booksmonthly.co.uk October 2012 The Graphic Novels and Comic Books Page

Dave Stevens' Covers and Stories

IDW HB

 

Dave Stevens was renowned for his work on The Rocketeer, the beloved comic that introduced the world to Cliff Secord and his incredible rocket pack. But Stevens was also one of the most sought-after and accomplished cover artists in comics. This collection will provide a comprehensive gallery of Dave's covers, with many of them scanned from the original art. Additionally, there will be cover roughs to accompany many of the covers. Finally, all of Dave's non-Rocketeer comic work will be presented, including incomplete and unpublished stories.

 

This fine book contains examples of the very best of the world of illustration - Stevens sadly died in 2008, leaving behind, amongst other things, an unfinished Tarzan project which I covered in Books Monthly a few months ago. This wonderful tribute from IDW Publishing contains some of Dave's most outstanding work, with double-page enlargements showing the pinpoint accuracy and detail that mark his work as special. An inspiration to many artists dominating the world of graphic novel art today, this is a real gem. His Bettie Page illustrations are probably the best I've ever seen, his pin-ups are exquisite, his comic pages, many of which are reproduced in this fine book, are outstanding. It's easy to see the inspiration flowing from his pen and brushes. Superlative.

 

Review copy kindly supplied by Diamond Book Distributors


 

 

JOE HILL COLLABORATES WITH DAD STEPHEN KING ON THE THORNY SUBJECT OR ROAD RAGE...

 

JOE HILL, STEPHEN KING & RICHARD MATHIESON: ROAD RAGE

IDW PUBLISHING HARDBACK

Acclaimed novelist/Eisner-winning graphic novelist Joe Hill collaborated with his father, Stephen King, in Throttle, for the first time on a tale that paid tribute to Richard Matheson's classic tale, Duel. Now, IDW is proud to present comic-book tellings of both stories in Road Rage, adapted by Chris Ryall with art by Nelson Daniel and Rafa Garres.

 

REVIEW COPY KINDLY SUPPLIED BY DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS

 

 

Superb retelling of the DUEL tv movie in graphic novel form, captures the menace of the truck driver to perfection, plus Joe Hill and Stephen King's own road rage tale, beautifully illustrated and pulsing with excitement. This is an extremely important addition to the Stephen King canon, as it includes reminiscences of his youth and early writing career, his use (abuse) of drugs and alcohol as inspiration. A great package.

 

 

 

 


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