Houdini: The Handcuff King
Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death. This is a "snapshot" of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer... show more
Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death. This is a "snapshot" of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini's life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona -- to the secret behind his most amazing trick! And it's all in graphic form, so it's fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.
Publish date: April 1st 2007
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
, Graphic Novels Comics
Series: Center for Cartoon Studies Presents
I suppose that when I read a book wherein the structure of the story itself reflects the tone, I should be appreciative. In this case, I'm just annoyed. The artwork in Houdini: The Handcuff King is sparse, not very structured, and, honestly, a bit trite. The story is much of the same. It's a little ...
Quick read, not much to it. This seems more like a picture book than a graphic novel to me--I can see a parent reading it with their young kid (say ages 7-9) more easily than I can see a middle schooler picking it up and reading it on their own. I wanted Bess, Houdini's wife, to be more of a person ...