PELLUCIDAR #1

“Across Savage Seas Part 1”

Writer: Mike Wolfer & Christopher Paul Carey

Artist: Miriana Puglia

Gretchen Von Harben is a young 22-year-old who just graduated from college with an anthropology degree. Before heading off to graduate school she jumps at the chance to visit Pellucidar. On The Flavonia a new dirigible with Jason Gridley she gets her wish. A thipdar or pterodactyl manages to crash through the double insulated glass windshield. It wrecks the controls before being killed. At this time some of the new structure of the ship collapses and traps Gretchen in the rear observation bubble. Before they can cut her out, another thipdar attacks the rear. Gretchn has to parachute out over the Sojar Az or Sea. She lands on an island and faces a giant crab.

Another Pellucidar story from Wolfer. He really understands Burroughs. This was based on a story idea from the director of publishing at ERB Inc. It uses an actual character that Burroughs created from Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja, the Golden Lion. One of the very few stories he wrote that I haven’t read. Sister to Erich Von Harben the inventor of the miracle alloy Harbenite. So far, this story was brilliant. It established the main character and her predicament. Feels just like something Burroughs would have written. A young women forced by extraordinary circumstances to get lost in the vast expanse of Pellucidar. Plenty of adventure awaits in this series. Just love these new Burrough stories.

2 thoughts on “PELLUCIDAR #1

  1. Since I don’t go to comic-book stores much these days (it’s been years), I’ve missed out on these ERB titles. This one sounds really good.

    Have you ever read Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth’s Core? It is one of my favorite renditions of the Jungle Lord in comics, with beautiful art by Lee Weeks and a great story by Walter Simonson. The four issues are faithful to ERB’s canon, while still giving the Predators plenty of room to do their thing. The battle between them and Tarzan in a deserted city is especially memorable. Dark Horse published it. I imagine individual issues aren’t too expensive, and a trade collection was published, too.

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