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Bob Powell's Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Volume 2 Hardcover – November 29, 2011
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Having said all that, this book (Powell's "Terror") might well be Yoe's best outing to date... nice book design work (matching the previous volume, Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (Library of Horror Comics Master)) and a very informative intro depicting Bob Powell's career... Powell died tragically early, and, since he really didn't work on what one would call a defining character, little of his work has remained in print. These characteristics are normally found in Yoe's books, but "Terror" also has a 3-page, self-typed synopsis of Powell's career, written by Powell himself!! A great find, indeed!!
Most of the artwork is what you'd expect...Read more ›
First and foremost there's a great introduction and history to Bob Powell's life and art. It's informative and well worth reading. There are samples in black and white that allow Powell's talent to really shine. In particular I'm thinking of a page from a story "Dig That Grave" that was shelved by Harvey when the Comics Code Authority destroyed the entire genre. There are also two complete stories in black and white that really stand out from all the others because they are printed directly from the original art. The rest of the tales are pale and somewhat flat, scanned from the original aged comic pages, yet with that said, there are some truly bizarre stories well worth reading. 'The Wall of Flesh" is one of the strangest. It's about a Mad Doctor who has a flesh bank, a room with walls of flesh that need to be fed. "Rotting Demons" is another. It's about a couple of modern day treasure hunters who find themselves lost in a swamp where they encounter a band of rotting pirates from yesteryear.Read more ›
Powell is such an excellent artist and is more than deserving of a high quality hardback collection of his work. YOE Books does the job nicely. These are terrific editions with heavy bonded paper and quality bindings.
But in his horror stories, Powell abandoned cowboy wholesomeness for monsters both gigantic and gooey, rotting faces, treacherous women, and a catalog of terrifying spookinesses—all of which are dutifully represented in this anthology.
As the stories here amply reveal, he was a master of pictorial storytelling. His breakdowns were deft and his panel compositions dramatic and varied. His style was realistic and subtly distinctive, particularly the way he rendered faces; once you’ve read three Powell stories, you will ever after be able to pick a Powell drawing out of any array of artists of his vintage. The color reproduction in this volume is especially noteworthy: not shiny and garish as is so often the case in ambitious reprint projects, the color here is true but subdued, reproducing exactly the hues of a vilntage comic book’s newsprint palette.
As usual with Yoe Book texts, Yoe’s introduction is a capable summary of Powell’s life and career, brief but thorough, and is plentifully accompanied by illustrative material. The most unusual aspect of the inaugural pages is the reproduction of a letter Powell typed to Jerry Bails, rehearsing his career; each page of the letter is faced by a page of pictures keyed precisely to names mentioned in the letter.
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Another beautifully designed Yoe volume showcasing an underrated artist of comics' "ghouldon" age! Seven more words, huh? How's three more?Published on June 7, 2013 by Allen Kracalik
My husband had one from years ago, but it was damaged in a flood. He was very happy to find this available at a great price.Published on April 15, 2013 by mcarney
i need to pour myself a drink and sit down with minimal lighting and read this cover to cover on a stormy night.Published on March 11, 2013 by velvet meadows
This book is great. It gives you a excellent history of Bob Powell's work. The artwork looks great. Large format. Very nice!Published on January 25, 2013 by mconner74
I really love the idea of scanning the original comic, printing it large scale and publishing it hardcover! The content is great and you get that old timey flavor of spook comics.Published on January 22, 2013 by David A. Hoehn