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This may or may not be new to all of you, but as of this morning when reader Christopher M. sent it over it was new to me — so it wins the Officially Cool stamp of approval. It is a slew of additional concept drawings for John Carter of Mars by Phil Saunders, whose credits include being an illustrator on Iron Man, Spider-Man 3 and Zathura. They were posted over on Saunders’ personal blog the other day and they are certainly worth checking out.

John Carter of Mars is currently under the careful eye of WALL-E directed Andrew Stanton and is being developed by Stanton and friends over at Pixar as a half animation, half live-action adventure. It tells the story of Civil War vet John Carter, who is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior.

Check out the John Carter concept art below.

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As an added bonus, Saunders also posted some concept art for the Brett Ratner directed, J.J. Abrams written Superman movie that never was. As Saunders explains, “This is about as un-dynamic a composition as you can come up with, but Production Designer Owen Patterson wanted a straight one-point perspective view of Superman facing off against the Rouser (a Japa… er, Kryptonian Battle Pod, don’t ask) so you could compare scale. I had fun designing the Rouser, though.”

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Check out more of Saunders’ awesome work over at Phil Saunders’ Random Stuff.


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