He biggest power of Brown s toolbox He visually brings home just how ridiculously large Andre is in comparison to those around him My wife is miniature set next to me She is a foot shorter than me and I double her weight The difference is striking when we stand closely together I am not a small man And yet Andre had nearly a foot and a half on me and was nearly three of me in weight That would be daunting for anyone to confront Brown s work often invokes the term monster and that s xactly the sense that his drawings for all their almost Ware like simplicity describe Andre is monstrous Yet for all that Brown remembers to display how human he really is Was However we refer to the deceased who are also fictionalized6 characters in a bookIf visually Andre is a monster Brown is careful to keep his fragility of spirit on display as well Even in some of the The Anathema Cell exuberances of his personality the drinking the fights the belligerence it sasy to interpret them as reactions from within the social prison his form created for him Hulk Hogan himself ven offers this perspective within the book We see happy moments sad moments Moments from Andre s perspective moments from the vantage of his co workers in the ring It s a solid mix and gives meat to the bones of his spiritBrown plays his storytelling rather straightforward He jumps from location to location skipping time liberally to cover forty six years in a pretty brisk hop He doesn t seem to be playing any narrative tricks prompting nuanced or complex readings of the material which is probably fitting Andre for all his mystery is still a simple and straightforward picture and anything that would distract from that would likely be a disserviceProbably whatever you remember Andre for that pisode from his life will be represented The pivotal pericope however intersects perfectly with my own Pookie-Pie experience of the Giant While we get scenes from Andre s rise in the wrestling world his match with boxer Chuck Wepner and the filming of The Princess Bride it s Andre s title match against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III that occupies the most space and is perhaps most lovingly recounted And Brown does a great job recreating the details and a kind of play by play of the contest while simultaneously providing background and insight into what was going on within the scene He brought to life something I had once witnessed but didn t uite apprehend and that was a lovely thing to come across so many years laterI mentionedarlier that I wished there had been pages in Brown s work here That s not to suggest that Andre the Giant Life and Legend is poorly conceived or that it leaves too many strings untangled Merely I hoped to describe that my njoyment of the book was such that I wouldn t have minded of the same I often feel this way about graphic novel biographies It s such an asy fluid means to access the lives of others that these lives can often feel as though they are flitting by too uickly as if they are underliving their value I felt this way with Ottaviani and Wicks Primates as well Though not curiously with Ottaviani s Feynman which was thick for its short page count and perfectly Calling Home essayed All this is to say that if Box Brown decides to biographize the life of Richard Adams I would not turn down the opportunity to happily read that one tooReview courtesy of Good Ok BadFootnotes1 Where they ve held Wonder Con the past couple years2 Fabricated sure but I was only tangentially aware of that back then3 Pro tip it did stillxist4 It was repurposed from an arlier campaign Andre the Giant Has a Posse after Fairey received cease and desist notice from Andre the Giant s trademark owners5 Though if you re a regular reader of my reviews you may actually know about me than I now know about Andre the Giant6 To clarify the point this is non fiction But as in all biography license is taken for the sake of story Things are depicted in particular ways The world bends to the storyteller s pen so that this version of things might be the truest version of things Truer than life is the goal of very thorough biographerI mean I made that up just now but I m pretty sure it s true I uite njoyed this simple telling of the life of Andre the Giant Sad poignant interesting and nlightening if you re interested in the man it s definitely worth checking out This book starts off with a lot of promise In the first pages Hulk Hogan speaks poetically about Andre the Giant and tells us it is drawn in the style of a documentary interview camera on Hulk that though Andre could be gruff and short tempered he was underneath it all a solidly good human being who has suffered immensely The Hulk Hogan interveiw and the scene with Samuel Becket and the pickup truck also in the The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents early pages of the book were the most compelling parts of the story for me In thend the book is repetitive It s a bit of a dog chasing its tail of a book and there s no arc to it It doesn t seem to have much to say than Andre drinks absurd amounts of alcohol all the time Wh This was recommended to me after reading and reviewing As You Wish Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideThis graphic novelbiography xamines Andre s
