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Muhammad Ali: The King of the Ring: A Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"The graphic format is an ideal way to present the life of a real life 'superhero' who went from being a diligent young boxer to achieve immortality through his undoubted sporting prowess and powers as a communicator who challenged the status quo following being stripped of his title for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. His life straddles a period of major social change in America which culminated only recently in the [election] of the first black president.
Campfire is an impressive imprint and watching boys in particular devour the[ir books] reminds me of my own childhood love of Classics Illustrated. Intelligently written from the perspective of sports journalists , recounting [Ali's] exploits inside and outside the ring with really dynamic illustrations, it shows that graphic novels are not just for reluctant readers although book averse boys in particular will find it hard not to pick this up." —School Librarian Magazine
"Campfire manages to capture children’s attention in stories that talk up, rather than down, to their readers." — John Hogan, Graphicnovelreporter.com
"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature."
— Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)
About the Author
Lewis Helfand was born in 1978 in Philadelphia. Passionate about comic books, Lewis soon published his very own, Wasted Minute - a story of a world without crime where superheroes are forced to work regular jobs. With the first issue received well, he was soon collaborating with other artists and released four more issues over the next few years. At the same time, Lewis continues to work outside the field of comic books as a freelance writer and reporter for a number of national print and online publications.
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This 92 page volume begins when a young Cassius Clay back in Louisville, Kentucky got his bicycle stolen. He approached an officer to report the incident and the officer also taught boxing in a gym. This began his introduction to what has been called “the sweet science.” Even though many trainers at that time did not think young Cassius had much of a future in boxing; nevertheless, he had a work ethic and determination that would never give up. He trained longer and harder than any other boxer in the gym. After winning numerous amateur matches he went on the win a Gold Medal for boxing at the Olympics. After that Cassius Clay began his pro-boxing career. This book not only goes into his boxing career but also covers his personal life and his adoption of the Black Muslim religion when he changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
If you are seeking a concise and fully illustrated biography of a great American and worth heavy weight champion of the world, you should check out this excellent graphic novel.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).