Heroes of the Comics

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September 2014

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“I stand in awe of Drew Friedman’s technique and the certain flavor of sad old America he captures.” – Robert Crumb

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry’s birth in the ’30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right.

Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man
Boing Boing calls “America’s greatest living portrait artist!”

“I love Drew Friedman. He’s my favorite artist.” – Howard Stern

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Boing Boing

•Culture and entertainment blog

“Drew Friedman is the great caricaturist of our age … I had no idea what many of the comic book artists I've admired for decades looked like, and it was a treat to finally see the faces of Steve Ditko (Spiderman), Dave Berg and Jack Davis (Mad), and John Stanley (Little Lulu), rendered in Friedman’s detailed style, replete with liver spots, wrinkles, and rumpled clothes.”

Comic Book Resources

•Comics website

“An undeniably great tribute to the people who shaped the business and the artform that is comics … [The book] includes an introduction by Al Jaffee, where the artist talks about how his paths crossed with many of the creators depicted within, from his childhood to college to adulthood.”

Comics Alliance

•Comics website and blog

“With comics being the visual medium that they are, there’s no shortage of pictures of the characters … however, most comic book creators exist behind a much deeper veil of obscurity — especially in the Golden Age, when their names were rarely attached to the comics they worked on. When you hear names like Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster or Jack Kirby, you think of the creations rather than the people. Now, artist Drew Friedman is attempting to change that, at least a little … it’s pretty cool to be able to put a face on these names that you’ve seen in the history of comics, and with Friedman’s exaggerated, friendly art, it works really well.”