I recently received a copy of Nick Cardy's The Artist at War, published by Titan Books in the UK.

For those unfamiliar, Cardy is a Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee who produced iconic Silver Age cover art for DC comics’ titles such as Aquaman, Teen Titans, The Flash, World’s Finest, Superman, Detective Comics and Wonder Woman. After retiring from comics in the 70’s, Cardy moved to commercial art in the form of movie advertising, producing legendary one sheet posters for Apocalypse Now, Sonny Chiba’s The Street Fighter and a little film called STAR WARS!!

The book itself focuses on Nick’s Military career spanning 1943-1945 and collects his entire sketchbook entries along side commentary on the events he witnessed. Generally speaking World War II isn’t a subject I’m particularly fond of, but the lush watercolors and vivid pen and pencil illustrations really drew me in here. There’s some startlingly bleak wartime imagery depicted here within these pages and Nick’s style really does convey an aspect of the time and mood which is difficult to remain unaffected by. Relaxing moments of camaraderie whilst travelling between skirmishes are captured warmly, and scenes of battlefield horrors are portrayed with equal honesty. I enjoyed reading it a lot in all honesty as I found the sketchbook perspective really captivating and interesting. You really do get a sense of the journey Nick went on as a young soldier through his art and experiences.

The book itself is a 200mm X 302mm sturdy hardback edition with lovely gloss pages which present the art clearly for you to enjoy and absorb.

Available from Titan HERE, or Amazon HERE.

If you’d like to win a copy of the book, then simply reblog this post and I’ll select a winner in 7 days using a random generator site. I’ll ship worldwide so best of luck to those interested.

Update: Contest is over, winner has been notified. Thank you.

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