love the "pin up" reference; FYI the next IDW Artists Edition is a Dare Devil (don't know the artist but the interenet chat seems to like him)
IDW is doing up Miller and Mazzuchelli's brief run on DAREDEVIL, probably my favorite story arc in the history of that title.
That's a lovely pin up, especially as it seems to me to emphasise Daredevil's sighlessness. There's a wonderful vulnerability about the image.
Steve-speaking of IDW Artists Edition, they also plan to release one on Eisner's Spirit; I know Wood did a few Spirit issues and apparently started assisting Eisner. If you can shed any light on whether Wood was involved in the Eisner issues in the artists edition of Eisner I'd appreciate it. I've never been a Spirit or Eisner fan, but if it has a Wood connection I'd get it to be a compleatest. Thanks.
Steve - another question on this drawing. Wood is known for his amazing use of blacks and light, yet that is not at play here. Yet, it feels very much like Wally Wood. Thus my question: what is it about this drawing that makes it Wood? I know it but I can't explain it. Thanks!
I don't believe that any of the Eisner stories IDW plans to use feature Wood. It's my understanding they are going for the peak period, more-or-less straight Eisner classics.As far as the pin-up, the pose itself is most likely taken from Hogarth's Tarzan strip (as very many Wood DAREDEVIL poses were) and the background cityscape and cloud have no special "Wood" touches at all. The face is pure Woody and the oh-so smooth inking on the figure but other than that, I see your point. Interesting.
Thx! You saved me $125!
Interesting, I can see Hogarth in the long arms and perspective. But one thing confounds me, eith all that talent and experience how hard could it be to draw a guy on a tightrope. Does the use of swipes lessen his talent? Have his assistants said this is what they did? I'll have to look closely at the artists edition too, now. I wonder if his wife did the coloring?
By no means does the use of swipes lessen his talent. They all did it. You collected images of things you might someday need to draw--cars, guns, tanks, buildings, animals. In this case, DD was, if you think about it, Wood's first superhero! So he went back to the work of his old teacher and borrowed suitably heroic poses from the master of anatomy, Burne Hogarth. They weren't copies but he would take the poses and fit them to whatever use he needed, adjusting an arm here and a leg there and adding the elements that made Daredevil Daredevil.