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Kings in Disguise

A Novel

James Vance (Author), Dan E. Burr (Author)

With an Introduction by Alan Moore


"One of the most moving and compelling human stories to emerge out of the graphic story medium."—Alan Moore

This award-winning tale, set in the height of the Great Depression, received rave reviews long before graphic novels became the phenomenon they are today. Hailed as one of the top 100 comics of all time by The Comics Journal, Kings in Disguise now reemerges as a classic. It is January 1932, and movie-loving Freddie Bloch is trading his father's liquor bottles for the cost a matinee: "Dreams were only a dime, but empty bottles [only] brought a penny apiece." When his father disappears and his brother gets arrested, Freddie finds himself homeless and adrift, trying to survive during the Detroit labor riots and amid the furor of violent, anti-communist mobs. Winner of the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for Best New Series and an additional Eisner Award for Best Single Issue.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32848-6
  • 8.3 × 11 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide


Endorsements & Reviews

“Utterly masterful.” — Ron Evry, Fantagraphics Best Comics of All Time

“Wonderful, earnest storytelling . . . a book made by intelligent, caring human hands.” — Art Spiegelman

“The best case yet that a mainstream novel can be told in comics form.” — Max Allan Collins, writer of Dick Tracy

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