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The definitive (and first) collection of B. Krigstein's comics. Following last year's critically and commercially successful biography/art book, "B. Krigstein," is this companion volume, a full-color collection of 36 complete stories, representing the best work throughout the career of the most innovative comic book artist of his generation. Never before has the evolution The definitive (and first) collection of B. Krigstein's comics. Following last year's critically and commercially successful biography/art book, "B. Krigstein," is this companion volume, a full-color collection of 36 complete stories, representing the best work throughout the career of the most innovative comic book artist of his generation. Never before has the evolution of a comics artist been so extensively presented; "B. Krigstein: Comics" is the ultimate testament to the commitment and technical mastery that Bernard Krigstein brought to bear in his attempt to legitimize a then-ridiculed medium. Editor Greg Sadowski has selected and restored 36 stories from 1949-56, tracing Krigstein's respective tenures at the publishers Rae Herman, Hillman, Atlas, DC, and EC. The meticulous restoration is of particular note because, unlike the superficially slick four-color comics of today, ten-cent comics of the '40s and '50s were notorious for their poor color registration, cheap paper, and shoddy printing, all of which worked against Krigstein's complex design and subtle draftsmanship. Here, for the first time, his artistry is not compromised by inadequate production methods: every panel of every story has been painstakingly cleaned and color-corrected. Smothered for generations, Krigstein's compositions are finally presented in the same spirit as he originally conceived them. Fifteen stories, culled from every stage of his career, have been entirely recolored for this volume by Marie Severin, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished color artists in the history of the medium, who colored Krigstein's work at EC in the '50s. Most of this work has been out of print and unavailable for nearly five decades, and will be a revelation to those who know Krigstein solely from his celebrated and justly famous work at EC.


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The definitive (and first) collection of B. Krigstein's comics. Following last year's critically and commercially successful biography/art book, "B. Krigstein," is this companion volume, a full-color collection of 36 complete stories, representing the best work throughout the career of the most innovative comic book artist of his generation. Never before has the evolution The definitive (and first) collection of B. Krigstein's comics. Following last year's critically and commercially successful biography/art book, "B. Krigstein," is this companion volume, a full-color collection of 36 complete stories, representing the best work throughout the career of the most innovative comic book artist of his generation. Never before has the evolution of a comics artist been so extensively presented; "B. Krigstein: Comics" is the ultimate testament to the commitment and technical mastery that Bernard Krigstein brought to bear in his attempt to legitimize a then-ridiculed medium. Editor Greg Sadowski has selected and restored 36 stories from 1949-56, tracing Krigstein's respective tenures at the publishers Rae Herman, Hillman, Atlas, DC, and EC. The meticulous restoration is of particular note because, unlike the superficially slick four-color comics of today, ten-cent comics of the '40s and '50s were notorious for their poor color registration, cheap paper, and shoddy printing, all of which worked against Krigstein's complex design and subtle draftsmanship. Here, for the first time, his artistry is not compromised by inadequate production methods: every panel of every story has been painstakingly cleaned and color-corrected. Smothered for generations, Krigstein's compositions are finally presented in the same spirit as he originally conceived them. Fifteen stories, culled from every stage of his career, have been entirely recolored for this volume by Marie Severin, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished color artists in the history of the medium, who colored Krigstein's work at EC in the '50s. Most of this work has been out of print and unavailable for nearly five decades, and will be a revelation to those who know Krigstein solely from his celebrated and justly famous work at EC.

30 review for B.Krigstein Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This book collects a ton of Krigstein comics from all eras of his career. It's something of a mixed bag, esp. some of those early stories with their very basic "criminal killed by obvious character flaw" plots. Later on, getting into his EC years, the stories are a little better, and Krigstein's art becomes stronger. His figure work isn't a strength, nor are his backgrounds, but I LOVE his panel compositions, his use of shadow, and in the later stories, how he jams so many panels onto each page - This book collects a ton of Krigstein comics from all eras of his career. It's something of a mixed bag, esp. some of those early stories with their very basic "criminal killed by obvious character flaw" plots. Later on, getting into his EC years, the stories are a little better, and Krigstein's art becomes stronger. His figure work isn't a strength, nor are his backgrounds, but I LOVE his panel compositions, his use of shadow, and in the later stories, how he jams so many panels onto each page - little staccato bursts of information. Even if the stories are largely forgettable, I'm glad I read to see Krigstein's evolution and get a better understanding of his influence.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nik

    Sorry to differ with you /.../ But you are as wrong as sin!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dominick

    This collection of Krigstein work covers the range from romance to horror, with most other genres appearing at least occasionally (no SF or overt fantasy, though). Krigstein was a versatile and talented stylist with a real flair for page design and a very recognizeable line, despite the array of techniques he used. His skills are put in the service of mostly second-rate material, here, though; many of his best-known works (including the highly-praised "The Master Race") are not here. These are e This collection of Krigstein work covers the range from romance to horror, with most other genres appearing at least occasionally (no SF or overt fantasy, though). Krigstein was a versatile and talented stylist with a real flair for page design and a very recognizeable line, despite the array of techniques he used. His skills are put in the service of mostly second-rate material, here, though; many of his best-known works (including the highly-praised "The Master Race") are not here. These are enjoyable enough, but they do prove that a good comic story requires more than just good art. But the art is very good indeed; Krigstein can convey mood excellently, as well as action, and he even occasionally shows a flair for humour, which would not occur to me immediately as a Krigstein strength--but the "Dinosaur!" story has som quite amusing physical characterization. There's a bit of editorial material--mostly brief notes on the stories--to help contextualize the stuff.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    I'd rather have seen the re-colored stories in original form. They stand out and don't exactly sit well with the images or the other stories which are all beautify done. The writing changes skill but never fully derails the pace. besides the coloring, the only complaint is a minor issue with the exclusion of some of B Krigs better and more well known stories --It would have been wonderful to have some of them in the full size treatment given to the shorts in this edition. I'd rather have seen the re-colored stories in original form. They stand out and don't exactly sit well with the images or the other stories which are all beautify done. The writing changes skill but never fully derails the pace. besides the coloring, the only complaint is a minor issue with the exclusion of some of B Krigs better and more well known stories --It would have been wonderful to have some of them in the full size treatment given to the shorts in this edition.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jarrad

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chud

  8. 5 out of 5

    Schannelhannelestenhauser

  9. 5 out of 5

    jaz brown

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshlynn

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cris

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tim Jennen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hunchback

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  17. 5 out of 5

    Surya Prasath

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phil

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason Robey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Richard Jenkins

  21. 5 out of 5

    Moby-Nostromo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Lindsey

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robert Ashmore

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carl Godfrey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Bragg

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Roberson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heraldo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eugene

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Mills

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