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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,145 ratings  ·  613 reviews
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 cartooni
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by First Second
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Dave Schaafsma
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-ya, gn-bio, gn-sports
So you don't care about "professional" wrestling or the WWF or have never heard of Andre the Giant? Well, be prepared to get interested. Andre was 7'4", and was in excess of 500 pounds when he died. He worked as a pro wrestler, became internationally famous for it, and that very size (and a disease he was said to have that kept him growing and prematurely aging) killed him at 46. If you liked Princess Bride, as millions do, Andre was in that film and best known for that outside of wrestling. He ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of professional wrestling, and I never have been. Nothing against it, it just isn't my thing. What interest I have in Andre Roussimoff comes from my many, many viewings of A Princess Bride. I was a little worried that I might not be able to follow all of the wrestling related stuff. I was surprised at how easy Brown made it for a non-fan like myself to understand what was going on. I could basically tell what was going on in the ring, which I didn't expect at all. Oh, I'm sure that ...more
Sam Quixote
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a pre-teen, I was a huge WWF wrestling fan in the early ‘90s - I had the sticker albums, a bunch of taped matches, and loads of wrestling toys and a ring (or squared circle); I loved all that crazy stuff. I left it behind when I became a teenager and never went back but I remember a lot from that time. There was a fake barber with gardening shears called Beefcake, a Scotsman in a kilt who was also in movies, and literally dozens of colourful wrestlers from hitmen to bushwhackers. Arguably the ...more
Barbara McEwen
It was ok, I was hoping for a bit more in terms of story and illustrations though. You basically get, he wrestled, he drank a lot, he had a tough life.
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I have a soft spot for Andre the Giant (who doesn't?) so when I read about this in the NY Times I made a beeline for the library and eventually found it, banished in the Young Adult Room ghetto. For some reason, my library has half of its graphic novels in the regular popular library and half in the Young Adult Room and what goes where seems sort of arbitrary. So, as the kids of DC will soon find out, Andre the Giant was a hard living womanizer, a deadbeat dad, and a carouser who could put away ...more
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
This was recommended to me after reading and reviewing As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride .

This graphic novel/biography examines Andre's life from about the age of 12 until his death. Andre, like everyone has many things that made him great as well as plenty of things that he could have done better.

He was usually very endearing and tended to refer to everyone as, "Boss". When filming Princess Bride, he kept Robin Wright warm by gently placing his h
Dov Zeller
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book starts off with a lot of promise. In the first pages, Hulk Hogan speaks poetically about Andre the Giant, and tells us (it is drawn in the style of a documentary interview, camera on Hulk) that though Andre could be gruff and short-tempered, he was, underneath it all, a solidly good human being who has suffered immensely.

The Hulk Hogan interveiw and the scene with Samuel Becket and the pickup truck (also in the early pages of the book) were the most compelling parts of the story for m
Cori Reed
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this simple telling of the life of Andre the Giant. Sad, poignant, interesting and enlightening, if you're interested in the man it's definitely worth checking out. ...more
Seth T.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I was in seventh grade in 1987. I was perhaps the perfect age for becoming desperately fanatical over the events leading up to Wrestlemania III. It was the perfect combination of soap opera and athleticism. My brother and I would watch WWF matches every Saturday morning. I would come to school the next week and exuberate over what happened, what would happen next, who were good guys, who were bad guys, and who would win the championships. Hulk Hogan, Nikolai Volkoff, George the Animal Steele, Ad ...more
Peter Derk
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Hulk Hogan on Andre the Giant:

...people don't get it. There was never a fork or a knife, even a bed! There was never a situation where he could be comfortable. He was a seven-foot-four giant. With all the injuries and everything he shrank down to under seven feet.

I watched him when he'd walk ahead of me at the airport. I heard people say horrible things and make fun of him.

He lived in a cruel world.

If you really understood what he went through and what he was all about, he was a gracious person
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
The storytelling was chronological but felt really disjointed. Sometimes not enough context/description given and other times way too much and not enough reliance on the reader or faith in the illustrations to communicate. For example: "Hogan, looking weirded out, acted as if his hand was crushed." Yeah. I got that from the drawing. The author is a wrestling fanatic and the vast majority of the bibliography is wrestling specific. There is a really slim section (six pages) on Andre's time filming ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was never a huge fan of wrestling but I was a fan of Andre the giant and the princes bride.

Great book even if it was a short read.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I have been really looking forward to this book, and I've heard so much buzz about it, that I was a bit disappointed, to be honest. I love Andre the Giant. I used to watch the Hulk Hogan Saturday Morning cartoon, and I am a huge Princess Bride fan. I remember reading an article about him shortly after he died, talking about how he was in so much pain his last few years, had had so many surgeries, yet was still such an amazing guy that everybody loved. So, clearly, a biography about him in graphi ...more
People are just people, folks. We all have our own stresses, perspectives, lenses, experiences, biases, talents, desires, skills, challenges, weaknesses, and strengths. But we're all just people.

