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The Art of Vampirella: The Warren Years HC Hardcover – February 11, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160690390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606903902
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not just her leg, either; that's just a place to point to.
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It's a hefty size and weight, the pages are thick and the images look great.
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Of the above, I have many favorites, topped by the great Frank Frazetta.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Shea on February 7, 2014
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Fans of Vampirella magazine should enjoy this book a lot. It contains coverage of the original 112 issue run of Vampirella magazine (around 100 covers in total when deducting reprint and montage covers). It also includes coverage of the first Vampirella annual, a Pantha special issue and a few specialties as well, such as the originally intended cover for issue 31 which was replaced by a Frank Frazetta painting. Oddly enough the book covers the back cover for issue 37, but not the Ken Kelly back cover used for issue 40 (the only omission from the book that I'm aware of).

Each issue of the magazine featuring an original cover features two pages of coverage, one showing the original cover painting and another showing how it appeared on the magazine itself. Author David Roach (who was one of the authors of the Warren companion) also provides some basic background information on the cover and the issue itself. The depth of such information varies from issue to issue. Some issues feature only a sentence or two while others feature several paragraphs discussing details about not only the issue's contents as well. Roach provides a lot of interesting information including background information about the original sources of the covers and even information about the models who posed for the paintings. Roach also provides a roughly 10-page introduction which includes some rarely seen European art from Seleciones Illustrada artists like Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, Ramon Torrents and others.

The biggest reason one would want to buy this book is the artwork, so how is it? The artwork reproduction here is beautiful and being able to see these cover paintings in their original form enabled me to notice a lot of things I never did before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on April 13, 2014
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I really hate writing these lukewarm reviews for art books that I so want to like, but it amazes me both that production standards are so poor today and that reviewers will rave about the "reproductions" in an art book when in fact it is the art/illustration that is great while the reproductions themselves are quite poor. I truly love the art in this book. It's a collection of fantastic cover illustrations for Warren's Vampirella magazine; Enric Torres-Prat was one of its lead cover artists and this is probably the closest we will ever get to a book of his work. Ironically, David Roach, in his introduction to the book, writes (probably without seeing any proofs), "Jim Warren rightly prided himself on the high production values of his magazines, but as good as his original plates were, they cannot quite match the sharpness and accuracy of modern digital images. Consequently, much of the artwork in this book has never looked so good before."

Uh.............yeah, right. Are you kidding me!?!? Maybe the digital scans looked great on their light-emitting computer monitors, but once they went to four color process, from transparent to reflective, from RGB to CMYK, most of the plates went dark, dark, DARK. Some of the plates are so muddy you can see just by looking at them. But don't take my word for it. Compare the cover of Vampi 73, to the plate on page 159. Vampi's left leg, from the knee across, is totally blacked out. On the actual cover you can clearly see her calf and boot, with Bob Larkin's signature under the ankle. Go ahead, find the signature in this books' reproduction. It's not just her leg, either; that's just a place to point to. Due to the printing process, the entire painting is WAY too dark, with lots of other detail lost, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Arndt on February 26, 2014
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This is a really, really nice book. The artwork is topnotch and I like having the cover appear both with the magazine logos and cover copy as well as on its own without copy. Some of them even include early pencil sketches of the cover. Someone's already mentioned the one cover missed (the back cover on #40) and it would have been nice to include the Neal Adams' tracing of #31's cover that appeared as a promo in #30 but, all in all, this is a great book. I hope Dark Horse will do something similar for the covers of Creepy & Eerie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo VINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
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The works herein are not the complete art of the stories of Vampirella but it IS a comprehensive display of the great illustrators of the era of the publisher Jim Warren.

If you have never read the adventures of Vampirella, that is not a major problem, the stories are not exactly on par with George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoevsky, or Margaret Mitchell. That being said, however, if you have never seen or collected the art of Vampirella, you have missed a pop culture icon of the works of a number of great illustrators in this book.

In a few cases, one person drew the composition and figures and another painted it, which is not unusual in the illustration field. That reality has seldom anything to do with lack of skill on the part of either, it is more a mater of schedules and deadlines. Except for one case: Some of the work signed by Pepe Gonzalez, according to the book (page 5), were only draw by him, but were actually painted by Enriche, because Gonzalez, though experienced at watercolor and colored pencil, had neither professional experience, nor skill at oil painting, and Warren's requirements were that the poster he wanted Gonzalez to create, had to be done in oil paint.

There is no table of contents, or list of artists, so I had to go page by page to put together a comprehensive list of artists for those interested in purchasing the book and those artists they might encounter who are herein engaged in the imagery and they include:

Frank Frazetta, Aslan, Bill Hughes, Vaugn Bode/Larry Tod, Ken Kelly, Boris Vallajo, SanJulian, Enrich, Pepe Gonzalez/Kim McQuaite, Luis Domiguez, Joseph Marti Ripoll, Lluos Ribas, Bob Larken, Martin Hoffman, Albert Pujolar.
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