidly. While not the first time this story has been told graphically, this is certainly one of the most accurate and well-represented versions of Burroughs' classic tale. This work is brought to us by the powerhouse duo of Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard, whose previous adaptations include "A Study in Scarlet," "The Hound of Baskervilles," and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" among others.

If you are reading this review then I am going to assume you have at least a little knowledge of Burroughs' 'Mars' books, even if limited to the (extremely under-appreciated) Disney motion picture. The recollections of Captain John "Jack" Carter's adventures across the planet Mars include some of the most influential settings and imagery that continue to be a profound staple of modern day science-fiction. The success of such franchises as "Star Trek," "Masters of the Universe," James Cameron's "Avatar," and the almighty "Star Wars" owe much to A Princess of Mars for it's fantastical landscapes, interplanetary romance, and galvanizing alien races; but most of all for it's boundary-breaking perfection of a sub-genre dubbed the "space-opera" to which many an author owes his/her gratitude.

The text adaptation of this book by Ian Edginton blends perfectly with the action shown in the artwork. We are given everything we need to know, that cannot be shown in graphical form, through the use of narration and word balloons while the more poignant scenes are shown through powerful imagery. Speaking of imagery, I.N.J. Culbard's artwork is, in a word, dominant. The beautiful landscapes of the planet Barsoom (Mars) are brought to life through fantastic colors and Culbard's interpretation of the green martians, red martians, thoats, calots and all other manner of Barsoomian flora and fauna are refreshingly simple yet, mesmerizing. His artwork can be likened to that of Guy Davis or Darwyn Cooke, but with a distinction all it's own.

This is a story that many people, myself included, hold very dear. It is the beginning of a supremely powerful odyssey which spans worlds and generations with high adventure and logical morals strewn throughout. This version published by Sterling Press is a shinning example of what a great book can become in the illustrated world. My only hope is that we will see the rest of John Carter's adventures told in this format. Until that happens though, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. As stated before, there are many illustrated versions of this wonderful tale to choose from, but this particular version is the hardest with which to compete. The only version you will ever need is here and it sets the bar mighty high. It is definitely worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice take 13 Feb 2014
By Brian Smith - Published on
This is a nice take on an American classic. The artwork is well-done though at times I felt a little extra polishing would have added that finishing touch, hence only four stars. The story itself is gripping as well as entertaining. This book is a great addition to any collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs or an equally great intro to his work.
Another great SF book about that planet is The Mars Conspiracy by Aelius Valerius which seems to follow in the fantastical footsteps of Burroughs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Adaptation 7 Aug 2014
By Audel Salazar - Published on
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A very nice adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction masterpiece. The graphic novel sticks as close as it can to the original storyline without become boring or overbearing with words. The artwork is realistic and not at all toned down or censored like the Disney movie. With that being said, be ready for the nudity. I would highly recommend this particular adaptation over others *cough Marvel cough* not only to ERB fans but also to anyone wanting to enjoy a Martian (or should I say Barsoomian) adventure.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For my Burroughs collection 20 Jan 2013
By J. G. Huckenpohler - Published on
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This was a good retelling of a hundred year old story, but the artwork does not stand up to Schoonover's.
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