Cartoonist Basil Wolverton was known for his grotesque drawings,fantastically odd creatures, spaghetti-like hair, smoothly sculptedcaricatures and insanely detailed crosshatching. His career in thegolden age of comic books lasted from 1938 until 1952, after which hisillustrations and caricatures extended into such publications as Life, Pageant and MAD magazines. Stylistically, he has been regarded as one of the spiritual grandfathers of underground and alternative comix.
Less well known and understood is his work for the Worldwide Churchof God, headed until 1986 by radio evangelist Herbert Armstrong. From1953 through 1974, Wolverton, a deeply religious man, was commissionedand later employed by the church to write and illustrate a narrative ofthe Old Testament (including over 550 illustrations), some 20apocalyptic illustrations inspired by the Book of Revelations, anddozens of cartoons and humorous illustrations for various WorldwideChurch publications.
Compiled and edited by Wolverton’s son, Monte, the 304-page Wolverton Bibleincludes all of Wolverton’s artwork for the Worldwide Church of Godcorporation. Recording artist and noted EC authority Grant Geissman (Tales of Terror: The E.C. Companion and Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!)provides an insightful foreword, while Monte Wolverton deliverscommentary and background in the introduction and in each section. Thisvolume is authorized and commissioned by the Worldwide Church of Godand endorsed by the Wolverton family.
Many of the illustrations in this book are regarded as BasilWolverton’s finest work. Still others have never been published, andsome of the humorous drawings printed here rival Wolverton’s work in MAD magazine.
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