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A Weird-oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell (Book) Review

 
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Tons of artwork makes this book easy on the eyes.

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“I think the secret of life is finding something that’s worth getting up every morning to do.”  Bill Campbell For those of us who grew up obsessed with models, the name Bill Campbell is likely a familiar one. With his prolific and easily recognizable artwork gracing many a box cover, he has contributed much to […]

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“I think the secret of life is finding something that’s worth getting up every morning to do.”  Bill Campbell

For those of us who grew up obsessed with models, the name Bill Campbell is likely a familiar one. With his prolific and easily recognizable artwork gracing many a box cover, he has contributed much to the world of modeling. He is perhaps best remembered, though, for the model series that he designed – the Weird-ohs. A rather whimsical set that appealed highly to young modeling fans, the Weird-ohs were creative, amusing, and highly collectible, making them a favorite of collectors then and now. Interestingly enough, the Weird-ohs almost didn’t make it to production, having first been summarily rejected. This story (and that of how they were eventually released) accompanies many other interesting tales in the life of artist Bill Campbell in the newly released A Weird-oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell.

It is quite appropriate that the author of the book about Bill Campbell’s art is one of those fans who grew up loving his models. Author Mark Cantrell makes no secret of his devotion to Bill Campbell’s craft, and that high regard shines through on every page. The book covers Campbell’s artwork in many different forms, from the combat artwork he did while serving in World War II to the initial sketches of the iconic Weird-ohs, and it even includes sketches of Weird-ohs that didn’t make the cut, as well as some other concepts that Campbell developed that were never released.

But Bill Campbell is more than just the Weird-ohs, having created tons of box covers for a variety of more standard models throughout his career, each done in his meticulous style that has so much more character than a simple photograph of a completed model. The artwork is arranged somewhat in order of Campbell’s life, with a brief biographer of the various milestone moments in his life accompanying it. While much of the page space is devoted to actual artwork, there are also interesting photos of Campbell at various stages of his life. It’s a nice mix of eye catching artwork and information about the man behind the art.

A Weird-oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell is a must-have for Weird-ohs collectors, and a great read for fans of all types of models. With tons of eye-catching artworks and interesting facts about the man behind the models, this is a book you’ll come back to time and again.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)