Atomic Comic Book

The Atomic RevolutionThe Atomic Revolution” is a gorgeous relic from America’s early love affair with its ability to split the atom. A kind of promotional brochure for the wonders of the atomic age that highlights the concepts and history behind what was then a brave new frontier, it was copyrighted in 1957 and has been apparently forgotten until now. The comic book artist Ethan Persoff recently happened across a copy at an estate sale and has kindly published some wonderful scans of its contents on his site.Aside from its significance as a somewhat disturbing anachronistic curiosity, “The Atomic Revolution” is also a beautifully illustrated example of comic art. The line illustrations are bold, lushly detailed and expert; they have both the quality of intense, devoted workmanship and a tender naturalness. Persoff does not identify the artist but I’d be willing to bet that this is the work of Al Williamson, a titan of postwar comics and one of the most gifted draughtsmen to ever work in the medium.

(As an aside: my first exposure to Williamson’s work as a kid was his beautiful 1980 comic book adaptation of “The Empire Strikes Back” with his longtime friend and fellow comic book luminary Archie Goodwin.)


One Comment

Thank you! Your remarks have been sent to Khoi.