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Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – July 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1613771959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry Pearl on July 19, 2012
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The Big John Buscema Book
From the Casal Solleric De Mallorca Gallery

If you are a John Buscema enthusiast, and I am, this looks like an almost irresistible book to buy. The wonderful images of covers, printed pages and the vast amount of original art reproductions make this book impressive. Sadly, there is a lot less here than meets the eye.

I mentioned the artwork, and will get back to that in a bit. But let me bring up three other important points.

The typeset in the book is incredibly small, I would say no bigger than 8 point type, when most books are published in 10 or 12 pt. If you are over 40 or need reading glasses, OR if you are over 50 and use reading glasses, this text may be hard to see. The typesetting is even changed starting on page 185, another distraction. In fact, this is an easy to read book if it wasn't so hard to read.

And exactly half the text is in another language, Spanish. That's right, next to every column in English, is another column in Spanish, with (I presume) translated text. For the cover price of $60, (Amazon $32) they should have printed two separate editions, WITH BIGGER TYPE, one in English and one is Spanish. Our Spanish reading amigos will also have trouble with the all English footnotes.

So, with so many of the 300 pages filled with pictures, there are, perhaps, 100 pages of text. But we must divide that by 2, one for each language, so there are about 50 pages of text to tell the story of John Buscema. This not a biography but an overview of his work, not his private life. While I did not feel the author was rushed, he was brief. There is no "official writer" credited with authoring this book but Florentino Florez is credited with writing the preface.
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I pre-ordered the hardcover Big John Buscema: Comics and Drawings, and am I glad I did. This is a great-looking book, with hundreds of samples of Buscema's art ranging from color covers and interior pages to original B&W pages to sketches. Many of the samples were on display at a show honoring Buscema's work, which took place in Gijon, Spain (on the northern coast of the Iberian nation) in 2009. This book is a catalog to accompany the exhibition. It should be considered as such.

As some have mentioned, the type is incredibly small and that is what keeps this book from getting a 5-star rating from me. As to the Spanish text laid side-by-side with the English, this was not a distraction and indeed I found it interesting. Knowing fully up front that this was a catalog, I was not offended by this "feature". I suppose I got what I expected, and it in no way detracts from the pleasure of the book. If I have one other nitpick, it is that author Casal Solleric wrote the entire text in the present-tense. That was immeasurably more distracting than the Spanish accompaniment.

Laid next to the other Buscema books (Spurlock's, Quartuccio's, Peck's, and Soltero's), I consider this volume the "best yet". While it is not without fault, it is thus far the most detailed account of Buscema's career, with art to support the various life events and commentaries provided by Solleric. This was obviously a labor of love, and we are the beneficiaries.
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This is simply a must for fans of John Buscema.A fantastic selection of his work. What a great trip down memory lane. IDW continues to impress with it's quality products. Just keep your fingers cross that Amazon doesn't damage your copy!
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Nice heavy coffee table book, this book shows respect for the artist. Many have complained of the tiny text-I have to wear readers either way so that doesn't bother me. I do wish however that the whole page was full of english text, rather than split in 2 to show the spanish. Seems crazy. As far as the art goes, you will get just what you are looking for. Finished art, colored art, pencil sketches, cover drafts, original inked covers, page after page of comics just showing his inked pencil drawings. Lots and lots of great looking art. He was the Master......this book is worth its weight in gold if your a Buscema fan or simply a fan of good comic art.
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The text in this book is so small you may need a magnifying glass to read it (partly because it is printed in both English and Spanish) but the content is sincere, respectful and informed-- if a little too opinionated in spots. The main problem is that the writer is not a native English speaker (he's Spanish, I presume) and the grammar and vocabulary exhibit the clumsiness you get from a foreigner trying to write in an unfamiar language. He should have used an editor to make things read a little more smoothly. But as for the ideas, it is the best information I have read on the man. The book stems from an exhibit on Buscema's work held in Spain. Lots of nice reproductions. Not quite enough un-inked pencil work for a volume this size, but how many raw, spontaneous Buscema drawings are there out there?
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I'm really just weighing in here to boost this books' rating -- as an art book, a book you pore over to see an artist's work, this is about as nice as it gets. It's up there with just about any comicbook art book I've ever seen and probably a bit better... Image Comics' Art of Brian Bolland, Tim Sale: Black & White, Apes & Babes: The Art of Frank Cho, whatever.

The text is small and difficult to read, true -- but in this case, it really is all about the art, and the art is absolutely amazing with the work being printed as crisply and cleanly as possible.

I can't recommend this enough, especially for aspiring artists. This is the Buscema art book to get.
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