‘THE ART OF BOB PEAK’ HONORS THE LEGENDARY MOVIE POSTER ILLUSTRATOR [REVIEW]

By Patrick A. Reed

This is something of a golden age for pop culture-themed art books. It seems like every week, a new volume comes on the market that illuminates some aspect of the history of popular art. In fact, there’s so many great titles out there right now that it can be tough to figure out which are worth your time — so we figured it would be a good idea to shine the ComicsAlliance spotlight on a few of the best things we’ve recently read.

The Art Of Bob Peak celebrates the works of one of the world’s most legendary movie poster artists, edited and annotated by his son Thomas Peak.

I’ve been aware of Bob Peak’s work for pretty much as long as I can remember, and it’s a safe bet that the same holds true for almost anybody who has taken an interest in twentieth century pop culture. His art was practically inescapable, his movie posters, ad campaigns, magazine illustrations, and book jackets, reached every corner of America.

And yet, he tends to fall victim to that unique curse of the commercial artist: being simultaneously ubiquitous and unknown. Despite creating visual identities for uncountable films, books, and products, his name is often overlooked when counting down the great illustrators of 20th Century America.

But this hefty volume goes a long way toward correcting that oversight – it gives a comprehensive overview of the man’s long career, not only reprinting many of his finest pieces, but also providing an up-close look at his process through a selection of sketches, roughs, and alternate versions.

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The Conformist

Czechoslovakia, 1972

title: The Conformist | Il Conformista | Konformista | Italy, 1970
director:Bernardo Bertolucci
with: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin

poster design: PECHáNEK MIRoSLAV

(via The Conformist - Vintage Movie Poster, Miroslav Pechánek, 1972)

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