If you’ve never heard of actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler, today’s the day. It’s her birthday, as she was born on November 9, 1914 and publisher Humanoids are releasing a trailer and preview for her biographical graphic novel from their Life Drawn imprint, to celebrate her life.
Lamarr was not only a star of the silver screen, but she also created designs to revolutionize the planes built by Howard Hughes. When World War II began, Hedy patented a device that “manipulated sound, created an unbreakable code and confounded the Nazi regime, giving the allies the advantage they needed to claim victory”, according to Humanoids. Scientists called it “Spread Spectrum” technology, whereas the military called it a “secret communication system.” It led to related technologies like cell phones, wi-fi, and the internet itself.
Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life is written by William Roy and illustrated by Sylvain Dorange.
First up, here’s a look at the trailer that’s been released:
Next, take a gander at this preview of interiors on the new graphic novel: