Found on the 'Net, I was less than one month old when this lovely SKY MASTERS OF THE SPACE FORCE strip saw print on Feb 2nd of 1959. Note the unlikely sign "Air P'r'sr Guage." Apparently the letterer couldn't letter small enough to actual print "pressure" legibly and it upset him so that he forgot how to spell "gauge." Either that or Kirby quick-pencilled the words in figuring the letterer would fix it but the letterer figured that if Kirby put 'em there like that, that's what Kirby wanted!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Here's a look at two particular issues of WITZEND from the perspective of Ken Meyer, Jr, himself a comic artist of some reknown (I actually have some original art from Ken somewhere on an envelope where he sent something I mail ordered from him in the seventies or eighties). Ken links to some other interesting Woodwork on the Net in his piece (us included! Thanks, Ken!) so check it out.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
When I was in the first grade, COMIC BOOK FOLDEES from Topps were one of the big things at my school. We'd all play with them and trade them back and forth at recess. They were small foldable pieces of thin card stock paper. On one side in the middle was a DC superhero or supervillain. On the other sides, split in half, were drawings of a dancer, a cowboy, a politician...just about anything as long as it was in a similar pose. Then you would fold over either the top or the bottom and get a funny picture with a funny caption. Simple but fun! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that THESE had been done at least mostly by Wally Wood! I say mostly because there are a number of the small drawings that don't really look like Woodwork to me but may be. Most, however, are quite good. The only one I have left after 40+ years is the FLASH one seen here but I recently was able to download images of the whole set online so here's a few of what I think are the best examples of Wood!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Many Wood fans, myself included, consider 1967's holiday newspaper strip BUCKY'S CHRISTMAS CAPER to be amongst Wood's best works. Enjoy it this year over at THE BRONZE AGE OF BLOGS.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I'm not sure who did this. The initials, here cut off, are "ED." Or is that a first name? If anyone knows, please comment. I'm also sorry for my scanner's limitations but I felt I had to share at least as much as possible of this nifty tribute cover done around the time of Woody's final, productive stretch at DC.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Bhob Stewart's always Wood-friendly POTRZEBIE blog serves up an interesting excerpt from cartoonist Jules Feiffer's recent autobiography in which he recounts his introduction to Woody when both worked on Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT. Perhaps even better is an early EC horror story by Wood done during the period Feiffer describes.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Reader Larry needs to know where this nice piece of art by sometime Woodworker Ralph Reese originally appeared. All he knows is that it was in a fanzine. WITZEND? SQUA TRONT? I'm told that even Mr Reese doesn't remember but I'm betting somebody out there does. What about it readers? It's astriking piece. Where's it from?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Was sorting through a box of shtuff this evening and came across two items of interest here. The first is my Friends of Odkin membership card! I was # 288! Is that Woody's handwriting does anyone know? Looks like the examples I've seen.
The second is an early 1980 letter from publisher Bill Crouch promoting his first WALLACE WOOD SKETCHBOOK exclusively to current and former FOO members (which, as you can see by my membership card, I was, my own membership having expired at the beginning of the year).
Little more than a year before his death, Wally Wood sat down with the now-late Shel Dorf in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the 1980 San Diego ComicCon in July of that year. Some months later the interview appeared in his CBG (or was it still TBG?) interview series SHEL DORF AND THE FANTASY MAKERS. Over the next couple of days I'll be running their talk as it originally appeared, edited only by the necessity of having to break up the tabloid size pages. It's interesting to note Woody's seeming optimism here at times in light of the after the fact knowledge that he was headed into the last--and worst--year of his life soon afterwards.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
EASILY MUSED has the short but hilarious MAD strip, RECIPE COMICS--part of a series of strip parodies by Wood with writer Frank Jacobs (one of his best collaborators) entitled "How to Make Dull Reading Matter Interesting" from early1961.