Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
by Rich Koslowski*
Top Shelf Productions, USA, 2005, Softcover, 264 pages, ISBN: 1891830651
"...when they stop talking about you, you're dead." - Elvis
With more than a passing nod to the ideas of "Elvis cult", and the "Elvis alive" underground and its famous masked man, Orion, The King intertwines a wonderful thread of mystery with commentary on how the media shapes, and can be used to shape, public opinion.
"The King" also includes a sketchbook section which allows the reader to experience the raw visuals before they are transformed into their more engaging story frame.
It is surprising that the graphic novel form hasn't been used more often to present variations on the Elvis story. Regardless, "The King" is a first-rate addition to its genre.
"The King" is not a book for younger readers. Its occasional strong language and visual nudity are strictly adult themes.
Verdict: If you haven't yet experienced the delights of a graphic novel, The King is the perfect starting point. Dare to indulge yourself in a different Elvis world. A meaty narrative combined with an adult sensibility and strong, clean 2-color visuals means The King well and truly takes care of business. Read, savour, and enjoy.
What others say about "The King":
"A beautiful story about faith and the power of believing. A must read."
- James W. Powell, Book Shelf Comics
"This is a remarkably humman book, complete with laughter, sadness and a full range of emotions. Do yourself a favor and try this one."
- Jeff Vaughn, Scoop
"This is a first class story. I loved it."
-Alex Ness, Pop Thought
"Well crafted and absorbing. A delight to read."
- Dr. John Walker, The Center for Studies in Popular Culture
"Koslowski brilliantly wraps his tale in a tapestry of Vegas tribute, wringing both humor and emotion out of the journeys of various characters."
- Troy Brownfield, Newsarama
.......where "The King" is also available in limited edition, hardcover format
* Rich Koslowski is the creator of "Three Fingers". "Three Fingers" won the '2003 Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel'
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)