300 is a graphic novel, written and illustrated by Frank Miller with painted colors
by Lynn Varley. The comic loosely depicts the Battle of Thermopylae and the events
leading up to it from the perspective of Leonidas I, king of Sparta. The comic was
particularly inspired by the 1962 film, The 300 Spartans, a movie that Miller watched
as a young boy.
Every page of the comic was illustrated as a double-page spread. When the series was
gathered into hardcover form, the individual pages were twice as wide as a normal comic.
Miller's art style for this project was similar to his Sin City work, although the
addition of consistent color is an obvious difference.
300 was initially published as a monthly five-issue comic book series by Dark Horse Comics,
the first issue published in May 1998. The issues were titled Honor, Duty, Glory, Combat
and Victory. The series won three Eisner Awards in 1999" "Best Limited Series", "Best Writer/Artist"
for Frank Miller and "Best Colorist" for Lynn Varley. The work was collected as a hardcover
graphic novel in 1999.
The film 300, to be released in March 2007, was based directly upon 300, and is effectively
a shot-for-shot adaption of the graphic novel.