Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen digs deep into the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists like William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture caused by developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
Drawn to Enchant: Original Children's Book Art
in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection
Using reproductions of 250 original artworks from the Shirley Collection in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, this book journeys through childhood reading from first alphabet books to adventure tales, and explores various types of children's illustration, including comics, historical pictures of America, Christmas time and 20th-century classics. The illustrations date from around 1780 to 2001 and include works by WW Denslow, Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Andrew Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.
The Art of The Trigan Empire
Launched in the weekly children's magazine Ranger in 1965 and concluding in the final issue of Look and Learn in 1982, the fondly remembered British adventure strip The Trigan Empire combined genuine history with fantasy, myth and science fiction, and featured lushly painted illustrations. This sale catalogue beautifully reproduces 110 pieces of art from the Look and Learn archive, concentrating on the pages created by Don Lawrence (1928–2003), the strip's first and longest-running artist, and Ron Embleton (1930–1988).
The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
Drawing on his own archive, collected over a 60-year career in fashion design and teaching, Julian Robinson presents a survey of 400 years of fashion illustration as an art form, from Renaissance woodcuts to the Art Deco masterpieces of George Barbier. Reproducing over 300 artworks that ‘wordlessly carry within them so much information, both historical and cultural’, the book is an evocative history of fashion and the art of the fashion illustrator.
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh
How E.H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
Forming one of the earliest author and illustrator partnerships, Milne and Shepard worked closely together in the 1920s to create some of the world’s best-loved children’s characters. This illustrated volume reveals the depth of that partnership, and incorporates many of Shepard’s previously unpublished sketches, letters, photos and even a personal Christmas card. The real inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh is revealed to be Shepard’s son’s teddy bear, Growler, still owned by granddaughter Minette Shepard, who provides the introduction.