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Bigger than life. . .
on March 22, 2014
As a lifelong pro wrestling fan I was intrigued when I opened my Vine newsletter and saw a book featuring a comic Andre the Giant on the cover. I had no idea what it was but clicked anyways. And I'm glad I did.
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. Whether it be his kindness to a stranger or his time on the set of The Princess Bride, this really covers a lot of ground in a fun and amusing way.
This is a must for any wrestling fan. I am happy to have it in my collection and look forward to grabbing more copies to add to my fellow fans' collections as well. It's a big story worth being shared with the world.