There was something I found interesting about the following press release. “Todd McFarlane’s first and only art book…” Really? Whether you like his art or not, it is safe to say that Todd McFarlane is an important figure in the American comics scene. He is responsible for the record setting Spider-Man #1 (over 1 million sold) as well as the best selling independent comic of all time (Spawn #1 with sales of 1.7 million). His artistic style, as well as those of the rest of the Image founders, dominated the landscape of comics in the 90′s. So, with all that, I find it difficult to comprehend that no one up until now has published a Todd McFarlane art book!
At long last, Todd Mcfarlane Productions And Image Comics will be Releasing Todd Mcfarlane’s Long Awaited Visual Biography, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details. Todd McFarlane’s first and only art book is scheduled to hit shelves nationwide Wednesday, November 21.
A visual biography celebrating almost 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details, is not just another art book. It follows McFarlane’s journey from a young comic book fan mimicking his favorite artists, to his subsequent rise to comic book stardom. McFarlane, himself, provides hundreds of anecdotes throughout the 400-page book, walking the fans through his groundbreaking career.
“I broke into this industry when I was 23 years-old. The only way to put a book like this together is to have actually spent more than two decades creating the art within it,” said McFarlane.
“The passage of time allows you to build up a body of work, that as you step back, has meaning, and can be an inspiration for other artists along the way. I’m happy to be able to collect my autobiography in both a written and visual format. I hope the wait has been worth it!”
Fans will receive an up close and personal look at McFarlane’s creative take on beloved characters from both DC and Marvel Comics, and learn more about his history making move in helping to form Image Comics, where he published his brainchild, Spawn. With copious amounts of rarely seen black and white original pieces of his most famous work, and numerous drawings of the comic book industry’s most popular characters, this is a book that can’t be missed. In addition, fans get an exclusive peek at McFarlane’s first forays into various media (toys, film, animation, music videos, video games), where he put his creative stamp on everything through his signature eye-catching imagery.
Available just in time for Black Friday, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details will be available nationwide Wednesday, November 21. The oversized hard cover book (9×12) is limited to 5000 copies, with 700 signed and numbered editions available. Each book retails at $64.99 and $100, respectively, and would make the perfect gift for any art fan!