Published by Dark Horse Comics in 1989 Paul Chadwick’s Concrete Portfolio featured six black and white illustrations of the titular hero.
Chadwick created the character of Concrete, a giant rock creature with the transplanted mind of a man, in 1986. Since then it’s gone on to win numerous Eisner and Harvey awards, with critics praising the comic’s realist story lines.
Paul Chadwick’s Concrete Portfolio featured six 10 x 12 inch black and white plates featuring scenes taken from the comics initial run, printed on high quality watercolour stock. The collection also included a four page inlay sheet with Chadwick’s annotations for each plate, and the set shipped in a white envelope. Print quality for the collection is very high and the superior paper stock holds the black ink very well; Chadwick’s detailed pen and ink artwork is showcased well (I particularly like the illustrated borders), and the inclusion of detailed annotations is a nice touch. Overall this is a charming collection and — although it’s now out of print — fans of Concrete will find tracking down a copy to be well worth the effort
Here are all six plates, click for larger versions.