Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Rocketeer Artists Edition

What a glorious, beautiful book.

Bless all at IDW for putting out this oversized edition of Dave Steven's Rocketeer. The pages are all produced from the black and white original art, and every page is a wonder to behold. Dave Stevens could flat out draw, and aside from owning or seeing an original page yourself, nothing shows that off better than this book. It makes you feel that you do own a library of the original art, as great care was taken to faithfully reproduce the page "as is." Blue line pencil can be seen beneath the inks, screen tones masks show ever so slightly, and numerous lettering balloons show corrections and paste overs.

The detail on the inks themselves come through in such a heartfelt manner that it's hard to just not sit and stare in awe at every page, observing (and deeply missing) a master of his craft.

Comics afficianadoes and art collectors would do well to sit a spell in front of this edition, should you be able to get your hands on one. I myself had to look at it second hand, hoping for an additional printing but I'm prepared to hunt the aftermarket.

Dave Steven's The Rocketeer Artist's Edition

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