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Beyond the Farthest Star

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Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

The final Burroughs Blue Book story was Beyond the Farthest Star, run in the January 1942 issue, again without cover art, but with an interior illustration by Grattan Condon. Originally intended as the first segment of a novel, like Tarzan and the Champion, it would also later be compiled with other stories in 1964 in Tales of Three Planets. Written while living in Honolulu and serving as a war correspondent during World War II, this tale was opened as a war story when an aviator was blasted out of the sky by a synchronicity of explosions that flung him beyond the farthest star. It also employed a device most likely borrowed from the unfinished Ghostly Script, with the story being told by the touch of a ghostly hand upon the keys of Burroughs' typewriter.

Text and images from Volume Two of The Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology.

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Michael art by J. Huddleston

Scripts, Colors, and Letters by Michael Tierney:

Michael Tierney has over 1,000 published works of fiction and non-fiction. His most notable non-fiction work was the highly-acclaimed Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology. The fiction work he is best known for is his long-running science fiction opera: Wild Stars--which consists of novels, portfolios, and comic books. One of those comics he not only wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered, but also printed in his garage. It was the first comic to be foil stamped and have a die-cut cover, and remains the only comic to ever have a die-cut back cover. With Beyond the Farthest Star he accomplishes a personal first. This is his debut as a colorist.

Michael has also been known to wear a mask while traveling abroad -- as a master certificed scuba diver who hunts sharks with a camera.
John Lucas

Pencils and Inks by John Lucas:

John Lucas is made entirely of popcorn and Caro syrup. It defies biology and common sense and has baffled the great minds of our times. Sadly, the judgements of such big-brained muckity-mucks come at no small cost. So, John must toil away for the few odd coins a cartoonist's life will afford, that he may remain free of the chains of the debtors prison.

John's work has appeared in funny books published by D.C., Marvel, Darkhorse, AdHouse, Image, Top Cow, Insight, 1First and BOOM!. If you don't believe it, look it up.

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Week One Teaser Image!

March 8 2019
Beyond the Fartherst Star
opens during the height of World War Two.
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Week Two Teaser Image!

March 15 2019
One week before D-Day, an imminent Nazi terror attack on London is revealed to Winston Chruchhill and Dwight D. Eisenhower!

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Week Three Teaser Image!

MARCH 23, 2019
Squad leader Tango One leads his fellow fighter pilots on an urgent,
suicide mission that could change the course of the war.

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Week Four Teaser Image!

MARCH 30, 2019
Well, I did say last week that Tango One was on a suicide mission.
So I guess that was the shortest run of any online strip ever -- with the main character dead already!
Waitaminute, ERB, Inc. is calling about the contract and saying how they expect another strip next week?
Uh-oh. Ummmm . . .

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Week Five Teaser Image!

APRIL 6, 2019
The timing of this week's release is perfect--with Japan's cherry blossom trees all being in full bloom.

Penciler/Inker John Lucas provides a spectacular sequence that shows our hero's transition from Earth to Beyond the Farthest Star!
Is this transition tied to the origin of the Viking legends of Valhalla and the rainbow bridge to Asgard? Maybe.
More on that later, but right now you have to subscribe to see John's fantastic sequence!
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Week Six Teaser Image!

APRIL 13, 2019
Tango One can't really be on another world, can he?
This has got to be a dream sequence, right?
And . . . are those buildings that are popping up out of the ground?

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Week Seven Teaser Image!

APRIL 20, 2019
Yep, those were buildings popping up out of the ground!
So . . . how will the inhabitants of this distant world react to a naked man suddenly appearing out of nowhere?
Will they recognize him as a hero -- or think him to be something else?

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Week Eight Teaser Image!

APRIL 27, 2019
Tango One, now called Tangor (you've got to buy the subscription to find out why)
is told to get in his cell and be quiet while we visit the sad story of his cellmate, Claws DeClamp,
who, because of a birth defect that colored the edges of his claws red,
always gets blamed every time someone nearby is pinchered to death.
Then again, these are teasers, and could I just be teasing you?

