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Title:
Graphic classics : Jack London.
Author:
London, Jack, 1876-1916.
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Publication Information:
Mount Horeb, Wis. : Eureka Productions, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Eight factors of literary success / by Jack London -- A thousand deaths / adapted & illustrated by J.B. Bonivert -- That spot / adapted by Antonella Caputo ; illustrated by Nick Miller -- War / illustrated by Peter Kuper -- Just meat / adapted & illustrated by Onsmith Jeremi -- To kill a man / illustrated by Kostas Aronis -- The Francis Spaight / adapted & illustrated by John Pierard -- Modern duelling / illustrated by Gerry Alanguilan -- Jan, the unrepentant / adapted & illustrated by Hunt Emerson -- The minions of Midas / illustrated by Rafael Avila -- The leopard man's story / adapted & illustrated by Rick Geary -- The handsome cabin boy / adapted by Trina Robbins ; illustrated by Anne Timmons -- Told in the drooling ward / illustrated by Lesley Reppeteaux -- The shadow & the flash / adapted & illustrated by Matt Howarth -- Moon-face / adapted & illustrated by Milton Knight -- How I became a Socialist / illustrated by Spain Rodriguez -- The call of Jack London / by Mort Castle ; illustrated by Roger Langridge.
ISBN:
9780971246454
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Edited by Tom Pomplun
Thirteen stories of adventure, horror, comedy and science fiction! Includes "A Thousand Deaths," "To Kill a Man," and "Told in the Drooling Ward." These and more are adapted and illustrated by Rick Geary, Milton Knight, Onsmith Jeremi, Matt Howarth, John Pierard, Jeff Bonivert, Anne Timmons, Trina Robbins, Antonella Caputo, Nick Miller, Hunt Emerson, Peter Kuper, Kostas Aronis, Lesley Reppeteaux, Mark A. Nelson, Marc Arsenault, and Michael Slack. Cover by Arnold Arre, with a comics biography by Mort Castle and Roger Langridge.
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Author Notes

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences.

London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction.

After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew.

London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Millions of children grew up reading Classics Illustrated, the comic series that introduced classic adult fiction. That format is revitalized in Graphic Classics, a series focused on the works of various famous writers. This collection, illustrated by some of comics' biggest names, reminds readers that Jack London's fiction consists of more than sled dogs, snow, and ice. A Thousand Deaths is an sf / horror story; Just Meat will appeal to crime fiction fans; and the humor in Jan, the Unrepentant and The Handsome Cabin Boy is a refreshing change from what one expects from London's work. Seventeen artists, whose styles vary considerably, take on the tales; some selections appear in traditional comic-style sequential art; others are text-heavy with only a few illustrations. Whatever the reader's preference, this is a highly entertaining collection, though it may have more appeal in the literature classroom than for fans of graphic novels as an art-literary form. --Cathy Buskar Copyright 2003 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-In these volumes, works by Bierce and London are illustrated by various artists, including "Classics Illustrated" vets Gahan Wilson and Rick Geary. Bierce retells, gleefully and morbidly, significant portions of the author's cynical, epigrammatic oeuvre, including "The Devil's Dictionary" and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." London offers readers a chance to examine some of the author's lesser-known works, and fans will be fascinated to see his themes-the great outdoors, the icy north, social injustice-woven into these Twilight Zone-esque tales. As an enlightening record of an author and his work, this is the more interesting of the two, although the stories are formulaic, often ending in a macabre twist. In "Just Meat," two thieves poison one another in a dispute over their loot; in "The Leopard Man's Story," a lion tamer's enemy finally gets the best of him, etc. In both books, the sheer variety of artistic styles, all in black and white, is both a strength and weakness. While the diversity of techniques is intriguing, individual tastes will draw readers to some stories more than to others. Older readers may enjoy the black humor and wit of these books; their violence (however comical), un-PC views, and severely pessimistic nature will limit their appeal with younger readers.-Douglas P. Davey, Guelph Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.