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Elektra: Assassin
Story by: Frank Miller
Artwork by: Bill Sienkiewicz

Artwork Medium: watercolor on paper
Date Created: 1985/1986

Publication Date: August 1986
Publisher:EPIC Comics, Marvel Comics Group

Original Art Size: 11"x17"

Printed Size: 7"x10"

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Electra by Sophocles endures as one of the most studied and performed classical dramas. Its central character is a towering figure in Greek tragedy whose quest for revenge stirs a tidal wave of powerful emotion, and as Freud observed, resonates deeply in the human psyche.

Sophocles c.496-406 B.C.

A Greek tragic poet, Sophocles was a younger contemporary of Aeschylus and an older contemporary of Euripides. A respected public figure, a general and a priest, he won many dramatic prizes from 468 on, composing in all about 123 dramas. An innovator for the stage he added a third actor, increased the size of the Chorus, abandoned the trilogy for the self-contained tragedy, and introduced scene painting.

Seven complete plays and over 1,000 fragments of his works survive. His best-known works include Antigone (c.441); Oedipus Rex or Oedipus Tyrannus (c.429), Electra; Trachiniae; Philoctetes (409); and Oedipus at Colonus (401).

Sophocles’ characters are dramatically interesting in that their fates are determined more by their own faults than by the Aeschylean gods; as such they have profoundly influenced western tragedy.

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