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Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm (Modern Masters SC) Paperback – December 4, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 3 of 29 in the Modern Masters Series

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Bruce Timm may not have achieved Jack Kirby's stature (see The Jack Kirby Collector, v.4, reviewed below), but he may be better known by today's comics fans, for he produced and designed the popular animated TV show Batman Adventures, which many consider the most successful filming of the Caped Crusader. Though he has since produced shows featuring Superman and the Justice League, he intermittently returns to comic books with an expressively simple, distinctively cartoony style that recaptures the fun of superheroes before they acquired their current veneer of relative sophistication. In this book-length interview, Timm discusses his background and influences (foremost among them Kirby) and tells what it's like to toil in TV animation. Despite his success, he comes across as affable and enthusiastic--qualities evident in his work on screen and page. The volume is amply decked out with character designs, comics pages, storyboards, and other illustrations, notably including a galley of pin-ups of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and other costumed adventuresses that show off Timm's skill with (PG-rated) feminine pulchritude. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Masters SC (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893905306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893905306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a fan of Bruce Timm's work since I first watched Batman the Animated series in the early 90s. This book is more of a biography than anything else, for it's content it's definitely an excellent read if you want to hear Bruce's story of how he broke into the animation business coming from his self-taught background to how be became the biggest name in the industry. For somebody who loves that sort of stuff, this is definitely worth it but it won't be anything you probably haven't already heard from commentary or a bonus feature interview on any Bruce Timm DVD.

I rated this book 3 stars because all in all, it was ok and worth the price. It does have a nice range of illustrations from stuff Bruce did back in the day all the way up to some of his professional work. Sadly though the illustrated content is rather sparse and 90% of all the illustrations are in black and white (this is a shame because Bruce is the master of marker/ink/paint color work).

Summary:

GET THIS BOOK IF: You're a fan of Bruce Timm and would like to read about Bruce's journey of being a complete nobody to becoming the guy who brought us one of the most amazing American Cartoon television series ever made and you'll be content with a few small (mostly B&W) drawings with a couple of older color Bruce Timm drawings you've seen online before passing as a lackluster "gallery" towards the back.

DON'T GET THIS BOOK IF: You're not that interested in lots of back story, text, and only a few smaples of artwork. If you're looking for a comprehensive art book, with color illustrations, conceptual sketches, etc this is not for you.
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Bruce Timm is the Master! This graphic book proves it, 128 pages of goodness! For almost three decades, hes been doing it and doing it well. As an avid fan of his work, I grew up with his TV shows, comic books, his art style is so unique, he blend it with so many, that it's his own now. His women are so exquisite, that it comes out of the page and hit you right in the gut! as well as everything else in his storytelling. Art lovers, don't hesitate to grab this masterpiece. Highest possible recommendation... Cheers!
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This book covers the career of Bruce Timm, the man responsible for the Batman animated series. It is very interesting to see how his career developed from wannabe comic book artist to animation director. It was interesting to see how the world of TV animation works. It's quite different from the world of film animation. Of course the volume is filled with the artwork of Bruce Timm, which is done in a very retro-cool style that is reminiscent of the cartoons of the 50's and 60's. One nice surprise is that there is even a section of color artwork.

The reason that I rated this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the quality of the book isn't very good. It feels much more like a magazine than a book. When I first picked it up, I was afraid that it would fall apart in my hands. Just be aware that it's a bit more fragile than the average paperback. Other than that it's a great read with lots of great artwork. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in retro-style cartooning, animation, or the Batman animated series. You won't be disappointed.
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I was very glad to recieve this book. As a fan of Timm's artwork more than the comics themselves, i was very interrested in his history in the industry and his journey from Filmation to the Batman series'. It is a good read with lots of images and characters, storyboard images and a selection of full colour pages of his art work....although i must admit i would ofloved some more...but thats just me. Its a great book in the series of Modern Masters of a really cool stylistic artist.
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This is book is really an extensive interview with Bruce Timm covering the various projects he has work on (particular the animated series, batman, Justice league etc).
The format is similar to "Draw" magazine with the text interspersed with b/w artwork. There are only eight colour plates but numerous b/w images. This is an essential book for any Timm fan but it is not a coffee table book of his art.
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Bruce's work is masterful in it's simplicity and emotion, a second coming of Jack Kirby. Although many argue, myself included, that "the King" can never be equalled. Mr Timm has come close. There are a few artists, comic books may it be, that can show emotions for their characters without going overboard. I can only wish that the book could have provided a more elegant way of presenting that talent.
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Great book! I grew up on Bruce's work from the 90's with Batman: The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, and Justice League. It's wonderful to have somewhat of a tell all guide to the background of his style and his featured illustrations!
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I have always been a fan of Bruce Timm so this book seemed like a no brainer. This book covers his life up to the end of the Justice League cartoon (and has a few of his early JLU designs). It is an interesting book when he is talking about his early years in animation and his comic work, but anyone who has watched the special features on his DVDs already knows most of the story.

However, like a comic itself the story is only half the battle. This book is filled with tons of Bruce Timm art and if you like his style this is a real treat. There are pictures of monsters, marvel characters, DC characters and of course lots of sexy women. The end of the book has a color art gallery, which looks great.

If you want to learn more about Bruce Timm's life and style you should pick up this book.
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