LIFE FROM ABOUT THE AGE OF from about the age of until his death Andre like veryone has many things that made him great as well as plenty of things that he could have done better He was usually very ndearing and tended to refer to veryone as Boss When filming Princess Bride he kept Robin Wright warm by gently placing his hand on her head he generated a LOT of heat Since the drawing doesn t really do justice to how this might have looked remember Andre s hand on Cary Elwes during the movie His acromegaly and the damage from wrestling put uite the stress on his body He had surgery on his back at one time and they had to think outside the box for Date Me everything from the stretcher to the surgical instrumentshardware to how much anesthesia he needed the massive amounts of alcohol he could drink was legendary so I can only imagine the amount of anesthesia that was needed He spent other times in the hospital for various other jointbone issues and heart issues related to his condition He did plenty of flying for all of his wrestling I don t know how he held it on those long flights I didn t know that Andre had a daughter named Robin It seems as though he would have liked time with her but between his career and the strained relationship with her mother and likely other factors it just didn t happen I wonder whether working with Robin Wright made him think of his own daughter since they shared the same name Andre remains in so many people s hearts for the Princess Bride In a few years when my boys are oldnough they will watch Princess Bride and he will be remembered by a whole new generation Rest peacefully big guy I have a soft spot for Andre the Giant who doesn t so when I read about this in the NY Times I made a beeline for the library and ventually found it banished in the Young Adult Room ghetto For some reason my library has half of its graphic novels in the regular popular library and half in the Young Adult Room and what goes where seems sort of arbitrary So as the kids of DC will soon find out Andre the Giant was a hard living womanizer
a deadbeat dad and a carouser who could put away prodigious amounts of alcohol and ggs deadbeat dad and a carouser who could put away prodigious amounts of alcohol and ggs was also living with the pain of knowing he had a terminal disease and constant reminders that he literally didn t fit into this world You get the feeling that for the most part he felt comfortable with his choices maybe a few regrets but ultimately that he felt he d found a niche that allowed him to make the most of what he d been given Brown gives the impression that Andre didn t have a lot or possibly any close friends and that his personality and maybe his circumstances caused him to keep his feelings mostly to himself but that may have been partly a research and sources issue We mostly learn about Andre through road life anecdotes given by professional wrestlers who worked and went on tour with him and who may or may not have known him bestThe art and the dialogue are pretty simple but ffectively tell the story And though it doesn t look like the author did much original research he did do some digging and includes a helpful list of his sources in the back mostly old interviews and bios of pro wrestlers The book felt really light to me and I breezed through it I was interested but wasn t lingering on pages like I do with art I really connect with Minimalist art can be deceptively powerful and affecting and while the art was good I didn t really get that feeling here Still the story of Andre s life and the illness that drove him was Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health enough to keep mengaged and agerly turning pages In that. The huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrantBox Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes fro. Hulk Hogan on Andre the Giant people don t get it There was never a fork or a knife ven a bed There was never a situation where he could be comfortable He was a seven foot four giant With all the injuries and Cause Of Fear everything he shrank down to under seven feetI watched him when he d walk ahead of me at the airport I heard people say horrible things and make fun of him He lived in a cruel worldIf you really understood what he went through and what he was all about he was a gracious person with a kind heart But he didn t put up with any games or chicaneryMost people don t understand the big pictureIt turns out that being a giant kind of sucks For the giant Forveryone lse it s sort of awesome Rob Reiner has to xplain Andre s 40k bar tab from a month of shooting in London sure but it s a great story Samuel Beckett drove a young Andre to school after he grew too much and wouldn t fit in the school bus Luckily Beckett owned a truck and Andre could sit in the bed Again a pretty great storyOn the giant s side there s a lot of pain a lot of problems and you re just about guaranteed to die young What I liked about this book was that it was an unvarnished look at a man s life If you google around for Andre the Giant stories lots of stuff about what a great dude he was so kind and generous and all this But the truth is that he pissed some people off He was an ass than a few timesAndre s memory might be a case of widespread AJ SyndromeAJ syndrome is a term I coined based on this kid who died at my junior high school I certainly wouldn t The Game of Love everver ver wish death on someone that young Even then I didn t But when I heard the kid diedwell I could only conjure memories of the kid being a complete jerk Because that s the way he actedIt s unfair to respond to the death of a teenager by saying he was a jerk Because so was I and I was lucky nough to have time to build new opinions of me Now people can hate me in a much informed way and I m able to be a adult mature type of jerk to them