A beautiful new edition of Maurice Leblanc’s classic crime capers featuring the original gentleman thief, illustrated by Vincent Mallie.
On July 15th, 1905, novelist Maurice Leblanc introduced the world to ARSENE LUPIN, a charming, clever, and debonair master thief capable of rivaling even the most popular sensational sleuth of the time, Sherlock Holmes. Through a series of 17 novels and 39 novellas, this dashing anti-hero became the inspiration for over a century’s worth of film, television, comic books, and animation hits that continue to this very day, including the recent live-action LUPIN series on Netflix and the beloved anime series LUPIN THE 3rd (which itself celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year).
Now, 115 years later, Magnetic Press is proud to offer a brand-new, beautifully illustrated edition of the first Arsène Lupin novel, ARSENE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN THIEF. This collection of the first nine novellas reintroduces the master thief for a new generation, vividly illustrated by celebrated artist Vincent Mallie.
In addition to the standalone hardcover edition, we are offering a campaign-exclusive “Cipher” edition that includes a pocket journal (for noting important caper details), a gold foil bookmark, a metal cipher coin of fate (Lupin on the front, Sholmes on the back), a Seven-of-Hearts cipher key card (as featured in one of the stories), a clear window cling (to mark your visit), and other in-world artifacts and puzzles to solve.
Those who wish to bundle their order with additional, related titles can add them to any pledge. For example, fans may also be interested in the brand-new, upcoming LUPIN THE 3rd 50th ANNIVERSARY Artbook celebrating five decades of the popular anime character LUPIN III created in 1971 by Monkey Punch inspired by Leblanc’s classic antihero.
(Trivia: Monkey Punch’s character is meant to be the grandson of Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin.)