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Against the Grain MAD Artist Wallace Wood

Wood, Wallace; Stewart, Bhob (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 1893905233 / ISBN 13: 9781893905238
Published by TwoMorrows Publishing, Raleigh, NC, 2003
Condition: Very Good + Soft cover
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Clean tight copy in excellent condition. A look back at the life and career of one of the 20th century's great creative talents. Illustrated with previously unseen family photos and the curious comics characters Wood drew during the 1930's and 1940's, this biography explores the humorous spirit, dark detours and psychological twists of a gifted maverick who often went against the grain to carve his own distinguished niche in American popular culture. Articles contributed by those who knew and worked with him. A huge compendium of imaginatve art, insights and critical commentary. 328 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 20105

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Title: Against the Grain MAD Artist Wallace Wood

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing, Raleigh, NC

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Edition: Stated First Edition

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  • Bhob Stewart's long-awaited Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood is the definitive book ever produced on the career of one of science fiction and comics' finest artists.
  • In addition to a remarkable memoir of life at the Wood Studio, former Wood associate Bhob Stewart also provides a biographical portrait, tracing Wood's life from Minnesota to Manhattan while exploring the humorous spirit, dark detours, and psychological twists of a gifted maverick who often went against the grain.
  • From childhood drawings and ambitious teenage samples to an endless parade of pages for a variety of publishers - Avon, EC, Fox, Marvel, Warren, and more - plus illustrations for Galaxy Science Fiction, this is the most stunning display of Wood art ever assembled.
  • Many of the artists and writers who knew Wood personally have also contributed articles and essays, making this book a huge compendium of imaginative art, insights and critical commentary.
  • Bill Pearson, executor of the Wood Estate, has made available rare drawings directly from Wood's own files, while noted art collector Roger Hill, an authority on artists of the EC era, provides a wealth of obscure, previously unpublished Wood drawings and paintings.

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Legendary artist Wood mastered every comic-book genre--humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war--but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he "began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before." His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today. Unfortunately, he suffered severe headaches and depression throughout his life and, faced with worsening health problems, killed himself in 1981. This tributary volume includes biographical essays, memoirs by his colleagues, and commentaries on his work. Its major attraction, however, lies in the wealth of artwork it collects, from juvenilia and early comics pages to many previously unpublished drawings and paintings. Only recently have comics begun to be critically respected (still grudgingly at times), and the medium's history and key figures have been sparsely covered so far. This book makes a valuable step toward rectifying that situation. Gordon Flagg
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