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How to celebrate Edgar Rice Burroughs at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2016

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John Carter, Warlord of Mars #24
John Carter, Warlord of Mars #24 – cover by George Perez

Rob Liefeld and Deadpool are sure to be big draws 2016’s Amazing Arizona Comic Con, which is great for the irreverent-superhero crowd, but there is also awesome news for discerning comic history buffs, especially fans of the ‘grandfather of modern pop culture,’ Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Burroughs creations, John Carter of Mars and Tarzan of the Apes, have inspired hundreds of artists and authors over the past 100-years, several of which will be attending this year’s ‘Amazing’ convention.

Chris Claremont
Author, Chris Claremont

Among the Burroughs related special guests at this year’s ‘Amazing’ show are John Carter, Warlord of Mars comic series author Chris Claremont and cover artist George Perez.

While Claremont is best known for his revamping of the X-Men in seventies, he is also responsible for writing roughly half of Marvel Comics’ John Carter comics (in particular the “The Master Assassin of Mars” storyline that ran from issues #16 – 27), which expanded upon Edgar Rice Burroughs space-opera with original Mars material.

Mr. Claremont also wrote one of the best non-Burroughs John Carter tales ever published, “The Ghost of the Superstition Mountains,” a short-story – set right here our infamous East Valley mountain range – which appears in the Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom anthology.

Artist and Author, George Perez
Artist and Author, George Perez

Renowned comic book artist, George Perez, known for his work on Wonder Woman, Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths, also worked on Marvel’s John Carter, Warlord of Mars series, illustrating the memorable covers for issues #12 – 14 and #24.

Also appearing at the 2016 Amazing Arizona Comic Convetion is Tarzan comic strip artist Rick Hoberg, who worked with famed Ape-Man illustrator, Russ Manning, back in the mid-seventies.

Rick Hoberg is highly regarded for his comic book art on that other popular space-opera, Star Wars, but he got his start working with Russ Manning on the overseas comic strip of Tarzan. He went on to a career illustrating dozens of popular superhero characters, and is well known for his work on Marvel’s What If? series.

Speaking of what ifs: What if Edgar Rice Burroughs had not inspired these comic book legends? Would the pop culture conventions we enjoy today even exist? I think not. So while you are attending Amazing Arizona Comic Con this year, be sure to ask these creators about their ERB influences.

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