Andre the Giant was no exception.

Prior to reading this book, my primary reference point for him (like many people), was The Princess Bride. After reading this book, and googling a bunch of photos of the guy, I feel a bit more expert on the man.
Andre Roussimoff's story makes me contemplate:
Using potential
First Second Books
Jun 10, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications
What is not to love about a book that contains both Samuel Beckett and Mandy Patinkin?

This book is also full of all sorts of things about wrestling that I did not know previously, which was helpful, since I knew absolutely zero about wrestling. Yay being entertainingly informed about new things!

Above all, it's a fascinating look inside the life of a man who spent much of his time in the public spotlight . . . but had many facets that were not immediately visible to the world at large.

I keep rea
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I like Andre a little less now, but it was a good book.
Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wrestling isn't my thing, but Andre the Giant led an interesting life. Plus, he's in one of my all time favorite movies, The Princess Bride. ...more

This graphic novel was set up pretty strange in the fact that it wasn't in chronological order it jumped forward a lot, almost would seem like a highlight reel of Andre the Giants life in the ring and outside the ring. Starting from where he was treating like crap in his village by his neighbors due to his size to fixing a car that broken down, carrying a box up several flights of stairs as a moving man and then poof his a wrestler (all of this in the first 36 pages of the book). Then it goes o
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute little snapshot into the life and legend of the 8th wonder of the world Andre the Giant.
David Cordero
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Andre's life was larger than his size and his impact on Pro Wrestling was even bigger. A glimpse into the life of an iconic and almost enigmatic character. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovingly crafted vignettes from the life of a Giant.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I remember hearing that Andre had a great sense of humor, prodigious appetite, a great love for red wine, and he sounded like a nice guy despite the pain that comes with his size. However, this graphic novel also showed him as being kind of a bully at times and using his size to intimidate and get his way, all the while being harassed by the public; he had an illegitimate daughter that he did not provide for. The drawings were fun, showing just how massive Andre was. Literally larger than life. ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a complex but loving look at Andre's life. The introduction from Box Brown and the brief comic introduction from Hulk Hogan serve as reminders that Andre, in his crueler moments, was reflecting back the cruelty the world fed him for his size and his difference. It was satisfying to see him so happy with his performances, and devastating to watch him accept his body's deterioration. I ultimately felt like there was a bit of a wall between Andre's feelings about his situation and Brown's u ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Andrew by: m
It's a well done biography, although I'm in no position to judge its accuracy or selection of events to retell as I know little about Andre. I just wasn't very interested in his life.

I enjoyed the first bit when Brown chats about the 'wrestling is fake' dilemma. I enjoyed how wrestlers all have a code where they never reveal that wrestling is fake; that is until money got involved and a WWE manager admitted it wasn't a real sport in order to get out of paying sport taxes in a certain US state.

Stewart Tame
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice biography. Given pro wrestlers' penchant for exaggeration, Brown has attempted to get as close to the truth as possible. While there's certainly a bit of warts-and-all to this, it doesn't dominate. In at least some ways, Andre had a hard life and managed to do better than most at making the best of what he was given. Brown's quirky style is well-suited to this tale. Good stuff! ...more
I'm not a fan of wrestling, but I love biographic comics, and this is one of the best I ever read. The writing and the art make possible to understand everything that involves the "sport", and the way of telling the story - with the good stuff in Andre's life, but also his deep problems - made the story relatable and touching. An excellent comic, and even people that don't read them would enjoy. ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not a connoisseur of graphic novels. I enjoyed this one. I feel like I learned a lot, but not quite enough. ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Andre the Giant - Obey

I'm not sure why I didn't love - or even really like - the book.

It felt slow. Like it didn't give me anything new or all that interesting.

But everybody loves Andre. He's great. (Although, the book made me love him quite a bit less... so maybe there was some new stuff in there.)

Andre the Giant with fanboys
Brian Burmeister
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a generation of professional wrestling fans, Andre Roussimoff was a giant, both as a man (he stood seven-feet, four-inches tall and weighed 500 pounds) and as an icon (he was one of the most successful and beloved wrestlers of all time).

In telling Andre’s story, author/illustrator Box Brown did his homework. A life-long fan of professional wrestling, Brown draws upon interviews with those who personally knew Andre as well archival footage in an effort to show a complete and accurate portraya
Aimee Leonhard
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thought this was an interesting way to write a biography. It seemed to me to be somewhat of a thin read, I didn't really feel that I understood Andre more than I did before I started. I did appreciate the pro wrestling angle. The art is cool and I enjoyed the book but I'm not sure it's one I'll read again. ...more
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