Comics are really coming up in the world. Next month the Oxford University Press is releasing a completely un-ironic look at how comics have covered classical Greek and Roman mythology. Classics and Comics is edited by George Kovacs, a teacher at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and C.W. Marshall, Assoc. Professor of Greek and Roman Theatre at the University of British Columbia.
CLASSICS AND COMICS is the first book to explore the engagement of classics with the epitome of modern popular literature, the comic book. The volume collects sixteen articles, all specially commissioned for this volume, that look at how classical content is deployed in comics and reconfigured for a modern audience. It opens with a detailed historical introduction surveying the role of classical material in comics since the 1930s. Subsequent chapters cover a broad range of topics, including the incorporation of modern theories of myth into the creation and interpretation of comic books, the appropriation of characters from classical literature and myth, and the reconfiguration of motif into a modern literary medium.
The book also contains a new 12 page comic by Eric Shanower, author of the gorgeous take on the Trojan War, AGE OF BRONZE. Shanower was kind enough to send us a preview of the comic:
Please note: the cover to this book would fit right into Bully’s screaming man tribute page.