Right around the time DC was starting their John Carter strip in Tarzan, Marvel, obviously smarting over the license going to their Distinguished Competition, had picked up their own Mars-centric character--Gullivar Jones, created by Edwin L. Arnold.
In an editorial that ran in Monsters Unleashed #1 (which you see above), they went a little overboard comparing the two characters:
...I think time has shown that while Gullivar Jones might be a fine character, its John Carter who still remains the preeminent Mars warrior. Since Marvel could never admit to even their worst comic not being better than DC's best, they of course came down on Gullivar's side. Of course, they changed their mind just a few years later, when all of sudden John Carter was good enough for the House of Ideas!
This little moment of Spy vs. Spy-esque folderal was immortalized by Fred Hembeck in Fantaco's Hembeck #5, The Hembeck File:
Next up for John Carter is his time at Dark Horse, which we'll start looking at one month from now, on July 14th. By Barsoom, be here!
(Special Thanks to Honorary Barsoomian Rob Tullo for providing the scans from MU #1. Thanks Rob!)
"Prisoner of the Tharks" by Marv Wolfman, Murphy Anderson, and Gray Morrow
For John Carter's final DC appearance, they chose to finally give him extra space, by reprinting the second half of Tarzan #207 and the whole story from Tarzan #208:
At twelve pages, this would be John Carter's longest appearance in Tarzan Family. Too bad it was devoted to a reprint, and his swan song at DC to boot.
Obviously DC got caught unawares that they were going to lose the ERB license, since just one issue previous they talked about all the plans they had for the book. But of course it was not to be--John Carter and the rest of his fellow ERB creations would soon migrate over to Marvel, where the Gentleman from Virginia would have a bit of a longer life...
Even though this is DC's last John Carter comic, we do have one more little DC-related detour to cover, which we'll see in two days!