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The Art of S. Clay Wilson Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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From the Publisher
* The definitive collection of the art of legendary Zap comic artist S. Clay Wilson. * Features 200 full-color images, including new work and previously unpublished prints commissioned for private collections. * Introduction by R. Crumb touts Wilsons role as one of the originators of underground comix. "Wilson was the strongest, most original artist of my generation that I had yet met. . . . There was something very familiar about the drawings, yet something entirely new, never before seen! It looked like folk art, like old-time tattoos, like some high school hotrodders notebook drawings. They were rough, crazy, coarse, deeply American."
from R. Crumbs introduction
About the Author
S. CLAY WILSON’s personal epiphany occurred in the heartland over a half century ago when he discovered E.C. Comics. He has been drawing ever since. After years of needless college education in art department dogma, some military service, travel hither and yon, and years of shows and comics, he believes that if you’re not good enough to be a cartoonist, maybe you can be an artist. He lives and draws in San Francisco.
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Top customer reviews
The book is large format, well bound and well printed. It has a real folded and sewn binding, nut just glued in pages in a hard cover. The paper is very white and the ink is very black. The majority of the pages are in color and the color is bright and consistent. I often found myself using a magnifying glass, and I am short sighted. The pages are full of art. It is long for a book of less than 200 pages.
The content is unrestrained fantasy of violence, ugliness, lust sadism and death. Monsters from the Freudian id, as they said in the movie Forbidden Planet. The art work is not so much moderated by childishness as the comix, but it is still so unreal that we are reminded that this is pure fantasy, not to be compared to real life. I get no sense that there is anything evil about the artist. That is just the subject.
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