Kelly was struggling with feelings about the Vietnam War about this time, as well as the Cold War and its toll on the human condition. Religion and politics were always fair game for him. Kelly had traveled the globe far and wide during this time to discover for himself (and write about) the elaborate mess we, as humans, have gotten ourselves into.
But I-STILL-DON'T-GET-IT, just what he was reaching for with this fable. I mean I get the general drift that war is wrong, religion is misguided and animals are at peace with each other on an island when there's a pot of coffee on.
Wizards and dinosaurs are difficult to accept as iconic symbols of morality.
John-John gets a boat named after him (John John the first— Does that refer to the president? One of our correspondents has mentioned that there is a theory that Kelly wrote the Pandemonian arc as a depressed response to Kennedy's assassination (?)).
And what's with the one cavewoman wearing high top tennies on page 9?
Maybe Kelly's just goofin' with us?
PLEASE, share your thoughts about this tale.