Beginning in 1972, Marvel showcased the character of Gullivar Jones, Warrior of Mars in issues #16-21 of the reprint anthology title Creatures on the Loose, which later featured the likewise-forgotten Conan-clone Thongor and Man-Wolf.
The parallels in the work of Arnold and Burroughs are best left to nit-picking literary scholars. I am much more interested in the similarities in the work of Arnold and Green Lantern scribe Ron Marz, who unfortunately gave us the Green Lantern known as Kyle Rayner.
While re-reading some 70's Marvel goodness to re-ignite my love of comic books (the flame of which has been snuffed by months of ho-hum-nicity) I noticed that there are striking parallels to the origins of Gullivar Jones and the Kyle Raynor Green Lantern.
Here is Gullivar Jones' origin as a Warrior of Mars, from Creatures on the Loose #16 (March 1972).
And here is Kyle Rayner's origin as an intergalactic law enforcement agent from Green Lantern #50 (March 1994)
Interesting, yes? Let's go down the checklist...
- Disaffected protagonist leaves club: Check!
- Enters spooky alley: Check! (though Gullivar probably entered the alley for different reasons than Kyle).
- Visited by extraterrestrial: Check!
- Given gift of Scienti-magic talisman: Check!
- Charged with mission to save worlds: Check!
- Alien dies: Check!
- Reluctantly accepts said mission: Check!