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When: Thu., June 12 2014

You can hardly blame Philadelphia comics creator Brian "Box" Brown for his infatuation with professional wrestling. By the time he was a toddler, Junkyard Dog, Ricky Steamboat, and Hulk Hogan were household names. They pummeled one another in nationally broadcast matches powered by a promotion machine that, according to Sports Illustrated, produced "a showbiz package so flamboyant that it makes the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade look like a Russian funeral procession." Everyone watched wrestling back in the 1980s. Following up his wrestling-centric comic Number 1, published early this year, Brown's Andre the Giant: Life and Legend tells the story of the pro wrestling icon and actor Andre Roussimoff, who was born with acromegaly, a condition that produces an excess of human growth hormone, causing protruding features, above-average height, and swelling of the internal organs. Roussimoff was brought up in rural France, where doctor visits were uncommon, and it wasn't until he was in his 20s that a physician in Japan diagnosed him. Cardiac complications stemming from the disease led to the seven-foot-four-inch, 520-pound wrestler's death at age 46 in 1993. Continue reading >>

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