Oscar Wilde's novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” has held a firm grip on the public's imagination since its first publication in 1891 and currently that grip is stronger
than ever. No less than two major motion pictures versions of the novel are currently in the offing, an important new
ballet is based on “Dorian,” several rock bands have named themselves after Wilde's anti-hero, and a number of stage versions, including mine, are vying for audiences' attention.
“Dorian” is clearly resonating with the public nowadays. Marvel Comics,
famous for Spiderman and the X-Men released a very literate multi-part comic book version of “Dorian” this year
which will be collected into the graphic novel format. The publishers ballyhooed their comic as having the “most important
message” in their industry's history.