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WALLY WOOD: TAKE THREE

 WoodWork: Wallace Wood, 1927-1981
342 pages
9.5 x 12
color throughout
2012 IDW hardcover
$59.99

Woodwork is an elaborate publication that originated as a sumptuous catalogue for an exhibit of Wood’s art at the Casal Solleric in Palma de Majorca in the fall of 2010. Contributed by Bill Pearson, Roger Hill, and Jerry Weist, the text, assembled (as was the show) and edited by Florentino Florez, appears in both English and Spanish. Biographical details are adequate, but the great achievement in Woodwork is in the presentation of Wood’s art.

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The page size permits much more lavish display of the art, including several complete stories, reproduced from the original drawings — Wood’s famed “My World,” for instance, but also “Trial by Arms” from Two-Fisted Tales, “Flesh Garden” and “Prince Violent” from Mad, and “To Kill a God” from Vampirella, to name a few. And the original art “look” here is nearly — but not quite — as evident as it is in, say, the gigantic Mad Artist’s Edition.

Woodwork cover(I don’t know why people buy these “artist’s edition” tomes: the original art is shot “in color” so every blemish — white-outs, glue-stains of paste-overs, pencil under-drawing — is visible. That makes the pages in an “artist’s edition” as close to being “original art” as it’s possible to be without actually being original art. Yes, I’ve bought a couple — Neal Adams’ Thrillkill is the other one — and, yes, you can see the pencil under-drawing; still, that’s not the same as having the original art. In the original, the inked lines still gleam, and you can see — and feel — their texture. A foolish obsession, surely; but a real one nonetheless.)

Color appears throughout the book, which permits the art to be displayed nearest the text discussing it instead of wadding it all up in a color section to be winnowed out by the reader later. And virtually all of the comic book pages are reproduced large enough to read.

The notorious Disney Orgy is on display — as are several pages of Sally Forth and other late Wood works of an erotic (not to say “pornographic”) nature.

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