- Full Description
From the 1940s to the ’70s, Reed Crandall brought a unique and masterful style to American comic art. Using an illustrator's approach on everything he touched, Crandall gained a reputation as the “artist’s artist” through his skillful interpretations of Golden Age super-heroes Doll Man, The Ray, Firebrand, and Blackhawk (his signature character); horror and sci-fi for the legendary EC Comics line; Warren Publishing’s Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat; THUNDER Agents and Edgar Rice Burroughs characters; and even Flash Gordon for King Features.
Comic art historian Roger Hill (publisher of the highly recommended EC Fan-Addict) has compiled a complete and extensive history of Crandall’s life and career, from his early years and major successes, through his tragic decline and passing in 1982. This full-color hardcover includes never-before-seen photos, a wealth of rare and unpublished artwork, and over eighty thousand words of insight into one of the true illustrators of the comics.
This has been a long, long-term project of Roger's and it shows. Roger doesn't do anything second class. I'm still only about a third of the way through it, and I've already learned a ton of new detail about Crandall's life and work. AND...it's simply packed with great artwork: reproductions of original art, comic covers, special panels, wonderful splash pages, and even several never before seen paintings and drawings.
Over and over again, fellow artists talk about Crandall being THE guy; the best artist they knew, as well as being Quality Comics' #1 guy. He got the best strips. He took over when Lou Fine wasn't fast enough. He did the classic covers that today are so collectible. He could draw anything, having been raised on a farm with all kinds of animals. And also having a photographic memory, he never had to use reference material. His inking was lush and polished. His anatomy was second to none, rivaling that of Lou Fine and perhaps surpassing him.
- Additional Information
Item Code REEDCH Publisher TwoMorrows Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781605490779 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 256pg Color Full Color