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Jew Gangster (Titan Edition)

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  • Ruby, the protagonist of veteran cartoonist Kubert’s graphic novel, is a handsome young man growing up in a poor Brooklyn Jewish family during the Depression.

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Product Description

  • Artist
    Joe Kubert  
    Author
    Joe Kubert  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    2340203  
    EAN
    9780857685018  
    Genre
    Drama  
    ISBN
    9780857685018  
    Publisher
    Titan Books  
    Series
    Titan  
    Type
    Graphic Novels  
  • Ruby, the protagonist of veteran cartoonist Kubert’s graphic novel, is a handsome young man growing up in a poor Brooklyn Jewish family during the Depression.

    He falls in with a local mobster called Monk, and his initial eagerness to make a few dollars to support his saintly, hardworking parents ends up getting him in way over his head in the organized crime world. He’s caught up in both a war between the Jewish and Italian mobs over unionizing factories and an affair with his dangerous mentor’s gorgeous moll.

    If you think you know where this story is going, you’re probably right. Kubert indulges in every gangster cliché in the book and all the expected characters: the heartbroken papa, the angelic little sister, the overeager best pal who gets whacked. But his drawings lovingly evoke a long-gone moment in New York history, especially the gorgeous chapter headings, and his command of thin, sketchy pen lines that suggest facial expressions and motion is magisterial. A brutally kinetic fight scene near the end is a reminder that Kubert drew some of the finest war comics of the ’60s. As a story, Jew Gangster is mostly a B-movie– esque historical piece, but the economy and style of its draftsmanship puts its visual side near the rank of Will Eisner’s finest later work.

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