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Highly Recommended. This issue begins with the artwork of two international mainstays in British comics, Jesús Blasco and Solano López, from Spain and Argentina respectively. We then head down to Italy and discover the realistic monster illustrations and comic strips of Eugenio Sicomoro. Then to Spain and the life and work of comic strip & graphic novel artist Victor de la Fuente (Haxtur, Amargo, Haggarth) and then visit the studio of contemporary painter Arantzazu Martinez, whose photo-realistic figures and nudes illustrate fantasy and fairy tales. Some nudity. Book Palace, 2021. Mature Readers.

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This issue begins with the artwork of two international mainstays in British comics, Jesús Blasco and Solano López, from Spain and Argentina respectively. We then head down to Italy and discover the realistic monster illustrations and comic strips of Eugenio Sicomoro. Then to Spain and the life and work of comic strip & graphic novel artist Victor de la Fuente (Haxtur, Amargo, Haggarth) and then visit the studio of contemporary painter Arantzazu Martinez, whose photo-realistic figures and nudes illustrate fantasy and fairy tales. Some nudity.

Blasco is an outstanding historical and adventure artist whose work we weren’t familiar with, but he’s considered on of Spain’s finest comic artists and a favorite in Britain. I like his work a lot. Lopez is more recognizable to us as he’s done several graphic novels we handled, often with erotic elements. His work dominated UK and European comics in the 1960s and 70s, and was published in the U.S. by Catalan Communications, the dominant translator of European graphic novels for many years.

Sicomoro is compared by the author with the precise artwork of Russ Heath and Brian Bolland, and I have to agree. another name new to me, but from adventure and western comics, to finished polished erotic work (some nudes here), he’s very, very good.

De la Fuente was a big name in the 1970s and 80s, and we handled all of his Haxtur series, which was a realistically drawn sword and sorcery strip, sans the bulging muscles, populated by a realistic hero and some wonderful giant reptiles.

Much of the art taken from scans of the original work.

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