[Disinfo ed.’s note: This week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting up with Russ Kick for the launch of his epic series of classic literature anthologized in graphic form, The Graphic Canon. Although it’s not published by disinformation, I’d encourage all disinfonauts to check it out; the quality is self-evident through and through. Russ and his publisher, Dan Simon, kindly agreed to let us give you another taste (also check out The Book of Revelation if you missed it previously).]
The Inferno is far and away the most well known, influential part of The Divine Comedy. No one can resist the inventiveness and appropriateness of the punishments suffered by sinners. Hypocrites wear outwardly beautiful cloaks that are lined with lead. Fortune-tellers have their heads on backward. Gluttons lie in putrid mud like pigs. Those who were violent against others boil in a river of blood. Flatterers, meanwhile, spend eternity submerged in shit.
Such material could make for an extremely gruesome and morbid visual adaptation, but Hunt Emerson manages to find the humor in Hell. Often called “the dean of British comics artists,” Hunt adds quirkiness and levity to everything he’s touched over the last three decades, including other works of classic lit (look for his takes on Coleridge and Keats in Volume Two of The Graphic Canon). His adaptation of the complete Inferno will be published at some point in the future. For now, here is Hunt’s tour of the Eighth Circle of Hell, home to those who committed various kinds of fraud.