Dejah Thoris Index
An up and coming young artist named Frank Frazetta worked as a comic artist with Al Capp in the late 50s-early 60s, and
when that ended he found that the style he had developed working with Capp was no
longer in vogue, and work was suddenly hard to find.
one day a movie studio asked him to
design a poster, which worked really well and got him work designing
book covers, and it was his book covers, most especially his Conan
paperback book covers, that really made his career take off. A lot of
people were buying the Conan novels just for the covers, and of
course, between the covers was unadulterated Robert E. Howard, so the
books sold very, very well indeed. So Frazetta got very hot.
of the assignments that Frazetta got when he became hot in the
paperback cover market was doing covers for a reprint of Burroughs'
Barsoom books. Of course, Frazetta totally got the memo on the nudity
of Martians. He produced what may well be the iconic image of John
Carter and Dejah Thoris in his cover for A Princess of Mars,
with a mostly
naked John Carter holding a sword upraised with mostly naked Dejah
Thoris standing next to him, atop the slain body of a Martian green
warrior with his faithful Martian lizard-dog Woola in the background.
All of Frazetta's Barsoom illustrations also showed a full
appreciation of Martian nudity. Pretty much what you'd expect from a
genius illustrator, and another demonstration of how feeble the
imaginations of filmmakers have been by comparison. Thong and nipple shields, baby, that's all it takes! Ask the genius!