‘Maus,’ revisited: Art Spiegelman looks back 25 years later

Sept. 26, 2011 | 7:02 a.m.

The graphic novel is still a relatively young medium but it does have its enduring classics. If you wanted to assemble a bookshelf of essential graphic novels, for instance, there are three 1980s works you would certainly reach for: “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Watchmen” and the first volume of Art Spiegelman’s “Maus: A Survivor’s History.” The only comic book to win a Pulitzer Prize, Spiegelman’s “Maus” epic (volume one was published in 1986, volume two in 1991) stands as the most acclaimed work in the history of sequential-art storytelling and yet, somehow, it still feels underrated.

To consider the heritage and legacy of “Maus,” writer-artist Spiegelman returns to his signature work Oct. 4 with the release of Pantheon’s 300-page hardcover “MetaMaus: A Look Inside A Modern Classic, Maus,” which comes with a companion DVD. Take a look at this trailer for the new project.

– Geoff Boucher

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