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Much like the similarly-named Illustration Magazine, this new quarterly offers excellent illustrated articles on top artists and illustrators. But in this case, they are from England and the Continent--often little known here in the U.S. although you may certainly recognize some of the most iconic art.

This new issue offers four excellent features: A Brush with Fitzrovia: The Elegant Art of David Wright - This examines the career of a man who began as a to-flight artist of women and the nude, whose covers appeared on the British magazine Modern Weekly in the 1930s; nudes and lingerie poses for The Daily Sketch and covers for Hearst's esteemed American Weekly in the 1940s, and then a long, long run on "Carol Day," a beloved British daily comic strip. Inspired by Alex Raymond's Rip Kirby, Wright's artwork has a photo-realism that reminds us of Raymond and James Montgomery Flagg. It features a cast of characters and beautiful ladies that is best compared to Leonard Starr's Mary Perkins On Stage and and Alex Kotzky's Apartment 3G.

Next up is Blades and Brocades: The Art of Cecil Doughty. He specialized is highly detailed historical work, particularly battles in the middle ages, in the pages of Thriller Comics Library and Look and Learn.

Under the Great Arch of Heaven: The Iridescent World of Raymond Sheppard. A creator of brilliant animal drawings and book covers, adventure illustrations and children's books in the 1930s to the late 1950s.

Taking the Rough with the Smooth: The Urbane Art of Renato Fratini. Best known for his iconic cover for James Bond in From Russia With Love, his master of stylish realism tacked movie posters, book covers, magazine illustration and more during his career.

Lastly we have a portfolio of pulp-style war paintings by Jordi Penalva. Another fine issue!

Publisher: Book Palace, 2013
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x11
Pages: 96pg
Color: Full Color throughout

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About Bud

I've been actively collecting, buying and selling now since 1968. I received a San Diego Comic-Con Inkpot Award in 1994. I am in Fifty Who Made DC Great (1985) , Founders of Comics Fandom (2010), Comics: Between the Panels (1998), etc.

I opened my first comic store with six partners in 1968, co-owned a chain of seven comic stores from 1972-1988, and distributed comics and specialty items from seven warehouses in four states until I sold that portion of the business to Diamond Comic Distributors in 1988.

I've exhibited at every San Diego Comic Con since the first in 1970. I've twice been on the Spectrum Jury panel and am on the advisory board, I've helped publishers assemble books using my own collection as source material, and I provide input or advice to publishers on new projects.

I have never stopped collecting and learning about comics and art history. I'm pleased that my enthusiasm and interest can help me to better introduce customers to new as well as vintage artists and collections. I use "Recommended," "Highly Recommended," and "Our Highest Recommendation" to show my personal endorsement and enthusiasm for items that I am most excited about.