|Dude. Black Martian Lives Matter.|
This is a self portrait of the man himself.
Well that's just great. Do you walk around the malls come Christmas time throwing water on the dreams of children?
All I know is that, if I could paint like that, and if I had to pick a face for John Carter, you bet your sweet ass I'd use my own face. That's rather the point of the books, isn't it? To put you in John Carter's harness and boots (and not much else)? To feel the sands of Mars and embrace of Dejah Thoris? Why wouldn't an artist do the same thing?
No, I like to think that Frank Frazetta, a man who clearly paid attention to details and whose work is full of deliberate choices, made the deliberate choice to put his own face on John Carter. That's exactly the sort of decision that dreamers and creative types should be making. It shows a level of passion and commitment to the form that is far more admirable than, "Meh, this'll save a few bucks," or worse, "This'll prove how sensitive I am to current fashion."