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Nowadays anything Steve McQueen drove, wore or touched sells for beaucoup bucks. It’s because he was the “KING OF COOL.”

Now there is a graphic novel to show you why…

Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool has just been published and can be purchased.  It’s a 96-page graphic-novel-style biography which means it’s kinda like a sophisticated comic book, with comic illustrations, captions and snappy dialogue.  The book is a very agreeable way to follow McQueen’s life, which in fact unfolds like the story of a Marvel action hero.

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Just published graphic novel bio of Steve McQueen’s life: from hardscrabble youth to global movie star

The writer is Dwight Jon Zimmerman, who writes graphic novels involving action heroes and also military nonfiction.  His illustrator is the accomplished comic-book artist Greg Scott.

As a film star, we know and love Steve McQueen for Bullitt, which should be enough right there.  However, he is also known for The Thomas Crown Affair, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. He radiated “anti-hero” during an era of anti-hero worship.

He should almost be as well known for the parts he turned down: Ocean’s 11,Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Apocalypse Now,Dirty Harry, The French Connection (he didn’t want another cop film) and (get this!) Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

BUT he is every bit as well-loved for his MOTORSPORTS exploits.  Four wheels, two wheels… didn’t matter.

“I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts.”

He starred in the movie Le Mans and was featured in the motorcycle racing documentary “On Any Sunday”.  When he had the opportunity to drive in a movie, he performed many of his own stunts, including some of the car chase in Bullitt and the motorcycle chase in The Great Escape.

In the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring race, Peter Revson and McQueen (driving with a cast on his left foot from a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier) won his class with a Porsche 908/02. They lost by a scant 23 seconds overall to Andretti’s team in a Ferrari 512S.

Really, McQueen’s life reads like a movie he would have starred in (if he took the part).  Abandoned and abused childhood, hooligan, Merchant Marine, roughneck and lumberjack, then an honest-to-goodness hero in the Marine Corps until he found his way into Hollywood.

Great summer reading, you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking on book title below.

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