The Silver Age Of Comic Book Art
Picked this up at a discount book store in Toronto. The format and flashy cover caught my eye: thumbing it showed a nice selection of art from the top silver age artists so I bought it.
The Silver Age Of Comic Book Art by Arlen Schumer is a fan’s look at eight artists: Infantino, Ditko, Kirby, Kane, Kubert, Colan, Steranko and Adams. Schumer uses blow ups of comic panels and addresses each artist through quotes in the panels in place of the original text. It’s a singularly visual book and takes focus to pick out and read what he has to say, but it’s the art that headlines this book.
Google has a nice preview available; take a virtual thumb through and see for yourself. The Amazon reviews seem overly harsh; Schumer writes like a fan and really gets the reader into the art. This book isn’t meant to be a be all and end all tome on the period: it’s a look at art from great creators. I knew most of the info already but it was still a joy to read and would make a perfect gift for comic art fans.