Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life

PARTNERS FOR LIFE: The Story of Ross Andru & Mike Esposito.

The life and careers of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito is to be published by HERMES PRESS in mid 2006. Consisting of interviews, first hand conversations and artwork, the book covers every aspect of Andru and Esposito’s time in comic books, from their first ventures into self-publishing, their time spent working syndicate strips, the creation of the Metal Men (as told by Mike Esposito, Ross Andru & Bob Kanigher) and the duo’s work at virtually every comic book company in the USA, with an emphasis of their acclaimed work at DC, where they touched virtually every major character, through to Marvel where they enjoyed a ground breaking run on Amazing Spider-Man.

The book is comprised mainly of interviews with Mike Esposito. Interspersed throughout the book are comments and quotes from various people, including Ross Andru, Bob Kanigher, Gil Kane, Jim Mooney and others. Commentary is provided by Daniel Best and Mike Esposito.

The list of contributors to the book include the following: Bob McLeod, Alex Saviuk, Len Wein, Josef Rubenstein, Don Perlin, Michael Netzer, Dick Ayers, Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Jerry Bingham, Michael Dunne, Lyle Tucker, Jim Amash, D.D. Degg, Ger Apeldoorn, Joel Adams, Anthony Tollin, Al Bigley & Michael Eury.

There are posthumous contributions from Don Heck, Gil Kane and Bob Kanigher.

The book also has exclusive interviews with the following people:
John Romita, Sal Buscema, Marty Thall, Stan Goldberg, Marv Wolfman, Nick Cuti, Dave Hunt.

Tony Isabella has provided one of the books two introductions and Roy Thomas will provide the other. Michael Netzer has provided an after word and will be providing a piece of art to be used for promotional purposes – the image will be of the Metal Men and the Andru/Esposito creation Garlic Man.

There is a plethora of art on offer to be used in the book. The art goes as far back as the duo’s work, both together and alone, in the 1940s, through to the 1990s and includes a complete story from Heart & Soul, pages from both DC and Marvel, along with Spider-Man pages (including two pencilled only pages), World’s Finest pages (Superman/Batman), Metal Men, war, romance, horror and many more. In addition Mike Esposito has also provided several previously unpublished photographs – many of these photos have only previously been seen by the Esposito family.

There will also be an extensive checklist of the pairs work, both together and alone.

Below is the contents page of the book, along with some comments from the book. Any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask. I can be contacted at the following email address: snoopy967@bigpond.com or via the web-site: www.adelaidecomicsandbooks.com

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