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Editorial Fact10/11/11| steve mockusI'm the editor of this book and I can state without equivocation that August Ragone was the author of the book. Brad was helpful in editorial coordination, and in fact-checking, and in obtaining permissions, and a hundred other ways that improved the book, but August wrote the book, and that credit is not in any dispute by anyone in connection with producing the book, including Chronicle Books, Tsuburaya Productions, Ed, or Brad. It is not unusual for people to contribute to the creation of a book and not be listed as, or even ask for, author credit.
(I was required to give the book a star rating in order to be able to comment. I wouldn't have done so otherwise, since I'm the editor.)
Good Picture Book. Who is the true Autor ?10/11/11| Jason LockwoodAfter buying this book i found the Photos amazing but the lay-out of the book was the real bummer for me. I find the confusion in the real Author of this book. Brad Warner of Tsubaraya Pro in LA had Co Author duties but was left out of the Book Credits as such so who is the true Author ? .
I really wanted some meaty info on Mr. Tsubaraya but was left thinking I just purchased a nice picture Coffee Table book. Mr. Ragone's effort on this book seemed a bit rushed and minimal on any real insight. I say buy it if you want some new and much clearer photos of your fave Daikaiju.
1st american effort, but Author in Question!10/11/11| John pacemakerAfter reading the book and enjoying it I have come to a few conclusions. Yes Mr. Ragone has put out a fine effort on this large coffee style book on one of the true masters of Japanese cinema '' Eiji Tsuburaya.. I however learned that he is not the soul Aothor of this book, but is credited as so.'' I understand that Brad Warner who worked with Tsuburaya Productions in L.A. and Ed Godziszewski of Chicago contibuted to it but was never giving an Co Author's credit on it by Ragone.
That aside, much of the material written in the book gives very limited info on the man himself, but is more like a picture book than a Authored book. Seeing many of the photo's clearly from Godziszewski collection is a wonder to see. If you know nothing of Eiji Tsuburaya work, then this will be your cup of tea and is well worth buying a copy.
Outstanding tribute to the Old Man10/11/11| Gareth WaltersEiji Tsuburaya may not quite attract the legion of fans that Ray Harryhausen commands, but while Harryhausen's work is undoubtedly uncanny in it's attention to detail, the characters created by Eiji in the kaigu eiga movies, such as Godzilla, Mothra and King Kong Escapes, as well as Ultraman, are somehow more loveable and equally memorable, despite their man-in-a-suit origins. August Ragone has created a masterful overview of the Old Man's life, a cracking read that manages to uncover new information and insights as well as a cornucopia of images and Chronicle's usual excellent design (vertical captions notwithstanding).
Great Information, poor layout10/11/11| rick mikesAs far as content is concerned, this book is excellent. Unfortunately, the graphic design of the book is so poor that I can not recommend it completely. For some strange reason, the picture captions are printed perpendicular to the pictures they reference, making it very uncomfortable to read. That alone kept me form buting this book.