Lon Chaney Speaks more than ninety years after his death in this excellent graphic novel biography.
Lon Chaney was famous for his ability to turn himself into completely different looking, and scary, monsters. Everyone knows his iconic Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame. But some of his forgotten roles depicted here are even more amazing. An armless knife thrower? A legless gangster bent on revenge? All without special effects. Just using Chaney’s own props.
The biography also discusses Chaney’s private life. The tragedy of his first wife and their son, Craighton, who changed his name to Lon Jr. for his own horror movie career. Lon’s eventual happiness with both his private and his public life.
Overall, Lon Chaney Speaks is an interesting and mostly unknown tale. The ratio of dialog to panels was perfect allowing the story to flow by showing rather than just telling. 5 stars!
Thanks to Pantheon Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.