Raymond Chandler's Marlowe: The Authorized Philip Marlowe Graphic Novel

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Elegantly designed and packaged in a mix of full color and black and white comics, this trio of graphic novels includes Chandler's classic final Marlowe adventure, "The Pencil," adapted from the Raymond Chandler story by award-winning mystery novelist Jerome Charyn and Marvel/DC comics illustrator David Lloyd; "Goldfish," adapted by top British designer Ryan Hughes and "Trouble is My Business" illustrated by Lee Moyer, Alfredo Alcala in a style reminiscent of 30s illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. None of this work ...
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Overview

Elegantly designed and packaged in a mix of full color and black and white comics, this trio of graphic novels includes Chandler's classic final Marlowe adventure, "The Pencil," adapted from the Raymond Chandler story by award-winning mystery novelist Jerome Charyn and Marvel/DC comics illustrator David Lloyd; "Goldfish," adapted by top British designer Ryan Hughes and "Trouble is My Business" illustrated by Lee Moyer, Alfredo Alcala in a style reminiscent of 30s illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. None of this work has ever been published before and represents the first adaptations of these Chandler stories into comics.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Three teams have adapted into comic book format three of Raymond Chandler's short stories about quintessential private eye Philip Marlowe. Tom DeHaven and Rian Hughes present Goldfish, the only color entry in this volume, in which Marlowe races a hard woman to find stolen pearls. For The Pencil, crime fiction author Jerome Charyn and veteran comic book artist David Lloyd adapt a tale of mob double-crosses. And James Rose, Lee Moyer, and Alfredo Alcala interpret the story of murder and inheritance titled Trouble is My Business. Until recently, the graphic novel format was perhaps the only one unvisited by Raymond Chandler's detective. The transition to this medium is not always entirely successful, as some scenes prove a bit more difficult to follow than they might in prose or film. Overall, however, the endeavor is a successful one. Although different, all three art styles capture well the flavor of the noir detective. As with their source material, each story is told in first person, doubtless making for a more difficult adaptation but preserving Marlowe's distinctive personality. Here the added visuals may actually help, as Marlowe's parlance is not one commonly encountered and might confound a new (or young) reader. The efforts of the contributors pay off in a polished, lovely package likely to delight Chandler buffs and crime fiction aficionados, and providing an accessible gateway into this genre for interested new readers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2003, ibooks (Dist. by Simon and Schuster),144p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Lisa Martincik
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596878396
  • Publisher: BYRON PREISS GRAPHIC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler
Nobody but Chandler could have created a private eye hero as cool as Philip Marlowe, but writers have been trying ever since the author's precedent-setting '40s crime novels were published. Along with Dashiell Hammett, Chandler is revered as a noir father figure; his creation of a romantic L.A. full of dangerous women and crooked characters is so woven into modern consciousness that it's easy to forget that it was fictional.

Biography

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Raymond Thornton Chandler
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 23, 1888
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      March 26, 1959
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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