Mohamad Ali. Perhaps one of the most celebrated Sporting Legends of the 20th Century. The Boxer won the World Heavyweight Belt not just once, but three times. incredible stuff. Furthermore, the fighter was just as well known for his actions outside of the ring. He was an ambassador for the Muslim religion, as well as a great all-around humanitarian. So it comes as no surprise that one of his most iconic fights would make for a great comic book. Titan are the ones bringing it to us.
Titan Comics are delighted to announce MUHAMMAD ALI, KINSHASA 1974 – a groundbreaking new graphic novel. It will be 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the most famous boxing match of the 20th Century took place. It was 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. Foreman was current holder and considered one of the hardest punchers in the sport’s history.
Now, photojournalist Abbas immortalises this legendary meeting. Having kept his photos in his personal archives for 36 years, he’s unveiling them to the world. This unique graphic novel masterpiece 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.