It’s easy to think of the graphic novel as a modern phenomena, but this book shows how that simply isn’t the case. Its 420 pages are split between four stories, each by a different woodcut artist, a technique that dates back centuries. The stories are all wordless and are limited to a single panel per page, and are all concerned with timeless political and social issues that were particularly relevant when the artists were working.
- The Passion of a Man by Frans Masereel (1918)
- Wild Pilgrimage by Lynd Ward (1932)
- White Collar by Giamcomo Patri (1938)
- Southern Cross by Laurence Hyde (1951)