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The Comic Art of Roy Wilson - Alan Clark & David Ashford

Tunbridge Wells / New York: Midas Books / Hippocrene Books, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned heavily at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Contains: Colour plates; Colour frontispiece; Cartoons; Cartoon strips;

From the cover: “Throughout the last decade there has been a growing awareness of the value and merits of comic art. It is now becoming recognised that all through this century, some of the finest graphic artists have produced work of the highest standard for the comic papers of this country. One such artist stands out above all others as undoubtedly the finest Britain has produced: Roy Wilson (1900-1965).

Wilson played a major role in shaping the traditional British comic art style. There are those who believe he created it. He was certainly the most influential comic artist of his time and his style of drawing surpassed that of most of his contemporaries. He was also one of the most prolific, turning our many thousands of pen and ink drawings and scores of watercolour paintings.

Wilson s artistic life spanned more than 45 years and his work appeared in such titles as Funny Wonder, Tip Top, Jingles, Jester, Crackers, Sparkler and many other comics of the Amalgamated Press (now IPC). A representative selection of his voluminous output appears within this volume from his formative years in the early 1920’s, through what many believe to be his finest period in the 1930’s, to the assured and skilful drawings he was producing before his death in 1965.

Children’s comics being such a perishable commodity, much of the material to be found within the pages of this book is of rare value, the vehicles for its original appearances having, for the most part, long since disappeared into dustbins, paper drives and bonfires.”

Size: 12" x 8½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages.