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Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout

Introduction by Robert Williams
Published by Insight Editions
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

From his cult movie posters to his epic paleoart, celebrate the life and work of William Stout with this stunning monograph featuring the most iconic imagery from the multitalented muralist, illustrator, and designer.

Muralist, illustrator, comics artist, poster designer—William Stout has created a body of work that transcends genre, medium, and industry during his astonishing forty-year career. He has designed album covers for the Who and the Rolling Stones, worked on films ranging from Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, and brought the world of the dinosaurs to life through highly acclaimed paleoart.

Now Stout fans can relive the life and career of their favorite artist with this breathtaking monograph. Curated by the artist himself, Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout bursts with the most iconic imagery in Stout’s oeuvre. From his student years to his robust career as a painter, illustrator, and more, Fantastic Worlds gives readers an in-depth understanding of how Stout developed as an artist, illustrated by his most inspired work. Visually stunning and definitive, Fantastic Worlds is the ultimate Stout retrospective—the perfect way for fans to commemorate the extraordinary work of a one-of-a-kind artist.

About The Author

Ed Leimbacher had a twenty-year career as a journalist, rock critic, creative producer, and copywriter. He also spent twenty-five years as a books-and-records seller in Seattle. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Fusion, and Ramparts.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Insight Editions (November 27, 2018)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781608878659

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Raves and Reviews

"There is more than art here to please the pop culture fan...Throughout the book is the interesting story of Stout's life and career, with lots of fascinating facts that give individual pieces a backstory of their own."

– Kirkus Reviews

“I want to say again how impressed I am with Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout.”

– Retroist

"Bill Stout is one of the most prolific and truly under appreciated artists of our time. Every page of Fantastic Worlds reminds you that he had a hand in shaping the look of the last four decades of film across just about every genre imaginable. Without knowing it, we’ve been surrounded by his work and now we get to do a deep dive into his world and I couldn’t be more excited."

– Mondo

“A gorgeous and well-conceived monograph, painting as complete a picture as is possible of an artist’s life and work...Seriously, this is one for the ages.”

– Wonder Alliance

"The book is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend you picking up a copy if you are a fan of William Stout's artwork!"


"The Art of William Stout. Legendary!"

– Matt Gondek

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