This excellent volume presents the portfolios of ten major artists from around the world who have influenced the comic book from its inception until the late 1970s. Their talents are presented here in a wealth of striking colour and black & white plates displaying the depth and range of their vision. The book discusses their work in detail, highlights their contributions to this art form and compares their unique visions.
These ten artists have made a lasting impact in the field of comic book art. They are Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Frank Bellamy, Richard Corben, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jean Giraud, Philippe Druillet, Wallace Wood, Robert Crumb and Victor Moscoso. The author admits that the selection is incomplete but I agree with him that there is enough here to provide a broad history that reveals the rich talent and imagination hidden within this medium.
The author demonstrates how the comic book resembles the film media: both manufacture dreams and both came into their own in the 1930s and 1940s. There are a number of similar techniques in film and comics and the two media have influenced one another. A good comic book artist selects the most potent images for his story in the same way as a good film director.
The book also contains a biography of each of the artists and concludes with an extensive bibliography. Masters of Comic Book Art is an impressive display of many varied styles. Through its insightful text and brilliant illustrations it makes a valuable contribution to the discipline and history of comic book art.