Indian Mythology Comics
schulte at teacher.com
Fri Jan 5 13:45:59 CET 2007
Several days ago the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the
Virgin Company (airlines, records) entering the comic book business
with a series of comic books based on Indian Mythology with female
"superheroes". One issue already hit 20,000 in sales. You can read
about it here:
What I thought was fascinating was the entry of this company into the
incredibly overcrowded superhero comic field. Given the sexual
undertones - and overtones - in these comics it is possibly unfair to
compare their success with the problems in marketing Duck
adventures. On the other hand, how many kids outside of India would
seemingly be interested in such stories? You can say that as a
mythology the stories from India fit certain Jungian archetypes, etc.
and therefore are easily grasped. But would that same argument not
apply to the humor in the Uncle Scrooge/Donald Duck stories as well?
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