IDW Publishes The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt, a Celebration of Super Hero Illustration
Feb 02, 2021
Fans of classic fantasy illustration and Marvel's most iconic characters are in for a one-of-a-kind treat with The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt (JAN200730), a deluxe, oversized art book featuring hundreds of paintings and sketches by legendary illustrators Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Published by IDW, this 284-page, full color hardcover will be available for purchase beginning February 23, 2021.
In 1994, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt began an amazing relationship with Marvel Comics, producing the incredible Marvel Masterpieces trading card set, featuring all of The House of Ideas' most incredible characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Panther, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and so many others! The entire set is reproduced in The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt, alongside showcasing model photos and preliminary drawings of the paintings.
This beautiful art book also includes the X-Men 2099 painted graphic novel, written by John Francis Moore and illustrated by the Brothers Hildebrandt, as well as a treasure trove of illustrations that came after their massive Marvel Masterpieces undertaking. Artwork from the ‘90s through today, published as trading cards, posters, and more, are featured with insightful commentary, amusing anecdotes, and candid reminisces by the one and only Greg Hildebrandt.
“In 1993, I walked into Marvel, met Tom DeFalco, told him that I wanted to do something in comics, and he said, ‘How about 158 trading cards?’ I thought that this would be the opportunity of a lifetime, and it proved without a doubt to be one of the top highlights of our careers. I had a blast painting so many heroes and villains in Marvel’s library of characters. Painting these still brings out the kid in me,” says Hildebrandt. “This book is the most comprehensive collection of our Marvel art, and I’m so happy to be able to have it available all in one beautifully produced book for fans to enjoy.”
“The word ‘legendary’ is bandied about a lot when describing the subjects of art books,” says editor Scott Dunbier, “but when it comes to the work of The Brothers Hildebrandt, it’s almost impossible to describe them any other way. Their careers, together and separately, prove them to be masters of their craft. As a lifelong fan, I can’t wait to hold this in my hands.”
The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt is available for preorder via booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. Visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, collectively known as the Brothers Hildebrandt, have been at the forefront of fantasy illustrations for six decades. In the 1970s, their wildly popular and universally acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings calendars helped to reintroduce new generations to this seminal fantasy work.
In 1994, Greg and Tim began an amazing relationship with Marvel Comics, producing the incredible Marvel Masterpieces trading card set, featuring all of the House of Ideas' most incredible characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Panther, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and so many others! That entire set is reproduced here, as well as showcasing model photos and preliminary drawings of the paintings.
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, posters, and others, and with insightful commentary, amusing anecdotes, and candid reminisces by the one and only Greg Hildebrandt.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are internationally renowned illustrators. They are best known for painting fantasy and sci-fi art, in particular the annual J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Calendars from 1977 through 1979 and the original Star Wars movie posters. The Brothers have created thousands of illustrations for textbooks, children’s books, calendars, book covers, comic books, advertisements, movie posters, production design for films, collectables, and trading card games. Among their accolades, The Brothers Hildebrandt were granted the coveted Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, achieved New York Times Bestseller status for their epic fantasy novel Urshurak, and received the Golden Eagle Award for Project Hope. Sadly, Tim passed away in 2006, but Greg still works doing book covers, commercial art, advertising art, and private commissions.