Ho Che Andersons biography of Americas great civil rights advocate Martin Luther King is both a monumental recreation of his tumultuous public life (and death) and an intimate portrait of the man as politician, friend, lover, husband, and father.
With the triumphant ascendancy of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States, Martin Luther Kings advocacy for racial equality and the dignity of all men stands as one of the greatest and most successful achievements toward social justice in the 20th century. Originally published in three volumes (1993-2002), this Special Edition of King includes the original 240 page graphic novel as well many unique and original additions, including an essay by the author on the making of the book, preliminary sketches, pages of the typescript, visual breakdowns, deleted scenes, and a prelude about race relations in contemporary America entitled Black Dogs.
Andersons biography traces Kings life from his childhood in Atlanta and his education at Booker T. Washington High School, and his centrality to the civil rights movement when, in 1955, he organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott; his founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957; his Nobel Prize in 1964; the 1966 March on Washington and his I Have a Dream speech; and the tragic moment on April 4, 1968 when he was shot dead on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. King brings the man, and a singular moment in American history, vividly to life.
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"Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece, this award-winning biography invokes Kings flaws, tragedies, and triumphs." – Library Journal
Praise for the original edition:
"[Anderson's] effort will convince skeptics of the value of comics as a medium; King is a milestone of biographical comics." – Publishers Weekly
"Stark, uniform black-and-white panels contain talking heads: a Greek chorus of varying opinions and historical background. Among these Mr. Anderson inserts montages of raw, visceral energy... tightly rendered grids give way to near-collage, in which hand-retouched photography is melded with oblique, loosely sketched forms that convey an ominous tension with moody imprecision. Violent eruptions splay into vast, painterly tableaus, as in the brutal rendering of the Birmingham riots of 1963... The final scene, depicting King's assassination, is a chaotic wash of searing crimson that spills over four pages, seeming almost to seep from the book." – The New York Times
"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." – Time.com