This suggestion is for the major-league comic book nerd on your shopping list. It’s also perfect for fans of intricate caricature work. More Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books is another masterwork by Drew Friedman.
Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry’s birth through the brilliant artists and writers who fueled the industry’s first few decades, all lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Friedman is hailed for his distinctive style that depicts his subjects in absolute detail, warts and all, yet manages to find beauty within.
With subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering artists of color. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, including Otto Binder, Gene Colan, Mickey Spillane, Don Heck, James Warren, Curt Swan, Patricia Highsmith, Jules Feiffer, H. G. Peter, Robert Kanigher, Audrey Blum, Nick Cardy, Ben Oda, Vince Colletta, Dan DeCarlo, John Romita, John Buscema, Kurt Shaffenberger, Mort Weisinger, Gladys Parker, Frank Robbins, Larry Lieber, and many more!
Even the legends of comic book art are raving about More Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.
“Drew Friedman is an amazing artist. More Heroes Of The Comics is absolutely stunning. It stirred memories of long ago when I met and worshipped some of these stars on the nascent comic book world. This is a trove of sweet nostalgia.” –Al Jaffee
This book is, of course, a sequel to Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books, which was published in 2014. You should be able to order both of these books from any local bookstore using the ISBN code, or you can get them directly from Fantagraphics.