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The Art of Captain America by Matthew K. Manning
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Jul 25, 2011

it was amazing
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This is one book that's sure to delight Captain America and art book lovers.

The hardcover book comes with a slipcase of Captain America's iconic shield. It's a simple and striking design. On the back is the Hydra logo. When you pull out the book, you see a beautiful wall illustration with Captain America in World War II costume. Nice.

This is a thick book at 240 pages. It's packed with concept art on characters, environment, weapons and war machines. There are minimal film stills, a couple of old Captain America panels for the history, storyboards and of course the movie posters.

The character designs are wonderful. You'll get to see Captain America in various combat uniforms. There are variations of leather jackets, straps and belts, helmets, new or war torn. And then you have the actual redesigned Captain America costumes, again in many variations. All of them look terrific.

Other characters included are Red Skull (Johann Schmidt), Howard Stark (Tony Starks dad), Peggy Carter (love interest), Howling Commandos (Captain America's field team) and a couple of other miscellaneous characters. Of particular mention would be the Hydra troopers. There are so many designs it's starting to look like a military fashion show.

The environment designs are a mixture of digital paintings and composites. I think some are blown up slightly too big and look a bit blurry. Overall, they still look nice. Most of the set designs are quite dark in mood.

There's a huge section on weaponry. The various prototypes shields made by Howard Stark are interesting - one has a machine gun built in! Hydra weaponry takes up a significant chunk. There are designs for huge tanks, mini tanks, Schmidt's Coupe. bombers, motorcycles, trains and even submarines. The designs look sophisticated and classic at the same time. The Coupe's 3D model is very beautiful.

There are also artist commentary that go with the art that explain the background.

This book is really packed. A highly recommended companion for the movie.

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