Saturday, 3 June 2017
John Carter led the green hordes that sacked Zodanga, a city of the red men but also the main adversary of Helium. Carter married the Princess of Helium. The sack of Zodanga involved a unique and temporary alliance between Thark, Warhoon and lesser hordes.
Our heroes are someone else's villains. ERB always portrayed enemies of Helium as discreditable and reprehensible but they must also have included decent people with genuine grievances.
We have compared Dominic Flandry with James Bond and also with John Carter. Can anyone give us a three way comparison? (Britain was no longer conquering in Bond's period.)
On Flandry's first command, his executive officer, Rovian of Ferra, resembles an ERBian green Martian in several respects:
he is naked except for weapons and insignia;
the lower of his two pairs of arms can be used as legs, increasing his speed;
he does not understand human morality, e.g., sees nothing wrong with repression unless it provokes revolt;
he is amused by human formalities - and Flandry and he avoid formalisms when alone.
However, Rovian has dark fur and a large tail so he is not exactly like a Thark or Warhoon.