André The Giant: Closer to Heaven – A Graphic Biography

AndreAndré The Giant:
Closer to Heaven

Published by Lionforge
18th November 2015

Writer: Brandon Easton
Artist: Denis Medri
Colourist: Davide Cachi
Letterer: AW’s Adrian Martinez

Edited by Shannon Eric Denton

Genre – Biography

This is an authorised biography of André Roussimoff, better known to the world as André the Giant. There is a frank introduction from his daughter, Robin Christensen Roussimoff.

Andre creditsI used to watch the odd bit of WWF and I saw André a few times on TV. He also entertained me as Fizzig in the wonderful film The Princess Bride. What I didn’t know at the time was that he’d also entertained me as Sasquatch in the Six Million Dollar Man.

This book looks behind the scenes at the man André Roussimoff.

There are five preview pages at the end of this article.

The story starts with André alone in his home reflecting on his life. The story is narrated by Andre with flashback scenes. From his birth and childhood in Molien, France we are transported to his life in show business.

I’ve heard many times in the past that André was a gentle and amiable man. This biography bears this out without ignoring his flaws.

Going behind the scenes of Japanese as well as American professional wrestling we learn how his career was built. His opinion is given about a number of people that his career coincided with.

The art is, as you will see in the preview pages, of a slightly cartoon nature. I think the style fits well alongside the telling of André’s life-story. André is readily recognisable as are the other personalities that I am familiar with.

I found this a touching account and I think most of his fans will appreciate it.

 

 

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