Sunday, 21 November 2010
Wulf the Briton - Looking Good in Leather!
To say this book has been a labor of love would be something of an understatement, but when Book Palace Books received a gi-normous box of the printer's proofs to this volume the excitement was palpable. The book is costly but the results I think will justify the price, which even for the signed and lettered ultra-deluxe edition is still less expensive than buying a piece of Wulf artwork (if you can find one) or attempting to buy the complete run of Express Weeklys showcasing Ron Embleton's amazing artistry on this strip.
The quality of scanning has been painstaking to the 'nth degree. The problems that normally bedevil projects like this have been addressed and overcome. Light blues which are always an early casualty in this process have been retained and all the subtleties evident in the original printing have been retained. The delicate brushwork which underlies much of Embleton's modeling, particularly with flesh tones has been preserved. All the black line work is as it should be. The final prints on archival matte paper are so close to the original comics that the experience of looking through these pages is a real joy. Particularly as printing artifacts have been removed and ghosting from the reverse side of the original comics pages has been removed without losing the subtleties of Embleton's palette and incredibly - in the few bad cases of off registration - the pages have been re-registered!
At some point in the future I might devote one blog posting to how the scanning and restoration on this book was achieved but in the meantime here are a few photos, plus a short video of the book, plus initial printer's proofs and a couple of low register versions of some of the restored scans, which if you compare them to the earlier versions that appeared on the blog all those months ago will give you an inkling at the careful restoration that has been applied to these pages.
More information can be gathered here at the Book Palace Books website.