- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Underwood Books (September 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887424911
- ISBN-13: 978-1887424912
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King Kong Paperback – September 15, 2005
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What sets this bargain-priced trade paper edition apart from other reprints is the outstanding full color art by Jon Foster, Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Ken Steacy. Four distinctly different artists contribute four unique interpretations of Kong. It's a keeper.
This doesn't surprize me, though, because the book is terse, slow, damn near impossible to read, and, ultimatiely, boring.
I love the original King Kong, but it seems that from the start, most of its tie-in and re-incarnations have been sup-par at best.
I recommend reading this for its historical interest - it is the ORIGINAL novelization - but the newer paper backs they are coming out with for the movie are probably much better.
Published in 1932, "King Kong" was originally credited to creator Merian C. Cooper and partner Edgar Wallace, although it was later revealed that they had little to do with the novel. Cooper supplied the idea and screenplay while Wallace had actually died before being able to contribute anything, but still retains a credit. The true author, Delos Lovelace, was a friend of Cooper's and a minor writer who mainly scripted biographies and children's books.
Lovelace wrote a jungle adventure yarn in the classic pulp style. Working from Cooper's script, the book follows the intended film almost exactly, including the "lost scene" of the spider pit sequence with its styraccosaurus battle and various nasty monsters. The writing is quick and to the point, typical of era, and a lighting-fast read. The entire book can be read in a day or two. Lovelace keeps the action flowing and the blood pumping. Almost the entire book takes place on Skull Island, with the New York rampage taking up only the final chapter. The famous lines have been preserved from the film.
By no means is this a "classic" book, and if it wasn't for its connection to the famous film it would probably be lost to time.Read more ›