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Week Nine Teaser Image!

May 4, 2019
Tangor gets an upgrade to house arrest.
But what happened to Claws DeClamp, the half-lobster monster?
And what's for dinner ... it's surely not (choke) lobster, is it?

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Week Ten Teaser Image!

May 11, 2019
Tangor is called to court for his crimes of public nudity and being an illegal alien.
So why not loosen things up by cracking a few jokes with the Judge?
One problem, the penalty for those crimes is Death on the planet Poloda!

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Week Eleven Teaser Image!

May 18, 2019
Tangor's trial continues as the best scientists on Poloda testify.
They've determined that the defendant came from a long, long way away!

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Week Twelve Teaser Image!

May 25, 2019
Tangor's trial concludes and the verdict is death!
So that wraps up our little story as . . .
Waitaminute, the fine folks at ERB, Inc. are calling again?
Looks like both Tangor and myself have some fast talking to do . . .

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Week Thirteen Teaser Image!

June 1, 2019
Tangor gets a brief reprieve when his conviction is appealed to a higher court.
But will he survive a bombing attack by the Kapars,
when he discovers that an elevator in freefall has nothing on a building dropping down to hide under the ground?

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Week Fourteen Teaser Image!

June 8, 2019
The ride to court wasn't a big deal with four people in a four-seater.
But the ride home gets a little crowded with three additional court-ordered security guards along for the ride.

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Week Fifteen Teaser Image!

June 15, 2019
Okay, you just got out of court on a charge of public nudity . . .
and your friends decide it's a good idea to go swimming, naked, right in front of your guards?
You know something is going to go terribly wrong here.
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Week Sixteen Teaser Image!

June 22, 2019
The Kapars launch a sneak attack!
But Tangor still stops to grab a pair of pants.
Don't want to get a second death penalty for running around naked in public!

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Week Seventeen Teaser Image!

June 29, 2019
That Tangor is good in a fight with the Kapars isn't a surprise.
But what he discovers afterwards is!

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Week Eighteen Teaser Image!

July 6, 2019
Tangor is called before the Janhai Commission, the military ruler of Unis, who will decide his final fate!
Will Tangor's death sentence be carried out?
Or will he walk away a free man?
I don't see anyone walking away.
Uh-oh. Looks like next week starts the New Adventures of Claws DeClamp.

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Week Nineteen Teaser Image!

July 13, 2019
Claws DeClamp takes to the skies of Poloda as an ace fighter pilot!
Or, could Tangor have survived his visit with the Janhai Commission instead?

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Week Twenty Teaser Image!

July 20, 2019
This happens to every guy on every world.
Tangor makes what he thinks is a clever comment to a pretty girl, and she just starts laughing at his naivety!

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Week Twenty-One Teaser Image!

July 27, 2019
Tangor has joined the Air Services and become an accepted member of Poloda's society.
What could go wrong now?
You just know something BAD is about to happen!
It does.

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Week Twenty-Two Teaser Image!

August 3, 2019
It's Tangor's first day as a pilot in the Air Services,
and the Kapars have launched their largest air assault in years!

Tangor can't help but reflect about how he died the last time he was engaged in massive aerial combat,
and this time the sky is literally filled with enemy aircraft.

Is he about to die a second time?

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Week Twenty-Three Teaser Image!

August 10, 2019
Tangor is having deja vu--as his aerial combat with the Kapars of Poloda
is following the same pattern as when he died on Earth while battling the Germans during WWII.

He feels as though he is doomed to die again!

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Week Twenty-Four Teaser Image!

August 17, 2019
Tangor downs his third Kapar plane,
breaking the pattern from when he died fighting in WWII on Earth.

But then things take a horrific turn for the worse!

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Week Twenty-Five Teaser Image!

August 24, 2019
Although crashed in no-man's land,
Tangor feels relieved to still be alive.

