Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bacchante # 6 (illustrated by John Carmine)

This is another one of the Bacchante from The Song Of Orpheus.

Orpheus encounters the Bacchante after returning from Hades without Eurydice. He is in mourning and does not flee from the Bacchante, even though he was warned of their arrival by his mother, Calliope. The Bacchante arrive, wild and drunk and they eventually killed Orpheus, ate his body and threw his head into the river.

This woman of the Bacchante appears in The Sandman Special # 1, on page 43 in panel 6.

John did an absolutely amazing job with this portrait. In the published comic, this particular Bacchante seems surprised or drugged, I’m not sure which. In either case, she doesn’t appear to be particularly horrifying. John’s portrait, however, changes that. This woman is scary. She looks fierce and demented and wild. If I encountered this woman I would he horrified. John did a great job capturing the chaotic and unpredictable nature of these women!!!

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