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NBM’s “The Jungle” Sells Out

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NBM’s “The Jungle” Sells Out

Official Press Release

Peter Kuper’s remarkable graphic novelisation of Upton Sinclair’s
classic THE JUNGLE has sold out in about a month since release! NBM
is rushing back to press for a second printing.

Reviews have been effusive. Publishers Weekly has just given it a
starred review saying: “Kuper infuses this 1906 novel with the energy
of his own profoundly original graphic innovation, making it a
classic in its own right.” Andrew Arnold of Time.comix said: “In
rendering Sinclair’s vision, Kuper uses the full power of his graphic
style to remarkable effect. By adding his own purely visual
commentary, Kuper essentially doubles the power of the book’s social
message. “The Jungle” is gorgeous to look at. Successfully mixes both
artistic and
political agendas into a new work of engaged literature.”

Sinclair’s book provoked a furor with its frank portrayal of dismal
conditions and unsanitary standards at the stockyards of Chicago at
the dawn of the XXth century. Rarely does a book of fiction actually
alter the conditions of society. The Jungle managed to do just that
by eliciting sweeping regulation and reform in the meat–packing
industry with the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
It is also a very compelling take on the plight of the average worker
before the rise of the unions, focusing on the story of one man and
his family. Sinclair’s main motive was, in fact, to advocate
socialism and criticize the excesses of capitalism.

This adaptation is a reissue from the more recent Classics
Illustrated run of the eighties which featured short adaptations of
great classics by a star-studded roster of comic artists. Published
as one of the last in the line before it was ended, this book never
got much circulation and remained hard to find for over a decade. It
thus predates many of the books Kuper is now famous for and
inaugurated his unique stenciled color work. One can feel the heart
he put into this. The result stands as one of his best achievements.
This edition, designed by Kuper, has completely redone the scans from
his originals and presents the work in a bigger more enduring format.

Peter Kuper is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated a political
zine he has co-edited for 25 years and his illustrations appear
regularly in Time and The New York Times as well as MAD where he has
drawn SPY vs. SPY every month since 1997.

For more on the book with sample pages, go to

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