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King: A Comics Biography, Special Edition Hardcover – February 28, 2010

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Starred Review. Some who read this deluxe repackaging of Anderson's epic three-part biography of Martin Luther King Jr. will come away thinking that the great leader is even more remote and unknowable than before—and there is nothing wrong with that. King has long been a figure so ubiquitous in American culture that little of his true self remains in his frequently invoked image and words. Anderson does the man a favor by taking a spiky, fractured approach to his subject and refusing to plant a halo on his troubled head. Much of the book (packaged nicely with previously unprinted material, sketches, and a somewhat beside-the-point modern-day prelude titled Black Dogs) tracks King from his college days in the 1950s to his death, jamming each page with noirishly drawn frames and tightly packed political debates. Though all the great moments of his civil rights battle are here (from the March on Washington to his less-successful housing campaign in Chicago), Anderson doesn't resort to the cheap cinematic trick of success and fadeout. There is more disappointment here than celebration, suffused with the sorrowful sense of a long, long battle just barely begun. A crowning achievement, like the man it portrays. (Feb.)
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“Starred Review. A crowning achievement, like the man it portrays.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece, this award-winning biography invokes King’s flaws, tragedies, and triumphs.” (Library Journal)

King goes beyond history to examine life's complications, particularly pertaining to racial relations. King the character becomes the personification of these complications... Rare and vital, Ho Che Anderson's King adds a significant contribution to the depth of artistry and subject matter in the world of graphic literature.” (Andrew D. Arnold - Time.com)

“Using novelistic techniques, impressive research, a dazzling array of graphic styles and an acute ear for dialogue, Anderson recreates the life of Martin Luther King, bringing both the man and the civil rights movement thrillingly to life.” (Publishers Weekly)

“While Anderson starkly presents King’s less-than-saintly episodes... the final reaction is a fuller understanding of a great man, with inspiring ideals, and an unshakable dedication to equality through nonviolent, loving means. ... MLK’s legacy undeniably lives on in Anderson’s King.” (Terry Hong - Bookdragon: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program)

“Vitally, Anderson draws an earthy King, one who likes soul food and soulful women, but who is also capable of inspiring and challenging oratory, theological radicalism and courageous leadership, even when faced with fists, firebombs, and FBI persecution. …[W]hat a book!” (George Elliott Clarke - The Halifax Herald)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; Reprint edition (February 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993101
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron T. on July 30, 2013
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I was assigned to read this for a research methods class in college and I thought it offered a very intriguing perspective on Dr. King's life.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has truly captivated readers like nothing else. "King" is a compilation of graphic novels as author and artist Ho Che Anderson compiled the volume following the life of Dr. King and the chaos and problems that boiled over in his life, offering unique perspective on the man who stood strongly for racial equality in America, and criticizes how little we've come in the decades following his death. Packaged with a tale of modern race relations in 'Black Dogs', "King" is a fine read for anyone seeking a new interpretation of the man and his life.
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