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Beyond the Farthest Star -- Book Four

Beyond the Farthest Star--Book Four

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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.

Beyond the Farthest Star-- Book Four is the first of a two-part adaptation of A Soldier of Poloda, written by Lee Strong and first published in 2017 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

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Scripts and Lettering by Michael Tierney:

Michael Tierney has over 1,000 published works of fiction and non-fiction. His most notable non-fiction works are the highly-acclaimed Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology and the Robert E. Howard 100 Year Catalog 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 was his debut as a colorist on the first 100 episodes, until there was a change in artists.

Michael is also a master certificed scuba diver who hunts sharks with a camera.

Artwork by Silvestre Szilagyi:

Silvestre Szilagyi was born in 1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 1968 to 1970, he studied comic art, known then as “Histoieta,” under Alberto Breccia at the the interdisciplinary art school I.D.A. (Instituto de directores de Arte). In 1970, he opened the Estudio Geminis with Gaspar Gonzalez. Fellow artists Mulko, Gil, Leopardi, and many more worked there regularly, sharing opinions and critiques. From 1974 and on, he worked for Record, the second largest publisher in Argentina, on such books as Skorpio, Corto Maltés, Pif Paf, and Tit Bits. Around 2007, he began doing work for Moonstone Books, completing around 450 pages of The Phantom, as well as working on other characters. He has published over ten thousand pages, and still loves drawing. Silvestre was also an artist on The Mad King online comic strip for ERB, Inc.

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because you know at some point you're going to want the real story,
just left click on any illustration.

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right click and select "View Image" if you have a compatable computer.
But please DO NOT copy the image!
Please respect the work of the artists and the copyrights of ERB, Inc.

Episode One Hundred and Twenty-Seven Teaser!

August 19, 2023
Creator of Beyond the Farthest Star,
Edgar Rice Burroughs, asks a very important question
as the first part of a two-part adaptations of Lee Strong's
"A Soldier of Poloda" begins!

Episode One Hundred and Twenty-Eight!

August 26, 2023
Another soldier has been teleported from the World War II battlefields of Earth
and into another World War on the distant planet of Poloda.
But right now this OSS agent thinks he's still back on Earth,
fighting against the Nazis!

Episode One Hundred and Twenty-Nine!

September 2, 2023
The SAS agent infiltrates what he thinks is a Nazi operation.
Then he witnesses brutality that should never be tolerated.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty!

September 9, 2023
After striking what he thought was a Nazi soldier assaulting a woman,
the OSS agent sees his first clue that he might not actually be in World War II Europe.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-One!

September 16, 2023
Knocked unconscious in the last episode,
the OSS agent refuses to be intimidated as his situation worsens.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Two!

September 23, 2023
The Kapars try to interrogate their prisoner,
but he doesn't understand any of their languages.

He might have figured out that he was somehow transported to another world,
but has no way to explain it.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Three!

September 30, 2023
The OSS agent and his fellow prisoner, Kiri, learn the Kapar language,
and the full details of his situation are revealed.

I asked artist Silvestre Szilagyi if he had based the Kapar, Sella Sura, on Jennie Agutter from Logan's Run and other shows,
but he had never heard of her before. It was just a coincidence.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Four!

October 7, 2023
Sella Sura reveals the full extent of the Kapar masterplain.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Five!

October 14, 2023
When asked who he was, the secret agent from Earth made up the name of Tomas Ran.

But he didn't stop there with his fiction.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Six!

October 21, 2023
Tomas Ran quickly learns that the Kapars have no sense of humor,
as they try different tactics in his interrogation.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Seven!

October 28, 2023
Considered to be insane, Tomas Ran is sent to a brutal Kapar prison to be worked to death,
and experiences what it's like to be beneath a Unisan bombing raid--that scores a perfect hit on the executioner's chopping block.

When he explains that he's from another planet, he's thought to be a storyteller.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Eight!

