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    Suggested books on Hal Foster and Alex Raymond?

    I want to get a book on each artist. I'm interested in a book that will give me some info on these artists, but mostly some of their art, to look at, admire, study and learn from. If there exists a book with analysis on some of their art, so the better, but I don't require it.

    So, any suggestions?

    Also, any other comic artist or illustrator recommended for study?
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    There's a book on Hal Foster by Brian Kane, "Prince of Illustrators," that's pretty well written with good reproductions. Fantagraphics put out a Prince Valiant book recently, also by Kane, that looks good. There's a couple books of his Tarzan strip collected. I've also seen a few with badly reproduced artwork.

    There was a biography on Raymond that came out a couple years ago but it's not that well written. I'd suggest just getting a few good Flash Gordon books, or the new Rip Kirby one that came out.

    As for recommendations of others, there was a Noel Sickles book on his Scorchy Smith series that looked pretty good, and I was recently reading a biography on Milton Caniff by Robert Harvey that was enjoyable. Couple others I thought of: George Herriman book ("Krazy Kat") by Patrick McDonnell, and Winsor Mckay, His Life and Art by John Cannemaker.
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    Here's a few more artists biography books I'd also recommend: (I assume by your avatar that you're already familar with the several Frazetta books)

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    Will Eisner "Shop Talk" (not really a biography book, but he interviews other artists like Neal Adams and Gil Kane.)
    The Collected (Jack) Kirby Collector (a more recent book, "Kirby: King of Comics" was recently released but I don't have it)
    The Warren Companion (a collection of interesting articles on artists of the Warren magazines, Creepy & Eerie)
    Al Williamson: Hidden Lands (does Alex Raymond better than Alex Raymond)
    Brush With Life: Art and Life of Dave Stevens
    "Alex Toth" by Michael Auad (see also his book Alex Toth: Black & White)
    Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics
    Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

    Other:
    Shamus Culhane's book "Animation: From Script to Screen" (an old-school animator talks about the early days of his career)
    Norman Rockwell's "My Life As An Illustrator"
    "N. C. Wyeth: A Biography" by David Michaelis
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