Three, Three Hundred And Ancient Homosexuality

In the first issue of Three by Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly, Gillen talked about how it was a reaction to Frank Miller's 300, after he got very angry with the book and the moral implications of the things it both missed out and added, including slave suppression and slave hunting that the society was built upon.

One of these may also have been the "boy lovers" crack from the Spartans to the Greeks both in the comic…


And in the movie…


Well, in today's second issue of Three, Gillen is on hand to set things straight with his Spartans. As it were.


I chatted with Kieron at Gosh Comics' launch of the Tim Pilcher book Comic Book Babylon. Apparently he took historical advice from experts on exactly who would have given and who would have received in Spartan society over matters of seniority…

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Currently exhibiting the work of Mark Buckingham's Fables, with an Ales Kot and Tom Muller signing next Wednesday, and Sean Gordon Murphy a week on Friday.


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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