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ILLUSTRATORS: WAR IS HELL! British War Comics Special
Bibliophile price: £8.50
A 'British War Comics Special', here is a trove of treasure and some of the most exciting art ever conceived for UK comics, in particular hundreds of covers for pocket-sized war comics that were painted by some of the greatest illustrators working in the latter part of the 20th century. Take a nostalgic look back at this golden age of war comics, Roy Dami, the hugely influential agent and how he helped bring great comic artists to the UK. There is an in-depth feature on the truly eccentric but magnificent painter Giorgio de Gaspari and Gini D'Antonio, one of the finest comic draughtsmen to work in the field. Here are war, superheroes, the dark arts and a love of glamorous women in artworks packed with raw energy, punch, muscle, by the masters of brush and ink drawings and masters of paint. Other artists include Alessandro Biffignandi, Renzo Calegari, Nino Caroselli, Ferdinando Tacconi, Pino dell'Orco and Hugo Prat who before he achieved fame with Corto Maltese had a brush with UK war comics. Here is dynamic design and covers for pulp thrillers in the most sexy vein. See characters like The Phantom, Ava Gardner, James Dean and Montgomery Clift, issues from the War Picture Library, Schoolgirls Picture Library with depictions of blazing windmills, armed combat, capturing a Nazi officer, air combat, firing at a tank - from classic tales and some highly erotic women in the sexed-up artwork to make a book's content appear more enticing for a male audience. Often the models used are reproduced in small black and white photographs beneath the colour artworks. There are also war comics of Westerns as we are taken to far-flung and dangerous places in these energetic brush strokes. 144 page very large softback, 9" x 11", colour.
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