Phra the Phoenician
"Well and truly an inspired mind has written, 'One man in his time plays many parts,' but no other man ever played so many parts in the course of a single existence as I have."
Prologue to Phra the Phoenician
Nineteenth Century writer Edwin Arnold is best remembered today for his creation of Gullivar of Mars, as it was titled by Ace Books in the Sixties (cover by Frank Frazetta shown right). Originally released as Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, it told the story of a young Navy officer transported across planets to a Martian civilization built around interlinked water canals.
Gullivar of Mars has also often been cited as a possible influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs' own creation of John Carter of Mars.
Dynamite Comics teamed the two characters together in the 2012 comic book series; Warriors of Mars (shown left).
Phra the Phoenician was originally published in 1890 by The Illustrated London News,
with artwork by H.M. Paget:
If you enjoy the high adventure of Phra the Phoenician, and stories that include travel to exotic locations, then you'll probably enjoy the Wild Stars!
Click here to learn more about the Wild Stars History.
Or you may want to read more about Phra's interstellar counterpart: John Carter of Mars!
For visual fun, visit the cartoon page.
© 2016 by Michael Tierney.