Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – John Carter

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick, Paul Montgomery, and Ali Colluccio gather together for this Special Edition to discuss everything John Carter: from the history and importance of the character, to the film itself, and the terrible job Disney did marketing the movie.

Also, Tim Riggins.

Mars Forever.

Running Time: 00:35:20


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  1. Great show! I’m happy to hear I wasn’t alone in absolutely loving this movie. It is a shame that the marketing was so poorly handled because this is a really fun time and it deserves a trilogy!

  2. Great show. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m happy to hear people are enjoying it.

    You mentioned the absence of any book releases building up to the movie. It’s regrettable, but understandable given the copyright situation. The first five books are public domain in North America — I downloaded them for free on eBooks over the Christmas holiday, after struggling last year to find them anywhere in bookstores — but the books are copyrighted separately in the UK and Europe, so releasing them would probably be a lot of legal headaches for very little profit.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      An update on this: Disney did release three omnibus paperbacks with new art, each with three of the Mars novels. They’re actually quite nice, though sadly incomplete. They made the curious choice of excluding the forewords, the connection between Carter and Burroughs.

    • I picked up a large hardcover of all 3 novels with full illustrations this weekend at Barnes and Noble for $12. They were published by Fall River a few years ago, contain forwards and are on the remainder tables.

  3. On the influence issue: I want to say that Superman’s abilities were, originally, based on gravitational differences between Earth and Krypton. Hence why Superman only lept and not flew. His powers coming from the yellow sun were a later addition. And Siegel and Schuster were avid readers of sci-fi pulps, so they certainly would have encountered John Carter. Adam Strange would be another obvious child of John Carter.

  4. forrestlee (@leeoftheforrest) says:

    Loved John Carter. Thought it was awesome, fun, classic, pulpy action, I’m a huge Stanton fan, and I appreciate how it influenced alot of fiction I love. I cannot wait to dive into the books now, too.

    Hopefully the International Market can save this movie (it’s doing a lot better everywhere else than America)

  5. I definitely loved this movie. It was super fun.

    As to why the marketing was botched so badly, this article caught my eye earlier today: http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/john-carter-doomed-by-first-trailer.html

    • You beat me posting that excellent article. Disney has widely gotten thumbs down for the marketing of John Carter but the majority of those problems rested on director Andrew Stanton’s shoulders.Read the article for the arrogant decisions he had final say on. Creators often dismiss studio marketing, sometimes rightly so, but many of them know what they’re doing in selling a film.

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