ART BOOK REVIEW: Mark Schultz’s CARBON

REVIEW SUMMARY: Carbon is the first in a new series of books gathering together the very best graphic work of artist Mark Schultz.

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MY REVIEW:
PROS: Carbon boasts high production values; many full-pages illustrations; four large gatefold pieces; book features examples of the artist’s experimentation with watercolors; the majority of illustrations are in print for the first time; preliminary studies next to completed works demonstrates the creative process.
CONS: The beautiful hard cover editions are sold out (only available in paperback); buyers wishing for quantity over quality may find the size of the book disappointing.
BOTTOM LINE: I have been collecting the Flesk Publications editions of Mark Schultz’s Various Drawings books for several years and was excited to see this new project come to fruition. Mark Schultz is a contemporary illustrator who channels the spirits of past pulp masters like no one else. Each work exudes a sense of adventure, a sense of story, and this gorgeous volume of recently completed art is a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with his work and a must-have collectible for anyone who considers themselves a fan.

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REVIEW: Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A mainlined dose of beautifully rendered classic SF.

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS: An omnibus of Al Williamson’s spectacular work on Flash Gordon strips and comics.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Great reproductions, nice format, and a nice surprise.

CONS: None worth complaining about.

BOTTOM LINE: Over 200 pages of retro-sexy fanboy bliss.

The subtitle of this volume is “A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic,” and this book delivers on every page. After an introduction by Groo and MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragones, Mark Schultz gives us the story of how Al Williamson came to be the Flash Gordon illustrator-of-choice in the wake of Alex Raymond. What follows is a breathtaking collection of Williamson’s work from the 50s all the way to 2001.

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