There’s art in them thar comics! Dana Jennings surveys the current boom in comics-related art books, with an essay:
But right now a quiet revolution is going on in comics art books. There are portfolio-size editions scanned directly from original artwork; artists successfully negotiating the worlds of fine, commercial and comics art; younger and less-well-known artists getting the full-color hardcover treatment; and the scholarship continues to deepen and the production values rise in books that study bedrock comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Alex Toth.
A James Jean slideshow , and a survey of books called Comics Canonization fetauring Alex Toth, Walter Simonson, Mike Deodato Jr., James Jean, and Jim Lee. Hm, not quite the five I would have picked but it’s still a very nice feature.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.