November 06, 2013 3:51pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Top Shelf Reissues Classic 'Martin Luther King' Comic
It may not be the most famous comic book of the 1950s -- in fact, most people probably didn't even know it existed -- but it was an important comic book nonetheless. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, a non-fiction account of the famous bus boycott inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks in 1955, galvanized many to join the civil rights movement in the U.S. -- including Congressman John Lewis, who has helped bring the classic comic back into print for a modern audience.
Originally published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1957, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story not only led to Lewis discovering his mission in life -- one that resulted in his becoming the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District -- but also was responsible for his involvement in the creation of March, the critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir he co-authored with Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell.
Top Shelf Comix, publisher of March, has now teamed to bring The Montgomery Story back into circulation with new print and digital editions, as well as a low-price digital bundle of the book along with March itself.
All proceeds from sales of the reissued Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story will go toward the Fellowship of Reconciliation.