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Gray Morrow Visionary Hardcover – August 22, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Studios Group (August 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889317128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889317120
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,449,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Wheatley is an award winning creator of radical comic books. Preferring the title, "Graphic Novelist," he is respected internationally as an artist, writer, editor, publisher and inventor.

Noted for comics with heart and integrity, he holds the Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy and Eisner awards and his projects have been nominated for the Harvey award, and the Ignatz award. His work has been repeatedly included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art and has appeared in private gallery shows as well as the Library of Congress where several of his originals are in the LoC permanent collection.

His comic book creations include Mars, Breathtaker, Black Hood, Prince Nightmare, Hammer of the Gods, Blood of the Innocent, Radical Dreamer, Frankenstein Mobster, Miles the Monster, The Mighty Motor-Sapiens, EZ Street, Lone Justice and Titanic Tales.

His interpretations of established characters such as Tarzan the Warrior, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Jonny Quest, Dr. Strange, The Flash, Argus and seminal pulp hero The Spider have brought them to life for a new generation of readers.

Not content to simply create the contents of comics, Mark has worked as an editor and art director for a number of publishers and is the inventor of color production technology for comics.

He established the highly respected Insight Studios in 1978 as a home base for a team of talented comic creators. Insight Studios is the subject of an "insightful" coffee table style art book; IS ART: the Art of Insight Studios.

In other fields he has written for TV, illustrated elaborate hardback novels, designed cutting-edge role-playing games and was an early innovator of the on-line daily comic strip form. Several of his projects have been optioned for motion pictures.

In 2006 Mark was a guest lecturer on Storytelling in the Arts at the Library of Congress. In 2007 through May 2008 some of Mark's art and script for the ground breaking Breathtaker graphic novel was on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Mark lectured at the NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM in May of 2008. A show featuring the Breathtaker originals will be touring a good number of museums including: Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, September 2009 through January 2010, Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia, February 20, 2010 through May 23, 2010, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, November 13, 2010 through February 13, 2011, Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts, September, 2011 through January, 2012.

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Format: Hardcover
I first saw Gray Morrow's art in Creepy magazine in '66. He was one of their top artists, along with Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, and Angelo Torres. Some of Morrow's drawings and paintings from that era are reprinted here as well as much other work I had not seen. He was a better (and more versatile) artist than I realized, since his paintings for Creepy were not quite as powerful as Frazetta's at the time, but his career evidently took many turns, and he did a wide variety of work for comic, movies and advertising, eventually developing a polished, assured flair for snazzy, hip, dynamic renditions of pulp themes: spies, detectives, spacemen, cowboys, glamor girls, horror, fantasy and adventure. Large, vibrant color reproductions, interesting biographical info on the man and his contemporaries in '60s New York, make this book desirable for nostalgic baby boomers as well as aspiring commercial artists who want to gaze at great technique. Wish it had more pages, but at least they only show the good stuff.
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