Press Release: Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars

During the seven years that Altus Press has been publishing the Wild Adventures series, there have been several milestones, beginning with Skull Island in 2013, wherein Doc Savage encountered the legendary King Kong. This was followed by The Sinister Shadow and its sequel, Empire of Doom, in which the Man of Bronze twice encountered his dark counterpart, The Shadow.

In 2014, Altus launched The Wild Adventures of Tarzan, with Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don. Two years later came the monumental King Kong versus Tarzan, a dream project long thought unachievable.

Now, in association with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Altus Books, the Wild Adventures announces its most breathtaking project to date.

Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars!

Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his amazing creations have long dreamed of reading a novel in which the Lord of the Jungle visits the Red Planet and encounters John Carter.

In Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars, this finally happens!

When a witch doctor’s sorcery hurls the ape-man’s soul out of his magnificent body, Tarzan discovers himself on a weird, treeless landscape, a dying planet inhabited by creatures unknown to him.

Marooned on Mars, Tarzan must learn to survive in an unfamiliar environment. With no hope of rescue, the ape-man begins the arduous journey that takes him from being a friendless stranger on an alien world to his rise as a force to be reckoned with.

For on Barsoom—as Martians style their home planet—there exists apes. Great apes of a type not found upon Earth. Hairless giants resembling gorillas, but possessing two sets of arms. Not to mention ferocious lion-like monsters known as banths as well as the elephantine zitidars.

Tarzan will go up against these fearsome creatures, and so begins the perilous march that elevates him from naked and unarmed castaway to the undisputed Ape-lord of Barsoom!

Written by genre giant Will Murray, Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars ultimately brings the famed Lord of the Jungle into open conflict with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ other great hero, John Carter, Warlord of Mars. In the end, which one will be victorious?

Fully authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars will really be released in hardcover, softcover, and e-book editions. As a bonus feature, hardcover editions of the book with include a short story set in England, wherein John Clayton, Lord Greystoke seeks the help of his ancestral nation’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes!

For Will Murray, the timing of this project is auspicious. “Fifty years ago in the closing months of 1968, I read my first Burroughs’ book, The Gods of Mars. Now I am privileged to contribute a significant entry in his Martian saga. Having come full circle in a way, my writing life feels almost complete.”

ERB, Inc. President Jim Sullos adds: “Whenever Will Murray turns to a Tarzan novel, magical tales come forth that hold your interest to the very end. With Tarzan going to Mars, interplanetary adventure reaches a new plateau. Tarzan adapts and excels as is his custom, and all we can do is enjoy the read and the ride because we’d never think of getting off until Will lets us.”

“Crossovers have been a big factor of the success of Altus Press over the years, and you can’t get much bigger than Tarzan and John Carter!” adds publisher Matt Moring.

Cover by Joe DeVito.

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