Stink Loads of Mars

Here’s an antisocial product that assures you that you’ll be able to keep your coffin nails to yourself. A judicious application of STINK LOADS will keep all of those pesky tobacco moochers at bay. This seems like a product that’s begging for a come-back now that a pack of butts runs $5 to $6! Gosh, there about as expensive as modern comics!

This ad was in issue No. 2 of John Carter Warlord of Mars published by Marvel Comics in 1977.

Marvel had licensed the character from Edgar Rice Burroughs along with Tarzan. It was drawn by Gil Kane and lushly inked by Rudy Nebres. I enjoyed it immensely, but it didn’t fare as well as the other licensed comic Marvel was putting out at the same time – Star Wars. The John Carter series ran a little over two years – 28 issues.

The John Carter movie opens this weekend, and while I wish them the best, I’m afraid that they’re a day late and a quarter of a billion dollars short. The criticisms of the trailers are true, it looks like Attack of the Clones and a couple dozen other fantasy movies. It looks like those movies because Burroughs was laying the ground work for those novels, movies and comics back before the Titanic went on it’s maiden voyage. Burroughs’ work has always deserved the epic motion picture treatment, but they waited too long. Ultimately it should have been made back in the 1970s by Ray Harryhausen. I could see John Phillip Law as Carter and Caroline Munro as Dejah Thoris. It would have been incredible!

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2 Responses to Stink Loads of Mars

  1. JT says:

    I read of Ray Harryhausen years ago but I had forgotten his name.

    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts were GREAT movies thanks to his special effects.

  2. Joe Williams says:

    Ray Harryhausen was THE MAN of fantasy films before the ongoing flood of fantasy films brought about by the success of Star Wars. He was the only guy taking the genre seriously back then and consistently delivering terrific movies with special effects no one could touch!

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