Kings in Disguise

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

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
April 17, 2006
8.36 X 0.6 X 11.04 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

James Vance (1953--2017) was an American comic book writer and author of the graphic novels Kings in Disguise and On the Ropes.
Dan E. Burr has been an illustrator for DC Comics's Big Book Series. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Alan Moore is a magician and performer, and is widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics. His seminal works include From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen, for which he won the Hugo Award. He was born in 1953 in Northampton, UK, and has lived there ever since.


Utterly masterful.--Ron Evry
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