I grew up as an only child in a Hindu family with largely no knowledge of the gods or goddesses. This was exacerbated by not being able to speak Hindi or living in an area with others of our kind. Hindu, I mean, not EBEs (aliens).
Then, one day, the New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology mysteriously materialised in our flat and overnight, I learned a lot about my own culture, as well as that of the ancient Greeks, Sumerians, Japanese, Norse, Inuit etc…
The next giant step was discovering the English language Amar Chitra Katha comics from India on a trip to Mauritius. Fantastic!
Later, Hindu mythology was rebooted in the west with Virgin Comic’s Devi and Ramayan 3392 AD, 2000 AD’s Black Siddha and animation such as the Japanese/Indian/Mauritian production of a Manga-style Ramayan.
If there is a point I’m trying to make here, it’s this one- commercialisation of religion is absolutely fine in my (comic) book.
Nice one Pat Mills et al.