Battle-Cry, Hot Flanks, and Other Amazons We Can Name

At a gathering some time ago, I had an interesting conversation about the historical reality behind Wonder Woman and how the knowledge of historical Amazons is bolstered by Eurasian archaeology. This led to my plan to create a new video to complement the two I made and posted on YouTube of the Scythians (click these …

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Delacroix Does the Scythians

The new banner image is from Ovid among the Scythians (1859), painted twice by Delacroix at the end of his life in 1859 and 1862. This is currently in the National Gallery (London). There is a detailed Wikipedia page about these works, including a simple and accurate characterization: "wildness and ...misunderstood genius were key concepts in Romanticism and …

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The Legend of Hell House – Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts hosted the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters on March 5-May 28, 2017, dedicated to the film director's collection of movie props, art, books, and comics that populate his home like the set of a 1940s Universal horror movie. The exhibition glosses Famous Monsters of Filmland’s editor Forry …

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The Coming of–King Kull! Bernie Wrightson, 1948-2017

  The phenomenal Bernie Wrightson passed away in March at age 68. Wrightson “lived the life” as a comic artist. He became a professional at age 18. During his highly influential stint on DC’s Swamp Thing, he and Len Wein elevated the comic book horror story to a higher standard than it had enjoyed since …

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