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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Off The Shelf: Concrete

Paul Chadwick's Complete ConcretePaul Chadwick's Concrete grew from a character first considered to be a rip-off of Marvel's early sulky incarnation of The Thing into a thought-provoking hero tortured by being unwillingly locked in a large, unwieldy body of stone. Instead of becoming a villain, because what else do you do when you're a giant concrete ogre, Concrete chose to be a low-key superhero who fought in very human arenas from environmental activism to political unrest.

Chadwick, who previously worked as an artist on Marvel's short-lived Dazzler series and also drew storyboards for Disney, wrote and illustrated stories that were much more slice-of-life by being focused on realistic situations rather than over-the-top fight sequences. His Concrete series, first published by Dark Horse Comics in 1986 won Chadwick the Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist in 1989.

Chadwick is currently drawing a miniseries for DC, Seven Against Chaos, written by Harlan Ellison as well as writing for the MMORPG, The Matrix On-line.


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