The Beast is Dead: World War II Among the Animals (Near Fine)



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The only English language edition of the classic bande dessinee La Bête est Morte. Long out of print.

A technicolor graphic novel retelling the events of World War II. The combatants are portrayed as furry animals (the French are rabbits, the Italians hyenas, the Japanese monkeys, Britains bulldogs, Russian polar bears, Americans buffalo...) painted in a lushly detailed Silly Symphony / Harmon-Ising style. Published in 1944 and 1945 by the French cartoonist Calvo, aided by writers Victor Dancette and Jacques Zimmermann.

During 1941, while France was being crushed under the iron fist of the Third Reich, the cartoonists Edmond François Calvo, and Victor Dancette began work on La Bête est Morte - La guerre Mondiale Chez Les Animaux [The Beast is Dead: The World War Among the Animals]. The two, secretly wrote and drew a cartoon epic that reimagined the history of the French nation during the war and cast animals as the warring nations.

During 1944, a few months after the liberation, the first part of the work was published under the title Quand la Bête est Déchaînée [When the Beast is Unleashed]. The second part appeared a year later, as Quand la Bête est Terrassée [When the Beast is Defeated].

La Bête est also the first graphic novel to allegorically depict the Second World War and the Holocaust.


Edmond-Francois Calvo
Victor Dancette

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine, issued without dustjacket (spine ends lightly bumped, minimal wear, very flat, tight, clean)



Publishing Information

Abi Melzer
1st thus

Physical Description

12.1 inches
8.8 inches
92 pages
75 pages in color and 6 pages in black & white
pictorial boards

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