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The Complete Concrete - Paul Chadwick

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Paul Chadwick / Paperback / Reading Level: Young Adult / 320 Pages / Book is published 1994-09-15 by Dark Horse

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      01.06.2001 00:45
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      The winner of countless comic book awards, Paul Chadwick’s Concrete is one of the great pleasures of it’s medium. Meet Ron Lithgow, a political speechwriter who found himself trapped in an alien body composed of living stone, yet covered up by the government to be a cyborg only known as Concrete. Living of the media’s interests and the merchandise which surrounds Concrete’s real interests are being able to accomplish the many dreams he could only write about at one time, something that were the mere limitations of flesh and blood, Concrete sets off with his scientific researcher Maureen and best friend, wannabe novelist Larry Munro. We watch as he saves miners, attempts to swim the Atlantic, becomes a rock star's bodyguard, helps on a farm and climbs Mt. Everest alone. His inhuman abilities however come second - at heart, Concrete has to be one of the most human characters you'll ever meet in comics. The Complete Concrete collects the original 10 issue black and white mini series that ran between 1986 to 1888 from Dark Horse comics. It is a massive, 320-page book of pure Concrete, which cult writer Harlan Ellison even called,"...the best comic being published today by anyone, anywhere." Having trained at the Art Center College of Design in America, Paul Chadwick over the years has contributed a fair amount of his artistic gift to the world of film almost much as he has to the comic book field. Chadwick created numerous film posters, magazines, and science-fiction paperbacks with his paintings, before moving to Disney and other studios as a storyboard artist. Over the years Chadwick has worked on a number of films, including The Big Easy, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Strange Brew and After Midnight, which he also art directed. Making his mark in comics was his next step. Coming up with an idea for a character unique to the typical superhero concept, Concrete was as much inspired by his childhood and his passion for t
      raveling than anything else. Perfectly setting the scene of his development and the feelings that people get from his stories are seven short essays at the beginning of the trade paperback describing Chadwick’s creation. This huge stone-skinned creature and his adventures reflect many of Chadwick's own concerns regarding society today - from the politics of exclusion to Earth's deteriorating environment. Chadwick has enjoyed 15 years of success with Concrete, heralded with numerous of the industries awards it so rightly deserves. With talks of a film in development and the script picked up by Disney, I can only say I’m a little worried about the way it is translated to the big screen. Intelligently written, Concrete is a very cerebral comic that is a joy to read. If you are not touched by any of the stories then you are better off reading Ben Grimm’s exploits in The Fantastic Four.

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