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Al Williamson adventures
Williamson, Al, 1939-
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Westminster, Md. : Insight Studios Group, 2003.
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96 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm
Along the scenic route / Harlan Ellison -- Cliff hanger (An Albruce serial in six chapters) / Bruce Jones -- Relic / Archie Goodwin -- The few and the far / Bruce Jones -- One last job / Mark Schultz -- Out of phase / Archie Goodwin.
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This oversized art book presents a huge dose of Al's exceptional illustrations for stories authored by Harlan Ellison, Bruce Jones, Mark Schultz, Archie Goodwin, and Mark Wheatley. It includes new and never before seen art and stories in addition to the highest art quality reproduction of the very best comic art Al Williamson has created. Look for a dramatic new cover illustration of Al's favorite comics strip character, Flash Gordon.

Author Notes

Harlan Ellison was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 27, 1934. He was the author of numerous short story collections including Strange Wine; The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World; Harlan Ellison's Watching; Deathbird Stories; Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman; I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream; and Stalking the Nightmare: Stories and Essays. He received numerous awards including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, and the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2011.

He published two collections of his columns on television for the Los Angeles Free Press entitled The Glass Teat and The Other Glass Teat. He edited several anthologies including Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories and Medea: Harlan's World. He received the Milford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Editing.

He also wrote scripts for TV series including Burke's Law, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He served as creative consultant on the new version of The Twilight Zone in the 1980s and as conceptual consultant on Babylon 5. He won the Writer's Guild of America's Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay four times. He died on June 27, 2018 at the age of 84.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Williamson is best known for the gorgeous sf stories he illustrated in the 1950s for various EC Comics. His style has changed remarkably little during the intervening half-century, and this collection of recent work demonstrates there is scant reason it should have. Unlike most contemporary comics artists, who learned to draw from studying their forebears, Williamson was influenced by classic magazine illustration, which spurred him to develop a facility rivaling those of its masters. Every panel here is beautifully rendered, and the book's oversize format and sharp, mostly black-and-white reproduction show Williamson's meticulous line to full advantage. The stories are primarily sf and other genre tales like the ones he drew in his early career. Perhaps the one that is the most fun is an Indiana Jones-style adventure in six chapters spaced by other stories in the volume. Hardly in the limelight lately--as in other pop-culture fields, comics veterans are routinely sidelined in favor of hot newcomers--Williamson well deserves the tribute of this book. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Williamson, former artist of adventure comic strips like Secret Agent Corrigan and Flash Gordon, might best be described as the Roger Corman of comics art. While his own work has mostly appeared in the medium's pulpier areas, his influence on subsequent generations of comics artists is undeniable. Like Corman, Williamson has influenced filmmakers, too-George Lucas says much of the Star Wars movies' production design owes a huge debt to Williamson, and Lucas later asked Williamson to draw the Star Wars comics strip. In celebration of his long, successful career, Insight Studios Group has produced an album-sized collection of his art, both b&w and color. This is not some static pin-up book, but an anthology of various short stories by such luminaries as Harlan Ellison, Bruce Jones and Archie Goodwin. While it's an impressive roster of writers, it's clear they're completely in the service of the artist. The stories-almost all of which feature obvious plot twists and clumsy dialogue-are really no more than flimsy excuses for Williamson to draw beautiful, scantily-clad women; burly men in leather jackets; and futuristic cars with big guns. Fortunately, the art is well worth it. For all of his love of the Sunday sci-fi adventure strip tropes, Williamson is a skilled storyteller. He has a strong sense of both anatomy and physical objects, handles chases and fights with equal aplomb, and if his characters' expressions sometimes lack subtlety-well, they're not in subtle stories, now, are they? (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Williamson is highly regarded within the comics industry for the classic work he did at the legendary EC Comics in the early 1950s, as well as some well-remembered Flash Gordon comic books and his work on the comic strips Rip Kirby and Secret Agent X-9. General readers may have seen his artwork in the Star Wars newspaper strip from the early 1980s (director George Lucas has said that Williamson's work influenced Star Wars's production design). The short stories presented in this rather expensive, oversized hardcover volume, scripted by five different writers, are old-fashioned but entertaining. Several, including Harlan Ellison's tale of government-sanctioned road rage (the only story here in color), are twist-ending sf tales in the EC tradition. Some are slam-bang adventures starrin0g bold men of action and scantily clad (sometimes topless) women, like the six-part World War II-era cliffhanger serial scripted by Bruce Jones and starring an ace pilot named, well, Cliff Hanger. Only the confusing "Tracke" is subpar. Williamson's style is realistic: the amount of detail he puts into his alien planetscapes is amazing, but he lavishes equal attention on the folds of everyday clothing. This book will be best appreciated by longtime comics fans. Recommended for larger adult collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.