Pellucidar nights

I enjoy victorian and edwardian era fiction, i love the works of Edgar rice Burroughs and just wanted to have a place to pour out my thoughts on these subjects

My Photo
Location: United Kingdom

A happy fellow with a lovely wife and great family. Never really grown up so made a career out of drawing cartoons. Happy to come from a hardworking background, so i know what it's like to be a grown up.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The White ape of Barsoom

Edger rice burroughs has often been refered to as writing racist fiction. The natives are all black and savage. However the white man is always superior a super being as such.
In todays standards you can indeed see these lines appearing in his text. That is until you go to Barsoom. No one is the white man without a dash of evil in them except his hero. However he is a man from the deep south who fought for an army who believed in the slavery of others, but even he battles the white men on the side of the red.
The final nail in the racist coffin comes from the fact that the most brutish and evil creature on the planet seems to be the white ape. Killing purely because it can.

So i'm sure ERB can be forgiven for writing stories where racism is viewed by others but not necesarily by him.


Blogger RadRad said...

I too have contemplated the racism found in Burroughs works. Sometimes I wondered if there was any connection in his mind between the white apes and Tarzan, the other white ape. Anyway, Barsoom seemed like a refuge from the whole white supremacy thing until...I believe it was Llana of Gathol. Still, he was progressive for it's time. I believe there's a website called that shows what a politically incorrect jackass Superman used to be. If Burroughs was alive today, he'd probably retcon the crap out of his earlier stuff. That said, you've drawn a creepy-ass ape, my friend. I've yet to draw any white apes yet...

3:08 PM  
Blogger Kit Cox said...

I concentrated on the madness of these creatures rather than the gorilla description as i still see gorillas as docile

6:55 AM  
Blogger RadRad said...

Word. Though as their teeth suggest, they used to be more carnivorous in their diets years ago. Chimpanzees, however, are F'ing brutal. I saw a few sPecials on the dark side of chimps and Christ on a bike, if Tarzan was raised by those things my resPect for him has doubled. I might draw my white apes as more chimp-like if anything.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Kit Cox said...

I always had it in my mind that tarzan was raised by chimps as much as the films often go with gorrilas.

As for the white apes of barsoom i purely go on the fact that ERB describes them as looking like the gorrilas of earth, i do think they are alot more vicious however.

8:06 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home