A thorough examination of the art of Bama's entire career, examining his work in pop culture, horror, science fiction, adventure and western genres, as well as his most recent fine art paintings. Includes a detailed biography and comments by fellow artists, such as Frank Frazetta, Mark Schultz, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Boris Vallejo, and others. Bama's art has graced hundreds of magazines and paperback book covers. Every single one of his 62 paintings for Bantam's Doc Savage adventure series can be seen here. Over 260 illustrations in all, 85 from the original artwork.
From his first work in the men's magazines of the 1950s, Bama has done it all. His men are strong, muscular, perfect. His women are gorgeous, provocative, but realistic. He even designed the beloved box art for the Universal Pictures Monsters plastic models, which became for many the iconic images we all remember from childhood.
From Cathy & Arnie Fenner: "Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Jim Bama's art is that it showcases his talent as a master illusionist. Unlike many 'photographic' painters whose works were as stiff as the models they were posing, Jim's canvases convince you with remarkable detail and clarity of the absolute reality of even the most impossible compositions and scenarios. He could place you in the middle of Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy, or on the back of a cavalry mount chasing Apaches in Arizona; he could have you standing beside Doc Savage as he faced a horde of antagonists, or staring eye-to-eye with Count Dracula and The Wolfman..."
Foreword by Len Leone, Art Director, Bantam Books. 30 personal photographs of family and modeling shoots.
Author Brian M. Kane also wrote the outstanding Hal Foster: Prince of Illustators. He has a Ph.D and teaches in the Illustration Department at Columbus College of Art and Design.