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The Silver Age of Comic Book Art Hardcover – October, 2003

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"Schumer constructed the book to look like the world's biggest, most lavish comic book of all...the results are revelatory." -- The New York Times, December 14, 2003

"This is the perfect gift for the older superhero lover in the family." -- The Washington Times, December 20, 2003

(Arlen Schumer is) "one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America." -- Comic Book Artist Magazine, 1998

About the Author

Arlen Schumer is one of the foremost historians of comic book art. His articles have appeared in Print Magazine, Comic Book Marketplace, and Comic Book Artist. He has given multimedia presentations for the New York Art Directors Club and designed exhibits for the Words and Pictures Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. As a co-founder and partner of The Dynamic Duo studio, Schumer is one of comic book art's most idiosyncratic practitioners. He lives in Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press; First Edition edition (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054866
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ferdinando Fontana on December 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is much more than a coffee-table book. What we have here is a pretty darn definitive visual-verbal account of a historically significant period in 20th century American art that cries out for rediscovery and re-evaluation.

Unlike rigor-mortis-inducing tomes currently saturating the market with tedious "scholarly" verbosity, The Silver Age Of Comic Book Art achieves the rare feat of being a serious, sensitively conducted examination of masters of the medium within a social and historical context that effectively educates, entertains and inspires in equal measure. In many ways it is the equivalent of inviting long lost friends to a party and introducing them to a modern wider audience whilst your heart is swelling with pride. Arlen Schumer's authority of the subject and love for the medium are palpable throughout and the facts are presented with visual panache and unassailable conviction.

Your coffee-table will be infinitely enhanced by the inclusion of such a handsomely designed book. But it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that a copy of The Silver Age of Comic Book Art more than merits conspicuous pride of place in every educational establishment for the enrichment and artistic enlightenment of young and old for generations to come.

A towering achievement.
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Format: Hardcover
I recently acquired the excellent book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art by Arlen Schumer, and have been joyfully looking it over ever since.
The timing is interesting, since I just finished incorporating several thousand newer comics into my main comics collection, something that gave me the opportunity to revisit comics from the 1930s to the present time, with a lot of the material being from that same 1950s/1960s era that is covered so well in Arlen Schumer's book.
I've tried to stay away from the type of thinking that elevates the things of the past and denigrates current works, and I do realize that great things exist in all time periods. Still, I've found that the comic books of that time period (and especially the examples that are covered in Schumer's book) have an honesty and a lack of pretension about them that exemplify true artistry and offer a timeless quality, while contemporary examples of the same type of stuff seem cold and calculated and so blatant in their attempts to be "on the cutting edge" that they are often hopelessly dated by the time they see print. A lot of current comics material seems to be a more cut-throat version of the lesser works of the latter 1960s wherein misguided and inept ... but straightforwardly innocent ... attempts were made by forty-year old comics creators to speak to their assumed young readership in what they mistakenly took to be those readers' own "fab" and "groovy" language.
It's wonderful to contrast that artificiality with the examples that Schumer offers in The Silver Age of Comic Book Art. He introduces the uninitiated to ... and not-too-subtly reminds the long-time devotees of ...
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I got my copy yesterday and finished it about 15 minutes ago. So now comes the review. First of all, this is a tremendously attractive book. Sublime artwork comes at you on every page. Even the under cover is a work of art. I had bought the softcover back when it came out but ended up having to include it in a trade. So it has been several years since I had first read it so it was almost like reading it again for the first time. Along with the artists chosen to be spotlighted, one of my favorite things is the size of the artwork it brings out details you can't see in the comics. Stunning. The comments made by the artists and the writing of Arlen do not distract one in the least. Using speech balloons and caption boxes for comments was a genius idea. With the writing, Arlen shows his love of the medium and the artists shown. This is a book I most certainly revisit several times to come...Maybe even tomorrow! All in All it's the great book I remember, plus some extra material.if you ar a fan of the silver age or any of the artists, you owe it to yourselves to get this book. You'll certainly be glad you did.
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The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (revised 2014 edition) has arrived and the book itself is an artistic achievement. I already had the softcover edition but have wanted the hardcover, with the bonus inserts adding sections on additional artists, for quite awhile. Lo and behold,a revised edition was announced earlier this year and it is now in my hands. Arlen has already been generous in sharing spreads from the book on FB groups, but having an oversized print copy is a wonder to wander through. The layout utilizes the text and the illustrations in a marriage that demonstrates the dynamics of the art being talked about, while using the words of the artist being spotlighted. It's as if they were giving you a multimedia tour personally. My favorite could very well be the acrobatics of Daredevil by Gene Colan, but it seems each time I look at a new spread, those pages become my favorite. Among the stellar artists in the book: Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, and Joe Kubert. The bonus insert includes artists like Wally Wood and Nick Cardy. All the artists deserve a mention here, but I'll let you have the joy of discovering who they are when you page through the book yourself. With all the colorful action jumping out of the book, there's one page that touched me most with its more subdued presentation. It rang true in my heart when I originally bought the softcover and still does in this edition. It is the page Mr. Schumer closes the book with: A personal note on how comics can impact a child's life. The comments include the points of classic values as classic heroes lived them... and how we can embrace them. Thanks Arlen, innocence may become shadowed, but it doesn't have to be lost.
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