The Life And Legend Of Wallace Wood offers a rounded portrait of a conflicted creator. Rather than a conventional coffee-table retelling of the artist's life and career, editors Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron have by structuring the book as a series of essays by eminent comics scholars and talents wisely chosen to spotlight a number of different kinds of tributes to the artist ... It's difficult to imagine a more respectful package. Fantagraphics' biography of Wood is a remarkable collection of rare personal photographs, anecdotes from his contemporaries, and a broad sampling of the cartoonist's beautiful artwork. This gorgeous, insightful tome is a must-have for armchair comics scholars and historians everywhere. The main draw of this lavish, oversized volume is the wealth of gorgeous artwork, the bulk of it comics pages. ... The visual grandeur on display is so overwhelming that the book, despite the lamentable fate of its subject, can't help but ultimately be taken as a celebration of Wood's abundant talent.. Wallace Allan Wood (1927-1981) rebooted Marvel's Daredevil, designing the iconic costume that recently appeared on the smash hit Netflix series. He was one of the best and funniest cartoonists of the earliest iteration of Mad magazine and, thanks to his work on the EC Comics line, he is also widely considered one of America's greatest science-fiction cartoonists. With his magazine anthology witzend, he helped pioneer underground/independent comics publishing. Bhob Stewart (b. 1937, Kirbyville, Texas, d. 2014, Plymouth, Massachusetts) divided his time between mass and fan media. He was chiefly a writer and editor, although he also drew and acted. He is best known for founding one of the first comics fanzines, EC Fan Bulletin, in 1953; for coining the term "underground comics"; and for art-directing the Hugo Award-winning science fiction fanzine Xero. Stewart invented the Wacky Packages trading card series for Topps, and wrote comics for clients such as Marvel and Heavy Metal. He worked in Wallace Wood's studio for a time, and became the de facto steward of the influential EC cartoonist's legacy. Co-author of Scream Queens with Calvin Beck, he edited the Mad Style Guide, and co-edited the seminal underground comics tabloid Gothic Blimp Works?. As an educator, he taught courses in Boston and at the School of Visual Arts in New York.. Who was Wallace Wood? The maddest artist of Mad magazine? The man behind Marvel’s Daredevil? His World is an incisive look back at the life and career of one of the greatest and most mythic figures of cartooning. Edited over the course of thirty years by former Wood assistant Bhob Stewart, His World is a biographical portrait, generously illustrated with Wood’s gorgeous art as well as little-seen personal photos and childhood ephemera. Also: remembrances by Wood’s friends, colleagues, assistants, and loved ones. This collective biographical and critical portrait explores the humorous spirit, dark detours, and psychological twists of a gifted maverick in American pop culture.
Five Stars Everything perfect!!!!
If you like Wally Wood, you'll like this book. Volume 2 of an excellent set of articles/essays/memoirs of Wally Wood, one of the greatest artists to ever work in comics. Lots of excellent reproductions and personal memories from people who knew and worked with Wood. Every bit as good as the first volume.
Nice presentation in large format. Nice book good coverage and great art.
A SOLID HIT FOR ANYONE WHO'S A WOOD FAN!!! ; ) Well, please excuse me if this is a brief review (in the middle of something and have some back pain). I've long been a Wally Wood fan...from at least the seventies...and if you count his work in Mad Magazine...then from about 1960. This guy was an artistic genius...with a great (maybe kind've twisted) sense of humor....and both his Sci-Fi stuff and erotic stuff (like "Sally Forth" and the Disneyland satirical work, first shown in "Screw Magazine" (of which I was a subscriber) were FIRST damn RATE. I guess I could add that I was a member of his fan club in the late seventies...and I've long had a good, little collection of his stuff...including a fair amount of the (already mentioned) Sally Forth content (wonderful, and better than Kurtzman's "Little Annie Fanny (in Playboy Magazine)). This volume is simply JAM-PACKED with premium Wood stuff. Yep, a little pricey...but you have this volume in your mitts...and you feel like you've just had a second Xmas...or "died and gone to heaven." REALLY NICE STUFF (to "write home about")!!!!!! I 'spose I could mention that--at the same time---I also grabbed Wood's "Spawn of Mars," which was equally excellent.
Great book. Great book.
Excellent Artist Fantastic layout and quality.
Great art, fun book! Fun book, loved it. Great art.
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