Sequential art, storytelling through a connected series of pictures, has breathed new life into long-established subjects in classics and religious studies over the past ten or twenty years. In some respects this phenomenon is an outgrowth of the much older tradition of lavishly illustrated adaptations of religious and classical texts for children, such as D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (1962). In other respects, however, the trend owes its popularity to less “artistic” religious publishing, such as the cornucopia of inexpensive evangelical titles from Kingstone Comics and others, or the appealing and wildly popular but nonscholarly Amar Chitra Katha series of Hindu comic books. Thor's first appearance in Marvel Comics' Journey into Mystery in 1962 hardly evoked the Poetic Edda's grandeur, but it introduced a generation of children to a pantheon of gods and their stories with a dynamism that was sorely lacking in more didactic treatments. This can be seen...

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