ComicList Previews: MUHAMMAD ALI KINSHASA 1974 HC

by Charles LePage

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Titan Comics are delighted to announce MUHAMMAD ALI, KINSHASA 1974 – a ground breaking new graphic novel featuring rarely-seen, behind the scenes photographs plus first-hand accounts of this legendary boxing fight from those closest to the action!

Award-winning writer Jean-David Morvan (Wolverine) and celebrated photo-journalist Abbas provide a whole new perspective on the MOST-WATCHED LIVE TELEVISION EVENT OF ITS TIME!

On the 30th October 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the most famous boxing match of the 20th Century took place, watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide. Nicknamed the “Rumble in the Jungle”, it pitted 32 year-old underdog Muhammad Ali, desperate to win back his world champion belt after a 4-year ban, against 25 year-old George Foreman, the current holder and considered one of the hardest punchers in the sport’s history.

Now, the photojournalist Abbas immortalises this legendary meeting, having kept his photos in his personal archives for 36 years before unveiling them to the world. This unique graphic novel masterpiece both reveals and reimagines the context of the most powerful photographs taken by one of the greatest photographers of the Magnum Photos agency. Enriched by the testimony of Abbas himself, Jean-David Morvan’s script is rigorously brought to life by artist Rafael Ortiz.

MUHAMMAD ALI, KINSHASA 1974 is on sale in comic shops, all good book retailers and digital devices on March 17, 2021.

About Jean-David Morvan
Jean-David Morvan started out as a comics artist before realising his masterful talent for storytelling. Born in France, he studied art at the Instiut St Luc in Brussels. In 2004, he became the writer of classic Franco-Belgian comic, Spirou & Fantasio. Over the years he has produced over 230 comics, winning multiple awards including the Youth Award in 2006 at Angouleme International Comics Festival, and Best Story in 2008 at Prix Saint-Michel.

About Abbas
Abbas is a world renowned photographer, originally from Iran. He dedicated a lot of his work to political and social coverage of developing southern nations, and from 1970 onwards, many of his works appeared in magazines across the world. After capturing the Iranian revolution, he self-exiled for 17 years before returning. One of his most controversial subjects has been religion, extensively documenting different faiths, from Islam to Buddhism, with accompanying essays. He has produced many books of his photographic works and has held exhibitions all over the globe. In 1981 he joined Magnum Photography Agency and was a governing member until he died in 2018.

About Rafael Ortiz
Rafael Ortiz is an Argentinian cartoonist who appeared in the early 2010s with series like “Dan the Unharmable” (Panini Comics), “God is Dead” (Avatar Press) or “Crossed” (Panini Comics). THe collaborated with the screenwriter Jean-David Morvan on a biography of Mao Zedong (Glénat), on a story de Reims, “From Clovis to Joan of Arc” (Little by little). In 2018, Rafael worked with screenwriter Frédéric Richaud on “l’Envers des Nuages” (Glénat), a fiction about the red cross involved in African conflicts. In 2019, he began working as a team with The Tribe, on albums such as “The Division” (“Les Deux Royaumes”), “Collection Serial Killer” (Glénat) and the adaptation of Boris Vian’s work , “I will go and spit on your graves” (Glénat).

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