- Copertina flessibile: 200 pagine
- Editore: Collectors Pr (aprile 2004)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1888054859
- ISBN-13: 978-1888054859
- Peso di spedizione: 962 g
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The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – apr 2004
Book by Schumer Arlen
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In 1967 the Silver Age of Comics reached a powerful critical mass in my life. At twelve years old I was able to earn enough at odd jobs to purchase my fill of the captivating titles that were being produced by some of the greatest creators in the history of the medium. On Tuesday and Thursday the local news distributor dropped shipments of magazines to Adams Drug store. While waiting for the indifferent clerks to stock the racks with new magazines, I would eagerly pace the aisles, eyeing the comics held captive in their wire bound bundles.
Once the books were on the shelves I could barely wait to purchase my haul. With heart pounding I would quickly scan each page of each book, devouring the art and color but barely reading the story. On my second pass I would read the stories more carefully noting the creators and checking the details of the art. On my third reading I would include every house ad, marketing announcement (Direct Currents/Bullpen Bulletins) text page and letter. The process was thrilling.
The Silver Age of Comic Book Art elicited the same response in me. On my initial reading I could barely restrain myself long enough to take in one spectacular double page spread before I had to seize the next. It wasn’t until my third reading that I could settle into a groove and take the time to appreciate every tidbit of text and every nuance of the graphic design.
The book is a tours de force. The layout and typography are at once compelling and invisible. Compelling in that the images are a rollercoaster ride of power packed story telling that hit you in the chest with visceral impact. Invisible in that the presentation of the material never intrudes on the material itself.
The selection of material is exquisite. Each chapter is carefully, even lovingly, folded into the story to build a picture of the Silver Age that is so true to the tenor of the times that repeatedly, if only for a few seconds at a time, I was there again. The intellectual command of the nature of the impact of that material is extraordinary. The treatment of each of the creators, the giants of the Silver Age or any age of comics’ history, is respectful, even gentle, giving each creator their due without making undue judgement concerning the legacy of that creator.
By late 1972 the books had changed, the industry had changed and sadly so had my reactions to it. There were highlights yet to come (Red Nails by Barry Windsor-Smith and Chandler by Jim Steranko are notable) but the medium was never quite the same. As the introduction to the book closes and the author draws the curtain on the Silver Age, I felt that same delicious sadness. It is apparent to me that this work was a labor of love. We are all the lucky beneficiaries of Arlen Schumer’s efforts.
Randy S Silvia Graphic Artist and Photographer
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