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The Art of Marc Silvestri (Top Cow Productions, Inc. Presents) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Juli 2008

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The spotlight shines on "Top Cow" founder, Marc Silvestri in this very special art collection. Silvestri's career blossumed during runs on "Uncanny X-men" and "Wolverine", and in the early 1990's revolutionized the industry when he co-founded "Image Comics" and created such hit properties as "Cyberforce", "Witchblade", and "The Darkness". This over-sized art book showcases some of Silvestri's favorite, most popular, and iconic images from his illustrious career.

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A Bit Pricey but Gorgeous Art 28. Januar 2009
Von Tim Janson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Marc Silvestri was among the half-dozen or so artists who broke away from the mainstream to form Image Comics in 1992. In many ways, this move was one of the many factors that led to the comic book industry "Jumping the shark" in the mid-90s. Hot artists became the rage and soon the stories became secondary. Fans clamored for heroes with bigger muscles and women with disproportionately large boobs, and Image was a hit. The biggest loss, however, wasn't Todd McFarlane, the coattail-riding Erik Larsen, or the insipid Rob Liefeld, it was instead two other artists who were not quite as well-known at the time, Jim Lee and Marc Silvestri.

Early on in their Image runs Lee and Silvestri developed super team titles (WildC.A.T.S & Cyberforce) that while not particularly outstanding, showcased artistic talent that was beyond the rest of their partners. Under the Top Cow Imprint, Silvestri co-created one of the most popular and long-running characters outside of Marvel and DC, Witchblade in 1995. A year later, he created another stalwart Top Cow character, The Darkness.

Top Cow has released the Art of Marc Silvestri, a 96 page, over-sized hardcover showcasing his art throughout different periods of twenty year career in comics. The first chapter is simply titled "The Icons" and focuses on his Top Cow characters. Most of the pieces in the book provide side-by-side comparisons between the penciled and finished versions of the illustration. The design of the Witchblade "costume" remains one of the more ingenious in history.

Next up is the "Classic Covers" chapter and includes several of Marc's most famous cover art illustrations including the Wolverine crucifixion from X-Men #251 and the cross-overs between Batman and the Darkness and the JLA/Cyberfoce team-up.

The book rounds out with selected works from Dynamite Entertainment, Image Comics, and recent Top Cow work. These include illustrations of Red Sonja, Aphrodite IX, Hunter-Killer, and Wanted. One of the more intriguing illustrations is actually the last one in the book. A commissioned pencil drawing not of a superhero or one of Silvestri's well-known characters, but rather a portrait of a middle-ages or Renaissance-era woman.

It's a welcome change to see Marc doing a classical piece of illustration and it's extraordinary. It's the kind of work that could be considered on the same par with illustrators such as Roy Krenkel, J. Allen St. John, or Burne Hogarth. I think fans would love to see more of this kind of work from Silvestri as it displays his pure talent and shows that he is much more than just a comic book artist.

The $29.95 price tag seems a bit steep considering the book is just 96 pages and, as mentioned, you are getting quite a few comparison pages between the penciled and finished product so the number of different pieces if fewer than the page count. That said, it's great to see Silvestri get a dedicated collection of his work.
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Great Artwork, But Ultimately Just Way Too Small! 16. November 2014
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I am a big fan of Marc Silvestri as he really had a lot to do with the huge growth in popularity that we have seen the last 10-15 years in the bad girl genre of the comic market. Marc Silvestri, along with a small handful of other artists, brough something to that side of the industry that had been severly lacking, overall quality. The bad girl genre really started to take off in the 80's and early 90's, but the quality of the artwork itself was really questionable at best. In all honesty, most of it was pretty bad. It was about as anatomically inaccurate as one could hope to get. The women had breats that were bigger than their heads, legs that were longer than thier upper body, and hair that would shock even Rapunzel herself. Its was hyper sexualized artwork with very few redeeming qualities. The best artists usually stayed away from the bad girl genre of the comic market as it simply didnt command the respect that other genre's had.

Then everything started to change in the mid to late 90's. The start of Witchblade was one of the key moments in the genre. It signaled a major shift in how bad girls were drawn and artists like Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, and Brian Pulido were at the forefront of this change. Instead of cheesy drawings with ridiculous anatomical features, you started seeing bad girls rendered with far more realistic poses and anatomical accurate features. Not to mention the overall quality of the work was just a HUGE step forward as this small group of artists were extremely talented. These artists really brought a sense of quality to the bad girl genre that had never existed before and the end result was nothing less than a huge explosion in popularity for the entire genre.

Witchblade #1 was really the start of my bad girl collecting. Its since become one of my favorite genre's in the comic industry. I have a lot of respect for Marc Silvestri as he is an amazing artist and he played a very large role in the overall transformation of this genre of the comic market. All that being said, this art book is a bit disappointing as its less than 100 pages. Given the amount of work that Marc Silvestri has done, they could have easily doubled, even tripled, the overall size of this book. The artwork that is here looks amazing. Unfortunatey, there just isnt a lot here. In all honesty, this is the smallest art book I have purchased in a very long time. Such a shame as Marc Silvestri has a ton of quality work. I just don't understand the decision to go with such a small book.

Bottom line - if your a big fan of Marc Silvestri than your definitely going to want to pick this up. It may be short, but the artwork that is here is amazing. My advice, just be patient and wait for it to go on sale. Personally, I would love to see Marc create a 2nd volume, one that was at least 200 pages long. Until then, this one will have to do!

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Good for comic art collection, not much other insights. 31. Januar 2014
Von S. Chen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Great collection of art from the series from Top Cow. THATS ALL THERE IS. No additional insights abt the pics, only 'letters' from other artists on Marc Silvestri.

If you like collecting samples of comic art, this may be one of them. Browse first tho.
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Powerful artistic fantasy 17. November 2009
Von Michael R. Beatty - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I am a huge fan of fantasy art. You can take pictures of people and everyday events all you want, but the art in this book is of things straight out of the imagination. That is true creativity. Don't discount this as just comic book art, it is well done and will be appreciated by those who have an eye for detail. Marc Silvestri has obvious talent, but I was put off by the endorsements of his underlings and co-workers, seemed kind of patronizing. Art speaks for itself; and should have been left to it's own story. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book says volumes. Most all the finished colored pictures has a black and white drawing that it came from. It will help you appreciate not only the creativity that it took to make the drawing, but also the skill it took to colorize it. Most images have a dark theme and some contain sensuality. This is probably not for younger children, but teens who show an interest in art will probably be inspired by this book. Highly recommended.
If you love Awesome artwork, buy this. 1. Dezember 2013
Von Taon - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am an aspiring comic book artist and a fan of Marc Silvestri's work and this was a great purchase for me. It details a nice amount of Marc's artwork ranging from Marvel, DC and to Top Cow. This book shows off a lot of Marc's un-inked pencils which gives the reader and better idea of how detailed and beautiful Marc Silvestri's artwork is. My only issue with the book is that it would have been great if they would have included some interviews with Marc so we could understand his creative process on certain pieces. The other thing is that this book is over priced. For what they charge for the Hard Cover you should receive a bio about Marc Silvestri, interviews from co works and others in the industry and the history of Top Cow. Ultimately I love great artwork so I purchased the TPB and I am glad that I did. If anything I think that Marc Silvestri's work is under appreciated and if you choose to purchase this book you will understand why I feel that way.
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