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Paul Chadwick’s Concrete Portfolio (1989)

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, cover

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, inlay 1
Page one of the four page inlay sheet

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.

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 1

Plate 1

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 2

Plate 2

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 3

Plate 3

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 4

Plate 4

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 5

Plate 5

Paul Chadwick's Concrete Portfolio, plate 6

Plate 6

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