However what s also a bit unfair is to remember the dead as something they weren t To manufacture niceness from someone because they are now dead Especially when we re talking about an adult ven if that adult had a difficult life in a lot of waysThis book than most of the other things I ve read about Andre seems to present the truth Andre the Giant was a guy A giant guy a guy who drank over a hundred beers in a sitting after which he passed out and was tucked under a piano cover the only thing big nough to accommodate him And he was also a guy who could be kind of a dick sometimesYes he s dead and there s not a lot of point in saying bad things about the dead EXCEPT that it makes me wonderwell if a dead person is unassailable merely because he or she is dead then what point is there in leaving a lasting legacy of goodness We ll all die ventually and by dying we ascend to a certain level of sainthood No thanksSo I appreciate this book for what it is Painting the sometimes ugly portrait but not without mpathy for the giant s plight I was in seventh grade in 1987 I was perhaps the perfect age for becoming desperately fanatical over the The Lady in Pink events leading up to Wrestlemania III It was the perfect combination of soap opera and athleticism My brother and I would watch WWF matchesvery Saturday morning I would come to school the next week and Eyes exuberate over what happened what would happen next who were good guys who were bad guys and who would win the championships Hulk Hogan Nikolai Volkoff George the Animal Steele Adrian Adonis the Honky Tonk Man Billy Jack Haynes the Junkyard Dog the Iron Sheik Hillbilly Jim Captain Lou Albano the British Bulldogs Ricky the Dragon Steamboat Kamala the Ugandan Headhunter the Rougeau Brothers Jake the Snake Roberts Macho Man Randy Savage And Andre the Giant These men were the lords on thearth They were tremendous figures though their feuds often seemed concocted ven to a seventh grade meIn March of 1987 Wrestlemania III took place in the Pontiac Silverdome to apparently record attendance For whatever reason my dad took the cue that we loved wrestling and got us tickets to watch on closed circuit television along with a packed out crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center1 It was asily the most Sinner's Heart exciting thing I hadxperienced up to that point We roared we booed we screamed The hall was lectric with fans who were deeply invested in the stuff I personally was there for the Ricky the Dragon Steamboat vs Macho Man Randy Savage grudge match I was furious with Savage and needed to see vindication for the injustices2 he d arlier perpetrated against Steamboat And honestly it was the best wrestling I d Spirit of the Wolf ever seenThe headlining match in which Hulk Hogan was challenged by Andre the Giant was definitely a draw but it was secondhand snuff by comparison The problem was that I just didn t like the Hulkster He always felt a bit too big for his britches he and his 24 inch pythons So when Andre the Giant began feuding with him I was like Good Take his stupid belt Devour him Really I probably just wanted Ricky the Dragon Steamboat to take the belt In any case I wasxpecting a good match just not a fantastic match But man we got a fantastic match And Box Brown s biography of the Giant spends a fair amount of time on Wrestlemania III and A Vineyard Christmas everything Andre did for Hogan in that contestHere s the real deal if you care to see ithttpwwwdailymotioncomvideox6k4I was worried that Brown s work would have arrived too late for me After all my interest in the WWF and wrestling waned sharply after Wrestlemania III My fandom wouldn tven survive to Wrestlemania IV I Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose entirely lost track of all those characters and what they were doing orven whether wrestling still xisted3 I couldn t be bothered "It all seemed a bit too infantile to ighth grade me an ighth grade me who was still "all seemed a bit too infantile to ighth grade me an Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) eighth grade me who was still longing for news of a potential X Men cartoon that never materialized Then a couple years later I saw The Princess Bride for the first time The movie was released yearsarlier but still a kid I was rather limited in which movies I had access to And besides what seventh grade boy really wanted to go see a movie with this for a posterBut at last I saw The Princess Bride and like Math Basics 6 everyonelse in the world I came to adore Andre the Giant and his rhyming And yet again out of sight out of mind I didn t hear the news of Andre s death in 1993 and wouldn t discover it for another decade The next time I Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, encountered the man was in Shepard Fairey s Andre and They Live inspired OBEY GIANT campaign Fairey created the piece in 19944 but I didn t take notice until 2000 By this point I still didn t know of the Giant s death All this is to sell you on the fact that I honestly couldn t be bothered to care about wrestling or wrestlers or the welfare of those persons It was like how I have no idea what s up with Richard Adams author of Watership Down I just had other things going on And I didn t reallyver see myself reading a biography of Andre the Giant or for that matter a Richard Adams biography The First Ghost eitherSo when I tell you that I found Brown s telling of the Giant s lifengaging and njoyable and illuminating you can be pretty sure I m not writing from within the golden glow of nostalgia Box Brown has composed a portrait of the imposing man s life that draws together a number of fascinating pieces illustrating the terror and wonder of Andre s too short life he was six years older than me when he died of his giganticism If I have one complaint it s that I wanted Another hundred and fifty pages of vignettes of this man s life Even though there s a lot here the Giant remains an nigma as much a mystery as you or I5What Brown does well is Balance A Variety Of Portraits Of The a variety of portraits of the in such a way that these contrary reports of the man s actions and demeanor seem less a
