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It began when I was in the sixth grade.
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By then I'd read every book in my local library on the Greek and Norse myths. I was home sick from school one day, and my parents brought me a copy of "The Mighty Thor," published by Marvel Comics. The art was weird and wonderful, and I remember staring at it, trying to comprehend whether I loved it or hated it. The story was full of all those enormous, bigger-than-life beasts I remembered from my copy of Edith Hamilton's mythology. I had always loved comics, but that copy of Thor, with its gods and monsters and lightning and drama, changed what comics could be for me.

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The stories that make up the body of Greek myths are what remain of an ancient culture's deeply held beliefs. The stories of Zeus and his family are more than just entertaining yarns about giants who slice open the sky and monsters so fearsome their gaze can turn one to stone. They were, and are, an explanation of the world that that ancient culture's people saw around them: a lightning storm could only be the King of Gods hurling his thunderbolt; a volcano could only be the escaped vapors of an entombed Titan.

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The Greek myths are very, very old, older than the written word. As such there is no "bible," no one set version of how events had occurred. In the ancient days, local peoples had their own stories of how things came to be. A lot of times these stories were not in agreement with each other; the Cretans claimed their land as the birthplace of Zeus, but so did the Arcadians, and the Lydians, and the Dodonans as well. Who wouldn't want to lay claim to the King of Gods? With no one source, or one bible to record them, these stories were passed down through countless ages by bards, men who told the memorized stories of the Olympians. Some of them eventually wrote down their stories, or had them transcribed, and this is how we know the names of Homer, of Hesiod, of Apollodoros.

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Each of these tellers, as did each of the tellers before them, added a little something of their own to the telling. In my retellings of these stories, as the original superhero stories, I went as far back to the original sources as I could. There are many great retellings of the Greek myths available (I even recommend some elsewhere on this site) but I avoided the versions of other modern storytellers. As I added my own twists here and there, I made connections that were not so apparent before and condensed a couple of characters into one, all in the interest of creating a whole tapestry of Greek mythology. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I've enjoyed creating them.

George O'Connor
Brooklyn, NY

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