And so begins the ornamentation of John Carter.

This comic is based primarily upon the line “Stretching my hand toward him, I advanced and took the armlet from his open palm, clasping it about my arm above the elbow; smiled at him and stood waiting. His wide mouth spread into an answering smile…”

However, I inferred John Carter’s reaction from the below sentence in the following chapter:

I was to learn that the Martian smile is merely perfunctory, and that the Martian laugh is a thing to cause strong men to blanch in horror.

If a laugh would elicit horror, what would a smile bring forth? Fear? Disgust? Confusion? It just allowed me to pull a tad bit of humor into the scene, based upon the text of the novel if not pulled directly from this scene.