All In

Joe McCulloch as your week in new releases, with a hardy detour into The Flowers of Evil.


If you're in LA and you like comics, go see the great Carol Tyler at UCLA on January 31st.

Here's Tom Spurgeon with a Collective Memory for Keiji Nakazawa. Boy, it's slim pickings out there for him. There's so much in the comics internet and yet so very little.

Don Lawrence + The Bible. Oh the British photorealistic style. How I used to hate it. How I love it now. Not love it like I need to own it, but love it like I'm so glad the aforementioned comics internet exists so that I can look at it for a few minutes.

NSFW: Wally Wood's Malice in Wonderland. I know I'm in the minority here, but I think Wood's admittedly really sad final years produced some visceral, gnarly and altogether fascinating work. It's gutbucket stuff and I wouldn't make claims for its greatness, but it's good comics. Clear, natural storytelling unencumbered by... I dunno... ambition or something.

In advance of an exhibition, the illustration blogger David Apatoff is posting some thoughts on the course of 20th century illustration. Helpful hint: He thinks it went downhill. I disagree, but I always like reading about Howard Pyle and the rest of the gang.

Here is some fine official information on the comic book artist, packager and publisher Charles Biro.

I've never heard of this series of books from the 1980s packaged by Byron Preiss. Nice line-up and, bonus, the late Lebbeus Woods designed the logo. Huh.

Finally, I enjoyed this round-up post by TCJ-contributor Sean T. Collins.







7 Responses to All In

  1. Simon says:


    I am a great fan of Don Lawrence’s “Storm” and I didn’t know that there was a “style” as such, to which his work belonged. I suppose not only country-specific but also period-specific?
    Would you mind giving some pointers on some of the better exemplars of this style?

  2. Briany Najar says:

    Frank Hampson, Frank Bellamy, Mike Noble, Ron Embleton and Mike Western are a few biggies.
    UK, 1950 – mid-60s, lingering a bit into the 70s but mainly as illustrations by then, I think, rather than comics.
    Storm was a continental thing in the late 70s so, I dunno, maybe all those guys went abroad for work as the fashion in British adventure comics turned towards the Spanish and Argentinian artists.
    If that’s the case, you might actually be able to buy some of their stuff. British comics history is basically a dead language cos the rights owners just can’t be bothered with the whole rigmarole involved in selling stuff, whereas on the continent comics per se are recognised as being at least on a par with TV or something, hence publishers do crazy things like promoting and publicising books so it’s actually worth printing enough of them to make some dough.
    Although, there was a Gerry Anderson related reprint thing recently, a TV Century 21 collection. That could be quite tasty if it’s got a load of the fully painted stuff they used to do in there. There’s also a book called something like The Best of Eagle, in the style of a UK annual (same as Clowes’ Wilson) that should be easy and cheap to get second hand. It was more for the nostalgia market than for comic-art epicures though, so it’s a bit cursory and bitty.
    The Trigan Empire (from Ranger and, subsequently, Look and Learn) is probably what Don Lawrence is best known for in Britain. It’s a long running scifi serial, painted. There have been books of that.
    All a bit vague, sorry, not my area really, but the names at the top of this comment are worth googling.

  3. patrick ford says:

    A publisher called BOOK PALACE is reprinting a lot of that material in deluxe limited editions. The Ron Embleton WULF THE BRITON book is still available from the publisher.

    I kind of love this stuff, but not at the prices attached to it.

  4. Dave Hartley says:

    Titan have published a lot of inexpensive Frank Hampson Dan Dare reprints. Book Palace have reprinted some Frank Bellamy, Don Lawrence and Ron Embleton strips – but they’re not so cheap. (I’d love to get their edition of Wulf the Briton which I read as a child but sadly it’s out of my price range).

  5. Tony says:

    I understand the monetary concerns expressed here, but it’s worth noting the difference in price is a reflection of the difference in quality, i.e. painstakingly reproduction, size, extras… The Book Palace product is in a totally different league.

  6. patrick ford says:

    No doubt, all I meant to say is I’m not in their league.

  7. Simon says:

    Vague? Not at all – very informative.

    Thank you very much for this!

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