New Comic Strip Launch: Pirate Blood


Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Presents 

Pirate Blood
an all new web comic in our comic subscription lineup

“Pirate Blood” was among the manuscripts discovered in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ safe following his death in 1950. It was Burroughs’ second foray (after The Mucker) into a narrative featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist, a dark tale of piracy, murder, and genetic pre-destination. Penned in 1932, the tale was too gritty for Burroughs’ usual audience, and remained unsold until 1970.

Our story:
Johnny LaFitte always comes in second to his best friend Frank Adams, in academics as well as athletics. Johnny blames heredity—Frank and his friends are scions of California’s old money, while Johnny’s most notable ancestor was the famous pirate Jean LaFitte. Johnny’s belief in genetic destiny grows when he graduates from college to become a motorcycle cop, while his friends live the entitled, country club lifestyle provided by their family fortunes. It’s a particularly bitter pill when Johnny discovers that Daisy Juke, his childhood sweetheart, is now engaged to Frank. 



A chase to catch a bank robber finds Johnny shanghaied to the South Pacific aboard a dirigible. There, Johnny is forced to join a band of pirates to survive—and discovers his unique aptitude for the profession. Johnny’s attraction to La Diablesa, the mistress of his boss, the Vulture, complicates things—as does the appearance of his lost love, Daisy.


See the first strip of Pirate Blood, FREE, along with our entire lineup of 23 Edgar Rice Burroughs Comic Adventures. 

Pirate Blood TEAM

WRITER Martin Gately

Martin Gately commenced his writing career in the late 1980s working for DC Thomson on Starblazer–his first ever published story was illustrated by Enrique Alcatena. After a short stint as an editorial assistant, he left publishing behind to work in the British criminal justice system, at both the Serious Fraud Office and the Attorney General’s Office.

Returning to writing in the last few years, Gately was reunited with Alcatena on the Phantom: Generations story Sherwood Jungle from Moonstone Books and also The Cryptid Kid comic strip for Fortean Times, to which he is a regular contributor of articles.

Gately writes the continuing adventures of Gaston Leroux’s detective character Rouletabille for the Tales of the Shadowmen series from Black Coat Press, as well as contributing to numerous other anthologies from this publisher.

Also, Gately the author of the official short story prequel to Philip José Farmer’s first novel (in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer Volume 4 from Meteor House). His most recent published work appears in the Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Mammoth Books). He is currently working on his first novel.



Anthony Summey is originally from the small southern town of Walhalla, South Carolina, where he drove his grade school teachers crazy with doodles of superheroes all over his homework assignments. Needless to say, he has always and will always love to draw.

Summey is currently a freelance comic book artist and Professor of Art and Animation. He has received his MFA degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in Sequential Art. For those unfamiliar with that term, it simply means he studied comic strips, comic books, storyboarding, and children’s books. His work has appeared internationally with an ever-growing client list. For more information, please visit


New Comic Launch – Tarzan of the Apes, A Classic Adaptation

“I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.” With that opening line, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story of an orphaned baby raised by apes in equatorial Africa created a cultural phenomenon over 100 years ago. Today, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. launches a new online comic strip to commemorate this classic story.

True to the book, the new TARZAN OF THE APES comic strip will be a classic adaptation of this universally known story of survival, self-reliance, romance and freedom from societal norms. Written by Roy Thomas, drawn by Pablo Marcos with coloring by Oscar Gonzalez, this strip will intrigue you.

In the novel, John Clayton was born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, John Clayton Sr. [Lord Greystoke] and Alice Rutherford Clayton [Lady Greystoke]. After his parent’s death (Lord Greystoke is killed by the savage king-ape Kerchak) baby John is adopted by Kala, the fierce she-ape, who names him “TARZAN” meaning “white skin” in ape language. Raised to manhood by Kala who loved him dearly, baby TARZAN remains ignorant of his human heritage.

Tarzan of the Apes
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Deep in the wild African jungle, TARZAN learns survival secrets: how to talk with animals, swing through the trees, and fight against the powerful predators surrounding him. TARZAN grows to the strength and courage of his fellow apes. In time, his human intelligence promised TARZAN the kingship of the tribe. And, after a fight to the death with the king-ape Kerchak, TARZAN truly became Lord of the Jungle and King of the Apes.

Eventually, outsiders finally penetrate the jungle, bringing with them the wantonness of “civilized” greed and lust – but also the first white woman Tarzan had ever seen. Suddenly, Tarzan must choose between two worlds. Later, when asked how he came to be in this savage jungle, Tarzan replied, “I was born there. My mother was an ape, and of course she couldn’t tell me much about it. I never knew who my father was.”

Adventure and discovery await! View and read free samples at and then subscribe for just $1.99 per month to have access to all these fabulous new weekly comic strips of adventure and romance – all in vivid color by some of the grandmasters of comic strip production.

TARZAN OF THE APES (TM) by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN (TM) by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
CARSON OF VENUS (TM) by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd, and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE (TM) by Martin Powell and Steven E. Gordon
THE WAR CHIEF(TM) by Martin Powell and Nik Poliwko
THE CAVE GIRL (TM) by Martin Powell and Diana Leto (A Bi-Weekly)
PELLUCIDAR (TM) by Chuck Dixion and Tom Lyle