The Illustrated Press



 Signed, with insert bookplate and slipcase. THIS EDITION IS NOT NUMBERED.

With every book I publish, I create a very small number of "Publisher's Editions" – books that are signed but not numbered, that come in a slipcase. I give these to family and friends, and usually keep the rest in my archive. Due to the number of requests I've received for Special Editions (which are now sold out), I have decided to sell a few of these copies from my stash.

Limited to ONLY 20 COPIES, this Publisher's Edition comes presented in a black cloth slipcase with white printing as shown. Inside and attached to the first endpaper, you will find a full-color bookplate signed by author David Saunders. The book is not numbered, but is marked with a "P" instead. This edition also includes a special slideshow DVD in full-color card-stock mini-jacket which will play on any standard DVD player, presenting additional artwork and photographic content not shown in the book. 

Hugh Joseph Ward (1909 - 1945) painted many of the most sensational pulp magazine covers that ever graced a sidewalk newsstand and stopped a pedestrian dead in his tracks. He painted sexy women hounded by ferocious predators, whose merciless villainy is only matched by their shocking lack of chivalry. His work has fascinated generations of fans, but his life has remained a mystery ever since his untimely death from cancer at the age of thirty-five, while serving in WWII. This book finally reveals the life of the man behind so many masterpieces of pulp art. It chronicles his humble family roots, his art education, and his early career as a newspaper cartoonist. The artist s working methods are documented along with his impressive contributions to the earliest conceptualizations of America s famous super heroes The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, and Superman. Pulp art historian David Saunders has written an insightful biography, richly seasoned with quotes from the artist and his associates, that chronicles the life and art of this important American master of 20th century popular culture. This is the consummate reference book on H.J. Ward, with over five-hundred high quality reproductions. The book contains more than 100 original paintings, 80 drawings, and 50 historic photo-graphs, as well as a comprehensive checklist of all published illustrations. 272 pages, 9 x12 , full-color on premium glossy stock, hardbound with dustjacket. Anyone interested in great American illustration art must have this book.