Titan Comics has announced a rather unique new graphic novel: Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974. The comic will include rarely-seen, behind the scenes photographs and first-hand accounts of the legendary boxing fight known as ‘Rumble in the Jungle.’ Relive all the build-up and the legendary fight itself, which saw Muhammad Ali take on George Foreman, from those closest to the action.
Writer Jean-David Morvan (Wolverine), photojournalist Abbas, and artist Rafael Ortiz look back at the what was then the largest sporting event of all time and the most watched TV event of that era. Abbas draws on his own private collection of photographs from the fight to feature in this new work.
“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.”
A must for all sports fans, so if you know one who doesn’t read comics regularly, you might want them to know about this one.
Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974 will be out February 2021 and this first look gives you a damn good idea how the photography and original artwork work in unison together. I think it does a really great job and certainly offers up a very different style and narrative perspective to this particular event and graphic novel.
Seconds out, Round One…