The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

Rick Geary / Jan 29, 2020

The Terrible Axe Man of New Orleans Nights of terror A city awash in blood New Orleans right after the First World War The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by so

  • Title: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
  • Author: Rick Geary
  • ISBN: 9781561635818
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nights of terror A city awash in blood New Orleans right after the First World War The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds The pattern for each murder is the same a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borroweNights of terror A city awash in blood New Orleans right after the First World War The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds The pattern for each murder is the same a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head Why How could he fit through that piece in the door The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto

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        RICK GEARY was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Wichita,Kansas He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan He worked as staff artist for two weekly papers in Wichita before moving to San Diego in 1975.He began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics Paradox Press Big Books His early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books.During a four year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The New York Times Book Review His illustration work has also been seen in MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Old Farmer s Almanac, and American Libraries.He has written and illustrated three children s books based on The Mask for Dark Horse and two Spider Man children s books for Marvel His children s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine He was the artist for the new series of GUMBY Comics, written by Bob Burden, for which they received the 2007 Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience.His graphic novels include three adaptations for the Classics Illustrated, and the nine volume series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing The new series A Treasury of 20th Century Murder began in 2008 with The Lindbergh Child His other historically based graphic novels include Cravan, written with Mike Richardson, and J Edgar Hoover A Graphic Biography.Rick has received the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Convention 1980 and the Book and Magazine Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists Society 1994.He and his wife Deborah can be found every year at their table at San Diego s Comic Con International In 2007, they moved to the town of Carrizozo, New Mexico from rickgeary bioml


    1. New Orleans, 1918. As the World War enters its final year, a terrible menace walks the streets of the Big Easy - the Axe-Man! A couple who run a grocery and live in the apartment in the back of the shop, have one of their door panels cut open, and are found by their relatives hacked to death, the bedsheets soaked in blood! Thus begins a two year reign of terror in New Orleans as more victims pile up and the police are baffled as to how to catch the murderer. Rick Geary produces another fantastic [...]

    2. My introduction to Geary came in the form of what is considered a weaker book in the series, The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans. If this is a weaker title, I can only imagine how fabulous the other titles are. In the steamy spring of 1918 a grisly murder was committed. A husband and his wife were slaughtered with a razor blade and an axe, both left behind at the scene of the crime. The police could not figure out who the killer was knowing only that the man was large in stature and wearing a co [...]

    3. I just love Rick Geary's series of true crime graphic non-fiction! This one is about a strange crime spree that occurred in New Orleans from 1918 to 1919. I have to admit, I'd never heard of this one before. No motive could be ascribed to the crimes and no definitive suspect was ever identified. Even though Geary's artwork is in black and white, I love the way he draws, especially the droll faces he gives people. His style is perfect for illustrating crimes that took place in Victorian and early [...]

    4. 1. This is a great series of books that teaches history and tells an excellent non-fiction event.2. This book had me hooked from the very beginning.3. I want to read all of his other graphic novels now.4. I looked up that song inspired by the Axe-Man, The Mysterious Axeman's Jazz. It was catchy.5. I also went to to discover more. I now want to watch American Horror Story: Coven, which is supposedly loosely based on the murders.6. I really want to visit New Orleans now!7. I found the beginning h [...]

    5. This is a story of a little-known psychopath who terrified the city of New Orleans. Much like Jack the Ripper, this particular murderer was never caught nor were any credible arrests made. It's a particularly chilling tale of a mystery person who would break into people's homes and assault them with their own woodcutting axes. Though a number of people managed to survive, some did not. I found it to be a gruesome, yet interesting story. I recommend it to people who are fans of crime graphic nove [...]

    6. I've said it before: I just love these Rick Geary crime comics. Certainly lurid, but also well-paced, well-drawn, and fascinating--and actually kind of educational, even. I learned a couple of things about N.O. history that I didn't already know.

