In 1984 Matt Wagner created a comic book called Mage: The Hero Discovered. In it, he created a gift for all of us who read it. What a wonderful journey. To read Mage was to share in growth: Kevin Matchstick's growth as a hero, and Matt Wagner's growth as an artist, a writer, a storyteller.
Part of its allure is that it is semi-biographical, so in every issue we get a piece of truth; a part of Matt. What I also found was that Matt has a real knowledge of myth and legend, and as I researched the characters, I found over and over again ancient mythical sources forming the basic skeleton of the characters. From Goe-Magot to Edsel to the Red-Caps to Kevin himself, almost all that is in Mage: The Hero Discovered began as a legend you can find in your library.
Matt is now two-thirds done with his Mage trilogy, and much has been added to the Mage mythos since The Hero Discovered. This particular site is only a reference for the first part of the trilogy and I have no current plans to research the second series, The Hero Defined. I have, however, created a list of related links below.
Thanks, Matt, for a great book.
Magic? It's Green! .....Right?
Higher Love's Mage Site
Mage Movie News
Matt Wagner Art for Sale