Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles
Library of American Comics, 2008 - Humor - 391 pages
Noel Sickles drew comics for three brief years, yet his groundbreaking work on the 1930s aviation adventure series Scorchy Smith is a milestone in the history of newspaper comic strips. Over the past 70 years, however, readers have seen only occasional excerpts of this seminal work. Now, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Scorchy Smith and The Art of Noel Sickles, a comprehensive, oversized volume that collects, for the first time, every Sickles Scorchy strip, from December 1933 through November 1936. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop
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Absolutely excellent production. (And one of the cheapest I've bought at new-book price.) I don't think any commercial illustrator or comic strip artist have been given a better remembrance in book form. That is of course of slight importance if you do not admire the work of Noel Sickles, or find the often crude and brutal attitudes of popular culture abhorrent. Sickles was a commercial artist, and made what was demanded by those who paid him, which was, due to his early work as a comic strip artist and official war artist, mainly what the Americans call "action." Regrettably, when he turned to gallery art at the end of his life, the theme was still the killing of enemies. (Why anyone would enjoy having that framed on their wall is beyond me.) Even if you already knew that Sickles was a marvellous draughtsman, you'll still be astonished at his versatility, and the mass of very well reproduced examples of it in this book.
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