In 1972 DC Comics licensed characters from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and continued the existing titles TARZAN and KORAK (son of Tarzan) previously published by Western. They ran backups in each featuring John Carter, Warlord of Mars and David Innes in Pellucidar, and later in 1972 DC began this new title featuring those characters, each getting half of each issue. It must not have sold very well, because the last three issues dropped the Burroughs characters in favor of a new one, Iron Wolf, a sword and sorcery creation of writer/artist Howard Chaykin. That must not have caught on quickly either, but DC was not patient then, and the book ended essentially with issue #9 in early 1974, with the final issue in late 1974, probably to use the third Iron Wolf story already completed. I enjoyed this series, and was sorry there weren’t more. Gaspar Saladino lettered many of the covers and just one inside page. I’ll show all that here, beginning with the covers. On the first one, above, his WEIRD WORLDS logo is at the top, and his captions are at the bottom.
This is an exciting cover, though all the characters tend to look like Tarzan. Gaspar’s captions work well.
The scroll caption at upper left includes type, possibly done by Gaspar on DC’s headline machine. The rest of the captions are his lettering.
Saladino changes it up here with a double-bordered burst caption that adds energy.
I can’t explain the lack of success of this book, perhaps readers were more familiar with Tarzan than these other Burroughs creations. I loved the science fictional aspects.
If readers weren’t buying for the Burroughs name, it was unlikely they would go for this unknown feature, but I admire DC for giving Chaykin a chance with it. Gaspar’s caption is his best of the series.
Saladino’s caption on this cover explains the story beyond the obvious threat in the art, and makes readers want to know more, just what a cover caption should do.
Gaspar’s only inside lettering was this introductory page for the first issue. Looking at it now, I wonder if the book title was the right direction. Perhaps EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ MARS AND PELLUCIDAR would have caught more attention, or just JOHN CARTER OF MARS with Pellucidar as the backup.
To sum up, Saladino lettered these covers: 1-2, 4, 6-9. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.