Classics and Comics by George KovacsClassics and Comics by George Kovacs

Classics and Comics

EditorGeorge Kovacs, C. W. Marshall

Paperback | February 24, 2011

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Since at least 1939, when daily-strip caveman Alley Oop time-traveled to the Trojan War, comics have been drawing (on) material from Greek and Roman myth, literature and history. At times the connection is cosmetic - as perhaps with Wonder Woman's Amazonian heritage - and at times it is almostirrelevant - as with Hercules' starfaring adventures in the 1982 Marvel miniseries. But all of these make implicit or explicit claims about the place of classics in modern literary culture. 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 amodern 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, theappropriation of characters from classical literature and myth, and the reconfiguration of motif into a modern literary medium. Among the well-known comics considered in the collection are Frank Miller's 300 and Sin City, DC Comics' Wonder Woman, Jack Kirby's The Eternals, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, andexamples of Japanese manga. The volume also includes an original 12-page "comics-essay," drawn and written by Eisner Award-winning Eric Shanower, creator of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze.
George Kovacs teaches at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. C.W. Marshall is Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Theatre at the University of British Columbia.
Title:Classics and ComicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 0.91 inPublished:February 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199734194

ISBN - 13:9780199734191


Table of Contents

C.W. Marshall and George Kovacs: PrefaceAcknowledgments1. George Kovacs: Comics and Classics: Establishing a Critical FrameSeeing the Past through Sequential Art2. Gideon Nisbet: An Ancient Greek Graphic Novel (P. Oxy . XXII 2331)3. Kyle Johnson: Sequential Narrative and the Shield of Achilles4. Nicholas A. Theisen: Declassicizing the classical in Japanese comics5. Brett M. Rogers: Heroes Un limitedGods and Superheroes6. C.W. Marshall: The Furies, Wonder Woman, and Dream7. Craig Dethloff: Coming up to Code: Ancient Divinities Revisited8. R. Clinton Simms: The Burden of War: From Homer to Oeming9. Benjamin Stevens: 'Seven Thunders Utter Their Voices'Drawing (on) History10. Vincent Tomasso: Hard-Boiled Hot Gates11. Emily Fairey: Persians in Frank Miller's 300 and Greek vase-painting12. Anise K. Strong: A Dream of Augustus13. Martin Dinter: Francophone Romes: Antiquity in les Bandes DessineesThe Desires of Troy14. Eric Shanower: Twenty-First Century Troy15. Chiara Sulprizio: Sex and Love in Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze16. Thomas E. Jenkins: Heavy Metal HomerA reading list of Classics in ComicsContributorsBibliographyIndex