Above: the GREEN MAN: legendary mythical character; official mascot and comic book star of Eco Comics; and the world’s first comic book character?
During the 1230s, French artist Villard de Honnecourt drew a number of parchment sketches of the Green Man. Despite their age, to this day these look remarkably like a modern comic book artist’s ‘concept sketches’ (used by comic book creators to define the visual appearance of a character). Indeed, even stylistically these drawings look incredibly fresh and modern.
Influenced by earlier carvings (by the 1230s the character was already firmly established), Villard de Honnecourt’s sketches give the Green Man legitimate claim to being the first comic book-style character in history.
Despite this, in almost 800 years since, we don’t believe that the Green Man has ever been given his own story, let alone comic book – until Eco Comics decided to do so, that is! It is even more remarkable considering that the Green Man influenced Treebeard in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and MANY comic book characters.
Check out the original, real-deal in his own PAPERLESS-exclusive, ‘green’ series out now from Eco Comics!