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Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Book Artists

Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Book Artists

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Paperback: 224 pages
9" x 12" color

The first comprehensive overview of the art and artists of the Silver Age of comics is here! The book, Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Book Artists, takes an inside look at the artists who created the modern comic book. Based on dozens of interviews, this book carefully chronicles the development of the art of comic book storytelling beginning with its roots in comic strips and with the first generation of comic book artists in the Golden Age. Silver Age uses hundreds of pieces of original artwork to illustrate its lengthy text. Silver Agedemonstrates, through the generous use of rarely seen original artwork, how the art of the comics developed through the end of the 1960s.

Silver Age covers just about every artist working during the era, including Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Gene Colan, John Romita, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Curt Swan, Ramona Fradon, Marie Severin, John Severin, Wally Wood, Al Williamson, Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, Bruno Premiani, Russ Manning, Russ Heath, and Neal Adams, to name but a few. Silver Age also details the birth of the graphic novel, at the end of the Silver Age, with the release of Gil Kane's His Name is Savage, using Kane's original layout drawings to detail his working methods.

Booklist says Silver Age author Daniel Herman's "knowledgeable text provides perceptive insights into the artists' work. Herman sets the stage with chapters on early newspaper strips and comic books, then focuses on the second generation of comic book creators who worked during what fans call the "Silver Age"...Herman covers western and war comics, the acclaimed EC line, and the superhero revival of the 1960s...pays tribute to the best-known artists, such as Jack Kirby and Gil Kane; praises the less-renowned, equally deserving likes of Alex Toth and Dan Barry; and nods appreciatively to a host of talented journeymen. While vividly presented artwork will draw casual comics readers, hardcore buffs will prize Herman's authoritative commentary."
 - Gordon Flagg, © 2005 American Library Association
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