Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.
Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant,the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.
Despite the book having not been released yet, it already has 17 reviews on Amazon through the Vine program, with the response largely positive. The reviews suggest it covers some of the more obscure stories about Andre’s career (such as his bus confrontation with Bad News Allen in Japan), but also repeats some of the exaggerations and myths such as the ever-ludicrous tale of drinking 119 beers in one sitting.
It’s the third book to cover Andre’s life in detail. Andre the Giant: A Legendary Life
is a WWE-published biography spoiled by most of the content simply being descriptions of matches and angles with none of the usual behind-the-scenes insight. Andre is also featured in Tributes, a collection of detailed obituaries from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.