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From an artist who reveled in illustrating "the un-illustratable," a historical graphic novel based on the "Great Moon Hoax," the most successful newspaper hoax ever. It's told in comic book fashion, but one panel per page, with all text underneath. In 1835, New York newspaper The Sun published a series of six articles declaring the discovery of life--and even civilization--on the Moon. According to the Sun, the lunar inhabitants included unicorns, bison, bipedal tail-less beavers, and intelligent humanoids with bat-like wings. Filled with real-life people and references, such as Edgar Allen Poe, P.T. Barnum, Audubon, Lorenzo La Ponte, Charles Goodyear...
Life on the Moon is a full-length graphic novel capturing this mythical world. Creator Robert Grossman said the book is set in a time when "many of the signal achievements of the 19th Century still lay well in the future, Andrew Jackson was president, the steamboat was the summit of technology, and news traveled slowly." The unfettered novel includes real historical figures and lots of inside jokes and references. Grossman stated that, "Life on the Moon is meant to be at least partly funny, and has a rip-roaring sci-fi ending." Grossman concluded, "I read somewhere that William Randolph Hearst insisted that everything he produced had: Tears, laughs, loves, and thrills.”
Includes a full Afterword, "The Whole Truth," by Grossman himself, pointing out the true references as well as his fictional liberties, which I greatly enjoyed. Sadly, Grossman passed away before this saw publication, but it’s a good bet he's grinning down on us as we read this.
Grossman (1940-2018) was an award-winning artist whose career spanned over 50 years. He illustrated over 500 magazine covers for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Playboy, National Lampoon, Forbes, Natural History....and has created numerous iconic images, including the poster for the movie Airplane, and the album cover for Firesign Theater's Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers.
He is renowned for having strongly influenced Terry Gilliam's Monty Python art; he did artwork for The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics in 1969; he got an Academy Award nomination in 1978; he was inducted in the Airbrush Hall of Fame in 1999; and an endowment in his name, The Robert Grossman Award for Satire, is awarded annually.
Handsome hardcover production, and quite thick. I especially like the cover. This is a great, great story, and offers not just a major read (it took me two days) but it’s jam-packed with real people, humorous commentary, and delightful artwork. It's a product of Yoe Books, which I entirely missed when it first came in. It doesn't look like any other book they've ever done. It's elegant, beautifully produced, a real stealth masterpiece. Yoe did a superb job with this. I loved it. -Bud
"Grossman, one of America's most innovative caricaturists, was a spirited storyteller with a bottomless well of historical fact and trivia to draw from. In Life on the Moon, he weaves a tale that cannot be read just once, so on that next trip to the moon, take it along.“ - Steven Heller
Harvey Kurtzman declared of Grossman’s work: "Perfect!"
"Amazingly inventive! I did my best to follow in Robert Grossman's footsteps." -Terry Gilliam
"Grossman has the subtle power to change the way we perceive reality like Chekhov or the best of Hemingway.” -Pete Hamill
- Additional Information
Item Code LIFMH Publisher IDW Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781684054565 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 400pg Color Partial Color
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- Highly Recommended
A delightful tale, part history, part slapstick, part adventure, part romance, part sci-fi. You'll meet Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, Charles Goodyear (yes, the tire guy, when he first “invented” rubber), even a Civil War hero, and the greatest real-life hoax since Orson Well's War of the Worlds broadcast. Except this hoax was created by the New York Sun, a leading newspaper of...1835. And everyone bought into it!
Publisher Craig Yoe (and IDW) are suitably proud of this little masterpiece. Grossman passed away before this went to print, but it was a crowning achievement of a long and very, very successful career (his work influenced Monty Python, for just one example). Please check it out.
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