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The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, Volume 2 Hardcover – 6 Mar 2018

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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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Wally Wood, you'll like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice presentation in large format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SOLID HIT FOR ANYONE WHO'S A WOOD FAN!!! ; )
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