The Big Book of Martyrs

    (Paradox, 1997)
™ and ©1997 Paradox Press

In these cynical times, the idea of willingly suffering a humiliating and excruciating death for the sake of one’s faith seems as foreign and alien as something from the most fantastic comic book. But this, the eleventh book in Paradox Press’s Big Book series, contains just that, as the lives and deaths of Christian martyrs are examined.

This book includes the stories of well-known saints such as St. Valentine and Joan of Arc, and martyrs like St. Ursula and St. George, whose biographies are largely the stuff of myth. The last chapter deals with people who have been tortured for their faith in more recent history, demonstrating that religious fervor is not a thing of the past. Compiled by John Wagner and illustrated by a collection of the top artists in comics, these stories give the reader an almost voyeuristic insight to the violence and bloodshed that has been dealt throughout history to believers whose faith was more powerful than their fear.

— George Haberberger

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 Anthology; B&WJohn WagnerBob Fingerman, Brian Buniak, Charles Drost, Colleen Doran, D’Israeli, Dan Burr, Dave DeVries, Donald David, Gregory Benton, Jim Fern, Kirk Etienne, Michael Cherkas, Michael Dubisch, Randy DuBurke, Shary Flenniken, Steve Carr