Thrilling Comic Book Cover Art of Alex Schomburg

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Alex Schomburg produced the most dazzling array of high-quality comic-book covers in the Golden Age of American Comics. Spider-Man, Hulk, and X-Men co-creator Stan Lee said, "Alex Schomburg was to... comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post." Golden Age comic books with Schomburg covers are selling for record prices in America's leading auction houses. This book collects, for the first time, a host of tantalizing Schomburg treasures in one volume. Superheroes, jungle girls, robots, wild ...
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Overview


Alex Schomburg produced the most dazzling array of high-quality comic-book covers in the Golden Age of American Comics. Spider-Man, Hulk, and X-Men co-creator Stan Lee said, "Alex Schomburg was to... comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post." Golden Age comic books with Schomburg covers are selling for record prices in America's leading auction houses. This book collects, for the first time, a host of tantalizing Schomburg treasures in one volume. Superheroes, jungle girls, robots, wild animals, and space travelers abound in these romantic and nostalgic Pop-Art icons of the bygone WWII era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887591645
  • Publisher: Vanguard Productions
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    A golden Age Legend!

    Seven years after his death, the art of Alex Schomburg has never been more popular, or more sought after by collectors. Schomburg was the preeminent cover artist of comic book¿s golden. His striking covers depicting action and damsels in distress in his noir-ish style put Schomburg a cut above other artists of his era. Schomburg actually started out working in the pulps for the legendary Hugo Gernsback in the 1930¿s before moving to comics with his first cover for Marvel Mystery # 3 in January 1940. Schomburg would do nearly 200 covers for Timely comics including The Human Torch, Marvel Mystery, Sub-mariner, All Winnersm and of course Captain America where his covers of Cap battling Axis enemies are the stuff of legends. From there Schomburg would move onto Standard/Better Publications where he did nearly 300 covers for comics such as Wonder Comics, Thrilling Comics, Exciting Comics, and Black Mask. It was at Standard where he would begin experimenting with air-brushing and sign his name as ¿xela¿ which is Alex spelled backwards. In yet another outstanding collection from Vanguard Productions, Schomburg¿s magnificent covers are given the spotlight with over 100 pages of his work. Stan Lee said it best about Alex Schomburg, 'Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post...When it came to illustrating covers, there simply was no one else in Alex¹s league.' Schomburg¿s art evokes a sense of wonder that very few artists have ever been able to match. His covers are like great movies posters from old movie serials. His cover for Wonder Comics #13, from 1947, shows a beautiful woman tied to an electrical apparatus that looks like it came out of a Kenneth Strickfaden laboratory. She¿s about to become toast¿will she get rescued in time? Schomburg¿s women, when not in need of rescuing, were tough, confident females, ready for action. For the cover of Exciting Comics #56 we see a woman aiding a down pilot that she just helped from the wreckage of his plane while a large snake looms over her. Then in Exciting comics #60, we find Judy of the Jungle battling a man-eating snake with her knife, every bit as rugged as Tarzan and an issue of Thrilling Comics finds Princess Pantha in the clutches of a giant boa, with her own knife poised for action. Just magnificent stuff! Among collectors, Schomburg¿s bondage covers are highly sought such as the Fighting Yank #23 with a beautiful blonde in a slinky evening gown, held tightly by white-robed Klansman as a cobra is about to strike. Then there is the bondage/torture cover for Terrific Comics #5, that finds another gorgeous blonde, tied to ropes and about to be lowered onto a giant, spike-filled wheel, while more mysterious robed figures battle the men trying to save her. The book provides just a few pages of text with biographical background on Schomburg and the rest reprints these classic covers. If I do have one minor complaint its that only about 10% of the covers are from his work at Timely and there¿s only one Captain America cover reprinted and that is on the back cover. I¿m not sure if this was due to any legal issues with Marvel Comics but it¿s the only real knock I can put on this great collection of work. 110 pages, softbound, oversized book. Reviewed by Tim Janson

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