Mad Man's Drum by Lynd Ward. $10.95, 160 pages, black and white. Dover Books edition.
Ward's second wordless novel, which many argue is the superior to the original God's Man. Following in the steps of Masereel and Nuckel, but adding an unmistakably American evil tinge to the form. While Masereel's hopeless characters still enjoy carefree pleasures, Ward's actors are marked for despair from the first etching. Ward, in this early graphic novel, created pictures that you had to read, where every line meant something for the emotion at hand...it's rarely been equalled for sheer intensity, now almost a century later.