I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE SUPERVILLAIN
Obviously her name should be something like Bookworm but it’s actually Magic Wanda (can’t imagine how they came up with that) and she only ever appeared in this one issue but her plan is PERFECT.
—Spidey Super Stories #42 (1979) script by Jim Salicrup, Michael Siporin, & Julie Mishkin; art by Win Mortimer & Ricardo Villamonte
Today’s Classic: Girls with Books (part II)
1. William-Adolphe Bouguereau ‘The Story Book’ (1877)
2. Charles Amable Lenoir ‘To the Return of Times Lost’ (19th century)
3. Jean-Honoré Fragonard ‘Young Girl Reading’ (c. 1770)
4. Lord Frederick Leighton ‘The Maid with the Yellow Hair’ (c.1895)
5. Attilio Baccani ‘Lady reading a book’ (1876)
Garm howls loud before Looming-cave,
the bond will break, and the ravenous one run;
much lore she knows, I see further ahead,
of the powers’ fate, implacable, of the victory-gods.
Brothers will struggle and slaughter each other,
and sisters’ sons spoil kinship’s bonds.
It’s hard on earth: great whoredom;
axe-age, blade-age, shields are split;
wind-age, wolf-age, before the world crumbles:
no one shall spare another.
Mím’s sons sport, the wood of destiny is kindled
at the ancient Sounding-horn.
Heimdall blows loud, the horn is aloft,
Odin speaks with Mím’s head.
The standing ash of Yggdrasil shudders,
the aged tree groans, and the giant breaks free.
All are afraid on the paths of Hel,
before Surt’s kin swallows it up.
—Völuspá stanzas 44-47, from THE ELDER EDDA (Penguin Classics Legends of the Ancient North; on-sale: October 29, 2013) by Anonymous, translated by Andy Orchard