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John Buscema: Michelangelo of Comics Deluxe Hardcover (Anglais) Relié – 10 août 2010

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An Obvious Labor of Love and a Joy for All Fans of the Medium 21 décembre 2010
Par C. Caira - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I have awaited this book for quite a while. John Buscema was such an innovator, such an influence over generations of artists and illustrators that this book was something that HAD to be done. I received it today and I read it cover to cover. I could not put it down. It's spectacular and runs the gamut of his entire career. The introduction, features and side stories are wonderful.

This book is going to have a permanent, and prominent, place in my reference library. It's just that good.

Perhaps the BEST part of the book are the images. You can tell they are shot directly from the rare original artwork. Only in the last 20 years has original comic artwork become extremely valuable. In the time that John was creating his more memorable work, the artwork was seen in the industry as a byproduct of the job and not something to necessarily be saved. To see all of these pieces, scanned to such high resolution, in their original black and white form is nothing short of a miracle and a dream come true to any real fan. There are, literally, hundreds of large sized, some full page sized, images of panel pages, covers and splash pages. For any comic fan, or fan of quality artwork, it's enough to leave you giddy.

Frankly, you should disregard reviews deriding the book for not having "color pictures" of the pieces that were originally black and white line art. Any true fan of the medium knows that the vast majority of John's artwork in its original format is entirely black and white and the only color images that exist, aside from one or two painted pieces, are color guides which were colored by another artist and from a xerox of the original. If you want to see John's artwork in its true form, without distortion or distraction brought on by the printing process then this book is 100% EXACTLY what you want.

As well, the text tells the story of his professional life to perfection. I can forgive the occasional typo or mis-identification of a credited inker given the length and breadth of this magnum opus and tribute to "Big John". Honestly, this book fills me with such nostalgia, such joy, and reminds me of a time when comics were so well done, that I can't imagine nitpicking this book for very minor and very few errors. That's kind of like turning down a supermodel for a date because her left pinkie toe is 1 millimeter too long. You may very well be right that it's too long, but you are also missing the immeasurable beauty of the big picture.

A must have!!
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Grammar-check, anyone? 20 décembre 2010
Par Doug - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Buscema: Michelangelo of Comics has been on my radar screen for quite some time. Seemingly eternally delayed, it finally arrived at my LCS on December 15th. I purchased the hardcover edition, complete with Joe Sinnott's autograph.

While this is a beautiful book, it is obvious that the author had no previous experience in writing. Grammar mistakes abound; at times the sentences do not even flow well. Couple that with a tone that refers to all of the principles by their first names instead of last, and the text comes across as very flip and not professional at all. I felt embarrassed for the four people credited as proofreaders... really? Another serious error was the lack of attention to detail when the splash page of Avengers #105 clearly showed that Jim Mooney had inked the book (it's rather obvious, in looking at the Scarlet Witch's eyes); the caption credits Frank Giacoia.

I actually enjoyed the fact that the illustrations are black and white, as in several cases the exhibits were shot from the original art. With the evidence of pencil lines beneath the inks, it's apparent at times what Buscema's and/or his inkers thought processes were. Even in the cases where the art was shot from a black and white source it still gives off that "naked art" feel. The selection of works spans Buscema's entire career, and is a definite strength of this tome.

So, if I were you, I'd purchase the softcover. While I think it's a great-looking book, and Sinnott's autograph is a welcome addition to my collection, I'd not pay again the upcharge in light of the many errors and shoddy writing (don't get me going on the lack of references for factual statements and artwork sources) within.
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Beautiful but SO frustrating..... 26 janvier 2011
Par Shane Foley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
For the artwork, I'd give this book 5 stars. Many are printed with the pencils still showing, or in unaltered form. Some truly beautiful work here, including some gorgeous pieces from the pre-Marvel days. Thankfully, there's lots of art.
And the hard-back addition of Joe Sinnott's inked piece is very nice.
But I can only give about two stars for the text and art credits. Without looking too hard, I have counted 16 times where credits are wrong (eg - An FF# 113 page is not 'unpublished', they are uninked pencils for page 19.) or the inker is incorrectly credited. (How can the text talk of Buscema not liking deZuniga's inks on 'Oz', then print 3 pages of Oz crediting Buscema as the inker? How can Sal Buscema's inks for FF 298 be credited to Tom Palmer? How can the Palmer inks for the FOOM cover be credited to Buscema?)
Often the text is not dealing with Buscema's artistry at all, but is little more than fannish gushing about how the author liked certain story periods of a title. Yet there is no discussion on Buscema's working method, to enlighten a readers new to him as to why some pencils shown look really scratchy and rough, while others are clean and tight.
Conjecture is presented as fact.
"It was obvious that John liked drawing Belit..." Why? The rest of the paragraph virtually denies this statement, and since Buscema drew every character well, even Spiderman, why say such a thing without proof?
Inaccuracies abound.
On one page, the author talks of John 'not liking drawing sword-wielding women like Red Sonja', then on another page it says, 'To John, the only interesting female character in comics was Red Sonja." What are we, the readers to believe?
There's a paragraph that talks of John's first Conan issue being what became Conan 27(which is true). But then we read about how the previous artist left early and 'Roy ended up wrapping up the story in Barry's last issue and it was released on schedule. John's story was then used in Conan # 25." What? This is nonsensical and plain wrong.
On the next page is a reference to the three part "Flame Winds, Tower of Blood with Red Sonja". How come no proof-reading picked up this obvious confusion between two totally separate story-lines?
And then there are lines like "in 1970, Jack (Kirby) departed from Marvel comics and Stan's first and only choice to replace him was John Buscema..." Sigh. If Adams and Romita, Kirby's first replacements, were ever only meant to be temporary, the author really should say how he knows this. But he doesn't know this at all - it's careless writing.
These are just a few examples of the sort of thing happens many times in this volume.
One last negative point - the placing of the credits are often very confusing. Some credits read in reverse order to how the pages appear, or are placed closer to the image they are not referring to than the correct credit. There are pages where unless the reader already knows how to identify inkers, there is no way to tell which credits refer to which pages.
This is all such a pity. It is a beautifully presented volume, but with far too many errors that the author could easily have avoided, considering his comics knowledge and the source material he used.
5 stars worth of art. Two stars for the writing. So over all, 3 stars only.
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A good book, but... 16 décembre 2010
Par R. Collofello - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a very nice book about one the the greatest comic artists who ever lived. The text chronicles his entire life and career, and the book is loaded with beautiful artwork. So why did I only give it three stars? All of the artwork is in black and white. This is especially distracting with the pages reproduced from Warriors of the Shadow Realm, which were originally full color paintings. Considering the price of this book, (the hardcover edition), you would think the publisher could have at least included a small color section. Other than this single shortcoming, however, it is still a very nice volume and will be pleasing to fans of the great John Buscema.
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