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One of comics’ most acclaimed writers, Dennis O’Neil worked briefly in journalism, then moved to New York and began working in comics. O’Neil brought social consciousness to the medium with the groundbreaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. His work on Batman—as writer and editor—returned that character to its dark, gothic roots. He lives in New York City. Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner Award and Harvey Award-winning Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. He writes about comic books and popular culture for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Virginia Mecklenburg is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a writer and lecturer who specializes in American art of the twentieth century. Her books include Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury, and Edward Hopper: The Watercolors. Mecklenburg received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she taught art history at the University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700767
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.9 x 12.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 15, 2011
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Star Wars: Comics is an art book that collects the original art that have appeared in the comics since 1977.

It's a large hardcover book with 180 pages. Each piece of art is on a page by itself. The artworks are beautiful, big and satisfying to look at. There are pencil works, inked illustration, and full coloured paintings.

Lots of great artists are included, like Dave Dorman (who drew this book's cover), Al Williamson, Howard Chaykin, Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.

The selections includes the cover art for the first Star Wars issue that was published by Marvel in 1977, including its special edition. The variety is quite huge, including webcomics pages as well. Besides the pages and covers, there are also new work created just for this book by artists such as Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Jim Steranko and more.

Reproduction is clear and sharp. Many of the pages and covers are drawn on the Dark Horse comic art boards, complete with bleeding lines, sometimes with blue pencils still visible. Some of the complicated scenes are drawn in higher than usual amount of detail, collected in the book to be admired. I think comic artists can be inspired by the high standard of work. There are a few average pieces, but don't really bring down the quality of the book much.

The book ends with an interview from 1976, with George Lucas, comic book artist Howard Chaykin and Marvel comic book editor Roy Thomas. The Star Wars film was still in production at the time. The interview discusses how they are going to approach creating the comic. They even talk about whether the comic characters should have likeness to the film actors.

Easily recommended to Star Wars fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

Thanks in no small part to the comic book medium, fans of the Star Wars films have had the happy opportunity to further explore the many worlds of the Star Wars galaxy for as long as the movies have enchanted audiences over the past three decades. In fact, it was in comic book form that the mythic adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends first expanded beyond the threatrical screen (In Marvel Comics' Star Wars #7, to be exact; starring Han Solo and Chewbacca in a story called "New Planets, New Perils!" writen by Roy Thomas, and drawn by Howard Chaykin and Frank Springer, published in 1978, for you Star Wars trivia fans!) Star Wars in comic book form has come a long way since Mr. Lucas' first dazzled and delighted moviegoers in the summer of 1997. "Star Wars Art: Comics" offers the reader an introduction to the vast contribution talented artists have created as they envisioned the "galaxy far, far away" of filmmaker George Lucas.

This artbook reproduces a wide canvass of great comic art from such gifted creators as the above mentioned Howard Chaykin (who pencilled the first 6 Star Wars comics which adapted "A New Hope" before it was given that subtitle), Tom Palmer, Ron Frenz, Paul Gulacy, P. Craig Russell, Dave Dorman, Ken Kelly, Hugh Fleming, and other artists of stellar creative caliber. For this reviewer and comic fan, special mention must be given to the late great Al Williamson, who drew some of the greatest Star Wars illustrations for comics, beginning with his classic contribution to Marvel Comics' adaptation of "The Empire Strikes Back" movie (Issues #39-44), along with writer Archie Goodwin, and inker Carlos Garzon.
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As a longtime fan of both the Star Wars films and the Star Wars comic books, I can honestly say that Star Wars Art: Comics is the book I've been waiting and hoping for (even if I didn't know so until I held it in my hands)--a lavishly designed and beautifully printed collection of the "best of the best" artwork from Marvel, Dark Horse, and Tokyopop comics (including a generous sampling of breathtaking pages by the late, great Al Williamson). The variety within the book was unexpected, with each film in the saga being represented, as well as Expanded Universe tales and the Clone Wars webcomics. And if that weren't enough, Star Wars Art: Comics is peppered throughout with what are apparently all-new works by several well-regarded comics artists. Admittedly, a few of these new commissions are hit-or-miss, but the book's well worth its price of admission for the mind-blowing contributions of JH Williams III, Sam Kieth, Paul Pope (apparently riffing on French adventure comics), Frank Quitely, and Amanda Conner (whose stand-out piece is formally inventive and surprisingly moving). The overall sequencing of the book seems to be loosely rooted in a sort-of "wordless" retelling of the Star Wars saga in chronological order--starting with A New Hope and moving through the Prequel Trilogy and beyond--which is a really nice, subtle touch that helps, say, an Al Williamson original page to be paired on a spread with a new, full-color work by Jeff Smith without it seeming odd or random--this quasi-narrative conceit makes for some really pleasing, nostalgic surprises and juxtapositions.Read more ›
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