Gods of Mount Olympus in Ancient Mythology #s 1 - 3 -
to an interview with Joe Staton in Comic Book Artist
#12 (the Charlton Comics of the 70s issue), he did the
art for a treasury-sized comic called Gods of Mount
Olympus in Ancient Mythology published by Quintessence
Publications in 1974. Reproduced in the article was
this impressive two-page spread.
was later reprinted in Star*Reach in seralized
form, somes chapters of which I have just obtained.
Seen below are pages 1 and 13 from the first chapter.
Other than some brief nudity on part of some of the
gods, this is a really fun way of telling some of the
stories of ancient myth, and would be ideal for kids.
you can see, Staton did some really imaginative work
on this series. I can't wait to see it in its
original treasury size.
6/01/06: Treasury Hunter
Chris Elam wrote me
a short time ago that he in fact owned the first and third
issues of the original Gods treasury books, and
he'd be happy to let me have them!
are fairly unusual--first off, they measure 11x17",
16 pages each, and are not bound in any way. The paper
is sort of thin, so it's hard to keep them in good shape
(though Chris did an admirable job).
owe Chris a big thanks for hooking me up with these,
so now I'm even more determined to get the missing 2nd
11/5/06: I have been
lucky enough to find a copy of the second Gods of
Mt. Olympus book, and it's just as beautiful as
the other two.
the format is admittedly a little unwieldy, these are
really wonderful books and (I know I'm repeating myself
here) would've made an excellent way to introduce kids
to ancient mythology. Joe Staton really went to town
on the art, and some of the images (like the double-page
spread at left) would make great stand-alone book illustrations.
I'm so glad I got a chance to see these for myself.