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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (October 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844671682
  • ASIN: B0057DCWVK
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are few members of the 1960s underground comics wave whose names inspire more awe and respect than that of Rodriguez (Zap, Nightmare Alley). Unfortunately, relatively little of that class's avant-garde flash or humor shows up in his worshipful graphic biography of Ernesto Che Guevara. Rodriguez tracks Guevara's development from adventurous but asthmatic middle-class Argentinean medical student to messianic revolutionary with aplomb. Guevara's by-now legendary motorcycle and hitchhiking wanderings around South America are portrayed with some levity, while the Cuban revolution and its aftermath are covered with an impressive command of the event's sociopolitical context. By folding Guevara's biographical narrative (already well-traveled by multiple other sources) into one that draws out his growing political awareness, Rodriguez keeps Guevara's beliefs front and center throughout this eventful but thickly worded book. While Rodriguez allows hints of criticism to seep in here and there, this is for the most part unalloyed hagiography, which can seem more like something produced by revolutionary committee than an artist. His art is muscular and unfussy, though oddly square, as if Mark Trail had suddenly discovered the genius of Karl Marx and Simón Bolívar. (Oct.)
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“Spain's take on Che is brilliant and radical.” (Art Spiegelman, author of Maus )

“Spain is one of the true giants of the comics medium. He is a singular artist; his work is unmistakable.” (Joe Sacco, author of Palestine )

Customer Reviews

"Che - A Graphic Biography" captured the essence of the Che story.
Melvin R. Meeks
Che's life and work is fascinating stuff, and I feel sorry for people unable to see past their own politics far enough to realise as much.
KMM
Such a keen social conscience and a rare willingness to sacrifice for what he perceived as a better world.
Linda Wenrick

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 10, 2009
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Did you know that Che was asthmatic? Che: A Graphic Biography is a black-and-white graphic novel presentation of the life, death, and ideals of revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara. From his motorcycle journey through Latin America to his rise to fame as a leader of Fidel Castro's movement to his travels through Africa to his involvement in the Bolivian insurgency that ultimately led to his death, Che: A Graphic Biography is a surprisingly in-depth and sympathetic portrayal of this complex figure. Highly recommended.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wenrick on January 17, 2009
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Alot of intensive research went into this graphic bio, which adds to its appeal, especially for a younger generation. Takes read way beyond the tee icon -- and 'cut out' revolutionary -- to his multiple accomplishments globally. Such a keen social conscience and a rare willingness to sacrifice for what he perceived as a better world.
Appropriate for gifting high-school-age grandchildren, your adult daughter and nephew. Beyond US propaganda, Spain Rodriguez's concept and drawing is exceptional--an heirloom in the making.
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As a secondary English Language Arts teacher, I’m always interested in picking up graphic novels for my classroom. When this one jumped out at me from a clearance shelf (guerrilla style), I thought it was a novel idea to tell a biographical story in graphic form.

I must admit my former ignorance about Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s life and ideology. I feel that most people of my demographic (30-something Americans) probably don’t know much about him, either. From a teacher standpoint, I can say with surety that the US educational system under-emphasizes Latin and Central American history. As a people, we seriously underrate our southern neighbors (unless we’re talking about cruise destinations; at least this is how my Appalachian region perceives Latin America). Having said that, I could easily recognize Korda’s famous photograph of Che Guevara, but that was about it.

This is why I find it fascinating that Rodriguez opens his story with two men on a street discussing the iconic photo. “I keep seeing this guy’s face everywhere!” “You mean Ernetso ‘Che’ Guevara?” The story takes off from that point. I still didn’t understand the impact of the instantly recognizable photograph until the concluding essay by Sarah Seidman and Paul Buhle.

Because it has sparked such an interest in me, I would highly recommend this graphic story to anyone curious about Che Guevara.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Mccormack on August 8, 2009
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I loved this book because it didn't make Che out to be the handsome young hero yet gave his life the meaning he deserved. I think the graphics we amazing and would recommend this book to anyone.
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By bb user on January 18, 2015
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Always enjoyed Spain's art ever since his "Trashman" days at EVO. This is a well written and beautifully illustrated Che bio that showed me many aspects of the revolutionary icon's bio i had been unaware of. He (Che) was quite a world traveler, and my favorite anecdote deals with his exasperation while training African cadre that scoffs at taking basic military precautions because they insist they are protected from bullets by magic. One guy tells Che not to worry because the other side believes it too!
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By Back2Bassick on December 9, 2014
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The story got disconnected a couple times as if something were skipped and the graphic isn't impressive.
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