    7. Happy Mardi Gras! After one of the kids mentioned that this graphic novel creeped him out, I grabbed it up for a quick read. It was everything I hoped it would be, reminiscent of the TALES OF THE CRYPY comic books I grew up with in the ‘60s. This year is the centennial of the mysterious NOLA murders so the perfect time to read about the unsolved crimes. I had never heard of this before in all my true crime meanderings. I’d like to read the rest of the series now.

    8. Really interesting. I'm not as familiar with this case as some of the other ones in the series, so it was interesting hearing all the details.

    9. Informative and well researched recalling of a forgotten murder wave in NOLA’s colorful history, detailed in Geary’s usual fantastic woodcut styling.

    10. It is 1918, and horror is stalking the streets of New Orleans. Someone is breaking into homes and attacking people with an axe. The attacker is killing and sometimes crippling his victims, but none of the victims can identify the axe-wielding assassin. As the killer reaches out to the papers, panic ensues when the Axe-Man demands jazz be played in the homes…will the killer be caught and will the murders end?Written and illustrated by Rick Geary, The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans is part of t [...]

    11. I really enjoy the 20th Century Murder Series, even though I have only read three. They have a way of condensing the materials surrounding an unsolved murder and making them accessible to the general public. Yet, the illustrations and many times the stories are very similar. It is for this reason that I read them sparingly. When I saw that they had published a piece on the ax murderer of New Orleans, I just had to get my hands on it.The graphic novel begins with a brief history of New Orleans wh [...]

    12. Reason for Reading: Next in the series.It has been over a year since I last read a book in this series and I was very eager to settle down with my favourite graphic artist once more. Unfortunately, I found the book rather mediocre. Geary's artwork, as usual is wonderful. No one does b&w like he does and his artwork is simply perfect for the mood and atmosphere of murder and the macabre. So I had no complaints in that department but I found the actual story and how it was written rather disap [...]

    13. Real Rating: 4.5 starsAs I've said before, if it wasn't for American Horror Story, I wouldn't have given this book a second glance at the library. So, with that being said, I am so glad that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. The illustrations were well done and the story keeps you engaged. This story is about an axe-man who reigned from 1918-1919. He snuck through chiseled door panels undetected and axed his victims while they were soundlessly asleep. Just think about how unsettlin [...]

    14. I'm a huge fan of Rick Geary's true-crime murder comics. This one was fascinating because I had never heard of this brutal serial killer who chopped his victims' HEADS with their own axes! Most of the victims shared some commonalities such as being Italian immigrants who lived behind their family-owned grocery stores. But there were enough exceptions that kept investigators puzzled. The crimes were never solved. The killer left a note that was signed "from Hell," just like Jack the Ripper, which [...]

    15. Do you remember the old dime-store novels that our grandparents (or the penny ones from our great-grandparents?) that told the story of some legend or gruesome murder?This is that kind of series.This is the first I have read of this series, but each is a stand-alone tale a 'true crime' novel with those scratched out black and white illustrations that feed so well into our concious mind and dig around with the LACK of gruesome detail, so our unconcious mind fills it in.This particular novel conce [...]

    16. From 1918 to 1919, New Orleans, ironically nicknamed the ‘city that care forgot’, was terrorized by an axe murderer who struck, killed, and escaped without hindrance during the early morning hours. Most of the victims were Italian and many of them ran groceries, causing the police to suspect Black Hand involvement. A few arrests were made, but no suspect was conclusively linked with the murders. When the killing spree finally stopped in late 1919, the fear gradually abated but questions aros [...]

    17. "New Orleans is also famous for the several mysterious and legendary criminals who prey upon citizens on the public streets."The strongest attribute of The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans is perhaps its biggest weakness. This graphic novel is very informative a fault. The educational narration and the accompanying imagery are so well done that this could be the blueprint for one of those documentary crime shows--where an older guy with a disturbingly deep voice narrates over graphic crime scene [...]

