Aarrgghh!! It's War: The Best War Comic Cover Art from "War", "Battle", "Air Ace" and "War at Sea" Picture Libraries Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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About the Author
David A. Roach is an artist, illustrator, writer and historian with 20 years experience in the comics industry. Among the comics he has worked on are such iconic strips as Batman, Judge Dredd, Dr Who, Star Wars and Aliens. As an author he is an editor and writer for such books as True Brit: The History of British Comics and The SuperHero Book, as well as the forthcoming Fleetway Companion series and Girls of the Comics. He is a regular writer for Comic Book Artist and Comics International magazines and has spent many hours searching through piles of old comic pages as IPC's archivist.
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David Roach has done a superb job, I tip my hat, congratulations.
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The paintings are all traditionally created. They are wonderful and captures the intensity of the war. The choice of colours and composition are great. It's also interesting to see the titles of these covers like "Night of the Devil", "Snarl of Battle", "The Jungle Has Eyes", "Courage Beyond Price", etc.
The subjects are mainly the soldiers, of course. There's a huge section on fighter planes and the navel warfare. There are very few tanks though. Every piece is properly credited to the artist.
For those into drawing war-related comics, this would be a very useful resource.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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.