- Full Description
This presents an impressive career cut tragically short. It features a wealth of essays; interviews with Baker's friends, family, and co-workers; and a treasure trove of his finest artwork, including several complete stories, at last giving this wonderfully talented artist his full due. In the early 1940s, Matt Baker became of one the earliest African-American comic book artists. But it wasn't the color of his skin which made him such a significant figure in the history of the medium--it was his innate ability to draw gorgeous, exciting women and handsome, dynamic men in a fluid, graceful style.
This is packed with rare covers, inside pages, photos, original artwork, previously unpublished work...everything you could want from a solid biography, including new discoveries about this enigmatic creator. It kicks off with two complete stories, perhaps the two best, starring The Phantom Lady, and a complete Sky Girl. Plus five of his best covers, including a Canteen Kate cover and one-page story.
Imagine Dave Stevens or Adam Hughes working in the '40s, drawing a new story every month, and you'll have a good idea of Matt Baker's place in the industry throughout his career. Yet few of today's comic book fans know of the artist or his work, because he died in 1959 at the young age of 38, just as the Silver Age of Comics was blossoming and bringing in a new generation of readers.
Today Baker's comics work is highly collectible (including by me). He drew Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Sky Girl, Tiger Girl and more regular features for Wings, Jumbo and Jungle Comics. He pioneered Jungle Girls like Rulah, Voodah and Tegra, and the legendary Phantom Lady, today one of the most collected comcis of the Golden Age. Like Frank Frazetta, any comic in which you find Matt Baker art is today very highly collectible.
He was THE cover artist and foremost story artist for the entire St. John line of romance titles in the early 1950s. And he also worked on St. John's Authentic Police Cases, Canteen Kate, Amazing Ghost Stories and Northwest Mounties. He also drew 1950s gems for Stan Lee at Atlas/Marvel.
This was a hugely long-awaited book, the first comprehensive look at Baker and his artwork. Comparing him to Dave Stevens is entirely accurate...Or even Milo Manara...Baker girls and women are THAT gorgeous.
Published in 2012, this is still available in its first printing. I've never thought this book got all the exposure it deserved. This business was reorganizing the year it came out which also probably didn't do it any favors. So I am pleased to offer it again and give it my heartiest recommendation.
- Additional Information
Item Code MBARTH Publisher TwoMorrows Publish Date 2012 ISBN 9781605490328 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 192pg Color Partial Color