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Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness

By Reinhard Kleist

Translated by Michael Waaler

Paperback with flaps, 224 pp, £14.99

Johnny Cash was a seventeen-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music in the twentieth century. Graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist depicts Cash's eventful life, from his early sessions with Elvis Presley in 1956 through the 1968 concert in Folsom Prison, his spectacular comeback in the 1990s and the final years before his death in 2003.

Nominated for an Eisner Award, Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness vividly portrays the unpredictable, turbulent life of a loner, patriot, outlaw and music business rebel with all the drama and character befitting a man who became a legend in his own lifetime.

Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist was born in 1970 near Cologne. After graduating from the School of Graphic Art and Design in Münster, he moved to Berlin, where he has lived and worked as a freelance comics artist and illustrator ever since. Kleist's books have been translated into many languages and have received several prizes. His graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness was nominated for both Eisner and Harvey Awards, as well as receiving the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, Kleist became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Award. An Olympic Dream was serialised in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before being published, with some revisions, as a graphic novel.


"A tour de force."
— The Guardian
"The Man in Black has become the Man in Black and White... a handsome addition to Cash mythology."
— Financial Times
"Way beyond any stereotypes people may have about comics and graphic novels."
— The Independent
"Cash may be six years dead, but the Man in Black is alive and still kicking."
— The Washington Post