KINGS IN DISGUISE by JAMES VANCE and DAN BURR (1988).
Hands down, one of the finest
graphic novels ever created. Highly praised by top
professionals like Will Eisner, Art Spiegleman,
Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman and
praised by Publishers Weekly as "one of the
top trade paperbacks of 1990," long before graphic
novels gained general respectability. Kings in
Disguise is a coming-of-age story set against
the Great Depression as a 12-year old boy, Freddie
Bloch, sets across America to find the alcoholic
father who abandoned his family. Along the way Freddie
discovers another America, one populated by hobo
jungles, violent strikes and Hoovervilles, learns
about himself, and finds a surrogate father while
hopping freight trains.
Powerfully told by James Vance
and evocatively illustrated by Dan Burr.
Winner of multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards. Kings
was translated overseas in 2004 in three
countries: Italy (for the second time),
Sweden and France, but, sadly, remains
out of print in America.We can't endorse this one
strongly enough. Published by Kitchen Sink Press.
We have the deluxe signed &
number hardcover edition, autographed on a
special mplate by both authors. Limited to 1,000
copies. Long out of print.