November 4, 2023
The horror of watching someone accidentally fall to their death
is not as terrifying as what happens next in this week's episode.

Episode One Hundred and Thirty-Nine!

November 11, 2023
Tomas Ran's attempt to entertain his fellow prisoners by giving them history lessons about Earth
is not appreciated, and results in his making deadly new enemies.

Episode One Hundred and Forty Teaser Image!

November 18, 2023
To avoid becoming the mystery meat in the prison stew,
Tomas Ran volunteers to work in the sewers.

There he finds unexpected benefits, but danger is never far away
in the land of the Kapars, and he is soon fighting for his life.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-One!

November 25, 2023
Overpowering the guards before he can be taken on a one-way ride,
Tomas Ran makes a break for freedom.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Two!

December 2, 2023
Tomas Ran creates chaos on a biblical scale for the underground Kapar city of Gerris.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Three!

December 9, 2023
Escaping into the hills surrounding the underground city of Gerris,
Tomas Ran discovered others fleeing the flood through a secret hatchway.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Four!

December 16, 2023
After appropriating a fresh change of clothes from an unconscious Governor Virrul,
Tomas Ran encountered difficulties convincing Loris Kiri that he was trying to save her.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Five!

December 23, 2023
Safely escaping the flooded underground city of Gerris,
Tomas Ran and Loris Kiri confronted their misunderstandings with one another.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Six!

December 30, 2023
Arriving at an uneasy alliance, Tomas Ran and Loris Kiri outfit themselves with the clothing and weapons that Tomas purloined,
and prepare to fend for themselves in the dangerous and untamed wilds of Poloda.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Seven!

January 6, 2024
Normally I provide an excerpt from each week's strip, hoping to pique a reader's interest enough to make them want to discover more.
This week I'm showing the whole strip, hoping you will realize just how much of Silverstre Szilagyi's beautiful art,
and the full story of each week's adventure, that non-subscribers are missing.

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Eight!

January 13, 2024
The text says it all!

Episode One Hundred and Forty-Nine!

January 20, 2024
While burying the dead pilot from the crashed Unisan plane,
Kiri tries to understand exactly where Tomas Ran came from,
and while doing so--teaches him a new curse word.

Episode One Hundred and Fifty!

January 27, 2024
Tomas Ran struggles to explain his arrival on Poloda to Loris Kiri.

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-One!

February 3, 2024
Tomas Ran and Loris Kiri are caught in a savage fight to the death
in the untamed wilds of Poloda.

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Two!

February 10, 2024
When Polodan Animals Attack! week continues on the website channel!

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Three Teaser!

February 17, 2024
Reaching the Hallos mountains that separate Allos and Punis, Tomas and Kiri discovered the Path of the Sun.
On the day this super highway connecting those countries with Zurris was inaugurated, the Kapars introduced airplanes,
which could fly the highway's entire length in a fraction of the time that a car would take.

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Four!

February 24, 2024
The highway called the Path of the Sun revealed the horrors of the Kapar's quest for world domination.

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Five!

March 2, 2024
Showing you a full episode this time, so that those who are not currently subscribing will see how much they are missing!

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Six!

March 9, 2024
Two full episodes in a row?
After the grimness of the last episode, this one not only showcases Silvestre Szilagyi's art,
it marks a key turning point in the relationship between Tomas Ran and Kiri Loris.
It also reinforces just how much story you're missing if you are only reading the teasers!

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Seven!

March 16, 2024
This episode marks the halfway point in my adaptations that combine ERB's two stories,
a short story by Todd McCaffrey, and a novel by Lee Strong into a single narrative, blended
with new bridging material and a finale by me! In 2018 I first pitched the idea to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
and have since written every episode through the #314 conclusion!

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Eight!

