Stories Linger

The beauty of the stories we tell… they carry the hints of voices beyond our own. And maybe, just maybe, the story we craft might linger beyond our own retelling.

Harry Potter's Forgotten Predecessor: 25 years ago, Neil Gaiman introduced another bespectacled teen boy with a magical destiny.

An unassuming English kid with glasses obtains a pet owl, and takes up his preordained destiny to enter a secret world of magic hidden in plain sight—brought to you by one of the world's most successful fantasy authors. That thumbnail summary of course describes Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's hit series first published in 1997, which is still a massive pop-culture phenomenon today. But the description also fits The Books of Magic, a DC Comics miniseries published 25 years ago this month by Neil Gaiman. Though largely forgotten, the series foretold much of pop-culture's current (and seemingly insatiable) appetite for the superhero and fantasy genres.

Andy Smithyman