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Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940–1980

Dan Nadel.
Publisher Abrams  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.25 x 8.25 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780810988248
Pages/Publication Date 303/2010
Daedalus Item Code 40458
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A companion to Dan Nadel’s collection Art Out of Time, this fascinating and at times bizarre volume focuses on lesser-known efforts by celebrated comic artists, with results both unexpected and outrageous. Here are H.G. Peter (the artist behind Wonder Woman), John Stanley (the writer and artist for Little Lulu), Harry Lucey (one of the artists behind Archie), Jesse Marsh (the artist for Tarzan), and Bill Everett (best known for his characters Sub-Mariner and Dr. Strange), among many others, stretching out in horror, psychedelic, noir, and sci-fi comics. The book presents beautiful digital reproductions of actual comic pages, with the original printing imperfections that are part of their pulp-press charm.

"This isn't exactly a sequel to Nadel's celebrated 2006 anthology Art Out of Time, but a companion, he explains in its introduction. In fact, there seem to be three different collections of comics bypassed by conventional wisdom jostling for room here. One is work by well-known cartoonists in genres outside their specialties (like two horror stories by John Stanley, better known for his work on Little Lulu and other kid-humor comics, and war-comics artist Sam Glanzman's peculiar jungle adventure, Kona). Another continues the Art Out of Time project of unearthing forgotten, distinctive pulp-comics stylists. Pete Morisi's Johnny Dynamite noir-PI stories, for instance, are clichéd far past the point of parody, but there's something weirdly compelling about his figures' stiff, pained look, and Pat Boyette's 1967 Children of Doom is an intriguing variation on the sci-fi illustration style of its era. A third subset of the book's 14 artists are underground cartoonists with very different aesthetics from the 10-cent adventures they're sandwiched between: Sharon Rudahl, Michael McMillan, Willy Mendes, and John Thompson (a Rick Griffin–inspired psychedelic artist whose tripped-out, classicist Cyclops Comics is the oddest rediscovery). Nadel ... [has] spotlighted some intriguing work."—Publishers Weekly

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