- Epicurus the Sage
Infobox comic book title
title = Epicurus the Sage
caption = Volume 1 of "Epicurus the Sage" (1989). Pencils and inks by
schedule = Biennial
date = 1989 - 1991
issues = 2
William Messner-Loebs Sam Kieth
TPB = Epicurus the Sage
ISBN = 1-40120-028-1
sort=Epicurus the Sage
Epicurus the Sage was the name of a 2-issue
limited serieswritten by William Messner-Loebs, with art by Sam Kieth. Each issue was bound in a graphic novelformat, and was 48 pages long, without advertisements. It was published by Piranha Press, the "alternative comics" imprint of DC Comics.__FORCETOC__
Ancient Greek philosopher
Epicurusappears as the main character of the book, traveling the ancient world with Platoand Aristotle's young pupil Alexander the Great, sometimes with Aristotle himself. Together, they wander into various major Greek myths (e.g. the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades), and discuss the philosophical questions raised, with a great deal of slapstick humor. [cite book | last = Rothschild | first = D. Aviva | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Graphic Novels: A Bibliographic Guide to Book-length Comics | publisher = Libraries Unlimited | date = 1995 | location = | pages = 126-127 | url = http://books.google.com/books?id=wQVJxnfmVtgC& | doi = | id = | isbn = 1-56308-086-9]
The book mixes history, mythology, and humor to relate the teachings of Epicurus. The narrative tends to anachronistically show other vaguely contemporary writers and thinkers, such as
Aesop(who died two centuries before the historical Epicurus was even born), as backwards, foolish, fascistic, or all three, while the philosophy of Epicurus is portrayed to be more tolerant and humanistic; it is pointed out more than once that Epicurus is one of the only ancient philosophers who would teach women.
Various notable personages, from both history and mythology (e.g.
Alcibiadesand Zeus), appear as secondary characters.
Issues and reprints
The original run of the comic consisted of two issues:
#1 - "Visiting Hades" (1989)
#2 - "The Many Loves of Zeus" (1991)
In 2003, both books of the series were reprinted in a trade paperback (ISBN 1-40120-028-1) by Cliffhanger, an imprint of
Wildstorm. This book featured a new painted cover by Sam Kieth, a black and white "Epicurus" story from "Fast Forward" #3, and an all new 36-page Epicurus story by Kieth and Messner-Loebs.
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