Aesop's Fables #1
. Fantagraphics Books . Seattle
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Here is a second extra copy ordered from the publisher at the same time as the copy in the collection. Twelve fables. A letter on the inside front cover explains the choice of Aesop's fables: Santino wanted to adapt an overlooked classic in the public domain. This introduction has good and bad moments. Some of the good is his plan as he describes it: play up the humor and write the fables for both adults and children. Like the best Warner Bros. cartoons, the fables are sharply-pointed satirical tales aimed at skeptics of all ages. Other portions of the introduction are less happy, like Santino's claim that Aesop was an orator, like Homer before him. The best art in this comic occurs in the first story (The Wolf at the Cottage). The Cat and Aphrodite (15) is told a bit differently here. Glaucon and his cat love each other. Together they go to Aphrodite's temple to ask for her transformation; Aphrodite admonishes the cat to act like a woman. The woman spots a mouse in the temple and eats it; a good illustration has a tail hanging out of her mouth. New to me: The Bear, the Beetle, and the Crow. Differently told, I think: The Wasp and the Snake. Here the wasp gets physically caught in the snake's head and sees his doom coming, The cover illustration of a lion and an African dancer has nothing to do with any fable I can find here.