Titan Comics are delighted to announce MUHAMMAD ALI, KINSHASA 1974 – a ground breaking new graphic novel featuring rarely-seen, behind the scenes photographs plus first-hand accounts of this legendary boxing fight from those closest to the action!
Award-winning writer Jean-David Morvan (Wolverine) and celebrated photo-journalist Abbas provide a whole new perspective on the MOST-WATCHED LIVE TELEVISION EVENT OF ITS TIME!
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.
Now, the photojournalist Abbas immortalises this legendary meeting, having kept his photos in his personal archives for 36 years before unveiling them to the world. This unique graphic novel masterpiece both reveals and reimagines the context of the most powerful photographs taken by one of the greatest photographers of the Magnum Photos agency. Enriched by the testimony of Abbas himself, Jean-David Morvan’s script is rigorously brought to life by artist Rafael Ortiz.
Journalist Andrew Smith (@CaptainComics) spoke to the writer, Jean-David Morvan for The Tribune – you can see the full interview here.
MUHAMMAD ALI, KINSHASA 1974 is available to preorder at Amazon and Forbidden Planet and will be on sale in comic shops, all good book retailers and digital devices on February 2021.
MUHAMMAD ALI: KINSHASA 1974
Written by Jean-David Morvan
Illustrated by Rafael Ortiz
Photographed by Abbas
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, $29.99, £26.99
On sale February 2021