Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Horror of Party Beach

Nothing actually noticeably from Woody here but this is an ad for the fumetti-style mag that he and Russ Jones put together for Warren telling the story of this ultra-low-budget monster flick.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Miller/Wood

An interesting variation on the cover Wood inked for an early Frank Miller DD cover. It would turn out to be Woody's last work for Marvel. This is from the back cover of an issue of the UK Marvel mag, THE DAREDEVILS.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Complete Galaxy Illustrations


Okay, now THIS is new. In fact, it isn't even out for another six months but it's already available for pre-order.

Wally Wood's career in comics is legendary among the annals of comic's 
history. He rocketed to fame working on Will Eisner's The Spirit 
newspaper strip and became one of the most talented artists working for 
EC Comics during the 1950s. Wood also became a star of EC's satire 
comic, Mad, which went on to even greater success as a magazine, 
allowing the artist to apply his amazing talents in a broader spectrum. 
When the comic's industry fell on lean times during the mid 1950s, Wood 
segued into the field of science fiction pulp illustration, providing 
over 200 beautiful drawings and several color cover paintings for the 
digest magazines, particularly Galaxy. Wood left behind a legacy of 
great art, much of which has never been reprinted. This book will 
feature them all. Long time Wally Wood historian Roger Hill has spent 
the past twenty years pulling together the history of Wood's involvement 
with the pulp digests and tracking down original art for this project. 
Over half of the images have been pulled from the originals or from 
Wood's personal file copies, allowing Wood fans the finest possible 
reproduction!



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wood at NCS--1967

Over at MIKE LYNCH CARTOONS, we find Woody amongst his peers at the 1967 annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society. Plenty more great shots at the link.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Artist's Edition Contents

IDW's Scott Dunbier has announced the contents of IDW's Artist's Edition of Wood's EC work, now due in January.


Science Fiction:

Project... Survival WF #12
Home to Stay WF #13
There Will Come Soft Rains WF #17
A Weighty Decision WS #13
He Walked Among Us WS #13
Down to Earth WS #16
Mars is Heaven WS #18
My World WS #22
The Children WSF #23
...For Posterity WSF #24
Adaptability WSF #27
Spawn of Venus 3-D WSF

Shock and War: 

Came the Dawn Shock #9
Perimeter Frontline #15
Blockade TFT #31
Atom Bomb TFT #33
Trial by Arms TFT #34
Carl Akeley TFT #41 

Plus a cover gallery.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Captain Action Splash

One of my favorite pieces of Wood art.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bucky's Christmas Caper

Surprisingly, I haven't seen Bucky Ruckus posted anew yet this year. Not to worry, though. The 'Net being what it is, one can still find it in numerous places from previous years including from 2009 at my pal Terry Beatty's blog, scanned from the extra-large size MEDIASCENE reprint! Go! Enjoy some of Woody's best stuff!

http://terrybeatty.blogspot.com/2009/12/wally-wood-christmas.html

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

John Carradine and Wood

I knew that the John Carradine art that Wally Wood provided editor Bhob Stewart for CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN (right) in the late sixties was actually recycled right down to where the test tube had been from his John Carradine portrait for MAD's HORROR PRIMER in 1959 (center) but yesterday I ran across the actual source--the photo of actor Carradine seen at left!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

***NEW LOWER PRICE***

If anyone's interested we're down 50% on the asking price for the signed and numbered Wood Weird Sex Fantasies Portfolio!

http://bookstevesbookstore.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-lower-priceswally-woods-weird-sex.html

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Peter Hsu's Quadrant

Peter Hsu was one of the assistants who worked with Woody on the second (and possibly the unfinished third) WIZARD KING graphic novel toward the end of his life. Hsu went on to do a number of sexy sci-fi/fantasy comics including QUADRANT, seen here in its collected version. These were all distinguished by black and white painted art highlighting gorgeous Wood-like blondes, all of which had seemingly been copied from adult magazines. In fact, some of his work showed them in ridiculous poses but discretely covered up. Others, like this one, remove the obstacles. Even as he focused on naked women in high heels fighting monsters with swords, the rest of his work, as seen in the images below, always continued to show a distinct influence from his brief time with Wood.  If I recall correctly, Mr. Hsu went into software design later on.  



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Steranko's Tribute

Often cited as revolutionary sixties Marvel artist Jim Steranko's tribute to Woody, this piece originally appeared in color as the cover of an issue of NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. but this crisp black and white version comes from the artist's 1970 Portfolio...which is dedicated in its entirety to Wally Wood.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Warren Ad

6 out of 10 of these are Wood and Adkins covers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Crazy Cards

If you're on Facebook, someone ironically usurping the name of Fredric Wertham has been posting Woody's CRAZY CARDS from Topps in the Facebook group, WALLACE WOOD!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Comic Strip Parodies

Reader Derek informs that one can find a nice selection of Woody's MAD comic strip parodies here:

http://tertuliadestudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/69-mad-man.html

Thanks, Derek!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Space Search Seven

Reader Mark Yanko reports that the original art for Wood's SPACE SEARCH SEVEN, the pre-rewritten version of Warren's THE MANHUNTERS, has ben right under our noses all along amidst the treasure trove of Wood originals we've linked to here before from James Halperin: http://www.jhalpe.com/items/index/page:7/search:wally%20wood

A side by side comparison shows that a number of panels on the original art pages have the relettered and pasted over dialogue but some do reveal the original. Published in beautiful color in EERIE # 60, this is one of my favorite Wood pieces (done with Paul Kirchner?). The mag does not list a writer (or an artist for that matter) but a later reprint credits Warren regular Gerry Boudreau. I've also heard it said it was Bill DuBay, who rewrote so many of Wood's later works for Warren.

The story, in this case, appears to be essentially the same so I'm not sure why someone felt the need to rewrite the piece so substantially.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bill DuBay art

Interesting piece by Bill DuBay, originally published as fan art in an early issue of CREEPY. DuBay would go on to become an artist, writer and eventually editor at Warren and, in spite of his here obvious appreciation of Wood, he would become a major thorn in the artist's side in his later years and the subject of rants in THE WOODWORK GAZETTE.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Adkins in Creepy

Here's some very Wood-like art from Dan Adkins in an early Creepy. Interesting to note that, throughout their runs, even when Warren's mags weren't featuring Wood himself, his many colleagues including Nick Cuti, Ralph Reese, Dan Adkins. Richard Bassford, Bhob Stewart, Bill Pearson and Roger Brand were all represented along with Woody's former EC artists, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres, Frank Frazetta, Johnny Craig, George Evans and Reed Crandall.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Roger Brand's Jungle Jim

Bhob Stewart revisits his and Woody's work with artist Roger Brand on JUNGLE JIM.

http://potrzebie.blogspot.com/search?q=pat+boyette

Saturday, October 22, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Original Art

The splash above is lovely but note how the page below shows off Wood's absolute mastery at spotting blacks!