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Barnum in Secret Service to the USA

Chaykin, Howard & David Tischman

ISBN 10: 1401200729 / ISBN 13: 9781401200725
Published by New York: Vertigo / DC Comics, 2003
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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Signed by writer Howard Chaykin on the title page, not on a tipped-in sheet or bookplate. No inscriptions, personalizations, or remainder marks. Bookseller Inventory # 5407

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Title: Barnum in Secret Service to the USA

Publisher: New York: Vertigo / DC Comics

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Niko Henrichon

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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From Publishers Weekly:

Who knew that amid the bearded lady, the wolf boy and the human fly at Barnum and Bailey's circus, there was also a secret agent? After P.T. Barnum saves President Grover Cleveland's life, he becomes the president's newest agent to help thwart an attempt to destroy the Union. Aided by Span the human fly, diminutive powerhouse Colonel Dyna-Mite, Hypnosia the mesmerist, Plastino the rubber man, Primeva the animal mistress and Siamese twins Chang and Eng, Barnum hopes to defeat the evil Nikola Tesla. The traveling sideshow may be America's last hope. Barnum's set-up is the perfect guise to gather information from across the United States and keep tabs on Tesla and his diabolical plans. Circus folk are often depicted as criminals and other undesirables, but in this tale writers Chaykin and Tischman delightfully turn the tables and put the freaks on the same side as the law where they can use their skills of deception and illusion to gain information against Tesla. Also fitting are the illustrations, akin to old Civil War posters or hand-drawn pictures. Henrichon fills each page with a classic art style that is a nod to history. Whereas Chaykin and Tischman have an ear for 19th-century dialogue, Henrichon has a hand in believable renderings of not just the characters, but their dress and environment. This handsome edition will delight enthusiasts of the circus, comics or American history.
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