While prospecting for gold, Captain John Carter of Virginia found himself paralyzed by a mysterious force in an Arizona cave and then mysteriously transported to the planet Mars, or “Barsoom” to its inhabitants. Adopted by the four-armed green warriors of the Thark horde, he rose to the rank of chieftain. Among this brutal people, he met three who would become his greatest allies: his faithful calot Woola, the Tharkian chieftain Tars Tarkas, and most important of all, a beautiful captive red Martian—Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. John Carter would go on to rescue his beloved Dejah Thoris from a cruel fate, unite many of the Red Planet’s disparate peoples, save all of life on Barsoom after its life-sustaining atmosphere plant failed, and overthrow the bloodthirsty false religion of the Holy Therns. For his heroic efforts he gained the title Warlord of Barsoom, and the hand in marriage of his incomparable princess.

Name: John Carter
Also known as: John Carter of Mars, Warlord of Mars, Warlord of Barsoom, Jeddak of Jeddaks, Vandor
Birthdate: Unknown
Also known as:
Warlord of Mars, Warlord of Barsoom, Jeddak of Jeddaks, Vandor
Dejah Thoris
Grandparents: Unknown
Parents: Unknown
Children: Carthoris (son), Tara (daughter)
Animal Companion: Woola (calot)
Fighting Styles: Fencing
Weapons of Choice: Longsword, shortsword, dagger, radium pistol, radium rifle
Personal Interests: Fighting, swordsmanship, diplomacy

Canonical Appearances

Core Canon by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

A Princess of Mars

The Gods of Mars

The Warlord of Mars

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

The Chessmen of Mars

The Master Mind of Mars

A Fighting Man of Mars

Swords of Mars

Synthetic Men of Mars

Llana of Gathol

Skeleton Men of Jupiter

Expanded Canon:

John Carter of Mars: Gods of the Forgotten (novel) by Geary Gravel

“John Carter of Mars: Swords of the Mind” by Geary Gravel (novelette – forthcoming 2024)

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