El Borbah

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An early cult classic graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Black Hole.
Meet El Borbah, a 400-pound private eye who wears a Mexican wrestler's tights and eerie mask. Subsisting entirely on junk food and beer, El Borbah conducts his investigations with tough talk and a short temper. He smashes through doors and skulls as he stalks a perfectly realized film-noir city filled with punks, geeks, business-suited creeps and mad scientists.El Borbah features five ...

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Adventures of El Borbah, the author's cartoon creation modeled after Mexican wrestlers. First Fantagraphics Books edition (stated) from Apr. 1999, 3 of the 5 stories & epilogue ... originally appeared in "Heavy Metal." Not for children! From a single owner's collection, this oversized hardcover is in Fine condition: looks, feels, & smells nearly brand new! No discernible flaws save for extremely slight bumping to corners. No DJ as issued. NO writing, highlighting, or underlining; NOT ex-lib, NOT a remainder. Please see our 5 photos! Description copyright Gargoyle Books 2013. ALL ORDERS PROCESSED BEFORE NOON (Pacific) SHIP IMMEDIATELY THAT DAY; ELSE NEXT DAY (EXCEPT SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS). Read more Show Less

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Overview

An early cult classic graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Black Hole.
Meet El Borbah, a 400-pound private eye who wears a Mexican wrestler's tights and eerie mask. Subsisting entirely on junk food and beer, El Borbah conducts his investigations with tough talk and a short temper. He smashes through doors and skulls as he stalks a perfectly realized film-noir city filled with punks, geeks, business-suited creeps and mad scientists.El Borbah features five science-fiction and true-detective episodes: In "Robot Love," rebellious kids in nightclubs replace their "parts" with mechanical substitutes as part of a new fad, only to find that their parents have been automating themselves all along; in "Love in Vein" a mad visionary sperm donor plans a master race and turns "his" kids against their parents; "Bone Voyage" details the exploits of a cult called the Brotherhood of the Bone, a kind of cross between the Masons and the Mansons. The fantastic plots take up the weird fears of a scientific society, but the action is pure pulp. Charles Burns effortlessly spins yarns with gritty punchlines and pictures so perfect they must have existed in some collective memory of junk drama. And through it all crashes El Borbah, trying to make an honest buck from dishonest people.
Burns is the author of Black Hole, the acknowledged masterpiece of the form that Fantagraphics serialized through the 1990s and will be collected into a massive graphic novel in 2005 by Pantheon Books. El Borbah is Burns' earliest work, created in the early 1980s, though the work remains eerily contemporary. Steeped in a "sci-fi-noir" aesthetic informed by Burns' steadily childhood diet of B-movies and comic books, but with a sophisticated sense of humor that is often as disturbing as it is funny, El Borbah is comics as its most entertaining.

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The Village Voice Literary Supplement
“El Borbah is wonderfully perverse.”
Lynda Barry
“I still think Burns is the best cartoonist in the world.”
Juxtapoz
“At once alluring and grotesque, Burns' imagery has been eagerly embraced by the counterculture, mainstream media, and a recalcitrant art world without ever compromising his strikingly singular aesthetic.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560973263
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Fantagraphics Series
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Burns is the award-winning creator of the graphic novel, Black Hole, currently in production as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    A hardcover collection of short stories featuring the peculiar and disturbing wrestler/ superhero 'El Borbah'!

    Totally redesigned from its original and long out-of-print 1988 softcover Pantheon edition (now a prized collector's item), this new Fantagraphics edition features not only a new cover and endpapers, but also several pages of new illustrations reprinted from Burns' sketchbooks as well as covers and other illos from foreign editions of Burns' ouevre that were left out of the 1988 edition. This is the first of a five-volume sries, 'The Charles Burns Library,' which will reprint in hardcover the entirety of Burns' career up to his current opus, BLACK HOLE.

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