Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant

Life and Legend

Graphic Novel - 2014 | First edition
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Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596438514
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 240 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Life and legend


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Jan 11, 2018

I quite enjoyed it. Very quick read but informative nonetheless. The simple line drawings work well.

I never really got into pro wrestling when a kid or later. I did see some of it on TV when young and it looked so fake; I found roller derby far more exciting and even that seemed pretty hokey. And I could only watch either when the parents weren’t home.

The line drawings really carry the story, showing both action and emotion very well.

Andre the Giant was in many ways larger-than-life but this shows him as one of us, as one more lonely being trying to make it through all of the stuff the world throws at him.

Highly recommended.

Oct 13, 2015

The art was great and because of this book I delved more it Andrea's history.I really like this one, but I doubt most kids these days would even know who Andrea the Gaint was.

DevilStateDan Jul 25, 2015

An excellent window into the life of a cult-of-personality figure. His story is as tragic as it is successful.
His story would be of interest to many people across society, not only wrestling fans.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Writer and artist Box Brown tracked down interviews with professional wrestlers to craft a graphic novel that celebrates the legend of Andre the Giant while also acknowledging the foibles of this fascinating figure.

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KateHillier Feb 10, 2015

We're looking at more of a collection of anecdotes here rather than a biography proper but I still enjoyed myself. I'm not into wrestling at all and my only knowledge of Andre is his role as Fezzick in the Princess Bride so this was a great look at his life outside of the Princess Bride - especially considering the Princess Bride stories were all once I've heard before thanks to the DVD extras.

He was a man who had a great respect for 'the business' and was a man who never really fit in anywhere, literally as much as figuratively. Perhaps that's the reason that this presented the way it is. You're not going to leave having a deeper understanding of Andre's psyche or anything super profound like that that but it's a quick, funny, and poignant read with simple art that you can't help but enjoy.

LAYNE_A Feb 05, 2015

Simple, clean, and rather cute illustrations take you through brief fragments of Andre's unusual life. I really liked the behind-the-scenes wrestling stuff. It really takes me back to my childhood. I wish there was more to it, though. There was obviously a lot of research done and there's a nice author's note that discusses the fine lines between fact and fiction, myth and reality of the wrestling world. I would have read 100 more pages. The portion describing his foray into acting was way too short.

Dec 18, 2014

Despite what I see as wasted potential because of the approach to the material the story was enjoyable, at times funny, sad, and only too human. I would not personally buy this book for my collection. I would recommend reading a library copy and trying it out. It is a good story, it has competent art, and at the very least you walk away with a little more knowledge of Andre the giant.

Bryce_Crittenden Oct 27, 2014

If you're a die hard wrestling fan and especially of Andre's then you probably won't gain much insight into his life. If anything you'll probably want to look for more in-depth stories about him. Casual and non-wrestling fans will definitely love this. It's a very quick and entertaining read.

Oct 11, 2014

I gained no insight into Andre's psyche - I didn't even feel as though I knew any more about him than I saw in movies. It was a pleasant read, but not anything special. I wouldn't recommend it

Mark_Daly Oct 05, 2014

Brown never quite explains why Andre was such a beloved character in the ring. Instead, he visualizes twice-told anecdotes from Andre's private life, in which the hard-drinking wrestler comes across as much less appealing. That said, the book succeeds as a glimpse into the itinerant life of a professional wrestler, and it explains some of the terms and stagecraft of this peculiar art.

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