Last issue ended with John Carter having been knocked unconscious and taken prisoner by the villainous Stara-Kan:
Left alone, this drives Carter into an enraged frenzy, and after a mighty struggle, he manages to rip the chain keeping him to the wall in half. Spent, Carter collapses into a heap.
Days later, Carter awakes. But before he can try to escape, a door slides open, and enters a Banth, a Martian lion. Taking no pride in the kill, Carter strangles it with his chains, and declares he is coming for Stara-Kan.
Escaping from his cell, Carter makes his way to the royal chamber, where Stara-Kan sits atop his throne, as if waiting for his foe to arrive. Carter promises he now kill him, to which Kan replies:
Kan tries blasting Carter using his telepathic powers, demanding Carter relent:
Many heroes--most, actually--have their #1 lady love, whether it be Lois Lane, Mary Jane Watson, Jane, etc. But I have to say none of them show the devotion-to-the-point-of-madness fervor that John Carter shows for Dejah Thoris. In some ways, bad guys use that against them--all they have to do is make some snide comment about harming her and Carter goes ballistic, as he does here.
This issue also features a one-page "Barsoomian Portfolio" by Alex Nino, an unusual little extra for a Marvel color comic:
Obviously, by this early stage Marvel already considered John Carter, Warlord of Mars a sales success, since on the letters page a John Carter Annual is announced to be on sale in just a few months, before the book was even a year old!