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Graphic Classics Volume 13: Rafael Sabatini [Paperback]

Rafael Sabatini , Rod Lott , Antonella Caputo , Mort Castle , Roger Langridge , Carlo Vergara , Milton Knight , Gerry Alanguilan , Stanley Shaw , Jackie Smith , Rich Tommaso , Kevin Atkinson , Hunt Emerson , Joel Naprstek , Tom Pomplun
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March 7 2006 Graphic Classics (Eureka) (Book 13)
Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini features the origin of Sabatini's famed gentleman pirate "Captain Blood," adapted by Rod Lott and Carlo Vergara. Also, a great selection of mysteries and adventure tales illustrated by Stanley W. Shaw, Rich Tommaso, Roger Langridge, Jackie Smith, Milton Knight, Gerry Alanguilan and Hunt Emerson. With a comics bio of Sabatini by Mort Castle and cover depiction of Captain Blood by Joel F. Naprstek.

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Gr. 9-12. This thirteenth volume in the Graphic Classics series offers adaptations of eight works by the early-twentieth-century author of such classic adventure-romance stories as Scaramouche and Captain Blood. Densely illustrated in black-and-white panels, the stories, retold by diverse writers and illustrators, range in style from realistic to cartoonlike, achieving continuity through their period details and appropriately archaic prose. A lengthy, straightforward account of Peter Blood's progress from conscientious doctor to slave to buccaneer captain leads off, followed by a lively biography of Sabatini himself, which combines personal information with witty asides and pop-culture references. "The Dream" is a provocative psychological mystery in which hypnosis plays a part. Author and artists profiles close this book, which comics fans can enjoy on their own or as an adjunct to literature studies. Shelle Rosenfeld
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swashbucklers, Ghost Stories and the Macabre March 23 2014
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I had never heard of Sabatini before I started reading this series and noted his name on the list of titles. Since then I've read one story in another collection in this series but do not think I've come across him anywhere before. Since I didn't know the author I started by reading the brief bio always included at the end of these books. That he was most well-known for his sea-faring, buccaneering stories interested me as did that he was a writer of the 20s and 30s, as I like literature from that time period. This was a very entertaining book for me and a great introduction to a new-to-me author. I now realise that I've seen the old Erroll Flynn type movie remakes of his novels but the first story here, an adaptation of the swashbuckler Captain Blood was my least favourite. What follows is then a varied collection of short stories which would be classified as of the macabre, ghost stories, mysteries, perhaps horror. I enjoyed all of them and now would most certainly read any shorts I came across by this somewhat elusive author. There is also included a short graphic biography of Sabatini's life as well, which I enjoyed. Another book in this series did that also and I was impressed when it was done then. This graphic-bio. introduction to the author would make a great regular feature for the author-themed titles in this series. The art is of the usual quality that one expects from the earlier books in this series. Black and white with varying degrees of styles that all appealed to me in one way or another. A fine book in the collection and a great way to sample a new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Blood and the Plague of Ghosts March 3 2006
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I knew next to nothing about Rafael Sabatini before I picked up this latest volume of Graphic Classics. I always did love a good swashbuckler though, and I figured the creator of Captain Blood and Scaramouche was worth a look. Graphic Classics hasn't let me down yet, and this certainly won't be the last time they introduce me to a fantastic writer.

Remembered primarily for the slate of Errol Flynn films adapted from his works, such as "Captain Blood" and "The Sea Hawk," Sabatini is credited with the literary creation of the anti-hero, a rogue who's heroic nature is made heroic only by striving against those more villainous than himself. A host of pirates, charlatans and highway robbers manage to ingratiate themselves to the reader under Sabatini's guiding hand.

"Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini" is clearly a labor of love for editor Tom Pomplun, and he has put extra care into its quality. There is not a weak piece in this volume, and the artists are especially well-matched to the stories.

This volume contains:

"Captain Blood" - From a doctor, to a slave, to a free-booting pirate, Peter Blood's story is a bloody swath of adventure. Illustrated in a straight-forward but suitable style, Sabatini's most famous story comes dramatically to life. This one definitely makes me want to get the book and read the full story.

