Age of Bronze (comics)

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Age of Bronze
Age of Bronze issue 12 (comic book cover).jpg
Age of Bronze issue 12 cover art; copyright 2001 by Eric Shanower
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
No. of issues34 (as of April 2019)
Creative team
Created byEric Shanower
Written byEric Shanower
Artist(s)Eric Shanower
Collected editions
A Thousand ShipsISBN 1-58240-200-0
SacrificeISBN 1582403600
Betrayal, Part OneISBN 9781582408453
Betrayal, Part TwoISBN 9781607067573

Age of Bronze is an American comics series by writer/artist Eric Shanower retelling the legend of the Trojan War. It began in 1998 and is published by Image Comics.


The series aims to be true to all literary traditions, from Homer's Iliad to Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, as well as to the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean. When complete it is projected to comprise seven volumes.


34 issues, four trade paperback collections and two specials have been published as of 2015.

Collected volumes
  • A Thousand Ships (2001, ISBN 1-58240-200-0) collects issues 1 to 9, in which Helen, wife of the king of Sparta, is abducted by the Trojan prince Paris, and the Greeks gather their armies for war in response.
  • Sacrifice (2004, ISBN 1-58240-360-0) collects issues 10 to 19, in which the progress of the Greek army is held up, until their king, Agamemnon, pays a debt he owes to the gods.
  • Betrayal, Part One (2008, ISBN 978-1-58240-845-3) collects issues 20–26, in which Agamemnon's fleet sails to Troy and his envoys negotiate with King Priam.
  • Betrayal, Part Two (2013, ISBN 978-1-60706-758-0) collects issues 27–33.
Specials and one-shots
  • Age of Bronze: Special, published in 1999, provides backstory, telling of the curse on Atreus and his sons, Agamemnon and Menelaus.
  • Age of Bronze: Behind the Scenes, published in 2002, gives an insight into Shanower's research and working methods.


After a six year hiatus issue 34 was published in 2019, the first to be in color. Individual issues will henceforth be solely digital except a handful printed to fulfill existing print subscriptions. No further print subscriptions will be accepted.[1] Book collections are being reissued in color. Plans are to publish two issues a year.[2]


Shanower won the Eisner Award for best writer/artist in 2001 and 2003, and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for outstanding artist in 1999, for his work on Age of Bronze.[3][4]


  1. ^ Attention, Age of Bronze subscriber:
  2. ^ Eric Shanower Opens Up On His Age Of Bronze Return (Now In Color!)
  3. ^ Hahn, Joel (ed.). "Will Eisner Awards [1988-2007]". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  4. ^ (October 1, 1999) "1999 Ignatz Award Recipients, Small Press Expo (accessed May 27, 2016)

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