The Olympian Comic Book Store, (Charles Johnson)

The heroes of Greek mythology in painted, engraved, and sketched. This gallery represents pieces of art that tell a story as if it were a modern comic book panel without the bubble boxes. 

In this piece of art by, Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, our hero Theseus is seen slaying a minotaur based on the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. The artists has drawn Theseus in a child like form as he is about to deliver a final blow to the larger villain. The artists added detail showing that Theseus has inflicted damage on the arm, neck, and face of his enemy. The Minotaur's face has a look of defeat and is falling to his doom.
The artist, Jacopo e Domenico Tintoretto, paints an image of our heroine Athena intervening and pushing the male, Mars, away from a female that has been disrobed. It seems that Athena did not want Mars near the female and with one arm gently around the female she forcefully shoves Mars away with her other arm. The artist painted darkness behind Mars as if he is the villain and a bright light behind Athena representing that she is their to save the day.
The artists, Piero di Cosimo, created a painting where you can see the hero, Perseus, in action. You can see him flying into the painting and then again on top of the monster, The Kraken. Perseus swings his sword in the motion of swinging his sword trying to slay the beast and save the lady in distress, Andromeda. The people surrounding the scene appear to be in fear on the left and celebrating on the right. This could be because some people do understand that there is a giant creature in front of them while others wanted the sacrifice to occur thinking that they would be safe based on the story of Perseus and the Kraken.
This image pen drawing depicts our hero, Perseus, turning Phenneas, another demigod, into stone using the slain head of Medusa. This drawing done in the year 1767, could easily grace, the inside of a Marvel or DC comic book. You can see the fear of the men being as Perseus uses the ultimate weapon magic destruction.
Jacques-Louis David, delivers a painting of our hero, Achilles in a moment of anger. His king, Agamemnon, has told him that he will not be marrying his daughter and that she will be sacrificed based on the story from the Illiad. Achilles has a calm look of anger as he reaches for his sword wanting to strike down the king. The oil based painting vibrant in color and has a vast amount of detail in the clothing, as the folds seem realistic and natural. In the background we see that the queen has a look of fear and the king is standing without fear daring Achilles to pull the sword out. Yet the daughter seems saddened, but at ease with her situation.
In this story from the book the liad, Achilles is seen as a victor and dragging the body of his opponent Hector, who was also a hero, but the loser in this epic battle. The artists, Pietro Testa, added a large amount of detail showcasing a variety of emotions in the foreground and in the background. You can see that the artists added a bit of Christianity to the painting by including an agent flying around the victor Achilles. Then you can see that Hector has a strong, but lifeless body. In the background you see what appears to be a woman that has been caught after fainting, possibly due to Hector's fate.
This piece of artwork depicts the story of the titan Atlas, being relieved, from holding the weight of the world on his shoulders, by his cousin Hercules. In the sketch, you can see that Atlas is older and his body is drawn to look weaker and his beard appears to be longer to represent his age. The mighty Hercules is holding up the boulder that would be the world with a little hint of strain showing in the face. It tells me that it is no easy task. This piece of artwork could easily be seen as a panel in a comic book.
In this engraving, by Sebald Beham, Hercules is shown showcasing his strength by carrying massive pillars as if they were light fence boards. For an engraving there is a lot of detail in the bricks of the buildings. This type of artwork reminds me of Captain Mark and his shading techniques.
Peter Paul Rubens, paints an image of strength being performed by Hercules. He is draw with a massive headlock around a large lion that's skin is indestructible. Both subjects in the photo are drawn with rippled muscles, but the lion is no match for Hercules. The background does not have much detail, but you can see that a lion cub is running away with a look of fear in the right side behind Hercules.
In this counterproof for an engraving, Dirck Volckertz Coornhert, draws Hercules in pure action form against Cacus, a fire breathing giant. This is a representation of a modern day comic drawn in the year 1554. The artwork has great detail surrounding the two figures as you can see a head on a wall along with an arm that appears to be hanging by a rope. You can also the strength of our hero Hercules as he's about to defeat his enemy by grasping his hair and swinging a club with his other hand. The villain is helpless and breathing fire as he is about to be defeated.
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