A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plates 11-20 (1999)

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, insides

Published in 1999 A Fall of Stardust portfolio featured 29 full colour plates inspired by author Neil Gaiman’s and artist Charles Vess’ novella Stardust.

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, back cover
The back cover to A Fall of Stardust

The original four-part illustrated story was published by DC Comics’ Vertigo Press imprint and reunited the pair who had previously collaborated on the A Midsummer’s Nights Dream issue of Gaiman’s hugely popular Sandman comic book series. The portfolio was published by Vess’s own Green Man Press and each plate measured 6.5 x 10 inches (the size of a comic book). The set also contained two prose chapbooks and shipped in an unnumbered fold-out cardboard wallet, which sold for $12.95.

Released to help raise money to offset Vess’s wife Karen’s medical bills after she was seriously injured in a car accident, A Fall of Stardust included artwork from some comic book heavy weights – Linda Medley, Terry Moore, Zander Cannon, Dave McKean and Jeff Smith, to name but a few – as well as sculptor Lisa Snellings.

A Fall of Stardust portfolio, Wall – a Prolugue
The cover to Wall – A prologue

The chapbooks were written by Gaiman and Susanna Clarke, author of the bestselling Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The Gaiman chapbook, Wall – A Prologue, ran to 12 black and white pages and contained a short prose story prologue to Stardust as well as three poems: Septimus’ Triolet; Song of the Little Hairy Man and The Old Warlock’s Reveries: A Pantoum. The chapbook also featured a cover illustration and vignette drawings by Vess.

To really give this portfolio justice I’ve spread the set out over three posts – here are plates 11 to 20 (plates 1-10 are here). There are some beautiful images in this second batch, Lisa Snellings’ sculpture (plate 11) and Sandman cover artist Dave McKean’s montage (plate 18) being the highlights of this great selection. The last nine plates will appear in a few days time (click here), as well as more details on Susanna Clarke’s chapbook.

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 11

Plate 11
Artwork by Robin Mullins

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 12

Plate 12
Artwork by Lisa Snellings

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 13

Plate 13
Artwork by Terry Moore, colour by Eric Olive

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 14

Plate 14
Artwork by Tony Di’Terlizzi

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 15

Plate 15
Artwork by Linda Medley

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 16

Plate 16
Artwork by Lorenzo Mattotti

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 17

Plate 17
Artwork by Zander Cannon, colour by Eric Olive

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 18

Plate 18
Artwork by Dave McKean

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 19

Plate 19
Artwork by Jeff Smith, colour by Eric Olive

A Fall of Stardust Portfolio, plate 20

Plate 20
Artwork by Trina Robbins and Steve Leialoha

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