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Age of Bronze, Vol. 1: A Thousand Ships Paperback – April 1, 2001
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About the Author
Shanower was born in 1963 in Key West Florida. Since 1984 he has been a professional cartoonist. He lives in San Diego, California.
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As a child, Shanower fell in love with the Oz books by L. Frank Baum and their illustrations by John R. Neill. Shanower decided to write and illustrate his own Oz books someday. Goal accomplished. Shanower's long list of contributions to the world of L. Frank Baum's Oz includes Marvel Comics' Eisner Award-winning, New York Times best selling current adaptations of Baum's Oz books with cartoonist Skottie Young.
Shanower is the writer of the comic series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. This series resurrects Winsor McCay's classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland for a modern audience.
Shanower's illustrations have appeared in magazines, in childrens books, and on television. His comics have been published around the world and include such works as his Oz graphic novel series (currently collected as Adventures in Oz), An Accidental Death with writer Ed Brubaker, The Elsewhere Prince with writers Moebius and R-JM Lofficier, and the introductions to Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor. He resides in San Diego with his partner. When he's not writing or drawing, he's often swimming, dancing, or reading, usually not all at the same time.
Top Customer Reviews
As a person who still collects comic books and teaches Classical Greek & Roman Mythology I can appreciate the problems that Shanower has to deal with in telling this timeless tale. In the past I have taught a giant unit on the Trojan War in which students had to read the stories about the Judgment of Paris and the Abduction of Helen from Edith Hamilton's "Mythology," the Euripides play "Iphigenia at Aulis," Homer's "Iliad," the Fall of Troy from Virgil's "Aeneid" and then continued with the story of Agamemnon in the "Orestia" by Aeschylus. Greek mythology is, as Shanower notes, hopelessly convoluted and contradictory, which means making all the stories fit together impossible. Shanower solves this Gordian knot by establishing ages for his characters with an eye towards how old they will be at the end of the Trojan War.Read more ›
The attention to historical detail is well researched and convincing. The Trojans are convincingly placed within the cultural orbit of the Hittites and Anatolians, making the Trojan War simultaneously a clash of cultures and a geopolitical struggle as well as a jilted husband's quest for revenge. Supernatural elements and the presence of gods and goddesses are deliberately understated in order to focus on the human element. The characterisations of the protagonists are vastly assisted by the graphic novel format. Paris comes off as cocky and chaotic; Odysseus, a crafty elder statesman among the Greek kings; and Achilles is a pretty-boy, convincingly able to hide among the women at Skyros. Each character is drawn as an individual human being in the outstanding line art.
It is especially welcome to see a literary interpretation of a mythological subject that seems minimally influenced by bogus notions out of turn of the century anthropology from Sir James Frazer, Robert Graves, and their followers. Instead, as the author-artist's afterword makes clear, current scholars have been consulted in the framing of this tale, and Dr. Manfred Korfman is singled out as having influenced this envisioning of the period. This is a beautiful book. I am eagerly awaiting the next of the series.
I am getting all that, and to my surprise, I am getting much more! I never imagined it would be good or entertaining, but I have to say I am so impressed by Shanower's skill. His drawings are wonderful, capturing people and keeping those images through multiple expressions and emotions he puts them through. The dialogue is interesting and at times even funny. I am so amazed that by several small snapshots he's able to relate so much more than what is right there. The characters and story come to life.
I think this is an absolute work of genius. He is both an artist, author, and story-spinner of top caliber. I will actually read the whole thing, when that wasn't my plan at all - need I say more?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the art alone, which is reflective of Mycenaean Greece as it actually might have been, this is a worthwhile retelling of the Trojan War myths. I definitely will be reading on! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amalia T
This book is the first in a series by author and illustrator Eric Shanower. This series combines the Classic stories surrounding the Trojan War with modern archaeology, and uses a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Eric Shanower is an amazing artist who has shown talent across the spectrum of graphic novel subjects.Published 16 months ago by Amazonian
This is the 1st volume in the series. It starts with Paris coming home to Troy and his abduction of Helen, and then Agamemnon who calls on the Achaean... Read more
I am familiar with Eric Shanower's work in colour on other comics. I've finally started reading Age of Bronze, as I had previous avoided it (didn't like the b&w pictures). Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by danny boy
Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze is an excellent graphic novel in every way. His interpretations are well chosen and his artwork is sublime. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by T. Finer
I was torn between grading Shanower's book 3 or 4 stars but decided on the lower grade because I can't decide what audience this graphic and detailed adult comic book is aimed at. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Ron Braithwaite
Here is an excellent fusion of history and comic. Shanower has set out on a nine-volume edition of the Illiad and its context. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by Ryan Mease