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The Art Of Captain America: The First Avenger by Matthew K. Manning

01/04/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy The Art Of Captain America: The First Avenger in the USA - or Buy The Art Of Captain America: The First Avenger in the UK

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pub: Marvel. 224 page hardback in hardcover sleeve. Price: about GBP18.00 (UK) if you know where to look. ISBN: 978-0-78515-509-6.

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Considering how rapidly the prices soared on both volumes of ‘The Art Of Iron Man’ films, you would have thought the latest two in the series would have soared as well. Despite its popularity, ‘The Art Of Captain America: The First Avenger’ has stayed the cheapest. This may be because of what can you show about a man in a blue, white and red costume with a shield for 224 pages. Indeed, that’s quite true. Cap’s chapter is only twenty-two pages with twenty more allocated for the allied forces, principally the Howling Commandoes. The rest of the book focuses on the real techno-wiz, the Red Skull and his organisation, Hydra. For this, you have a plethora of planes and tanks and other such technology, all built to look like they would fit in the era, but crossed with advancements and the Marvel look of the period. So essentially, you think it belongs but it really doesn’t. The effect of this can be seen in the film. Here, you can wallow in the designs and the work and time it took for a few minutes screen time.

Added to this are some storyboards by Rodolfo Damaggio showing how the newly developed Steve Rogers chases down German spy, Heinz Kruger, and a chapter showing the work in developing the film poster.

In many respects, as with the other books in this series, this hardback in a hard sleeve is the bee’s knees and buying this book is more like collecting part of a set of books. Although it might not appear massively impressive, you have to admire the work that went into creating the film which is shown here and wonder what refinements they are going to make to his costume in the upcoming ‘Avengers’ film.

GF Willmetts

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