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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Paperback – May 6, 2014
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The book is professional wrestler and actor Andre the Giant's biography, only told in graphic novel form. At first I thought it would be a bit strange, but it's actually the best way to tell the story. So much of Andre's time with us had to do with his struggle with (and against) his size. Being able to see a constant visual representation of how he fit in different circumstances made the story that much more personal and profound. While he was a legend in the industry and fondly remembered, the story of the man whose body worked overtime to end his life is both tragic and triumphant.
But this is not a children's version of Andre's life. Don't be fooled by Brown's friendly comic art style. The story is a warts-and-all look, involving stories that will be new to many fans and familiar to the die hards (Bad News on the bus or Dick Murdock's bday party come to mind). There is swearing, innuendo and off-camera sex (though nothing explicit), LOTS of alcohol, and boys just being boys.
There are also great moments of poignancy and reflection. The images help bring to life the devastating nature of Andre's medical condition and the ways in which it debilitated him over time, and also how he faced them down and chose to move ahead. The entire thing retains a charm and sweetness that overcome any of the harder moments. Andre could be tender and hilarious and the book does a wonderful job in capturing his softer side, often away from the wrestling ring.Read more ›
The art in this comic is simple and bold, much like the persona of Andre the Giant. Andre's size is at times overly exaggerated, dwarfing other objects and figures in the panel to visually impart just how big he really was, both physically and figuratively. The uncomplicated artwork flows with the story, exposing Andre's gentle nature while at the same time communicating his uneasiness with society.
Throughout the comic Box Brown is quick to point out that distinguishing between the Life and Legend of Andre is at times a difficult thing to do, as he re-tells some of the many stories that have grown just as large as Andre himself over the years. But Brown conveys each alongside a personal anecdote that balances the myth with the man and reveals Andre to be more than the massive brawler Saturday morning wrestling portrayed him to be. Through the pages of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend we learn that Andre was just a normal guy that wanted what most of us want: to live in peace.
ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND is a biography of Andre the Giant told in graphic novel format. Although graphic novels are still viewed as being "kid's books", ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND is not a children's book. It respects the man, but doesn't shy away from some of the less savory aspects of his life: drinking, swearing, sexual exploits, etc.
The book does an excellent job at illustrating Andre's life-long struggle with acromegaly. In a regular novel form, this struggle would be difficult to convey. However, a graphic novelization is a great format to convey and illustrate this struggle.
Some of the events the book touches upon will be familiar with diehard wrestling fans (e.g. Dick Murdock's birthday party). However, there are other events that aren't as well known. There's also the occasional interesting tidbit, for instance, the time Andre got a ride to school from Samuel Beckett.
It's difficult to compact the life of a man as big as Andre into a book, but ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND does a great job. It's an interesting graphical biography that both fans and non-fans of wrestling will enjoy.
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Very simple Iines but so much e motion conveyed. Extremely goodPublished 16 days ago by Salvatore P. Vasta
A surprisingly entertaining biography on one of the giants who helped shaped pro-wrestling into what it is today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew King
Possibly the best unexpected pick up I've had in comics. I browsed my local comic store and saw this, as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to get it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alejandro Vargas
I'm a wrestling fan and a comicbook reader and I was thrilled to see this on offer. I was not familiar with the publisher or creator but they did right by both the myth and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MookieTheKid
A short biography of Andre the Giant that’s remarkably thin on insights or exposition. The section on the Princess Bride is especially notable since it’s only about two pages long,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raghuveer Parthasarathy
Honestly this was a disappointment. Yes there are summaries of his life, but it is extremely high level. If you like comics, this is a good read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by waretare
the gentle giant of the most famous professional wrestling brand today, WWE, helped the McMahon led program to a whole new level of wrestling by engaging with feuds with the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Crow
I really can't believe a definitive biography of Andre the Giant has still never been written. This is not that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hwy61Joe