2021-02-18 05:43:46 UTC
and the subsequent works in several media featuring the character, have
been criticized on the grounds that the arch-villain Ming the Merciless
resembles a human being of East Asian ancestry, and in other respects -
including his name - also corresponds to stereotypes of the Chinese.
In his very first appearance in the comic, however, Ming, the Supreme
Intelligence of Mongo, has bright lemon-yellow skin; in addition to being
bald, he has neither a beard nor a moustach - nor eyebrows - and appears to
be an _alien_, not a human.
That would seem to make Princess Aura, both human *and Caucasian*,
even harder to explain.
if this were made *use* of in a subsequent revival of the character, it could
indeed provide an explanation for her existence.
Mongo, with its diverse, but largely _human_ inhabitants... could be under
the rule of aliens with advanced science and high intelligence, led by the
At one time in the past, Ming was apparently killed - but his body was
cloned, and his brain was kept alive.
And by radio remote control, it operated the body of one of his generals, a
human, who had died, but whose body, if not brain, could be revived. During
this time, he fathered Aura.
Eventually, his clone - from which the brain was removed at an early stage of
development - grew to maturity, and Ming switched over to controlling that
So, sometime after Flash Gordon's arrival, Ming could meet with another
apparently fatal accident... and switch bodies again, thus allowing the
mystery to be explained.