The cosplay Dejah above is a huge favorite with ERB fans–and in fact, when it was posted a few hours ago on one of the ERB Facebook sites, it picked up 73 likes in an hour or so. One of them was mine. But then someone raised the question, legitimately, and without intended insult to the lady in the cosplay Dejah outfit:
I must admit I don’t usually associate ERB and his books with bimbos with implants. Every FB group relating to the Martian books in particular seems to focus on either photos or artwork, soft porn, actually, especially regarding Dejah Thoris. Can’t recall seeing any discussion about the actual books, or author. Are they passe? Why can’t you find them in the bookstores? Has anyone re-read any of the books in the recent past? Do they still resonate and inspire? Might as well just Google “Tits.”
To which another erbolocutor replied:
You’ve stated beautifully what I’ve been thinking for some time now. Is ERB now just masturbatory fodder for perennial adolescents?
Followed by a third who noted:
But its better to start a thread like that by posting same, not putting it in the replies to another thread. AFAIK there are no restrictions on starting threads…
When, exactly, did the boob fixation begin in ERB art?
If you do a rollcall of ERB artisrts, starting from the earliest ones, you can pretty much roll through Schoonover, St. John, John Coleman Burroughs, all the way up through Abbett and Krenkel without reaching the point where boobs an voluptuousness become the focus. Was it Frazetta who started it? Actually for me, Frazetta definitely injected a note of sensuality that had not been there previously — but I”m not sure I would pin the transformation fo the art genre on him.
Anyway ….it’s something to think about.
Do I really object to it?
But my favorite ERB art is not the ones that dwell on cleavage.