The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein. $9.95. 160 pages. Black and white. Dover Books edition

One of the earliest examples of graphic narrative we have (from 1538!), this is also one of the most satisfying. 41 absolutely exquisite woodcuts tell the reader, over and over again, 'you are going to die,' as Death courts the old and young, rich and poor. Holbein's work still impresses all who look at it today. This is one of comics great masterpieces, made available to all by Dover books at an incredible bargain price.