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Featuring over one hundred pencil drawings plus color! Our Highest Recommendation.  By H.P. Lovecraft. Art by Gary Gianni. This is quite a unique fusion of cinematic design, graphic novel and illustrated book. Over a hundred finished pencil drawings with occasional color pieces enhance and bring to life the work of two visionaries — H.P. Lovecraft and Gary Gianni — in an extraordinary feat of storytelling and art, with art on nearly every page, worked carefully into the text. Written in 1928, Cthulhu defined the ancient gods as dark creatures who came from the stars and ruled the world before mankind. Flesk, 2021.

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This is quite a unique fusion of cinematic design, graphic novel and illustrated book. Over a hundred finished pencil drawings with occasional color pieces enhance and bring to life the work of two visionaries — H.P. Lovecraft and Gary Gianni — in an extraordinary feat of storytelling and art, with art on nearly every page, worked carefully into the text. Written in 1928, Cthulhu defined the ancient gods as dark creatures who came from the stars and ruled the world before mankind.

When these ancient ones awaken, humanity is plagued by a nightmare of terrors etched upon an epic backdrop. The author’s concept deeply redefined the horror story with this thrilling, dense mystery that spawned a virtual genre. Interestingly enough, the latest Hellboy and B.P.R.D. series, Hell on Earth, is just one example of a storyline directly influenced by this seminal HPL story.

Artist Gary Gianni and designer Marcelo Anciano both felt that Lovecraft’s short story presented an opportunity to visually expand the Cthulhu Mythos and push the boundaries of illustrated books. Intense and fast-paced, the tale enabled them to explore graphic storytelling and illustrate the text in a unique way. It was a personal project for Gianni, who drew upon his decades of experience in illustrating numerous books and graphic novels.

H.P. Lovecraft’s original text has been revised in this book to exclude racial terms.

Gary Gianni (born 1954) is an American comics artist best known for his eight years illustrating the syndicated newspaper comic Prince Valiant. After Gianni graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1976, he worked for the Chicago Tribune as an illustrator and network television news as a courtroom sketch artist.

He also illustrated numerous magazines, children’s books and paperbacks. He made his comic book debut in 1990 with illustrated adaptations of The Tales of O. Henry and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for the Classics Illustrated series. He went on to work for Dark Horse Comics where he contributed to Indiana Jones and The Shrine of the Sea Devil and The Shadow.

He illustrated Wandering Star Press’s Savage Tales of Solomon Kane (1998) and Bran Mak Morn: The Last King (2001) by Robert E. Howard.

After John Cullen Murphy retired from the Prince Valiant Sunday page in 2004, Gianni began drawing the strip, continuing until March 25, 2012, when Thomas Yeates became the strip’s illustrator.

In 2015, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms — a prequel to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — was released, which included illustrations by Gianni.

Note: Although we often are privileged to handle Exclusive Publisher Editions from Flesk Books, this time advance sales were such that they did not have enough available for us to handle the signed, hardcover edition.

 

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