Knock Out!

Reinhard Kleist


The American boxing champion Emile Griffth gained notoriety in 1962 when he brutally defeated the Cuban fighter Benny Paret. Ten days after the fight, Paret, who had directed a homophobic slur at Griffith during the weigh-in, died from his injuries. In Knock Out!, Reinhard Kleist draws a powerful, emotive portrait of a bisexual African American athlete who, facing racism and homophobia in 1960s America, found success in the world of boxing. It’s the story of a fierce and ambitious fighter, and of a knockout blow that ended one life and changed a second forever.

Creator Bio

Reinhard Kleist lives and works as a freelance comics artist and illustrator in Berlin. His graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness won both the Eisner and Harvey Awards and received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, Kleist became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize.

Price £14.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 1 October 2020
Pages 160
Height 240mm
Width 170mm
Illustrations Black and white illustration
ISBN-13 9781910593868