9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A good starting point for any aspiring comic book artist,
By A Customer
This review is from: How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way (Paperback)
Upon opening the book, you are immediately hit by how dated it looks. The art is from the days of Kirby (and Buscema), and reflects a time when color seperation was one color per block. Once over your possible reaction against (or in favour of) the arts age, you start to realise just how good a book it is. The book starts you of gently, and gives you a good learning curve, adding new techniques chapter by chapter, encouraging you to experiment with new ways of doing the same thing. There is a definate emphasis on Marvel Superheroes, but seing as may will not be recogniseable (often due to depiction rather than modern day obscurity) to all but the most knowledgeable comic buff, that really shouldn't bother anyone. The format takes a simple step by step approach, with an entertaining commentry from Stan Lee. In many ways, it is Stan's writing that make this book work. The book could so easily have been an incomprehensible, boring textbook, instead of an enjoyable, easy read. If it's fun, you learn better, and in this respect, the book is absolutely perfect. Since I've been so gushing about the book, why haven't I given it 5 crowns you may be wondering? Well, the answer is simple, It deserves 5 crowns for the starter, but if you have already advanced sufficiently (and that amount is not particularly "loads") it rapidly becomes useles, due to the fact that it doesn't go into great depths about technique. It quickly outlives it's usefulnes. Mind you, for that price, Idon't think you'd be lamenting it all that much.