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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 lives and works as a freelance comics artist and illustrator in Berlin. His international breakthrough graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards and received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, he became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize. Kleist’s other books include Castro, Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, An Olympic Dream and Knock Out!, all of which are also published in English by SelfMadeHero.


"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