Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Here's the first story from the final (Don't let that 'Next issue' plug fool you) issue f JUDY CANOVA in 1950. GCD calls it pure Wood but I'd go with Joe Orlando in there somewhere on either pencils or inks as his signature appears on the cover. Interesting to note the obvious Al Capp influence in the art, presumably due to the fact that Judy was a hillbilly character.
Judy Canova became popular on radio in her hillbilly persona nearly two decades before her comic book series and continued to appear as a character actress/comedienne right up until close to her death in 1983. She lived long enough to see her tall, gorgeous daughter Diana become a popular TV star in the seventies on shows such as SOAP. If Diana had been blonde, she would have looked exactly like a typical Wood woman!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Woody spent much of his professional career from MAD to GANGBANG drawing Superman parodies. Here's the famous Topps version from the mid-sixties. Note that the Perry White on page 4 looks almost like paste-up from Curt Swan and the surprise hero on the last "story" page was taken from a Kirby drawing. Many of these Topps ones were done with Gil Kane but this looks to be pure Wood to me.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Here is one of several WEIRDLINGS pages former Woodworker Nick Cuti did in an approximation of his MOONCHILD style for Charlton's GHOSTLY TALES in the 1970's. While Wood himself did little work for Charlton, a number of his former sidekicks including Cuti, Paul Kirchner and especially Wayne Howard can be found in that low-rent company's many spooky comics of the period. Frequent Wood collaborator Steve Ditko was a regular there. also, of course.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Over at this Jack Kirby blog, there are some great new photographs and images from the just opened Wallace Wood Exhibit in Spain! Is there anyone out there who might be able to supply the HOORAY FOR WALLY WOOD blog with a copy of the exhibit book? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can.
Here we have Neal Adams at age 16 giving his take on Jack Kirby and Wally Wood's SKY MASTERS OF THE SPACE FORCE. I'm not certain if this was Neal copying an existing Sunday page or simply making one up out of whole cloth but it's interesting to see his solo take on what many consider to be one of Wood's best collaborations ever! many years later, Adams would be called in to help Woody on a CANNON deadline.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thanks to our new pal Loston for scans (not his) of the original art to Woody's seminal EC strip, MY WORLD. Like Barry Manilow, known for his "I Write the Songs" which was actually written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, MY WORLD was actually written not by Wood but by Al Feldstein. Sums up Wallace Wood pretty well, though.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Artist Loston Wallace, a veteran of DC's licensing department, pointed me toward this Wood horror story from 1972 (although probably on the stands in late '71). Written by Sergio Aragones and credited as being pencilled and inked solo by Woody, it offers some exemplary work from the period just before he started CANNON and SALLY FORTH. Loston says "Though several panels certainly seem to be pure vintage Wallace Wood, there are also a few panels that seem a little odd in terms of the inking techniques. That's not to say that these panels are bad--but a little different from Wood's normal treatment. One thing is for certain, many of the panels on these pages have the feel of those 22 PANELS THAT ALWAYS WORK, and other Woody trademark poses, etc. The finished package is really great!"
Friday, September 10, 2010
Everyone seems to be talking about the new site, WHAT IF KIRBY? Among the many pleasures one finds in this Jack Kirby-centric site are individual pages on inkers associated with the King's work. Thus we have a whole page on Woody at http://www.whatifkirby.com/artists/wally-wood
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
During Bob Brown's stint on SUPERBOY beginning in the late 1960's, there was an occasional running back-up feature entitled THE SUPERBOY LEGEND. The series presented behind-the-scenes facts and history of the character directly to the reader. While Woody was doing the inking for a brief but memorable run, he would also ink this feature.