Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

Ted Fox, James Otis Smith


Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem’s legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo.

Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop—along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands of artists, many of whom have become legends. The beauty they have given the world—their art—transcends the hatred, ignorance, and intolerance that often made their lives difficult. Today, the Apollo enjoys an almost mythical status. With its breathtaking art, this graphic novel adaptation of Showtime at the Apollo brings to life the theater’s legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City.

Creator Bio

Ted Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater–the definitive and only full-scale history of Harlem’s legendary showplace, and In The Groove, a collection of interviews with the men who shaped the music industry. He also produces and manages Buckwheat Zydeco. He lives in Manhattan and in Dutchess County, New York.

James Otis Smith is a multi-talented artist whose work spans illustration, comics, motion graphics, and video. Formerly a member of the Act-i-vate Comix collective, he designed and illustrated the children’s book Ancient Lands with writer Jason McCammon, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Price £18.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 8 January 2019
Pages 240
Height 235mm
Width 152mm
Illustrations Full-colour illustrations throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781419731389
Age Range 13+