John Carter of Mars is the eleventh and final book in the Barsoom series and collects the two stories titled “John Carter and the Giant of Mars,” published in 1941 within the pages of Amazing Stories, and “The Skeleton Men of Jupiter,” published in 1943 also in Amazing Stories.
To paraphrase Mario Bros “Thank you John Carter! But our Princess is in another castle!” That line pretty much sums up the plot for this final installment in the opening trilogy of the Barsoom series.
The Gods of Mars is considered by most to be the best of the Barsoom series; it fleshes out the hero, introduces new races and gives us more history of the planet, all that and it’s also one of the best attacks on organized religion I’ve ever come across.
When one thinks of Edgar Rice Burroughs the character of Tarzan readily leaps to mind, but everyone’s favorite ape man was not the first creation of Burroughs, that would be the legendary adventurer John Carter and his awesome stories of Barsoom (Mars to the uninitiated).