    18. I've had mixed reactions to Geary's books over the years. I always love his artwork and sense of design, but some of the biographies (particularly Trotsky) come off to me as very dry. The Treasury of Xxth Century Murder series, however, has a built-in narrative of sorts so I always seek them out. If you couldn't tell by the title, this one focuses on an unidentified axe murderer in New Orleans in the early 1900's. Geary opens with a brief history of the city to get some of the racial turmoil of [...]

    19. In the year following the close of World War I, New Orleans is a city full of music, food and carnivals. Amid this rollicking atmosphere, a serial killer might be on the loose. Several Italian grocery store owners are being attacked in their own beds and with their own axes! Police are baffled and clues are sparse.This graphic novel doesn't do as much story telling as just representing the well-researched facts. I wish there had been a bit more narrative. But to make it still worth it, the art i [...]

    20. Rick Geary's art and writing are refreshingly economical. Perhaps partially because there is little information on the axe man of New Orleans, Geary uses very few words, and very carefully composed panels to make up for/infer spookiness from the dearth of text. I also appreciate his liberal use of maps and “photographs”. This may be true with other non-fiction comics that mimic documentary styles, but I still appreciated it quite a bit here. This effect of using only a few live panels and qu [...]

    21. A graphic novel account of a serial killer who plagued New Orleans in 1918 and 1919. He would chisel out a back door panel in the middle of the night before assaulting the occupants with their own axes or hatchets. Italian grocers seemed to be his preferred targets.Really short, and really dry. It almost reads like a legal document. The black and white ink illustrations add to this effect.There is a brief but delightful history of the city of New Orleans at the beginning. Worth reading just for [...]

    22. Thank you, Hayden, for alerting me to the new Rick Geary! I have read and enjoyed all his blood-splattered treasury of murder comics and this one was especially interesting. Everyone's heard of Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden but who knew that in 1918-19 New Orleans had its own series of terrifying murders? This story would make a great movie!

    23. Wow - I had no idea this series even existed! (Thanks, Orangerful!) This is the type of thing that, as a teenager, would've turned my dials all the way up to 10, as Stephen King says. Heck, it does that NOW! I've always loved true crime mysteries and Geary does a great job of blending in New Orleans history with a really gruesome story. Hmmm. which Geary to read next???

    24. When I interviewed Mark Finn for the latest segment of Behind the Drafting Table, we chatted about the Axe-Man murders of New Orleans and their influence on young Robert E. Howard. That discussion led me to this wonderful little book that gives the facts of the murders and their effect on the city. Sometimes, I forget that Rick Geary is such a wonderful cartoonist.

    25. Gosh this was another great read by Rick Geary - this true-crime graphic novel starts off with a little new Orleans history then tells the ghastly and mostly forgotten events of an axe wielding maniac who terrorized the crescent city from 1918 - 1919. The art work was great, and I was completely enthralled by the read and finished it in one sitting — the best one I've read so far from Rick Geary

    26. This book/series was recommended to me and it so far has been a pretty cool series. This is a graphic novel series on various crimes in American history. This one focused on the little known Axeman of New Orleans. One of the things that drove me crazy was that in a book targeted towards children, there was a misspelled word. It was a pretty simple word too.

    27. I didn't really like this book because for me it was hard to follow. I liked the intensity of some parts but the beginning just lost me but once I got into it more I started to see where the book was going. It was an alright book because of the mystery. Also because you are trying to find out who it is all of the time. Overall it was a pretty alright book.

    28. There's not a lot to say about this volume if you're familiar with the series as a whole. This volume is definitely on-par with the others, with quality storytelling and art. This one has the added perk of being based on a crime spree I previously knew nothing about. If you like this series, this one is worth checking out.

    29. I love the illustrations and this history. I love that each of Rick Geary's books begin with a bibliography where you can learn more. Great maps and floor plans to really understand what happened at that time. Also, great history about the city of New Orleans.

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