Well, Steve, I went into the City again this weekend, picked up a book that you might find interesting. The book is called Masterpiece Comics, by R. Sikoryak. This features various classics of literature re-told in the formats of various comic strips and comic books. The cover really caught my eye, it's in the style of an old-school super-hero comic, with Dante Alighieri, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, Voltaire and Oscar Wilde racing towards the reader as thought they were a super-team.
The book includes several pieces of varying length. In addition to the stories, it includes mock letters pages and ads (including a spot-on replica of a Golden Age DC house ad). The stories include:
"Blond Eve" - The story of the Fall, re-told in the style of the "Blondie" comic strip, with Dagwood and Blondie cast as Adam and Eve, and J.C. Dithers as God (!).
"Inferno Joe" - Dante's Inferno re-told as a series of "Bazooka Joe" comics.
"Mephistofield" - Marlowe's Doctor Faustus re-told in the style of the "Garfield" comic strip.
"Mac Worth" - Shakespeare's Macbeth re-told in the style of "Mary Worth".
"Candiggy" - "Candide" re-told as a "Ziggy" comic.
Wuthering Heights re-told in the style of an EC horror comic.
"Hester's Little Pearl" - Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter re-told in the style of "Little Lulu".
"Dostoievsky Comics" - Featuring "Raskol" in a re-telling of "Crime and Punishment" in the style of the Golden Age Batman comics
"Little Dori in Pictureland" - The Picture of Dorian Gray re-told in the style of "Little Nemo in Slumberland".
"Good Ol' Gregor Brown" - Kafka's "Metamorphosis" re-told in the style of "Peanuts"
"Action Camus" - The Stranger re-told as a series of Golden Age Superman covers.
"Waiting to Go" - Waiting for Godot re-told in the style of Beavis Butt-Head.
I really enjoyed this - I've already re-read it several times. Sikoryak really captures the styles of the various comic writers and artists here, at the same time not being "untrue" to his literary sources. This is - I think - really well-done.
My personal favorite was "Little Dori" - it's surprising how well McCay's style matches up with Wilde's story. The Dostoievsky/Batman story was really quite good, as well - really captures the feel of those stories. One of the "Action Camus" covers stays in my mind, for some reason - It shows the Stranger lying in bed with a Lois Lane look-alike, who asks him, "Do you love me?" His answer: "Well, it's a meaningless question, but I suppose not." I don't know why, but that cracks me up. Almost makes me want to read some Camus.
The only proviso I would offer is that there is a small amount of nudity in the book. In the Blondie/Genesis story, Adam and Eve before the Fall are drawn naked, and with no strategically-placed shrubbery to spare their blushes. It's not done pruriently - at least, in my opinion - and it's not as though they weren't naked in the Bible. It certainly didn't stop me from enjoying the book immensely, but, it is there, and I thought it only fair to mention it, in case there's anyone out there not prepared to view the Bumsteads', um "personal areas" with equanimity.