Wally Wood Weird Science #15 "Captivity"
Cover Original Art (EC, 1952).
As if there were any doubt, this
classic and spectacular cover proves that Wally Wood knew what
would sell comics to the readers of the 1950s -- namely guys in
cool spacesuits, sleek rocket ships, and gigantic, rampaging
dinosaurs. Was there ever any finer EC SF cover? The question is,
of course, open for debate, but there's no denying that this is the
stuff of dreams for any EC fan-addict or original art maven. Wood's
work here is absolutely stunning, with every brushstroke
proclaiming the mark of a genius. Wood's science fiction covers for
EC are long held in private collections, and whenever one is
offered in the open market -- it's an opportunity that should not
be missed. This ultra-classic cover has image area of 13.5" x
19.5". There has been some toning and discoloration along the top,
right, and bottom edges of the margins, but the central image area
was not visibly affected; otherwise, this EC masterwork is in Very
Wood, Wally:Wally Wood (American, 1927-1981): is widely regarded as one of the greatest comic book artists in the war, crime, science fiction, superhero, and humor genres. A child prodigy, Wood blended the disparate cartooning influences of Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Milton Caniff, and Will Eisner into a detail-laden style uniquely his own. After briefly working as an assistant to Will Eisner and George Wunder, and producing some early romance comic stories for Fox, Wood came into his own at EC and Avon, working on science fiction stories. Equally impressive was his uproarious work for Harvey Kurtzman’s EC humor title, Mad. During the Silver Age Wood re-designed Daredevil for Marvel, and was heavily involved in producing the super-hero /spy line-up, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for Tower. Wood also launched the important independent magazine, witzend. Other important projects in his canon include his fantasy stories for Warren Publishing, his sexy syndicated strips for the military, Sally Forth and Cannon, and his graphic novel trilogy based on his childhood creation, the Wizard King. Perhaps his most hilariously infamous satire was his XXX-rated parody poster, the Disneyland Memorial Orgy. Wood collaborated with many talented assistants over his career including Harry Harrison, Joe Orlando, Dan Adkins, Ralph Reese, Wayne Howard, Larry Hama, Paul Kirchner, Mike Zeck, and many others.
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