March 23, 2024
Before Tomas can cut some steaks and escape, he and Kiri are surrounded by starved Punisians.
Kiri's blonde hair clearly marks her as a Unisan, but Tomas's brown hair is something they haven't seen before.
Can he convince them he is not an enemy Kapar?
And how will they react to his claim to be from another planet?

Episode One Hundred and Fifty-Nine!

March 30, 2024
Tomas Ran is shocked to learn that the Punisians have heard of "Urth" already,
but Loris Kiri loses her patience with the conversation and takes charge of their situation.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty!

April 6, 2024
Tomas Ran makes a startling proposal,
but what chance will he have to unify countries that have been beaten down by the Kapars over the last hundred years?

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-One!

April 13, 2024
The first meeting of the Polodan League of Nations convenes.
Is Tomas Ran about to find out that this was a bad idea?

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Two!

April 20, 2024
Tomas Ran urges the Polodan League of Nations to fight back against the Kapars,
and explains how.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Three!

April 27, 2024
When Tomas Ran offered a solution to the starvation that so many are facing,
he had no idea the firestorm he was about to unleash.
Trying to convince people to cooperate with each other after a hundred years of subjugation is proving difficult.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Four!

May 4, 2024
The secret about what Tomas and Kiri have been hauling around in a rucksack over the last few months is revealed
when they play a couple of Ace cards in their attempt to unify the disparate nations of Poldoa.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Five!

May 11, 2024
Recovering the lost crowns of two monarchies wins Tomas and Kiri some new friends
in their fight against the world-conquering Kapars, and the Polodan League of Nations is born.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Six Teaser Image!

May 18, 2024
Now the leaders of a coalition army, Tomas and Kiri take the fight to the Kapars.
Events are about to get brutal as the global war, already fought without mercy, escalates to a new level.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Seven!

May 25, 2024
Tomas and Kiri are discovered while doing reconnaissance on a secret Kapar military base.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Eight!

June 1, 2024
The Nirosan Kapars pursue Tomas and Kiri out from their secret base, but it's all part of the rebellion's plan.

Episode One Hundred and Sixty-Ninw!

June 8, 2024
The battle to liberate Nirosan continues.

Episode One Hundred and Seventy!

June 15, 2024
Tomas Ran's plan to 'flush' out the Nirosan Kapars from their underground fortress
has horrible results.

Year One Teaser Images -- Weeks 1 through 52!

This year adapts Edgar Rice Burroughs' original story of "Beyond the Farthest Star"

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Year Two Teaser Images -- Weeks 53 through 100!

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

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Book Three Teaser Images -- Weeks 101 through 126!

This Book adapts Todd McCaffrey's sequel; "To the Nearest Planet"

Beyond the Farthest Star--Book Three

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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!
Beyond the Farthest Star by Jim Burns
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.

Jusko Beyond the Farthest Star trading card art

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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Who is Michael Tierney?

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Michael Tierney has been involved in comics and the publishing industry since the 70s. Owner and proprietor of both The Comic Book Store and Collector's Edition, Michael was a Finalist for both the Star*Reach Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1985 and the Will Eisner Spirit of the Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1999, has been an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Advisor since the 1990s, and is a staple of Central Arkansas' comic scene. A former journeyman printer and printing division manager, he's written, published, and at times even penciled, inked, and printed his own comics. He is currently writing, lettering, and coloring Edgar Rice Burroughs' Beyond the Farthest StarTM online, and his four volume Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology was published by Chenault & Gray in 2018.
His four volume Robert E. Howard 100 Year Catalog Art Chronology was published by Chenault & Gray in 2023.

Michael has been a regular contributor to Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, who released the 2019 35th Anniversary set of Michael's Wild Stars comics and books. Cirsova Publishing is a Central Arkansas semi-pro publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Its flagship publication, Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine was a 2017 Hugo Awards finalist for Best Semi-Pro Zine.

They also published Michael's posthumas collaboration with Edgar Rice Burroughs on Young Tarzan in 2019.

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For Information:
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