Evita: The Life and Work of Eva Perón (The Alberto Breccia Library) (Hardcover)
In a sequel to their spellbinding, experimental graphic biography of Che Guevara, Hector Germán Oesterheld and the Breccias chronicle the eventful life of Eva Perón.
In 1952, the death of Evita, “The Spiritual Leader of the Nation,” at the age of 33, devastated the Argentine people — children, the poor, and women— that she had tirelessly advocated for as the First Lady. She has since become an international icon, inspiring many works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s 1976 Broadway musical, Evita.
Published in 1970, writer Hector Germán Oesterheld and the father and son illustration team of Alberto and Enrique Breccia intended Evita: The Life and Work of Eva Perón to be the follow-up to the successful and controversial 1969 graphic biography Life of Che. But the script was taken away from him and depoliticized by another writer. In 2002, a restored, revised, and updated version of Evita, featuring Oesterheld’s original script, which takes a uniquely symbolic approach to her life and career, was finally published in Argentina. Here, it is in English for the first time.
Alberto Breccia (b. 1919; Montevideo, Uruguay; d. 1993, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an influential, internationally acclaimed comics artist and cartoonist. His career began in the 1940s, during the golden age of Argentine comics. From 1962–1964, he drew Mort Cinder, written by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, which is considered a masterpiece of the form. He took a break from comics to teach and co-found the interdisciplinary art school IDA (Instituto de directores de Arte) but returned in 1968 to draw graphic biographies of Che Guevara and Eva Perón, and a reboot of Oesterheld’s seminal 1959 graphic novel, The Eternaut. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s — when Argentina suffered under a series of military dictatorships — and beyond, Breccia drew serialized comics for the European market, working with and adapting writers such as Poe, Lovecraft, Borges, Trillo, Sasturain, and many others. In 2021, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
Enrique Breccia (b. 1945, Buenos Aires) is a politically active Argentine cartoonist, best known to American audiences for his Swamp Thing run for DC’s Vertigo imprint. In addition to DC, he has worked for Marvel, Fleetway, Delcourt, and many other global comics publishers; he has also adapted literary works by Lovecraft, Melville, and others. His career began in 1968, when he assisted his father, Alberto Breccia, on the bestselling graphic biography Life of Che. Other notable projects include his art for the Alvar Mayor character (written by Carlos Trillo), and The Sentinels series with Xavier Dorison. Breccia currently lives in Italy.
Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist, who holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. Their English translation of the Argentine graphic novel The Eternaut won a 2016 Eisner Award.
— Publishers Weekly