The Twilight Zone: Death's-Head Revisited

The Twilight Zone: Death's-Head Revisited

by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, Chris Lie
     
 

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Location: Dachau concentration camp, years after World War II. A retired German SS captain returns to reminisce about his days in power—until he finds himself at the mercy of those he tortured, on trial by those who died at his hands. Justice will finally be served . . . in the Twilight Zone.
One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of

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Location: Dachau concentration camp, years after World War II. A retired German SS captain returns to reminisce about his days in power—until he finds himself at the mercy of those he tortured, on trial by those who died at his hands. Justice will finally be served . . . in the Twilight Zone.
One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show's most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
This classic story has been adapted form the original screen scripts written by Rod Serling. I was fortunate enough to see the original shows which I found very exciting and had a way of keeping me up at night. I find it exciting that these stories are coming back in book form so that young people today can also enjoy them. This particular story is about SS Captain Gunther Lutze. When he returns to the concentration camp where he murdered hundreds of individuals, he soon must face the ghosts of those whom he killed. This story is not for the faint of heart. Images of people crawling out of the ovens to face him are more than scary and the picture it leaves with the reader very emotional and thought provoking. Graphic novels are favorites of mine as they are perfect for the reluctant reader. They are perfect for classroom libraries and the illustrations bring added interest to the text. The author provided information on a particularly difficult part of history and the illustrator has managed to provide many scenes that have already been immortalized on film. This book is perfect for a history buff and for a reader who enjoys horrific short stories. On the inside cover, the author has included Rod Serling's famous words, "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone!" Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA - Jay Wise
Journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination . . . With these eleven words, a new generation of readers are introduced to a graphic adaptation of one of television's most insightful—and often times disturbing—programs, The Twilight Zone. Each volume is made up of a story alternately introduced or summarized "in person" by creator Rod Serling. Deaths-Head Revisited tells the tale of Gunther Schmidt, formerly Gunther Lutze, Nazi SS Captain. Schmidt returns to the Dachau concentration camp, the scene of horrific crimes he personally authorized. Unrepentant, Schmidt falls through a wooden step at the camp memorial site and finds himself in 1945. Put on trial by the specter of Albert Becker, a man he murdered in cold blood, Schmidt is condemned to death after reliving the massacre of detainees, burning of the camp, and life prior to the Allied liberation of the Dachau area. These intriguing graphic novellas, adapted by Kneece using Serling's original uncut scripts, have a similar style and tone that gives each installment continuity similar to that of the original broadcast. Information about each episode's airdate, production, and cast and crew is included as well. Plots are methodical and gripping, although the black-and-white artwork (which will change to full color for the commercial release) somewhat mutes each storyline. Point readers to the companion titles The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street and The Odyssey of Flight 33 for further adventures in the Fifth Dimension. Teens who know The Twilight Zone only from its haunting theme music will be drawn to the telecast, and adults who enjoyed the drama will wax nostalgic in thesegraphic interpretations of Serling's provocative social commentary and suspenseful, if not horrific, storytelling. Reviewer: Jay Wise

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802797230
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
Twilight Zone Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

ROD SERLING (creator) has won the most Emmy awards for dramatic writing in the history of television. He wrote over seventyfive episodes of the Twilight Zone series. for which he won three of his Emmys. He was also the show's creator, host, and narrator.

MARK KNEECE (adapter) has written stories for numerous comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark. In 1993, he came to Savannah College of Art and Design and helped found the Ssequential Art and Animation Department, where he teaches comics writing.

CHRIS LIE (illustrator) completed his MFA in Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design. He has worked with several comic publishers and founded Caravan Studio, a comic and illustration studio, where he works as art director. He lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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