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Monday, October 24, 2005

Dinosaurs and Comics; A Magic Combination!

I like dinosaurs. Always have. And, I don't think I've ever read a comic book about dinosaurs that I didn't like. That being said, I'm very much looking forward to a book called Bonesharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards, which I believe has already come out. The work concerns (and I quote from the publisher's site) "the story of Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for the fossil treasures discovered in the American west in the late 1800s. It also introduces the young artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public." Get it? More enjoyable comics hijinx involving actual historical events. Check it out, teachers; the publisher's site, which can be found here, even has a study guide to help teachers use this book in the classroom (It's at the very bottom of the page).

Along those lines, here's another Classroom Comics selection.
Back in the mid-eighties, Marvel Comics published a five-issue series that gathered some of the best talent the industry has ever seen. Huge talents such as Mike Baron, Steve Englehart, Mike Mignola, John and Marie Severin, Val Mayerik, Mark Wheatley, Al Williamson, Bill Mantlo, Steve Bissette and John Bolton collaborated on this project, aptly entitled Amazing High Adventure. This was a project that, I believe, would be considered a major undertaking in comics today, yet almost never seems sought out or reviewed by anyone. Why is that? Well, let's look at some reasons why it should be sought out.
Diversity of subject material. Stories from Napoleonic times, 19th-century American West, and the American Revolution share page-space with tales of early paleontology, modern-day Indonesia, and Genghis Kahn's unification of Mongolia.Diversity of art-styles. I could just put a "see above" indicator here, but it's worth pointing out again that the cream of the artistic crop is represented within these pages.
From the beautiful,finely-painted style of Bolton to the sketchy, yet very detailed pencil/ink work of Alan Weiss, as well as the highly-expressive and "spooky" work of Steve (Swamp Thing) Bissette, the series is an eye-popping cornucopia of wonderful art.
Amazing High Adventure is highly-recommended for readers of all ages who love great stories, beautiful artwork and..., well..., high adventure. Find it at your nearest comic shop, comic conventions, or online auctions. Can't find a shop near you? Call 1-888-comicbook.