The Marvel Vault
A Visual History
Reacting to the appearance of Superman in Action Comics in 1938, Marvel introduced Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch in their new publication the following year, and have since entertained readers with the adventures of Spider-Man, Captain America and The Fantastic Four, among many other characters. This illustrated celebration charts the history and development of Marvel Comics and its characters up to the present day and contains hundreds of early sketches, artworks, covers, comic strip excerpts and pieces of memorabilia. Slightly off-mint.
The Cartoonist's Bible
An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist
Comic exaggeration and distortion are important tools in the cartoonist’s toolkit and this reference guide provides hundreds of examples and step-by-step sequences outlining how to achieve these and other key techniques. As well as how to draw with traditional media and digital tools, there is also advice on generating ideas and selling your work.
The Beano Poster Collection
8 Varnished and Ready-to-Frame Art Prints
The eight ready-to-frame posters in this collection feature Dennis the Menace, the well-known rascal of Beano fame, along with Gnasher the dog, Desperate Dan, the Bash Street Kids and other favourites. The brightly coloured and varnished illustrations, each depicting a scene of comic chaos, span five decades from the first Beano book to its 50th edition.
How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures
Mark Linley reveals the secrets of his craft and provides tips and assignments as he guides readers to produce drawings that capture the essence of a character. From doodling to focusing on facial features, he explains how to caricature friends and famous people. First published in 1999.
Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist
This insightful biography traces the life and career of illustrator Linley Sambourne, whose caricatures for Punch magazine satirized the elite political and social figures of 19th-century Britain, including Gladstone, the Prince of Wales and Lord Rosebery. As well as analysing the stylistic influences and artistic techniques of his cartoons and book illustrations, Ormond portrays the colourful family life of 18 Stafford Terrace (now a museum) in a vibrant and bohemian Kensington where he lived for three decades.
World of Peyton
Drawing his first cartoon in a German PoW camp, Mike Peyton started selling his pictures after the war, contributing to a range of magazines, including New Scientist and Yachting Monthly, and earning his reputation as the world's leading yachting cartoonist. From boating mishaps to the yacht club bar, this retrospective includes the best of his work from his 70-year career poking fun at the sailing fraternity.
The War Years 1941–1945
The United States had not entered the Second World War when Wonder Woman was launched by DC Comics in 1941 but her first adventure pitted her against German and Japanese spies and her stories were regularly war-related thereafter. This celebration explores how the character was created by a psychologist who believed in the superiority of women, and reproduces over 20 full-length stories, first published between 1941 and 1945, as well as cover artworks and advertisements.
Hitler in Cartoons
Lampooning the Evil Madness of a Dictator
German cartoonists mocked Hitler when he came to prominence in the 1920s, but such satire was not possible once the Nazis were in power and the job was left to foreign illustrators. This book follows the career of the Führer through a collection of political cartoons, demonstrating how artists such as Herb Block, EH Shepard and Ding Darling were able to show Hitler as he was – in contrast to the German propaganda image of god-like superman.
Masterpieces of Art
Social commentator, illustrator, cartoonist and landscape artist, William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was gifted in many fields, but his fame today rests on the cartoons poking fun at human foibles and his marvellous contraptions, such as The Pilsner Pump for Tapping the Enemy’s Beer (1916). In this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series, Susan Grange introduces Heath Robinson’s life and many-faceted artistic career, and presents around 90 full-page reproductions of his literary illustrations, cartoons and creations.
The World's Greatest War Cartoonists and Caricaturists
Intended as a companion to his pictorial histories of the Napoleonic, imperial and world wars, Mark Bryant's biographical dictionary covers political, editorial and joke cartoonists and caricaturists from the French Revolutionary Wars in 1792 to 1945. The entries, illustrated with reproductions of around 150 classic cartoons, describe the wartime careers of over 300 artists, arranged alphabetically from Crispim do Amaral (1858–1911) lampooning Queen Victoria during the Boer War, to the German First World War cartoonist Heinrich Zille (1858–1929).
The 20th Century in Cartoons
A History in Pictures
The 20th century saw massive social and technological change, two world wars, and empires won and lost. Throughout these epochal events, cartoonists cast an irreverent eye on human folly. Selected by the award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband, the 230 satirical and at times savage images in this book chart the events of the century, decade by decade, from the Boer War to the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the suffragette movement to the Poll Tax.
When asked by film-maker Ceri Levy to produce one drawing representing an extinct bird, Ralph Steadman got somewhat carried away. Along with the genuinely extinct species such as the Auk, Dodo, Rodrigues Solitaire etc, there are Steadman 'boids' that would have been hunted to extinction – like the Jamaican Red Macaw – had they ever existed. Altogether, there are 100 boids, accompanied by a commentary on their creation and notes on their extinction. In the words of Ceri Levy: 'such beautiful chaos'.