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Yay! Legends Every Day mines the depths of ancient mythology and pulp fiction.

By Daniel Barron

 

Cliffhangers! Booby traps! Racial stereotypes! In this edition of our summer Yay! Legends Every Day series we take a safari into the Astounding Worlds of pulp fiction and ancient mythology. These enduring adventure tales were formative in developing modern popular narratives and were well-known for sprouting the chest hair on many an old-fashioned dandy.

Some basic adventurer survival tips: Bring snake repellant. Be careful where you dig. Maybe don’t read from creepy old books. The butler did it. Just shoot the guy. Drink the plainest grail that you can find. In fact, it’s probably just better if you don’t touch anything. Oh, and the password on the sword is “I have the power.” Make sure you emphasize that last word.

Are you a square or a square jaw? “THRILL!” to the set below and share them with the world. They belong in a museum!

 

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – Catherine Bursill Moore

Medium: oil on linen panel

Size: 18×24″

“My husband has been asking me for years to paint a Lo Pan piece, and with all of the other things I have going on it often gets put on the backburner. But Daniel Barron and Yay! LA Magazine comes along with Yay! Legends Every Day and lo and behold Big Trouble in Little China was just sitting there waiting for me to put my name on it. So there you have it. Now I guess I’ll be hounded for a Jack Burton piece to go with it…”

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Read our in-depth feature on Catherine Bursill Moore.

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) – Lauren Patton

“Anya’s Nightmare”

“I always loved how Whedon brought humor, romance, and classic horror together in every episode of Buffy. In this painting, ‘Anya’s Nightmare,’ I wanted to capture the humor of Anya being terrified of the impending Bunny Apocalypse while Buffy and Spike look on from their crypt where perhaps they were up to some naughtiness.”

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Dylan Dog (1986) – Maggie Ivy

Medium: acrylic on Illustration

Size: 8.5×11″

Dylan Dog has a special place in my heart. While attending the Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy, I stumbled onto the comics. I remember thumbing through the pages and typing into google translate trying to figure out what was going on. I remember the day I left Florence for good and was trying to figure out if it was worth mailing a huge stack of Italian comics, I still have a little regret that I left them behind.”

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Read our Artist Spotlight on Maggie Ivy.

 

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Johnny Quest (1964) – Gary Musgrave

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Jurassic Park (1993) – Autumn Frederickson

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Jurassic World (2015) – Samantha Holt

Medium: watercolor and gouache on illustration board

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King King (1933) – Kimberly Sugar

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Masters of the Universe (1982) – Brad Lacke

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) – Elias Shamir

“To this day, no game has elicited as much of an emotional response as the ending to Metal Gear Solid 3 did when I played it years ago. When I found out that we would once again play as Naked Snake/Big Boss in what would be Hideo Kojima’s final MGS game, there was no way I couldn’t play it.

The lasting effect that this series has had on me is undeniable – it has shaped my perception of what games can achieve. This, then, is my tribute to Snake. There will never be another like him…well, there are technically several, but you know what I mean.”

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Mortal Kombat (1993) – Zack Lieberman

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Catherine Bursill Moore

“Obtainer of Rare Antiquities”

Medium: graphite on Strathmore paper

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Read our in-depth feature on Catherine Bursill Moore.

 

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Sherlock Holmes – Jenny Bilberg

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Tarzan (1912) – Jenga Garcia

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Size: 12×16″

“I chose Tarzan because he is a classic character that has been immortalized through various media over the years. He is one of the most easily recognized characters in the world. We constantly see his feral and primal nature in contrast to his struggle to find his human aspect. I think many of us can relate to this.”

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Vikings (2013) – Lara Dann

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The Witch (2016) – John D. Wiltshire

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Read our in-depth feature on John D. Wiltshire.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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