okay tenth issue of warlord of mars . . . . I have nothing to complain about . . .
I think it is the best issue that dynamite has put out since issue 2
. . . . awesome work
but I do have one thing I want to just . . .. I am not complaining . . . it is just something we barsoomian scholars go back and fourth on
martian hatchlings . . . . and carthoris
it is often debated how developed a martian child is upon emerging from their egg, and how fast they develop . . .
well the answer . . . is not an easy one . . .
but the implications of the writing of burroughs sort of even it out
carthoris spent five years in the egg, normal barsoomian egg period. First problem is we dont know if this was five Martian years (which are twice as long as earth years) or five earth years (which barsoomian time is almost universally translated into)
but . . . given how things worked until the end of gods . .. . it seems to have been five earth years.
Carter was away for ten, he returned to find his son essentially a young adult but still of a young age.
I would say (personally) that martians emerge from their eggs as 5-6 year old children (match the time spent as an egg), then develop at a normal pace (possibly SLIGHTLY faster than earth-men)
thus carthoris was . . . fifteen in gods of mars . . . at least physically, which matches fairly well with the text .. . or he was twenty if it was five martian years . . . which still matches with the texty
but the specifics of barsoomian reproduction and aging are not really discussed in Burroughs writings (instead he took the time to explain the only marsupial on mars other than the kangaroo men was an unnamed reptile THANKS ED YOU ONLY HAD ELEVEN BOOKS)
believe it or not . . . this is actually the one sore spot I have with Burroughs himself .. . . something that will bother me for a long time (bother me from the time now until I get a timemachine and/or meet burroughs in heaven )