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