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             This published version of  Burroughs´ first Martian novel was not my very first try to turn this charming story into pictures.

             Late sixties I commenced to make A Princess of Mars as a comic in my own homemade magazine. Below are two pages

             from that enterprise  -  one of them is the last page I made, there is not even text on it... 


When I started the same job again in 1991  it was not so very difficult as it would be if I hadn´t  done it before. I could use many

referencies straight from the earlier work.  I had once invented the outlook of many things about the story. One thing was a dis-

appointment  -  I had used in sixties certain colors,  which I couldn´t find any more. They were very nice   colors made for colo-

loring photographs, very bright and easy to use.    After fruitless search for them I was forced to use acrylic with my new pictu-

res.  At the moment PORTTI-magazine has published my John Carter of Mars  in four issues, but some 20 pages have been wai-

ting to be printed at least three years.   The publishing rate has been so slow that I do not believe any more that I´d ever have

even the first of Burroughs´ Martian book finished.   When I started the job,  I had in my mind to handle all first three books,

which are the best that Burroughs has written about Barsoom. 

                   My comic-version of Burroughs´ A Princess of Mars  is printed in four PORTTI-magazines: 

        PORTTI  2/1991          PORTTI  2/1992            PORTTI  1/1994              PORTTI  2/2002               PORTTI  2/2013

The first part of this comics was published in an issue which was dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs and beside the comic, I

also wrote three articles about ERB, his biography, his writings and the movies of Tarzan. The best source of information

was Irwin Porges´ book  "The Man Who Created Tarzan".  There was also other articles written by other persons and for

those and mine too, I made pictures from the different books of ERB to decorate the text.  The title of my comic has been

changed because of the movie-project of "A Princess of Mars". When Disney got the rights for it, it also had the copyright

for several version of names including "John Carter", "Barsoom" etc.  I started my comic-version under the name "John

Carter of Mars", and then I was forced to rename it as "The Hero of Mars".  Since 2002 no parts of the comic has not been

published in printed version, but I have given an opportunity to see all finished pages on my website. Unfortunately only the

first third of the book A Princess of Mars has been drawn, so the story is not complete. It is not my fault, but the fault of the

publisher, who has not wanted to go on with the comic in his magazine.



                     The Burroughs-special of PORTTI                                          One of the pictures from Burroughs-special issue. 

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                       This picture has been used in France as a calendar-image by Jean-Pierre Moumon. Then it was black-

                       and-white drawing and in that form it was also published in PORTTI ERB-special. I colored it in Pho-

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                                                link to PORTTI  website:     PORTTI-magazine Finland