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Apes and Babes: The Art Of Frank Cho Book 1 Hardcover – May 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (May 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060826
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you like Frank Cho's art.
Mr. Magoo
I like the way on most of the work, you get a comp sketch, with loose or tight pencils, that precedes the finished work.
D. Neidlinger
Overall this book is recommended for those with a serious interest in comic book art, or the work of Cho specifically.
CB

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:20 Mins
Apes and Babes should be the first art book of Frank Cho feature more of his action and superhero comic art. It's a 144-page hardcover with a dust jacket.

The book features comic covers he has drawn for Marvel, Jungle Girl, Liberty Meadows and Mars. I'm not sure what Mars is but it's something like Conan, Xena, Frank Frazetta kind of art. For many of the illustrations, he has included the pencil line art version so you can see the before and after. Even though the subject is similar, the feel of the art is very different when colours are added on.

The most impressive part about is art book is probably his knowledge of anatomy. Even though the characters might still be a bit stylised, the anatomy adds a more realistic dimensionality to the character designs. I like the way he uses extremely thin lines to portray muscle contours. The colouring -- in this case probably called lighting -- is fantastic.

This book is recommended to superhero art collectors and Frank Cho fans.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Neidlinger on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Overall this is a nice book. If you can't afford or find, the Mars Maidens, Jungle Queens, or the Sketches and Scribbles books, this has a nice sampling of the works from those. The book is from Image, and like the Liberty Meadows books, it's a nice quality hard cover with bright pages. And it's also the same size as previous LM books. Under the dust jacket, the book itself is dark green with a shiny silver skull surrounded by the name of book in the same color. Don't stare too long kids.

I like the way on most of the work, you get a comp sketch, with loose or tight pencils, that precedes the finished work. And the piece will encompass the full page on the left, then the full page on the right. So that you can compare and see what compositional changes were made before going to print. On some pages, there are the finished inks preceding the final.

For about the first half of the book, it's mostly marvel stuff he has done recently. Then the jungle section is basically that, apes and babes, with a few of his older pieces you can see in the Sketches and Scribbles books. Followed by some Brandy and friends. And then ends with the Mars section. Some Conan, Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and 4 armed apes. It's a nice selection of images, new and from books mentioned previously.

If you're new to Cho, or have been following his work, it's worth saving your lunch money for. I don't think you'll be disappointed. With a strong foundation in anatomy, and super clean inks, he fits into that Frazetta, Suydam genre.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Tucker VINE VOICE on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The selection of art is pretty extensive for a book of this type. Almost half of it hasn't seen the inside of any of his previous art books. Unfortunately most it is familiar because it's cover art that helped to make him famous in the world of American comic books. There are some reproductions of his paintings that have lost their intensity, they're a little washed out looking.
Besides these problems this is a nice book. The people who have been buying up his many books will be happy to see the work that hasn't been in previous books. For those holding out, this is as good as they're likely to get.
This is 144 pages of fun. It's that simple. Frank Cho is a surprising talent in today's American comic book market. This book illustrates why knowing anatomy and not relying on distinctive but over-stylized, gimmick laden art is not old fashioned. Frank knows his stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CB on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Frank Cho, to put it simply, is probably among the top five comic book illustrators working today, and his latest volume of art, "Apes and Babes: The Art of Frank Cho Book 1" shows this. Cho is not only a superb penciller, but as an inking draftsman, he can achieve amazing subtlety with pen and brush.

In this book you will find a selection of Cho's cover work, mostly (largely Marvel and work for independents), covering superheroes, jungle scenes, fantasy, science-fantasy, and other genres. Much of the book is composed of "before-and-after" pictures - on one page we see the preliminary sketch, on the other we see the finished inked/colored product. This is one reason that I only gave this book four stars - it would have been nice to fit some more variety into this book in that regard. Additionally included are some of Cho's own efforts in painting, which are quite good.

Overall this book is recommended for those with a serious interest in comic book art, or the work of Cho specifically.
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By Patrick on June 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Frank Cho put an amazing amount of work into this book. The great thing is that it's not just a book filled with gorgeous women, it also has all of your marvel favorites loaded in there. If you love comic book art and are a fan of Marvel comics in particular, I highly suggest this book for you coffee table and viewing pleasure.
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By C. Wheat on January 25, 2014
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If you are a fan of Franks work, Liberty Medows or pin up art of women this is the art book for you. Light nudity, but all tastefully done.
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