Losing The Golden Pasties, As Frank Barbiere Writes Dejah Thoris With Nicola Scott Redesigns

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This is how Edgar Rice Burroughs described Dejah Thoris.

And the sight which met my eyes was that of a slender, girlish figure, similar in every detail to the earthly women of my past life… Her face was oval and beautiful in the extreme, her every feature was finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Her skin was of a light reddish copper color, against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect.

She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure.

Commonly in comments, those highly wrought ornaments have been placed to her obscure her “naghty bits”. Just. But the Nicola Scott redesign created more of a warrior princess figure, and drop the girlish figure as well for someone more broad shouldered and able to swing an axe.

The character will appea in a new Dejah Thoris series starting in February, written by  Frank J. Barbiere to Gail Simone’s new road map,

 As described by Gail Simone, Dejah Thoris would present a fall from grace for the Martian princess, as she embarks on a self-imposed exile, assuming a new identity and enlisting as a rookie soldier on the farthest, deadliest borders of her Barsoomian civilization.

“Dejah Thoris was about playing with themes and the Barsoom aesthetic,” says costume designer Nicola Scott. “Plaited leathers, swooping, organic shaped armour, and gossamer fabrics seemed the right place to start. It was just a matter of playing around with shapes and proportions until it came together.”

 

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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