conflict and a variegation of a life lived in the depths of unreal and a variegation of a life lived in the depths of unreal No matter how good and pure Andre may have been and we want him to be good and pure no one can stand up under the degree of fear he generated in those around him combined with wealth and power and popularity and come out shiny and clean That he does so well as he does remaining loved and remembered by a good number among his friends is a reminder that despite the faults he was generally a good hearted manStill those who wish to recall him wholly as the good natured Fezzig from The Princess Bride may be disappointed with the scuffing to his reputation here Heavy drinking womanizing disinterested and deadbeat fatherhood and the occasional drunken racial slur a la Mel Gibson These are among the nicks on his armour But interestingly Andre is such an unreal figure that these very human flaws serve to humanize himAnd that s probably Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro wrestling figure He was a normal guy who'd been dealt an xtraordinary hand in life At his peak he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall But.
read Andre the GiantSense the book is a success it tells an interesting story in an ffective way that leaves you thinking about the subject than about the artist It was ok I was hoping for a bit in terms of story and illustrations though You basically get he wrestled he drank a lot he had a tough life As a pre teen I was a huge WWF wrestling fan in the arly 90s I had the sticker albums a bunch of taped matches and loads of wrestling toys and a ring or suared circle I loved all that crazy stuff I left it behind when I became a teenager and never went back but I remember a lot from that time There was a fake barber with gardening shears called Beefcake a Scotsman in a kilt who was also in movies and literally dozens of colourful wrestlers from hitmen to bushwhackers Arguably the most memorable was Hulk Hogan with his handlebar mustache and yellow outfit he d tear before his matches with I am a real American playing as he ntered the ring and his most memorable fight was undoubtedly his match against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3 It wasn t until a few years later after watching The Princess Bride that I looked up what had happened to Andre the Giant and found out he d died in 1993 oddly about the time I was at my most obsessed with wrestling at the relatively young age of 46 in his sleep That was the last I thought about Andre for over a decade until I read this Humanism excellent comic book on the Giant s life by the superb Box Brown The book follows Andre Roussimoff s remarkable life as a 7ft 4in tall man how he got into wrestling and his rise to stardom But this is than a catalogue ofvents in a life Brown imbues the story with Andre s personality a voice taken from anecdotes from friends his numerous TV appearances and some artistic licence to make reading it Smokin' Hot enjoyable As a child Andre was too tall to ride the bus so had to sit in the back of a pickup to be taken to school Brown adds little touches like Andre s dad giving the driver a bottle of wine for the ride and the driver making jokes about his name Beckett and the famous playwright Details like these small almost negligible lift up this story and make it infinitely personal While wrestling in Japan Andre sees a doctor for the first time in his life and is diagnosed with acromegaly a condition that means that as big as he already is he ll continue to grow Thextra growth would add Placing Memory extra pressure to his joints bones and heart and the doctor grimly tells Andre he ll be dead at 40 he was out by 6 years To illustrate Andre s vulnerable physical state he once broke his ankle just getting out of bed in the morningAnd while his condition is sad and as Hulk Hogan points out at the start that wherever he went he was ridiculed for his size this book doesn t sentimentalise Andre s life nor make him out to be an untouchable saint Brown gives us the full picture of the man he was Andre was casually racist toward his fellow wrestler Bad News Brown though they make up before Andre s death he fathered a daughter and only saw her 4 times in his life the mother finally getting him to pay for child support after years of dodging payments and he was freuently boorish drunk and rude to friends During a match with One Man Gang a wrestler he knew to be a teetotaller he snuck a beer into the ring and poured it down the unsuspecting wrestler s throat After the filming of The Princess Bride Rob Reiner discovers Andre s bar tab was 40k and his lengthy drinking sessions are documented here he reportedly drank over 100 beers in one sitting Each of the main actors in the movie get a page with an Andre anecdote my favourite being when Robin Wright was cold Andre put his hand on her headnveloping it ntirely and warming her up Other famous moments like