THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: A LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES HC / $49.99 / 328 pages / 9×12 size / on sale 05.02.18
FIRST AFTERSHOCK PRINTING! There are few creative names in comics whose influence is felt more in pop culture than Jim Starlin, with his creations Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer occupying such prominent roles in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The “father of the cosmic soap opera,” Jim Starlin’s name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print, this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry’s top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin’s files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. The first edition of this volume sold out instantly. Don’t be caught short this time! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie!
On how the project came together and why he’s excited about it:
“When I started in the comic book business “Art Of” books were strictly the provenance of the greats, like Rembrandt and Di Vinci. But times change and so do attitudes. Now the comic is considered an art form and I hope A Life in Words and Pictures contributes a little to that art form’s history. As I come to terms with the drawing part of my career ending, the reissuing of this volume (big enough to knock out a cow with) provides me and readers a chance to look back at a forty-something year long stint in comics and see the starling changes in the industry that occurred during this time frame, both technically and artistically. I have to thank Joe Pruett for instigating this project and the Herculean effort he put into assembling and designing the book.”
On how the experience has been working with AfterShock Comics thus far:
“AfterShock and Joe, as usual, have been simply terrific to work with on this project.”