The man in black (and white)

The idea of a graphic novel of Johnny Cash's life story may seem totally nutty — but then remember how you felt when you first heard that Joaquin Phoenix was going to play him in a Hollywood biopic. Either way, a couple of pages in to Reinhard Kleist's Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness it all starts to make a strange kind of sense...

Cash was a man who lived his life with uncompromising momentum: delirious highs, desperate lows, all seeping out through every note he ever sang. Kleist's dramatic monochrome pen-strokes of wild parties, car crashes, drug binges and care-worn, world-weary faces seem like the perfect treatment. Johnny would certainly have approved. 

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Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness by Reinhard Kleist (SelfMadeHero) is out now. A limited run of 200 bookplate editions are on sale at Gosh! Comics, London WC1

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