1985 Brian Bolland DC Comics Artist Signed Set of 6 Prints


A very nice condition set of Six black-and-white printed plates in a printed folder.
They are signed and numbered by the DC Comics Artist Brian Bolland on the first plate. All of the artwork was created specifically for this portfolio and never reprinted at this size. The six images are in the typical Comic style, but with a more adult, anti-political and anti-establishment stance, diving into the surreal. The leading image shows WWI soldiers making their way through a trench accompanied by a naked pin-up woman. The image is signed in pencil at the bottom BRIAN BOLLAND and numbered 485/666. It has a printed: COPYRIGHT 1985 BRIAN BOLLAND and EDITIONS DEESE, PARIS, FRANCE. The cover is in white card, decorated with an image of a black monolith, on which is hung a Tommy helmet. At the base is a leaping frog. There is the artist’s signature in large as the set title. Finally, there is a dry stamp circle, with the letters WEBCA and PORTFOLIO. The cover has a few small blemishes and the contents are in mint condition.

Limited edition portfolios were a phenomenon of the 1970s and 80s. They grew out of a greater appreciation of comic and fantasy artists. This lead to a decade of large format, limited edition portfolios: a suite of new illustrations created without restrictions or censorship, with better printing on better paper, reproduced in a large size, to fully appreciate the artwork.
Brian Bolland (b. 1951) is a British comics artist. Best known in the United Kingdom as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists for the British comics anthology 2000 AD, he spearheaded the 'British Invasion' of the American comics industry, and in 1982 produced the artwork on Camelot 3000 (with author Mike W. Barr), which was DC Comics' first 12-issue comic book maxiseries, created for the direct market. He subsequently concentrated on working as a cover artist, producing the vast majority of his work for DC Comics. His rare forays into interior art also include Batman: The Killing Joke, with UK-based writer Alan Moore, and a self-penned Batman: Black and White story. He made his professional comics debut in 1975, perfecting his clean-line style and meticulous attention. Since 1997 his work has been completely digital.

Size: 30.5 x 41.2 cm (12 x 17 3/8 inches)
Weight: 277g