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The Jazz Age obsession with youth powered this long short story (or short novella) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which tracks the life of a man who is born old and ages in reverse back to infancy. The story has recently become a film starring Brad Pitt that comes out at the end of the year; this graphic-novel edition of the Fitzgerald story, created by the writers Nunzio DiFilippis and Christina Weir and the illustrator Kevin Cornell, is a David to the Hollywood Goliath.

But remember: David won. While the movie makes several plot concessions, the graphic novel stays almost entirely faithful both to the original text and to the period it spans; the depictions of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America were researched scrupulously, and it shows. On his personal site, Cornell discusses his process, shares some art that didn’t make the final cut, and even furnishes some interesting readings of the original text: the way he viewed the newborn/aged Benjamin’s birth identification bracelet as a sort of morgue toe tag.

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