Le Mans, Steve McQueen's 1971 feature film depicting the grueling 24-hour race from the perspective of the drivers, has built up quite the cult following throughout the years. It may not have been the best ticket-seller when it was in theaters, but dedicated motorsports fans fell in love. One artist loved it so much, he spent the last three years putting together this stunning graphic novelization of the film.
Called Steve McQueen in Le Mans, it retells the film's story in colorful, rich illustration. Sandro Garbo, the graphic novel's Belgian creator, captured the high-intensity action of the movie in page after page of gorgeous illustrations.
Garbo says he was inspired to embark on the project when McQueen came to him in a dream, telling him to recreate the movie as a graphic novel. It's the reason he's invested so much time and effort into creating such a fine piece of art.
As you can see from these excerpts, Garbo and his team of artists—Florian Afflerbach, Jared Barel, Julien Dejeu, Thomas Lebeltel, Guillaume Lopez, and Pierre Ménard—put an immense amount of detail into every scene, bringing the story to life for the reader to soak in. The novel's release also comes with an animated trailer of sorts, giving you a peek at the artwork.
Just like in the film, racing cars such as the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 are featured prominently, as are street cars like the Citroen DS and Porsche 911.
If you want to check out the rest of Garbo's creation, you can pick it up . It might just be the perfect holiday gift for the Le Mans fan in your family.