I couldn’t resist posting this. As an uber-geeky sword-n-planet fan, some of the best moments I had when reading Kenneth Bulmer’s Dray Prescot novels was when I would encounter one of his many subtle, good-natured digs at Edgar Rice Burroughs or other writers.
In one book, I forget which, Dray Prescot relates that during the American Civil War he ran into ‘a Virginian gentleman who was much inspired by my adventures’ and wanted to do the same! Talk about turning the tables!
In another book, Dray Prescot wryly observes that he’ll have no truck with declaring himself ‘the best swordsman on two planets.’ Yowch! Anyone for a John Carter-meets-Dray Prescot-in-a-battle-royale comic book crossover?
Another writer Bulmer turns Prescot’s broadsides on is John Norman, notorious for his S&M-flavored Gor series. On the far side of Kregen is a continent called Gah (gah! the puns!) which is considered in particular distaste for its slavery practices.