Comic Review: The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt (IDW Publishing)

Greg Hildebrandt and his brother Tim are the focus of a new oversized (9″ x 12″) art book from IDW Marvel. This 286-page book is crammed full of colourful examples […]

Greg Hildebrandt and his brother Tim are the focus of a new oversized (9″ x 12″) art book from IDW Marvel.

This 286-page book is crammed full of colourful examples of their acrylic paintings. The images are primarily of a 1994 project that involved both brothers, the Marvel Masterpieces trading card set. The assignment was a challenging one, as Greg describes it: 158 paintings to be completed in 180 days. Tim painted backgrounds and Greg painted the figures.

The book includes reference photos, pencil drawings, behind-the-scenes images, and plenty of descriptive text. Paintings include those of Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Panther, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and so many others!

Also included is the X-Men 2099 painted graphic novel by the Brothers (written by John Francis Moore), as well as a treasure trove of their entire output for Marvel, all illustrations from 1994 to today: more trading cards and posters.

IDW Marvel The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt, $59.99 for 284 pages

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!