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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Frankenstein 1934

I mentioned how much I like Frankenstein a while ago. Now some very classy illustrations from a 1934 edition of the novel have shown up online, and I don't think I can remember a visualisation of the story I've liked more.

The image above is a fair sample, but there are many larger and more striking ones to be seen at Nick Mullins' blog. He's done the world a small service by scanning these and getting them online, I reckon. They're by someone called Lynd Ward, and the fact that they're woodcut engravings just makes them all the more impressive, if you ask me. It's amazingly dark, dramatic and dynamic art, especially in the way it handles the monster.

Want the book these illustrations adorn. Cannot have. Out of print. Life unfair.



Blogger Dark Wolf said...

This drawings are very good, thank you for pointing them to us :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

Having now read the comments on the original post, turns out I could have a copy of this book if I wanted: a collector's edition from Centipede Press, priced at USD225. What we need now is a mad (and rather improbable) rush on Winterbirth and Bloodheir sales before my next royalty statement, to enable me to indulge my money-no-object booklust.

9:18 AM  
Blogger H5L5N5 said...

Those woodcuts are amazing.

You might want to have a look at this one, some sort of precursor of graphic novels:

It's from 1930 and extremely touching.

(I used to have it in the shop but nobody bought it; it made me sad when it had to be returned to the publisher)

9:53 PM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

h5l5n5: cool link. I don't think I ever knew this sort of stuff was being done back in the 1930s. You learn something new every day.

8:58 PM  
Blogger H5L5N5 said...

Otto Nuckel actually inspired Will Eisner, the God and creator of graphic novels who coined the expression with his "Contract with God", an incredible work that you should read if you haven't already.
If you have the opportunity, you should really read "Destiny"; the story of that woman's life, from the moment she was born until she dies, done in these amazing wordless woodcuts, is probably one of the deepest works I've ever seen.
Maybe I should try to get it in the shop again so you could read it.

11:48 PM  

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