his Letterman appearance in 84 and his fight with Chuck Wepner the boxer whose fight against Ali became the inspiration for Rocky are also included Of course the wrestling is written about the most and Brown xplains the various wrestling terms so that anyone regardless of their familiarity with it will find the book accessible Wrestlemania 3 was the biggest fight of Andre s career with the vent selling 90000 tickets as Andre faced off against Hulk Hogan Brown goes through the preliminaries of the fight showing how the WWF now the WWE having lost a legal case with the World Wildlife Fund for the acronym built up xcitement for the match staging a rivalry between the two wrestlers in real life they were friends Brown then goes through the fight Wanton Nights explaining how the two sold the action to the audience and how it was choreographed Brown shows not only a strong understanding of wrestling butnlightens readers as to its machinations And while a common refrain from critics of wrestling is that it s all fake and it is well the wrestlers are really up there doing
"The Heavy Lifting Hogan Does "heavy lifting Hogan does Andre in the fight and that s not fake nor is the giant standing on Hogan s back fake More than anything this book shows that you do need to be in good shape to do half of what these guys do in the ring One of my favourite scenes in this book is when Andre s in a favourite scenes in this book is when Andre s in a drinking and a coupla drunks talk smack about how wrestling is fake and that wrestlers are pussies then run away when Andre stands up in front of them He chases them out and tips over their car with them inside terrified single handedly Box Brown has created a wonderful book about the life of one of wrestling s greatest Andre the Giant as well as a great book on wrestling itself It s well written and drawn in Brown s understated yet delightful illustration style and by turns informative While My Soldier Serves entertaining real and heartfelt If you re unfamiliar with the guy s work check out his comics on his website which are absolutely terrific The book didn t bring me back to wrestling but it did make me look up tons of wrestling matches from the 80s and 90s on Youtube which took me back to when I was a kid and in awe of wrestlers like Andre and Hogan Andre the Giant Life and Legend is a fantastic comic by annormously talented cartoonist Whether or not you njoy wrestling this is a thoroughly ngrossing book that s well worth reading I m not a fan of professional wrestling and I never have been Nothing against it it just isn t my thing What interest I have in Andre Roussimoff comes from my many many viewings of A Princess Bride I was a little worried that I might not be able to follow all of the wrestling related stuff I was surprised at how ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe easy Brown made it for a non fan like myself to understand what was going on I could basically tell what was going on in the ring which I didn txpect at all Oh I m sure that anybody who d been watching wrestling for the last few decades will get The Fiend Next Door even from it They ll recognize than just two or three names for one This isn t a lightweight bioither Brown doesn t hesitate to show some of the less savory aspects of Andre s life He was a heavy drinker absent father and sometimes unpleasant And he was often generous thoughtful and took the business of wrestling seriously It left me with I think a real understanding of Andre than if Brown had written the good parts version So you don t care about professional wrestling or the WWF or have never heard of Andre the Giant Well be prepared to get interested Andre was 7 4 and was in xcess of 500 pounds when he died He worked as a pro wrestler became internationally famous for it and that very size and a disease he was said to have that kept him growing and prematurely aging killed him at 46 If you liked Princess Bride as millions do Andre was in that film and best known for that outside of wrestling He was also famous for feats of ating he would பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் eat two 2 dozengg omelets at a sitting and
Drinking Sometimes Consuming 100 Beerssometimes consuming 100 beers a time Brown does a very nice job pacing the life story of the Giant and he is a lifelong fan of the sport He also balances Andre s story letting us know his good points he was generous often friendly a huge supporter of pro wrestling and fellow wrestlers but not ignoring his faults he had a daughter he only saw four times he was often an ugly drunk he wasn t always very nice to lots of people womanizer And others were mean to and about him at his size all his life A sad story overall but still The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 entertaining When he was a kid and too big to ride the bus to school Samuel Beckett yes that Samuel Beckett who had a truck would drive him to school Cool factoidh I find out there are many books written about him one of the historic stars of pro wrestling and Princess Bride and other films and tv appearances This has gaps is not perfect but it is good and balanced and the art is very good A Meditation on Murder elegant and spare black and white and gray I liked it uite a bit It may be for YA than other audiences not sure But I liked it. M his colleagues in the wrestling world including Hulk Hogan and his film co stars Billy Crystal Robin Wright Mandy Patinkintc Brown has created in Andre the Giant the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figure.