Friday, October 28, 2011

Roger Brand's Jungle Jim

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Topps Laugh-In Goldie

Apparently this is supposed to be Goldie Hawn--a Topps LAUGH-IN card by Wood from 1968. You poked out the circles and inserted your fingers to act as her "legs."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Via Booksteve's Bookstore: Weird Sex-Fantasy Offered Again

Seen here is WALLY WOOD'S WEIRD SEX FANTASIES PORTFOLIO published in 1977. Its oversized black and white plates feature some of Woody's best art of the period (aided by his then assistant, A.L. Sirois) and are more R-rated than X-rated for the most part.

Any serious Wood fans out there who would like a copy? It's a signed and numbered limited edition. Mine is #589/2000. Signed by Wallace Wood. It's in excellent condition with only a slight crinkle in one corner of the sleeve. These have been all over the board in recent years with at least one copy going on eBay for as much as one thousand dollars. Asking pice for this one, originally purchased by me from the publisher during Wood's lifetime, is only $300.00 plus $15.00 postage and insurance.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gray Vs Wood

"Ever wonder where artists get their inspiration from?  Perhaps, each other?"--Thanks, Paul!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pablo Ferro and Wood

Some Woodwork you may not have seen before at the website of award-winning artist/designer Pablo Ferro.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dorothy Lamour

Woody did several stories early on for, of all things, DOROTHY LAMOUR COMICS. Hardly masterpieces, they are nonetheless fascinating to look at and spot so many artistic tropes that the artist would return to over and over throughout his career.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Dead Bode Erotica by A.L. Sirois

I spotted this fascinating page in an early issue of NATIONAL SCREW featuring Wood's MALICE IN WONDERLAND strip. Published briefly in the mid-seventies, NATIONAL SCREW, a spinoff of the newspaper SCREW, was an unusual hybrid that attempted to have cutting edge softcore porn photos alongside mainstream authors and articles and mixed with NATIONAL LAMPOON style humor.

This particular piece is clearly both an homage and a dark-humored tribute to the late artist Vaughn Bode' who had accidentally killed himself not long before. Noting that the piece was dedicated "To Woody," I then noted the signature as that of A.L. Sirois, Wood's assistant during this period whom we already know had helped out on the MALICE strip.

I contacted Al for the story behind this tasteless li'l tribute and asked if he and/or Wood were Bode' fans.

"Tasteless… yeah, well, no one is perfect. That was my first professionally published piece of comic work, and I'm sure NS published it only because I was working for Wood and they were courting him. I don't recall Woody coming down on one side or the other about Bode's work. I was a big Bode fan myself, believe it or not, but inclined to be more than a little iconoclastic in my youth. A lot of people seemed to find that piece funny. I did a number of other strips for NS, all of them pretty tasteless."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wood, Guns and Politics

A controversial picture of our hero considering his ultimate demise, this was the "contributor" photo of Woody that appeared in the second issue of Al Goldstein's NATIONAL SCREW featuring MALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Speculation when I posted this on Facebook arose as to Wood's politics. Obviously, he collected guns. He also liked country music. Did those two things point toward his being a Republican or, as one person said, was he in spite of these bits of circumstantial evidence, a "liberal democrat, Minnesota born and bred?"

It matters not either way as we are all here for love of his his art, not his politics, but those of you who knew him, chime in. Was he a red or blue? A libertarian? An independent? Or did he just not give a damn? Just curious.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Another courtesy of Bruce H. This is a very early piece that has, as Bruce says, almost a GONE WITH THE WIND feel to it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011