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.