Thursday, August 30, 2012
Red Men Of The Moon!
With all the recognition that Edgar Rice Burroughs is justly getting this year for his iconic creations John Carter of Mars and most importantly Tarzan of the Apes, there are lots of stories by ERB which garner little attention. Among these are his Moon books, a trilogy of tales collected in two volumes in their ACE versions.
With all the folderal of the political season in full gale force and politicians finding Socialist plots around every corner once again in these United States, it might be a good time to revisit this tale by Burroughs written originally in response to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and postulating a sci-fi future redolent with Commies. Later the threat was safely couched in purer sci-fi clothing and the enemy was changed to men from the Moon, Lunarians.
See this link to read more of and about The Moon Maid, The Moon Men, and Red Hawk.
Whatever, as usual Frank Frazetta could be counted on to deliver some evocative cover art to draw in the casual reader to a book he or she would otherwise give barely a sniff. Magnificent!
Much stronger I must say than the original ACE Moon Maid cover by Roy Krenkel or the painting by Ed Emswhiller for Moon Men, though obviously both represent the same scenes.
All this Moon Maid talk was prompted in part when I glommed this cover for a 90's Conan Handbook from Marvel, which if you look closely offers up a swipe of the fabulous Moon Maid in the...er...rear.