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Upon the translation of Mayan hieroglyphs by scholars in the early 1990's,
a whole new mythos was available to us for the first time. Verotik took the Mayan
Jaguar God and, with Frazetta covers, began something that could have been great.
I bought books on Mayan mythology and the Mayan culture and within read
stories and histories without an Indo-European mythos or influence. These could have
been built on and expanded, while gaps in Mayan history could have been filled in with
creative conjecture. With a couple of exceptions, all that was done by Verotik was
to turn the character into a were-jaguar.
Again, because of Mr. Frazetta's initial involvement, I was originally
interested. As I saw what was developing with the stories in the comic (scream,
shout, slash - with never a sense of "restraint" and "cool fire" which
Mr. Frazetta suggested I try in my work), I felt there were whole different directions
that needed pursuit. As the covers got worse and worse (without Frazetta), I decided
it was time to see if I might get involved and perhaps save an obviously dying comic.
I did this painting (24 x 30, oil on canvas) to show what quiet and
dangerous could do. Just as it was completed and I was preparing to submit it,
Jaguar God the comic saw its last publication.
Jaguar Moon - small
image size: 7" x 8 3/4"
on 8 1/2" x 11"
Jaguar Moon -
image size: 10" x 12 3/4"
on 11 3/4" x 16 1/2"
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