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GN fans have been torn over the IDW-published, Craig Yoe-edited series of hardback books reprinting classic comics. Unlike most series of hardcover reprints, Yoe doesn't clean up the artwork with a computer for publication, he simply scans the actual pages in from old comics. Some say this is no way to treat this material, while others are glad to get this rare stuff any way they can. There are even those who say the off-register colors and muddy printing give the material an authentic feel... regardless of how one feels, Yoe has always presented the material in handsome books with great designing. Yoe's books seem mid-range, to an extent... not as good as a top flight series (I'm thinking Fantagraphics' Popeye), but better than cheap, bottom-of-the-barrel efforts by such outfits as Pure Imagination, who simply pick public domain material, wash the colors out and print them in schlocky, black and white softcover books. It should also be noted that Yoe has chosen material that possibly wouldn't get printed otherwise...
Having said all that, this book (Powell's "Terror") might well be Yoe's best outing to date... nice book design work (matching the previous volume, Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (Library of Horror Comics Master)) and a very informative intro depicting Bob Powell's career... Powell died tragically early, and, since he really didn't work on what one would call a defining character, little of his work has remained in print. These characteristics are normally found in Yoe's books, but "Terror" also has a 3-page, self-typed synopsis of Powell's career, written by Powell himself!! A great find, indeed!!
I purchased this volume without knowing anything about Bob Powell except for what's available in "Four Color Fear" by Fantagraphics and I found it to be a mixed bag. I've long been a fan of the wonderful EC comics that were done during the same period of time and negative references were often made about "the competition" in the EC letters pages. I've always wanted to read some of this "other" work so I could make up my own mind and Bob Powell was squarely in the field of other work. There are a few wonderful things to say about this volume "Bob Powell's Terror" but make no mistakes the stories presented here are in no way comparable to the EC classics and the poor quality reproductions can make this book a bit of a challenge to read. First and foremost there's a great introduction and history to Bob Powell's life and art. It's informative and well worth reading. There are samples in black and white that allow Powell's talent to really shine. In particular I'm thinking of a page from a story "Dig That Grave" that was shelved by Harvey when the Comics Code Authority destroyed the entire genre. There are also two complete stories in black and white that really stand out from all the others because they are printed directly from the original art. The rest of the tales are pale and somewhat flat, scanned from the original aged comic pages, yet with that said, there are some truly bizarre stories well worth reading. 'The Wall of Flesh" is one of the strangest. It's about a Mad Doctor who has a flesh bank, a room with walls of flesh that need to be fed. "Rotting Demons" is another. It's about a couple of modern day treasure hunters who find themselves lost in a swamp where they encounter a band of rotting pirates from yesteryear.Read more ›
Bob Powell was a top artist and pro working in many artistic fields. His comic book work was always outstanding. This is a 141 page tribute to the man and his horror work , it's mainly harvey stuff reprinted here though. Strangely we have some original art in this volume too; instead of a scan of the original comic. I am not a big fan of scanning old comics, but in this case the art looks clean at least. The colors are faded though as you would expect. I would rather see this stuff remastered , but at least you get to read it here. And you get a good autobiography of the man and his work. He also survived a tour of duty in a b-24 during the war , which is a good thing considering the death rate for bomber crews was very high. this is a fast read and if you like great art and cleasic horror tales then this is worth reading. Someday maybe this stuff will get remastered but until then you at least can read pretty clean copies of Powells horror comic work. A few of these stories appear in 'four color fear" and they look better in that volume. But considering the rarity of this sutff , and the fact that this stuff is in a hard back book; this is a good one to own or read.
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Powell was one of Will Eisner's assistants before being lured away by Quality comics, who wanted to cut out the middleman. While his work at Quality covered all comic book genres, this volume concentrates on his Horror work in comics such as FATE: the Man in Black and Black Cat (post superheroine) comics. One story is replicated from originals, but the quality is quite good on the old four color scans as well. Superb design and binding makes this a keeps.
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