- Tapa blanda: 456 páginas
- Editor: Millipede Press (16 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1613470258
- ISBN-13: 978-1613470251
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Hannes BOK: A Life in Illustration (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 16 oct 2012
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Hannes Bok (1914?1964) is considered to be one of the premier fantasy illustrators of the twentieth century. Dying young, he left behind a mostly uncollected array of wonderful and astonishing black-and-white pulp illustrations, a dozen or so dazzling dust jacket covers, and an as-yet-undetermined number of gorgeous color paintings, most of them quickly snapped up early by connoisseurs and still under heavy guard in private collections. And it was only due to the efforts of a few dedicated admirers, who published the first Bok collections, that the richer part of his legacy still survives. But even these early Bok collections are out of print and going for high prices in the collectors' market. As a consequence, none of Bok's artwork is currently available to the general public, and there is still much that has never been reproduced in the first place.
Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration redresses this by bringing back into print not only his out of print artwork but many newly discovered drawings and paintings, reproduced here for the first time. In addition, A Life in Illustration also includes a rich selection of critical and biographical background material, including a nostalgic memoir by Ray Bradbury, incisive tributes by fellow artists, a newly uncovered letter of encouragement by Maxfield Parrish, and Bok's own concise autobiography, as well as his long unavailable essay, "Hannes Bok Looks at Fantasy Art and Illustration," a cogent elaboration of his artistic credo. Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration could well prove to be the definitive edition honoring his life and work.
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I sit holding the very bulky trade paperback it contained:
HANNES BOK: A LIFE IN ILLUSTRATION. Gods! I want to
give it a five-star review. But...
I discovered Bok's artwork when I picked up my first
Arkham House collection, Robert E. Howard's
SKULL FACE AND OTHERS. On the dust-jacket, a woman, pale and spectral,
stood posed before a floating green alien. It really had
nothing to do with Howard; but it was so odd and other-wordly that I
never forgot the artist or his style. I loved the covers
for SIDEWISE IN TIME, LEST DARKNESS FALL, THE TITAN, and
UNDER THE TRIPLE SUNS. I devoured his WEIRD TALES black and
white story illos. As time passed, I wished someone
would publish a massive collection of all of his
sui generis artwork.
When I learned HANNES BOK: A LIFE IN ART was coming out - a massive
trade paperback, 461 pp!, $90 - I was in ecstasy. Even though the
price was steep (and oddly variable: the publisher Centipede offered
the tp for $75), I felt Halloween/Christmas had come early.
Well, Santa snuck in today, left a weighty box and vanished shadow-quick.
And I am sitting here now, thinking - as good as this book is, it could have been
better. We collectors are a picky lot: we want everything super-complete
and super-perfect. I wish I could say this rated five-stars; it
remains only an impressive three for me. Those of you who were expecting
superb reproductions of book and magazine covers are going to be very
disappointed: they are not sharp and the colors tend a bit dull.
I'm esp. thinking of THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND and the two MARVEL
SCIENCE FICTION covers on page 192.) There're two websites where you can
see these in their rainbow/stained glass glory.
The preponderance of black and white material is well reproduced.
I commend the book's compilers for their diligence and enthusiasm;
I just wish the entire quality of this monumental retrospective had
matched the compilers' intentions.
Still... having all this Bok in one place to drool over is a good thing.
And perhaps we collectors, having seen this stuff when it first came out, do
expect reproductions to look as good. Miracles?
Recommendation: buy if you have the bucks - but I would try to track down
the two Underwood-Miller hardcover collections - or (if you're loaded - I am not,
anymore) try to find NM copies of the originals.
All in all, being the most comprehensive --- by far! --- of any of the Bok collections,and containing much that would most likely have remained never-seen by all but a very few without the efforts expended here, it's well worth having, and cheap at the price. It didn't fulfill my roseate expectations, but then these days so little does.
Much of the art I had seen of course, but much I had not. Odd that after showing the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction cover (Nov.1963) as a cover, they showed the original for it in the same mirror-image - I saw that original at a Florida worldcon, the dancer is on the left and the woman with the rose on the right. No hint as to how they are sure that the A Fish for Murder dust-jacket is by Bok. I have one, but there is no signature or attribution and not all Bok fans agree. I was disappointed that they could not find the dust-jacket for The Adventures of Dwinkle either! Someone had asked me about the Madonna with a lily - I see that they have that. As I said about the enormous Brian J Hunt book on Mahlon Blaine, a Bok collector could be happy with just this book!
I started working on an index to the published art of Hannes Bok in the 1960s and added to it for decades, and it is online at fanac.org:
But this book also has a lot of the unpublished work, much of which I had never seen, such as the hilarious cover take on the quatrain from the Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam:
"Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough
A flask of wine, a book of verse - and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness -
And wilderness were paradise enow."
I don't expect to live to see a better book on Hannes Bok.