Heroes Of The Comics: Portraits Of The Pioneering Legends Of Comic Books

Heroes Of The Comics Portraits Of The Pioneering Legends Of Comic Books Featuring over full color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books including publishers editors and artists from the industry s birth in the s through the brilliant artists

  • Title: Heroes Of The Comics: Portraits Of The Pioneering Legends Of Comic Books
  • Author: Drew Friedman Robert Crumb
  • ISBN: 9781606997314
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Featuring over 80 full color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right Featuring subjects popular and obscure, meFeaturing over 80 full color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African American artists Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman , including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines More names you might recognize Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem it s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing call America s greatest living portrait artist

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    1. Drew Friedman Robert Crumb

      Although in recent years Friedman has mostly worked doing caricature illustrations for mainstream publications, he first attracted public attention in the 1980s producing morbid alternative comics stories, sometimes working solo but often with his brother Josh Alan Friedman writing the scripts These stories portrayed celebrities and character actors of yesteryear in seedy, absurd, tragi comic situations One memorable story followed Bud Abbott and Lou Costello wandering the urban jungle at night, encountering whores, junkies and other lowlifes Friedman created strips featuring actor wrestler Tor Johnson in his iconic hulking moron persona from Ed Wood, Jr films The brothers also wrote stories about talk show host Joe Franklin, including one strip, written by Drew, for Heavy Metal magazine, The Incredible Shrinking Joe Franklin, that prompted Franklin to sue for 40 million The suit was later dismissed These stories were generally meant to be amusing, although they were extremely dark and a few were tragic Drew Friedman s work won high praise from such notable figures as Kurt Vonnegut, who compared him to Goya, and R Crumb, who wrote, I wish I had this guy s talent.The Friedman brothers were first published in RAW Magazine Working with and without his brother, Drew s comics were published in Heavy Metal, Weirdo, High Times, National Lampoon, and other comics anthologies from the 80s into the early 90s The brothers published two collections, Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental and Warts and All In a Comics Journal interview, Drew Friedman lamented that he and his brother had failed to earn a living creating work that was time and labor intensive yet earned little Josh no longer works in comics, but continues to write, and he performs music as Josh Alan.Beginning in 1986, Drew illustrated a monthly feature, Private Lives of Public Figures, for the now defunct SPY magazine these illustrations were compiled in a book published by St Martin s Press in 1992 He also provided illustrations for Howard Stern s two best selling books, Private Parts and Miss America Friedman served as comics editor for the National Lampoon in 1991, citation needed introducing the works of among others Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware to a wider audience Since 1994 he has provided regular front page illustrations for the New York Observer.In 2006, Friedman published Old Jewish Comedians Fantagraphics Books , a collection of portraits of famous and forgotten Jewish comics of film and TV in their old age, about which Steven Heller, in the New York Times Book Review, wrote A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces, Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt 2 A sequel, More Old Jewish Comedians Fantagraphics Books , was published in 2008 A collection of newer work, The Fun Never Stops was published by Fantagraphics in 2007, containing many comics co written by his frequent collaborator and wife, K Bidus Booklist listed it as One of the Ten Best Comics Collections of 2007 citation needed He is the son of author satirist Bruce Jay Friedman.

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    1. Superheroes walked among us. Most of them are gone now, though a handful remain, and all are honored by Drew Friedman in his spectacular book HEROES OF THE COMICS. Over eighty beautifully painted portraits, with brief but detailed biographies, chronicle the leaders of craft who elevated “funny books” into a new art form and fantastically successful commercial product. The mills that churned out content for the Golden Age of comic books is stiflingly documented through the mini-bios of these [...]


    2. Award-winning caricaturist Drew Freidman presents 83 portraits of the artists, writers, editors and publishers behind the greatest comic books of the golden and silver ages. That's already pretty cool, but the size of the book and full-page portraiture rendered here lets everyday shlubs like Bill Gaines leap off the page. With biographical information accompanying each portrait, you get a quick, enlightening education on the history of comics and the men and women who made them.


    3. This is a loving tribute to many of the known, and unknown, 20th century American comic book artists, writers, and entrepreneurs. Drew Friedman, a renowned artist, satirist, and social critic, manages to impart an individualized portrayal of each of the eighty figures in the book. True to his "warts and all" style, Friedman lets us know both the good and bad about each of his subjects.


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