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Subj: Re: knock-off better than original?
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2022 at 02:38:32 pm EDT (Viewed 94 times)
Reply Subj: Re: knock-off better than original?
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2022 at 02:10:41 pm EDT (Viewed 115 times)

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    Good one. I think id just assumed Gullivar Jones came after.


I'd bet pretty much everybody does.

But Gullivar Jones was first published in 1905, and the first John Carter story was published in 1912.

And there are so many striking similarities in the characters I don't think there can be any doubt that Edgar Rice Burroughs was... shall we say... 'heavily influnced' by the earlier work.

Yeah, it sounds like it. ERB was not averse to borrowing ideas as "the Mad King" was basically his take on Hope's "Prisoner of Zenda".


Kinda the same way Siegel and Shuster were "influenced" by the Philip Whylie novel "Gladiator". Although the Gladiator novel is obscure now, it was the biggest sci-fi novel of the 30s so there's no way Siegel and Shuster hadn't known of it.


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