The Gods of Mount Olympus in Ancient Mythology #s 1 - 3 - 1974

According 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.

It 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.

As you can see, Staton did some really imaginative work on this series. I can't wait to see it in its original treasury size.

Update! 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!

These 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).

I owe Chris a big thanks for hooking me up with these, so now I'm even more determined to get the missing 2nd issue!

Update! 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.

While 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.

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