This is a brilliant book that lots of people can enjoy for lots of different reason. It offers a trip down memory lane and is a must for anyone who loves art, design and illustration. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it's not a thick as its follow up which is equally as brilliant:The Art of War: More of the Best Cover Art from War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea Picture Libraries
If you grew up as a boy reading 'Commando' or any similar war comic, you'll instantly remember the unique style of illustration found on their incredible covers and within their action-packed pages, that helped bring the stories within alive.
The art on the pages of those little booklets was distinct and unique, and this book brings together some excellent examples of the genre and should be swiftly added to your bookshelf or collection of art reference books.
The pages and all the illustrations within, are vibrant, colourful and packed full of expression and emotion. And each piece of art on every single page is a mini masterpiece in it's own right .
This book itself is chunky and thick offering 100s of examples of work in a genre that is truly incredible, yet so under appreciated and sadly forgotten.
You'll find selections of covers, 4 to a page, as well as big, huge, double page spreads of truly amazing artwork, and it's a crying shame this artistry isn't more widely appreciated.
The wonderful and expressive scenes depicted so perfectly within this book look great on its glossy, quality pages - with all the colours and pictures being vibrant and well produced.
Energy, movement, fear, anger, heroism, adrenaline, carnage - everything you'd expect to experience or see in war is here to see in this book, captured perfectly within the scenes on each page. It's a truly excellent collection of staggering art.