The Raging Storm
The Album Graphics of Stormstudios
Storm Thorgerson made his name as the cover art designer of classic albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and Band on the Run and his design company's more recent work retains his characteristic style of using photography to create surreal tableaux. This collection presents the studio's work between 2001 and 2011, explaining the design ideas behind album covers by artists including Biffy Clyro, Pink Floyd, Muse and the Cranberries.
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.
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S Marcus, a distinguished historian of children's literature, presents a short biography of Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), illustrated with a great collection of his work, including many previously unpublished drawings. From doodling in the margins of his schoolbooks to his tragically early death, the book traces the career of the 'man who invented the modern picture book' and whose dynamic visual storytelling was to influence later illustrators, notably Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak. Slightly off-mint.
In 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s' and 1960s' California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
Try It! Buy It!
Drawn from the unrivalled collection of the British Library, this collection of over 200 newspaper, magazine and poster advertisements, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, celebrates the art and imagination of advertisers selling everything from Crane's liver pills and Scrubb's Ammonia ('try it in your bath') to ocean cruises. Among the long-forgotten embrocations and gas valves are brands that are with us still – among them, Pears' Soap, Marmite, Guinness and Bird's Custard ('makes children sturdy!').
Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
This survey of commercial art and design created by the electronics industry between 1917 and 1965 to promote its products, traces the development of new components, including valves, transistors and circuit boards, from ‘laboratory to tabletop’. Slightly off-mint.
The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction
Movies, Art, Comics, Pulp Magazines, Fiction
The first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was published in America in 1926, offering adventures that involved imagined but plausible technology. By the 1940s writers such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were proposing fascinating futures that would inspire iconic films in the 1950s and 1960s. This highly illustrated celebration of the genre charts its milestones from the novels of Jules Verne and HG Wells to Star Wars through pulp fiction, comic books, novels and movies.
The Second Book of Illustrations by Chris Achilleos
A master of pre-digital airbrush technique, Chris Achilléos was a leading figure in fantasy, science fiction and glamour illustration in the 1970s and 1980s, creating visuals for film design, book covers and magazines. This collection of his work includes a brief biography in addition to over 100 artworks and preliminary drawings ranging from fantasy paintings and erotic illustrations to book cover art for Doctor Who and Star Trek novelizations. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.