jason and the argonauts

The signs as stop-motion movies

Aries: Coraline

Taurus: Chicken Run

Gemini: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cancer: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Leo: The Boxtrolls

Virgo: Jason and the Argonauts

Libra: Frankenweenie

Scorpio: ParaNorman

Sagittarius: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Capricorn: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Aquarius: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Pisces: Corpse Bride

that moment in the argonautica when jason pulls together the heroes and is like ‘alright, guys….. we need to choose a leader. We need. The best guy. Who here do you vote to lead this quest’ and w/o hesitating everyone looks at heracles, who’s like ‘.. no?? Jason brought you here? This is literally his quest, he should be the leader? Obviously.’ and everyone else is like ‘damn I guess’ like.. how savage. dude brings you together and you turn on him like this

This great cover for Dungeon #34, by Peter Clarke, evoke for me the joy of Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts. That hapless adventurer is a bit generic and strange looking, but the dynamic quality of that skeleton rearing out of the sand is something else. It is rare, I think, for fantasy art to have such a graphic pop to it.

  • Medea: Hello Jason. Look at your wife. Now back to me. Now back at your wife. Now back to me. Sadly, she isn't me. But if she wears this dress I made, her skin could burn off. Look down. Back up. Where are you? You're at your wedding. With the woman your wife could kill like. Look at your hand. Back at me. I have it. It's the charred remains of your wife's corpse. Look again. The corpses are now our children's! Anything is possible when your wife kills like a barbarian and not a lady. I'm on the sun chariot.
  • *doo doo doo doo doo doo doo-doo*

Pelias claimed to be too old for the great task but Jason as his niece and a youth, would be able to fulfill this feat. He said that Phrixus had appeared in his dream and demanded that someone would go to the house of Aeetes and fetch back to Iolcus his soul (Phrixus’) and the Golden Fleece. The oracle of Delphi also demanded this mission and the ship to sail. That was the price of dominion for Jason.~
Karl Kerenyi, “Mythology of the Greeks”

The Golden Fleece with its powerful properties represents Jason’s reclaiming of his parental kingdom.
Argo illustration by William Russell Flint.

Jason escaping the Colchian guardian snake’s belly [I.e. The Drakon of Kolkhis (Colchis)], after it was drugged by Medea and put to sleep before seazing the Golden Fleece and travelling back to Argos. Next to him an Athenian protective figure.

Red-figured cup by Douris, c. 480-470 BC. From Cerveteri, Etruria. Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican Museums