From ABC's Promethea to Steve Ditko's pre-Marvel work, Thomas Moudry takes a break from super-heroes to cover the accompanying artbooks.
Promethea Covers Special
You may not be aware of this, but ABC’s Promethea is as gorgeous a book as it is an intriguing one: our heroine is the archetype of female power and beauty who has inspired writers and artists for centuries, and one of those artists is most certainly series regular J.H. Williams III (Seven Soldiers).
The covers here are inspired by sources as diverse as World War II-era war bonds posters, Depression-era pulp magazine covers, 1950s romance comics artwork, Terry Gilliam’s animation, stained-glass windows, 1960s album covers, Rembrandt paintings, and, heck, Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.
This is a nice collection, but it certainly deserves to be an over-sized hardcover, rather than a 32-page pamphlet.
This black and white magazine briefly explores the myths and legends of Ancient Greece; the real focus is the work of former Swamp Thing artist Mike Hoffman, which seems to have been inspired by the art of Frank Frazetta.
Here, readers will be introduced to the likes of Athena, Andromeda, Aphrodite, Pygmalion, and Prometheus, as well as brought up to speed on events such as the blinding of Polyphemus and Hercules’ battle with Death.
The pictures are, indeed, stunning, and the text is minimal, allowing the drawings to speak for themselves.
The Steve Ditko Reader
Comic book industry legend Steve Ditko is best-known for The Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange at Marvel and The Creeper and The Hawk and the Dove at DC, as well as Captain Atom, The Blue Beetle, and The Question at Charlton; but he had a productive career years before the dawn of the Marvel Age of Comics.
This black and white trade paperback series explores the artist’s early years in comics, anthologizing much of his mystery, horror, and sci-fi work. It is a must-read for Ditkophiles.
Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.