The legend of the Monkey King is not so foreign in North America as you might think. Having interviewed Gene Luen Yang and as a youth watched Alakazam the Great, the legend of the Monkey King is also etched in non Asian culture in past years. The Monkey King 72 Transformations of the Mythical Hero by Vincent Zhao celebrates the myth of the Monkey King with illustrations by such artists as Berk Öztü, Chen Wei, Da Li, Edward Kwong, Enrique Fernandez, Luis Melo, Feng Hanxin, Florian Satzinger, He Xin, Huang Yitao, Chen Dawei, Huang Guixing, and sixty others.
The Monkey King is a centuries-old character from Chinese literature, possessed of incredible strength and supernatural powers, and capable of 72 transformations into various animals and objects. The legend of the Monkey King is that he was born out of rock, making him extremely strong and durable. His image is also open to vast interpretation, as this book makes clear. The Monkey King: 72 Transformations of the Mythical Hero will appeal to fans of fantasy art, Asian culture, and fairy tales.