This two-volume boxed set collects the six woodcut novels, each composed of a single wordless image per page, that Ward created in the 1920s–30s, from the first, oddly apostrophied Gods’ Man to the triumphantly bleak, dissertation-worthy Depression tale Vertigo. In his entertaining and perceptive introduction, Spiegelman attests that Ward “is one of only a handful of artists anywhere who ever made a ‘graphic novel’ until the day before yesterday,” and it is indeed likely that acolytes of comics and visual narrative will be the most rewarded by this collection. Ward’s work is dense with the stark symbolism of an expressionist and predominantly concerned with the nature of art, on one hand, and the prevailing social and labor issues of the day, on the other; the miscues he makes in clapping these two hands together are often as revealing as his successes. Elegant, harsh, ambitious, flawed, and deeply fascinating—if not for the themes Ward explored, then certainly for the painstaking channels he carved into a new medium. --Ian Chipman
Art Spiegelman is a cartoonist who first came to attention in the early 1980s as editor of the magazine Raw. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust story Maus, Maus II, and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Lynd Ward's wood engravings are wonderful! Seeing the work grow and mature is a joy. In hind-sight, I think I would enjoy these titles as separate books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joanne P.
Great edition. Very carrefully made, good post notes, tremedous artist. Doesn't get 5 stars because it would be better if it was done in 3 volumes so you don't read from a book... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Luciano Sabbatini
These are very fascinating books. This is the kind of treasure that you don't find every day. For someone who enjoys woodcut prints or unique books, this is an excellent Christmas... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lisa Wolf
A hidden gem. Dynamic, dramatic and visually stunning wood cuts with a social message. We are using this as a text in our high school printing programmePublished 23 months ago by M. J. McAllister
This double set of graphic novels is gorgeous. As a teenager in the sixties he was one of my favorites. And he holds up. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by percy
Great collection, pages are thick enough so that you don't see overlapping of other page prints, the printing on the paper is detailed and exquisite. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Shado
These exquisite woodcuts are a marvel to behold. The stories they tell, deeply rooted in the experience of the Great Depression in the US, still serve as a cautionary tale in our... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Peter Kinoy