to­day’s he­roes

It’s not all an­cient tales of moral courage and ac­tion – mod­ern myths are alive and well

ImagineFX - - Myths & Legends -

First ap­pear­ing in US mag­a­zine in 1912, Tarzan was the no­ble sav­age cre­ation of Edgar Rice Bur­roughs – a wild char­ac­ter un­tainted by so­ci­ety’s cor­rup­tive in­flu­ence. Mean­while, Robert E Howard’s Co­nan the Bar­bar­ian first wielded his sword in Weird Tales mag­a­zine in 1932. With his thiev­ery and his odd mur­der­ing spree, he re­flected the trends a grow­ing pulp fic­tion craze in Amer­ica.

Fan­tasy artist Brom wrote and painted his Kram­pus: the Yule Lord story, a reimag­in­ing of the old Santa Claus tale filled with new de­monic char­ac­ters. The ap­peal of min­ing the myth­i­cal seam for Brom is self-ev­i­dent: ‘Myths and leg­ends were the fan­tasy tales of old, handed down the gen­er­a­tions,’ he says. “The fact that they’ve been around a long time, or are widely known, gives them a cer­tain le­git­i­macy. Makes them a bit more real.”

The Yule lord Co­nan the bar­bar­ian King of the Jun­gle

Dark fan­tasy artist Brom took myths as a start­ing point for his orig­i­nal Christ­mas story. Writ­ten at the height of fan­tasy pulp fic­tion, Co­nan is the dis­tant de­scen­dent of myth­i­cal hero Her­a­cles. Here’s Joe Jusko’s ver­sion. Al­though Edgar Rice Bur­rows cre­ated the char­ac­ter Tarzan in 1912, the no­ble sav­age has in­spired artists like

Loopy­dave ever since.

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