In the literary works of L. Frank Baum and C.S. Lewis, the films of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and countless other creative works before and since, many famous lions have left a mark on popular culture. Famous literary lions from these and other sources include the Cowardly Lion from the land of Oz, Aslan from the land of Narnia, and Simba, Mufasa and Scar from Disney's "The Lion King."
One famous lion in literature is the anthropomorphic Cowardly Lion from L. Frank Baum's celebrated novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." What the Cowardly Lion lacked in courage, he made up for in timeless appeal once Baum's novel was adapted into a major motion picture in 1939.
That film, "The Wizard of Oz," also featured another famous lion: Leo, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio mascot seen roaring before the film's introductory credits. More than 90 years later, Leo still introduces nearly all MGM films.
The "Chronicles of Narnia" series of books by C.S. Lewis introduced Aslan, a king of the jungle based on the Christian "king of kings," Jesus Christ. "He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, 'What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?'" Lewis wrote.
In more contemporary times, Disney's 1994 animated feature, "The Lion King," introduced a triumvirate of famous lions: Simba the lion prince, his father King Mufasa and Mufasa's conniving brother Scar.