"Desperately Seeking Sabatini" - A hunt for the author,written by a college professor who wonders why Sabatini is not better remembered. Sabatini's story is an eye-opener. I had thought of him as a contemporary of Alexandre Dumas, not someone who was able to go see his own movies.

"The Valet Mystery" - A clever short story in the Sherlock Holmes vein, tense and with an interesting twist.

"The Spiritualist" - A comedic tale of a charlatan and the worlds beyond. Great illustrations to compliment the story.

"The Plague of Ghosts" - Another mystery, where a former con man hires his services to the police to uncover other con men. This time, a haunted castle and a bullet-proof ghost with a blazing skull. Classical art on this one really brings out the mystery.

"The Fool's Love Story" - Artist Milton Knight brings his personal flair to this story of the courage of ugly people, and how their love is no less powerful than the beautiful's.

"The Risen Dead" - A no-account rogue is finally brought to trial, although it is for a crime he didn't commit. A miracle grants him a second chance, but it is up to him to make something of it.

"The Dream" - An creepy tale of a mesmerist seeking to enforce his will upon a young lady of fortune. Her true love intervenes best he can, but the mesmerist's powers are strong.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended as an introduction to Sabatini's timeless tales of high adventure March 6 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The thirteenth volume in a series of impressive graphic novel anthologies drawn from classic stories and illustrated by various artists, Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini is a black-and-white compilation of tales of pirates, princesses, love, murder, hypnotism, extortion, and much more. The stories and their illustrators are "Captain Blood" by Carlo Vergara, "The Dream" by Rich Tommaso, "The Plague of Ghosts" by Gerry Alanguilan, "The Fool's Love Story" by Milton Knight, "The Spiritualist" by Roger Langridge, "The Valet Mystery" by Stanley Shaw, "The Risen Dead" by Jackie Smith, and a comic biography of Rafael Sabatini written by Mort Castle and illustrated by Kevin Atkinson. An eclectic range of tales with a common theme of excitement and intrigue, Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini is recommended as an introduction to Sabatini's timeless tales of high adventure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Swashbucklers, Ghost Stories and the Macabre March 23 2014
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had never heard of Sabatini before I started reading this series and noted his name on the list of titles. Since then I've read one story in another collection in this series but do not think I've come across him anywhere before. Since I didn't know the author I started by reading the brief bio always included at the end of these books. That he was most well-known for his sea-faring, buccaneering stories interested me as did that he was a writer of the 20s and 30s, as I like literature from that time period. This was a very entertaining book for me and a great introduction to a new-to-me author. I now realise that I've seen the old Erroll Flynn type movie remakes of his novels but the first story here, an adaptation of the swashbuckler Captain Blood was my least favourite. What follows is then a varied collection of short stories which would be classified as of the macabre, ghost stories, mysteries, perhaps horror. I enjoyed all of them and now would most certainly read any shorts I came across by this somewhat elusive author. There is also included a short graphic biography of Sabatini's life as well, which I enjoyed. Another book in this series did that also and I was impressed when it was done then. This graphic-bio. introduction to the author would make a great regular feature for the author-themed titles in this series. The art is of the usual quality that one expects from the earlier books in this series. Black and white with varying degrees of styles that all appealed to me in one way or another. A fine book in the collection and a great way to sample a new author.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this book Aug. 27 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rafael Sabatini was an Italian/English author who is justly remembered for the great swashbuckling novels he wrote, including Scaramouche, Captain Blood, and the Black Swan - just to name a few. Now, with such great and yet deep writing, you would not expect that his writings would be good fodder for a graphic novel...but, you would be wrong.

This graphic novel takes some extracts from Captain Blood, and adaptations of six of his short stories (of which he wrote many), and forms them into a very enjoyable book. As each of the stories are adapted by a different author (for the most part), and illustrated by a different artist, there is a wide variance between the stories. I found them all to be quite good, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this book.

I must say, I also really enjoyed the work, Desperately Seeking Sabatini, which is a nice graphic mini-biography of the great man. It was quite interesting.
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