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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The House of the Living Heroes

Comics: again, the best, truest heirs of Renaissance grand poetry. American comics especially, super-heroes and the like. Science fiction, first of all. The first Iron Man has been Tasso's knight Richard in Gerusalemme Conquistata (in the former version, Gerusalemme Liberata, it was 'only' about a classic enchanted armor). In the field of fantasy, although Ariosto's Orlando Furioso included many more materials, Tasso created much more modern horror atmospheres, reworking the ancient lore in a heroic, but also sad, tragic key. American comics besides -- like Renaissance poetry, and unlike most contemporary literature -- know how to tell and retell the "evergreen myths" in always new and stimulating ways.

Scott Snyder (story), Manuel Garcia (art, with Lorenzo Ruggiero and Marta Martinez), Marvel Noir: Iron Man, Panini Comics, 2011

Mike Mignola (story), Richard Corben (art, with Dave Stewart), Hellboy: La casa dei morti viventi, orig. title Hellboy: The House of the Living Dead, Magic Press, 2012