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Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: No. 1 [Paperback]

Arnie Fenner

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29 Oct 2003
This lavishly illustrated book features the work of today's best-selling creators of fantasy and science fiction art. From the popular and well-regarded "Spectrum Annuals, over 100 artists are represented, chosen from a jury of award-winning professionals. The introduction is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lee Stuart.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of a fabulous series 6 Mar 2005
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on Amazon.com
These are truly spectacular collections: I have most of them and this is my favorite. Always count on finding many works that are stunning, breathtaking and thought-provoking. Potential buyers should be aware that there is usually some nudity and sexuality, and a few of the pictures in any collection will horrific or even grotesque. It is hard to imagine a better buy in representational art for an extremely varied collection of gorgeous, powerful, witty and clever works.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy..... 28 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book and so are the other 9 in this series. I have them all and I haven't been disappointed with any of them. The book contains artwork that can be seen on book covers, magazine covers, CD's, Video Game Packaging and Comic Books to name just some of the ways this artwork is shown. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Fantasy, Roll Play and other venues of the imagination. This book will be one you won't get tired of looking at year after year.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectrum Series 12 Sep 2005
By Peter Wocken - Published on Amazon.com
Anybody who is interested in Sci-Fi or Fantasy artwork should be a big fan of this series. Spectrum 1 is actually a reprint of the original. The reason that I won't give it 5 stars is that since this was the first, it's format is that of a directory of illustrators. For an even better experience, pick up books 9-11, they're worth the cost.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Later books are better 2 Nov 2011
By C. Monk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To be fair, I first noticed the Spectrum books at Spectrum 17 and was wowed by the diverse and great art presented. I love these books for inspiration for my writing and Spectrum 17 hit the spot.

The first few Spectrums, however, pale in comparision. The pictures are small, often with several crammed onto the same page, and the art itself is a confused collection of random types of art, which is great at showcasing all that's out there, doesn't really maintain an over-arching theme.

Maybe that's not fair to these first few books, but if you are looking to buy a book with dazzling fantasy/horror/sci-fi pictures, try the later books in this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting selection of a variety of art and illustrations 13 July 2010
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This could be titled "The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Illustrations." Most of the works here illustrations or art for publications (book covers, etc). There are some outstanding pieces here, some genuinely interesting pieces, and a lot of fairly typical pieces.

On the whole I think people who are into the art on covers of books, etc. will enjoy this work. I did dock one point because I though that there wasn't a real correlation between the quality of the art and the space it was given though. Maybe later issues are better? I haven't seen them yet.
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