His tail-gunner, Banthor Han, feels decidedly different about their circumstances,
and a squadron of Kaparan fighter planes are headed their way.

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Week Twenty-Six Teaser Image!

September 4, 2019
Trapped on a bombed-out coastline on the wrong side of the mountains,
Tangor feels the solution is simple.

All they have to do is cross over the mountains.

Banthor Han, however, keeps repeating his dire warning about how these mountains are:
"Full of wild beasts!"
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Week Twenty-Seven Teaser Image!

September 4, 2019
When he comes face to face with a man-eating monster,
Tangor learns exactly why Banthor Han was so frightened to venture into the mountains.

Can they avoid becoming cat dinner--and cat litter?

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Week Twenty-Eight Teaser Image!

September 14, 2019
Attacked by a vicious beast, Tangor's tail-gunner, Banthor Han, offers one piece of advice.

"Don't shoot! You'll only make it angry!"

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Week Twenty-Nine Teaser Image!

September 21, 2019
Tangor begins to realize that Banthor Han was right.
The mountains are indeed dangerous.
Every day they are attacked by vicious animals.

But the nights...
the nights are the worst.

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Week Thirty Teaser Image!

September 28, 2019
Reaching the far side of the mountains,
Tangor and Banthor Han confront a pair of Kapar spies engaged in a nefarious plot.

For over one-hundred years the planet of Poloda has been engaged in a World War.
It gets ugly at times.

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Week Thirty-One Teaser Image!

October 5, 2019
Piloting the ship taken from the Kapar spies,
Tangor flies straight into a pursuit squadron of Unisan planes.

What trick can he and Banthor Han pull to keep from being shot down?

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Week Thirty-Two Teaser Image!

October 12, 2019
Tangor manages to fly the captured Kapar ship back to his base camp in Unis,
and successfully lands the smoking derelict.

For spoiling the Kapar's plan of sabotague, both he and Banthor Han are rewarded with a couple of days off!

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Week Thirty-Three Teaser Image!

October 19, 2019
Tangor finds a weeping Yamoda at the garden where he first arrived on Poloda,
and worries that she is crying for her brother.

Then Harkas Don arrives, shocked to learn that Tangor is also still alive.
"No one ever returns after being missing for so long."

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Week Thirty-Four Teaser Image!

October 26, 2019
Balzo Mara joins the trio in the garden,
and Tangor is slightly shocked at the public display of affection she shares with Yamoda.

Tangor forgets the display Yamoda had just shown him,
and doesn't even notice that Balzo Mara is now wearing the gold colors of an unattached woman.

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Week Thirty-Five Teaser Images!

November 2, 2019
Flying bomber escort at high altitude,
Tangor gets a glimpse of the circle of planets that all share the same orbit around Poloda's sun,
and wonders if he might someday get a chance to explore the legend of a air tunnel that connects them all?

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Week Thirty-Six Teaser Image!

November 9, 2019
The bombers do to Kapara what they have been doing to Unis,
and rain down Hell.
But when the Unisan air fleet turns for home, mission complete, disaster strikes!

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Week Thirty-Seven Teaser Image!

November 16, 2019
Tangor manages to glide his damaged ship away from Kapara,
and into the neighboring country of Punis.
But this may not be good thing.

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Week Thirty-Eight Teaser Image!

November 23, 2019
It turns out that the Punisians who came to greet him consider Unisans to be their friends...
or so Tangor hopes.

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Week Thirty-Nine Teaser Image!

November 30, 2019
Tangor learns that he needed not worry about the Punisians cannibalizing his dead tailgunner...
...but begins to wonder if they prefer their meat a little fresher.

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Week Forty Teaser Image!

December 7, 2019
Tangor meets a community that is starving to death.
It's an experience that brings tears to his eyes.

Week Forty-One Teaser Image!

December 14, 2019
Headed back to his plane, Tangor attracts an entourage.
Then he gets the news that his plane has attracted the attention of a Kapar soldier.

Week Forty-Two Teaser Image!

