Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Woodwork at Dragon Con

Seems like Dragon Con in Atlanta is THE place to be this weekend for an amazing list of showbiz folks, comics artists and publishers including Craig Yoe and, representing the Wood Estate,  David Spurlock.

Here's what David has to say about it:

This weekend, DRAGON-CON in Atlanta!
Stan Lee, Alice Cooper, Bill Stout and Neal Adams will also be around. We will have a few STERANKO items but more FRAZETTA & WALLY WOOD. Including some RARE, VINTAGE Wood Sally Forth and Cannon prints from the early-'70s! The only OFFICIAL print of Panels That Always Work, as well as Frazetta prints and books.

Any Wood fans going?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blast Off Color Guide

Spotted at Heritage, here's a color guide for an unpublished cover featuring Woody's MIRACLES, INC.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

eBay Warning

THE WALLACE WOOD ESTATE posted this on Facebook earlier today. With permission, I'm reposting it here (updated) for those of you who might be likely to purchase some of the questionable items on eBay.

We noticed some Wallace Wood "transparencies" on eBay. Supposedly rare printing production items (but with no crop marks, grids or other technical notes outside the image area). Maybe they are real, maybe not. Buyer BEWARE. We sent this message to one seller of such:

I am the Director of the Wallace Wood Estate, founder of Vanguard Publishing and have a long background in graphics production going back to the mid-'70s. What you have is more properly named a "Film Positive." A "transparency" is designed to have light flow through the image -- as in a 35mm slide (but usually bigger). In a Film Positive, you have an opaque black emulsion (light can not travel through) on transparent film medium. Normal (traditional, pre-digital) comics production DOES NOT call for the creation of Film Positives (but tend to use film negatives, PMT/Stats which are often hand-colored, and ColorKey layered, CMYK color film proofs, or flat MatchPrint color proofs). True, vintage, comics Film Positives are 
practically unheard of (except for a few painted graphic novels where the paint was on a blue-line print with the line-art on an overlay/Film Positive). At least 90% of the purported comics Film Positives I have seen (at conventions) are fakes. They aren't even shot on a true graphics camera (like stats and Veloxes are shot on) but are (recent) Xeroxes on clear film (treated heat-resistant acetate). It is EASY to tell the difference if you know what to look for. On true Film Positives, the black is totally opaque. No light at all can pass through any of the deep, rich black and the film is crystal clear. On most of the fakes -- the film Xeroxes -- the black is less dense (sometimes even grey) and sometimes the film is not quite as crystal clear and shiny-smooth as it has been treated to withstand the heat (without melting) inside a Xerox machine. Maybe you don't care if yours are real as long as they sell. But in case you do care, I thought you should know to watch out for the fakes. Also, if a real Film Positive ever were made for comics, they would be one-of-a-kind.... you would never see another real Film Positive show up of the same page. They would also tend to have crop marks and other technical notations in the gutters outside the image area. I hope this proves helpful.

Best regards,
J. David Spurlock
The Wallace Wood Estate

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gil Kane's Layouts For Wood

Ken Landgraf kindly sent along this scan of Gil Kane's layouts for a page from the GREEN LANTERN story he and Wood did in the late sixties. I always thought they made a fun and fascinating combination and one of the few where Wood's inking didn't overpower the penciler. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Field Guide to the IDW Artist's Edition

Seen above is supposedly an early concept for the hugely popular Artist's Edition. This image, with its dreadful title font, appeared late last year on message boards. To the best of my knowledge, no copies of the actual book ever had this image.

This one was the cover as solicited but as far as I know there are NO copies out there with the light blue as it was changed to the orange below by the time it was printed and shipped.

Seen below is the First printing variant cover, a limited number of which were made available at a convention after the main edition had sold out so quickly and unexpectedly. It is still a First printing, not the Second.

Finally, shipping now are Second printing copies featuring the cover below with the pea-green color. No word yet if there is or will be a variant cover for the Second printing. 

The book is copyright by IDW, the art copyright by EC and Wood's trademark signature is a trademark of Wallace Wood Properties, LLC 

All-Star Original Art

Here are a few beautiful pages from Wood's ALL-STAR with Superman and Power Girl.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

R.I.P.-Harry Harrison

Wallace Wood's one-time collaborator, Harry Harrison, has passed. Harrison started out drawing comic books with Wood but became a well-known science-fiction writer in time, perhaps best known for his book, THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT (alter adapted to comics in the UK) and MAKE ROOM, MAKE ROOM, the novel that became the movie, SOYLENT GREEN.

For more details, go here:

The image above comes from Harrison's site here:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Smash Ad

Here's an odd mid-sixties ad for the UK comic SMASH which featured reprints of the then-current BATMAN & ROBIN newspaper strip as well as Woody's then-recent DAREDEVIL!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rand Holmes Wood Homage

Here's yet another Wood homage cover from the late Rand Holmes, this one from Denis Kitchen's eighties revival of SNARF. If Homes had been able to draw humans as well as he did everything else, one might presume this to BE Woodwork!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wood in FM 2

From the 2nd issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND way back in '58.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

They Came From Uranus-Paul Kirchner-1977

Wood's MALICE IN WONDERLAND and FLASHER GORDON appeared in NATIONAL SCREW in 1977. Woodworkers Al Sirois and Paul Kirchner also got strips in some issues. Here's the latter with an EC-style sci-fi parody with a bit of an underground feel. It's dated 1975 so was most likely done with a different intent as this mag didn't yet exist. Some obvious Wood influence here.