garnered rave reviews for finally documenting the compelling life and career of a pivotal comics artist, about whom little was known publicly.
TwoMorrows is at it again with their new biography, Don Heck: A Work of Art, which is officially shipping this week. Like with Colletta, fans have had a love/hate relationship with Don Heck (1929-1995), the original artist of Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and key early Avengersissues. In this full-color hardcover, Heck finally gets his due, thanks to author John Coates, who tirelessly researched the artist's background and career. It documents how he joined Atlas/Marvel Comics in 1954, and along with industry giants Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, and Dick Ayers, became an integral player in “The Marvel Age of Comics”, drawing The X-Men, Spider-Man, Nick Fury—Agent of SHIELD, Daredevil, The Defenders, Ghost Rider, and most of Marvel's other major characters. Also covered is how he became regular artist on top-tier 1970s DC Comics titles such as Teen Titans, The Flash, Justice League of America, Wonder Woman, as well as putting in time at Dell, Gold Key, and as “ghost” artist on Lee Falk’s The Phantom newspaper strip.
In addition to personal recollections from Don’s surviving family, long-time friends, and comics industry legends, the narrative of the book is formed from two lengthy interviews with Heck himself (one rarely-seen, and another unpublished until now), which have been melded into a seamless conversation with Don. There's a wealth of examples of his artwork (all in full-color), and a special chapter where the author debunks the longstanding myth that putting Don as artist on a comic meant the sales would drop—complete with actual sales figures to prove the point. Iron Man co-creator Stan Lee provides the Foreword, and Beau Smith pens the Afterword.
This full-color hardcover is 192 pages long, and retails for $39.95. It is available now in both print and digital editions, through TwoMorrows website (www.twomorrows.com), comic and bookstores through Diamond Comic/Book Distributors, on Amazon.com, and through the company's app on the Apple and Android platform.
DON HECK: A Work of Art
192-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER - by John Coates
$39.95 cover price
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JUN141474
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