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Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, me Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem it s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America s greatest living portrait artist! "


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Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, me Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem it s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America s greatest living portrait artist! "

30 review for Heroes Of The Comics: Portraits Of The Pioneering Legends Of Comic Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carl Waluconis

    Drew Friedman's portraits are amazing with their big heads that capture a variety of people's personal characteristics. In his introduction he writes of his fascination for the generally unheralded creators of comic books (recently renamed graphic novels). I had the same curiousity and desire to know the creators. In the 90's and 80's this lead even to my promoting comic book conventions in Seattle. Our guest list included Dick Sprang, Al Feldstein, Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Martin Nodell, and too m Drew Friedman's portraits are amazing with their big heads that capture a variety of people's personal characteristics. In his introduction he writes of his fascination for the generally unheralded creators of comic books (recently renamed graphic novels). I had the same curiousity and desire to know the creators. In the 90's and 80's this lead even to my promoting comic book conventions in Seattle. Our guest list included Dick Sprang, Al Feldstein, Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Martin Nodell, and too many other creators to list here. Meeting all of them and having a dinner outside of convention time remains a fond memory. So this book was more or less a necessity for me as it explored the world of those creators accompanied by Drew Friedman portraits. It is not alphabetical, but is a kind of reference book for the field of the graphic novel. Imagine a convention with all or most of these creators there (maybe someone will make a film). All that being said, I can't quite imagine what it would be like reading about these creators with little or no knowledge of comics. How could you read about, for instance, Bob Powell, without having read "Sheena" and "Cracked". Well, I guess the same way you could read any reference book with exceptional art. However, the only thing missing here as a reference book is an Index. I wouldn't want to put the creators in alphabetical order, which would be dry and boring. (It is in a sort of chronological order.) However, a good index could help you find when creators appear in other bios as well as finding specific comic titles and publishers. Fantagraphics Books provides fun and fantastic indexes with their Peanuts library. I'm not sure why they didn't include an index with this valuable reference book. For me, onward to Vlume Two.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ryanagate

    Super informative, and the illustrations were awesome

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter Landau

    Superheroes walked among us. Most of them are gone now, though a handful remain, and all are honored by Drew Friedman in his spectacular book HEROES OF THE COMICS. Over eighty beautifully painted portraits, with brief but detailed biographies, chronicle the leaders of craft who elevated “funny books” into a new art form and fantastically successful commercial product. The mills that churned out content for the Golden Age of comic books is stiflingly documented through the mini-bios of these arti Superheroes walked among us. Most of them are gone now, though a handful remain, and all are honored by Drew Friedman in his spectacular book HEROES OF THE COMICS. Over eighty beautifully painted portraits, with brief but detailed biographies, chronicle the leaders of craft who elevated “funny books” into a new art form and fantastically successful commercial product. The mills that churned out content for the Golden Age of comic books is stiflingly documented through the mini-bios of these artists, writers, publishers and editors, as most apprenticed in one or another. Also, the exploitation of the artists and writers who created characters that continue to generate billions of dollars is noted, but Friedman’s writing is as subtle as his art, neither outraged by nor ignoring these injustices, both business and physical. Know for his warts-and-all style, Friedman here has a loving touch to his work and offers some of the best illustrations in his already illustrious career. But everyone knows, or should know, Friedman is a journeyman artist, only now he shares not only a vision but a map of rabbit holes in which the curious can get lost. After each legend, I found myself researching the vast resource of their online artworks, and was again enthralled by the medium and its masters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Award-winning caricaturist Drew Freidman presents 83 portraits of the artists, writers, editors and publishers behind the greatest comic books of the golden and silver ages. That's already pretty cool, but the size of the book and full-page portraiture rendered here lets everyday shlubs like Bill Gaines leap off the page. With biographical information accompanying each portrait, you get a quick, enlightening education on the history of comics and the men and women who made them. Award-winning caricaturist Drew Freidman presents 83 portraits of the artists, writers, editors and publishers behind the greatest comic books of the golden and silver ages. That's already pretty cool, but the size of the book and full-page portraiture rendered here lets everyday shlubs like Bill Gaines leap off the page. With biographical information accompanying each portrait, you get a quick, enlightening education on the history of comics and the men and women who made them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Singer

    This is a loving tribute to many of the known, and unknown, 20th century American comic book artists, writers, and entrepreneurs. Drew Friedman, a renowned artist, satirist, and social critic, manages to impart an individualized portrayal of each of the eighty figures in the book. True to his "warts and all" style, Friedman lets us know both the good and bad about each of his subjects. This is a loving tribute to many of the known, and unknown, 20th century American comic book artists, writers, and entrepreneurs. Drew Friedman, a renowned artist, satirist, and social critic, manages to impart an individualized portrayal of each of the eighty figures in the book. True to his "warts and all" style, Friedman lets us know both the good and bad about each of his subjects.

  6. 4 out of 5

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