Wolverton Bible

Wolverton Bible

by Basil Wolverton
     
 

Compiled for the first time, in a beautiful hardcover, the legendary MAD
and EC artist's lesser-known, later Biblical illustrations for the Worldwide Church of God covering the Old Testament and Book of Revelations.
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Compiled for the first time, in a beautiful hardcover, the legendary MAD
and EC artist's lesser-known, later Biblical illustrations for the Worldwide Church of God covering the Old Testament and Book of Revelations.

Editorial Reviews

Are You a Serious Comic Book Reader?
“By the end of the book, pages after pages of doom and destruction, you realize that Wolverton is maybe the only person to illustrate the The Old Testament and the Book of Revelation—the most 'savage' books of the bible.”
Iconoctlan
“A fascinating testimony to the peculiar vision of the life of an original artist and a somewhat unorthodox view of the 'holy book' by a faithful believer.”
Tim Jamson - Mania
“This book is a tremendous boon as it shows a genius illustrator at the pinnacle of his ability...Basil Wolverton is one of the legends of comic art.”
Cory Doctorow - BoingBoing
“I just discovered that underground grotesque comics virtuoso Basil Wolverton had produced a series of biblical illustrations… stories that went beyond the whitewashed, cheerful kids’ books of the day, to show the Old Testament for what it is: a book full of blood, thunder and revenge. Accordingly, Wolverton’s illustrations, done in the same unmistakable, stippled style that characterized his grotesqueries, show off the grim, the violent and the destructive in the Old Testament, putting the blood and guts in the spotlight…it is perfectly him, humorous, grisly, mad and wonderful.”
Leigh Stein - The New Yorker
“I love that Wolverton’s Adam and Eve look like Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth, and that the images of Noah’s Ark have the beautifully clean look of a wood carving. Dramatic scenes such as Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, the devastation brought by locusts, and Samson’s blinding, showcase the artist’s talent for visceral, visual storytelling.”
Spencer Drew - Rain Taxi
“Wolverton’s pen presents disaster rather than combat; ruin is highlighted, not heroism…Wolverton illustrated a blind man given sight, a child playing near a viper’s nest, a young boy petting a lion and a wolf. These are images of the heavenly promise, or paradise, but from a pen so tilted toward threat and terror they, too, are frightening to behold…Whether believers or potential converts found themselves plagued by nightmares of the child and viper we may never know, but certainly this volume, assembling as it does a visual representation of a disturbing religious dream, will help readers better understand the fearful allure of end-time theology.”
Nicole Rudick - Artforum
“Wolverton’s unsparing depiction of nightmarish prophecies are relentlessly grim but absorbingly so. There are hints of Goya’s crazed, melancholic Saturn and prediction of Charles Burns’s brooding mutant teens…Such humanity is everywhere is Wolverton’s art—as much in the laughably goony portraits as in fire-and-brimstone ferocity.”
Martyn Pedler - Bookslut
“Underneath the screaming and plagues, the giddy joy that [Wolverton] seems to take in his art radiates off the page, just like it does in his secular work.... His creatures from sci-fi and horror, his fascination with grotesque bodily exaggeration, his devout Christian faith—here it all comes together into an operatic and apocalyptic peak.... The Wolverton Bible might seem like a paradox to its religious audience and its alt-comics fans—even if Wolverton himself never saw the contradiction.”
Garth Danielson - Primitive Screwheads
“The Wolverton Bible is a collection of drawings that Basil Wolverton did for Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God. I've been hoping for a collection of these drawings for ages... What a great collection. The drawings are nicely printed, very black, on nice white paper... The book is sturdy and feels good... This is a windfall. It's a wonderful addition to any art collection.”
Gabriel Mckee - Religion Dispatches
“[W]ith their crashing planes, erupting volcanoes, boil-stricken sufferers, and monstrous whirlwinds[,] Wolverton’s literalist depictions of Revelation are powerful, shocking, and above all grotesquely beautiful. ... Though Wolverton’s approach to [the Old Testament] stories was somewhat more matter-of-fact than his apocalyptic panoramas, there is still a passion for the bizarre evident in the Bible Story illustrations. ... Wolverton’s Bible illustrations sit on the border between sacred and profane, and that unique placement is what gives them such power.”
Mania - Tim Jamson
“This book is a tremendous boon as it shows a genius illustrator at the pinnacle of his ability... Basil Wolverton is one of the legends of comic art.”
BoingBoing - Cory Doctorow
“I just discovered that underground grotesque comics virtuoso Basil Wolverton had produced a series of biblical illustrations… stories that went beyond the whitewashed, cheerful kids’ books of the day, to show the Old Testament for what it is: a book full of blood, thunder and revenge. Accordingly, Wolverton’s illustrations, done in the same unmistakable, stippled style that characterized his grotesqueries, show off the grim, the violent and the destructive in the Old Testament, putting the blood and guts in the spotlight…it is perfectly him, humorous, grisly, mad and wonderful.”
The New Yorker - Leigh Stein
“I love that Wolverton’s Adam and Eve look like Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth, and that the images of Noah’s Ark have the beautifully clean look of a wood carving. Dramatic scenes such as Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, the devastation brought by locusts, and Samson’s blinding, showcase the artist’s talent for visceral, visual storytelling.”
Rain Taxi - Spencer Drew
“Wolverton’s pen presents disaster rather than combat; ruin is highlighted, not heroism…Wolverton illustrated a blind man given sight, a child playing near a viper’s nest, a young boy petting a lion and a wolf. These are images of the heavenly promise, or paradise, but from a pen so tilted toward threat and terror they, too, are frightening to behold…Whether believers or potential converts found themselves plagued by nightmares of the child and viper we may never know, but certainly this volume, assembling as it does a visual representation of a disturbing religious dream, will help readers better understand the fearful allure of end-time theology.”
Artforum - Nicole Rudick
“Wolverton’s unsparing depiction of nightmarish prophecies are relentlessly grim but absorbingly so. There are hints of Goya’s crazed, melancholic Saturn and prediction of Charles Burns’s brooding mutant teens…Such humanity is everywhere is Wolverton’s art—as much in the laughably goony portraits as in fire-and-brimstone ferocity.”
Bookslut - Martyn Pedler
“Underneath the screaming and plagues, the giddy joy that [Wolverton] seems to take in his art radiates off the page, just like it does in his secular work.... His creatures from sci-fi and horror, his fascination with grotesque bodily exaggeration, his devout Christian faith—here it all comes together into an operatic and apocalyptic peak.... The Wolverton Bible might seem like a paradox to its religious audience and its alt-comics fans—even if Wolverton himself never saw the contradiction.”
Primitive Screwheads - Garth Danielson
“The Wolverton Bible is a collection of drawings that Basil Wolverton did for Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God. I've been hoping for a collection of these drawings for ages... What a great collection. The drawings are nicely printed, very black, on nice white paper... The book is sturdy and feels good... This is a windfall. It's a wonderful addition to any art collection.”
Religion Dispatches - Gabriel Mckee
“[W]ith their crashing planes, erupting volcanoes, boil-stricken sufferers, and monstrous whirlwinds[,] Wolverton’s literalist depictions of Revelation are powerful, shocking, and above all grotesquely beautiful. ... Though Wolverton’s approach to [the Old Testament] stories was somewhat more matter-of-fact than his apocalyptic panoramas, there is still a passion for the bizarre evident in the Bible Story illustrations. ... Wolverton’s Bible illustrations sit on the border between sacred and profane, and that unique placement is what gives them such power.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560979647
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
03/23/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 4.10(d)

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