December 21, 2019
Tangor confronts a Kapar who claims to be a Unisan in disguise.
Then the Kapar says something far more shocking.

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Week Forty-Three Teaser Image!

December 28, 2019
The captured Kapar has claimed to be Balzo Jan, the brother of Balzo Maro,
Tangor's friend who was the first to meet him after arriving on Paloda.

Balzo Jan is also spinning a story about his Unisan plane being shot down by a
Kapar plane that followed the fight onto the ground.
Seeing that Balzo Jan has no gun and only one kind of ammunition,
Tangor decides to interrogate him.

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Week Forty-Four Teaser Image!

January 4, 2020
The first episdoe of 2020 is a tense one!

Tangor had been convinced that Balzo Jan is indeed Balzo Maro's brother,
but Tangor's new friends, the Punisians, are less than convinced.
In fact, these cannibals are completely confused, angry, and very hungry.

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Week Forty-Five Teaser Image!

January 11, 2020
The question isn't if Tangor can convince the Punisians that he and Balzo Jan are friends.

The real question this episode is; Why would anyone carry an extra suit on a military plane?

After all the trouble Tangor had after he arrived naked on Poloda, right in front of Jan's sister, Maro,
it's not really a surprise that he would keep an extra shirt and trousers handy.

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Week Forty-Six Teaser Image!

Tangor and Balzo Jan survive the temptation of the Punisian cannibals long enough to repair their plane...

...And immediately fly into an encounter with a squadron of Kapar fighter planes!

January 18, 2020
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Week Forty-Seven Teaser Image!

January 25, 2020
Racing to escape Kaparan fighters, Balzo Jan finally asks the name of the pilot who saved him.

His next question is, "Aren't you the man (my sister) saw running around naked?"

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Week Forty-Eight Teaser Image!

February 1, 2020
Successfully reaching the mountains that
surround Unis, Balzo Jan sees a flash of light on the ground.

When Tangor lands to check it out, he's shocked by his discovery.

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Week Forty-Nine Teaser Image!

February 8, 2020
Tangor pleads to the heavens as his return home changes into a rescue mission.

Can he get the critically injured Harkas Yamoda to medical attention in time?

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Week Fifty Teaser Image!

February 15, 2020
Tangor learns how Harkas Yamoda came to lie broken on a snow-capped mountaintop.

It's a terrible tale of rape and murder, which riles him into a need for revenge.

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Week Fifty-One Teaser Image!

February 22, 2020
Answering an emergency call to battle, Tangor is surprised to see Balzo Maro show up right before launch.

She's got bad news--they may never see each other again.

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Week Fifty-Two Teaser Image!

February 29, 2020
Tangor has some serious anger issues after what the Kapars did to Harkas Yamoda.

That's bad news for the Kapars involved in a massive air raid on Unis.

This 52nd episode concludes the first year of Beyond the Farthest Star and wraps up the adaptation of ERB's original story.
Join us next week, when the adaptation of ERB's sequel, The Return of Tangor, begins!

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Year Two Teaser Images -- Weeks 53 through current!

This year adapts Edgar Rice Burroughs' sequel; "The Return of Tangor"

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Three different Beyond the Farthest Star T-shirts
are available in both black & white,
plus a variety of sizes for both men and women.
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Virgin cover art for the British Tandem edition of Beyond the Farthest Star provided by Jim Burns,
who confirmed with ERB-Superfan Laurence Dunn that he was the previously unknown artist for this edition.
Thanks, Jim!
Thanks, Laurence!
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Joe Jusko's trading card artwork from the 1994 FPG trading card set
based on the workds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and illustrating a
scene from Beyond the Farthest Star.

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Other Edgar Rice Burroughs-related material by Michael Tierney:

Young Tarzan
For more details click the picture above or this link.

It's an old question of: Who you would visit from the past if you could?
Take that question a step further and ask if you could collaborate with literary giants on their greatest creation, who and what would it be?

Here's Michael Tierney's answer: Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She.
Released March 2019 in Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense.

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