From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin is a coffee table art book, biography, and critique of one of the 20th century's most influential and unjustly neglected Golden Age comic book artists.
Mort Meskins comics career spanned almost 30 years, from the 1940s to the 1960s. His drawing, chiaroscuro technique, and storytelling are considered by connoisseurs of the form to be among the most sophisticated of his time — on a par with peers such as Joe Kubert and Steve Ditko. His passion for his drawing was equaled by his skill, and the consistently high quality of his oeuvre in the disreputable comic book format blurs the distinction between high and low art. Yet he is known mostly among hard-core aficionados today, eclipsed in the history books by many of his peers, some of whom he profoundly influenced. Among Meskins fans and admirers are Jim Steranko, Alex Toth, Carmine Infantino, and Jack Kirby. From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin finally gives this neglected artist the recognition his due.
The first artist to draw Sheena of the Jungle, Meskin worked in such diverse genres as romance, crime, and Western comics. Following World War II, he formed a studio with Jerry Robinson. He later worked for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and later still with Stan lee at Atlas (Marvel). During the 1950s and '60s he helped DC Comics define their mystery and science fiction lines. From Shadow to Light compiles for the first time the best of Meskin's art from his comic book career, his post-comics advertising career, and his fine art including many pages reproduced from original art.
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"Mort Meskin was a consummate professional, dedicated to his work. A great talent." — Jack Kirby
"Like so many others, Mort is one of comics unsung heroes, but time often has a way of resolving the situation." — Jim Steranko
"The guy was terrific and had an influence, not only on me but on a hell of a lot of other guys that were in the industry. Carmine Infantino. Alex Toth. All they guys who came into the business at my time knew of Mort and knew of Mort's stuff and loved it." — Joe Kubert
"Although Meskin's work is today known only to hard-core comics aficionados, he was a major influence on artists who went on to far greater renown, including Joe Kubert, who learned from inking Meskin's pencil drawings as a teenager, and Steve Ditko. Brower, a former art director at The New York Times, supplies revealing biographical information, insightful critical assessments, and, most of all, page after page of Meskin's brilliant work, much of it reproduced from the rare original drawings." — Booklist