Writer and Artist: Box Brown
Brown's book follows the life of Andre Rene Roussimoff from age 12 onward. The early stories reveal the difficulty of walking through life as, well, a giant. Already 6'3" and 240 pounds, he measured 7'4'', 520 lbs. in adulthood. A wrestling promoter discovered him in Paris when he was 17. At first essentially a novelty act, he reached the top of the profession after ten years. By the time Princess Bride came along, he was already a superstar. The film guaranteed his legacy beyond the ring.
Andre does not come across as especially likable. Hard drinking, arrogant and generally rude, he's a far cry from Fezzik. But there's no denying he lived a colorful, unusual life. The presentation style reminds me of Chester Brown's Louis Riel: sparse and simple. The book doesn't do much to spark my interest in wrestling generally, but perhaps in the individual. Box Brown is a genuine fan of wrestling. He is candid about the sport's staged elements but those elements have clearly done little to dampen his own enthusiasm.