Here's Wood wannabe and former sidekick Wayne Howard with one of his many Charlton tales of the seventies, this one behind a nifty cover from another frequent Wood collaborator, Steve Ditko.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
In 1961, THE WORST OF MAD # 4 offered more than reprints--there was, included in the magazine, a tear-out Sunday Funnies section offering some of the best ever lampoons of specific strips including BLONDIE, PRINCE VALIANT, FLASH GORDON and, seen here, POGO! Woody did several, including the Civil Rights themed POGO one.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
As of this writing, the links Bhob has to other sites in this piece don't seem to be working but who cares? What's here is good stuff including MARS IS HEAVEN!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here we have an official FOO sketch belonging to fan (and blog supporter supreme!) Paul Markezich depicting Nudine of Wood's PIPSQUEAK PAPERS strip in WITZEND. Here we also have 2 sketches that appear to be of a clothed Nudine! Anyone know what these are from? Is this Nudine or simply a WIZARD KING elf girl?
Monday, December 20, 2010
Here's a wonderful collaboration between Wood and artist Al Williamson, two EC sci-fi stalwarts on a non-EC space opera story!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Although this early 1950 story retains a decidedly amateurish quality, one can definitely see the quickly developing style that would reach an early peak in just a couple of years at EC. Note the experiments with lighting faces as well as an appearance of Woody's trademark skulls on the next to last page. Did he have help on this early Avon story? Orlando? Harrison?
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The other day, we ran a link to Wood's "V-Vampires" art at Pappy's. Here's an ultra-rare early homage to that story on the cover of an issue of the Crumb Brothers' homemade FOO comic. This particular cover was drawn by older brother Charles whose comic book obsession is said to have been quite an inspiration to Robert. In the first issue of BLAB, Robert joined many underground artists in crediting MAD as an early influence. Wood would later unknowingly (it's assumed) co-opt FOO as an acronym for his Friends of Odkin fan club. Charles Crumb would suffer all his life from mental illness and committed suicide in 1992. Even then, he attained a kind of posthumous fame from scenes filmed earlier for the film, CRUMB, a popular documentary on Robert and his work.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
From Pappy via Heritage Auctions, here's the complete original art for the redrawn 3-D version of Woody's EC Classic V-VAMPIRES!