13. Loverboy by Irwin Hasen

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13. Loverboy by Irwin Hasen

Post  wmeisel on Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:05 pm

This is a short graphic novel by Irwin Hasen, with 28 pages of illustrated prose in the back.

Hasen is probably best known as the cartoonist on Dondi, but he drew a lot of DC characters in the 40s, particularly Wildcat, Green Lantern,and Wonder Woman.

This is a fictionalized biography about a short man (5 foot 2) trying to understand his lifelong attraction to tall, buxom women. It sounds a bit goofy, but it is actually quite touching. And the art is old fashioned, very easy to "read", unlike some modern comic art that is like watching jump cuts in a movie.

The prose pages talk a bit about some details of Hasen's life, but they could have used an editor. They jump around willy- nilly, and are a bit hard to follow.

The last few pages illustrate conversations Hasen has with his deceased father, mother, grandfather, and great grandfather. These were extremely touching and a nice ending to the book.

Recommended if you are interested in this kind of thing.

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