Houdini: The Handcuff King

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Hyperion Book CH, Mar 27, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages

Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death. This is a "snapshot" of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini's life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona -- to the secret behind his most amazing trick! And it's all in graphic form, so it's fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.

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A quick primer on Houdini, his work and times with great ancillary material included both in the forward and afterward. This is an excellent introduction to the man for school-aged children. Read full review

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A graphic novel about Houdini…or so I thought. It was really just about one of Houdini’s escape acts. The introduction is several pages of two-columned text that gives a great background of Houdini’s ... Read full review


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Jason Lutes is a cartoonist living in Seattle. He has been an admirer of Houdini for most of his adult life, and his celebrated graphic novel for adults, Jar of Fools, also pays homage to the Handcuff King. His most recent book is Berlin.

Nick Bertozzi is an award-winning cartoonist based in New York. His upcoming graphic novel entitled The Salon stars Pablo Picasso.

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