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Don Heck and Wally Wood - Avengers #20, page 12 Original Art (Marvel, 1965). Wondrous Wally Wood's inks add a silky smooth f...

2005 February Comic Auction #815

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Auction Ended On: Feb 10, 2005
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Location: Dallas, TX
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Don Heck and Wally Wood - Avengers #20, page 12 Original Art (Marvel, 1965). Wondrous Wally Wood's inks add a silky smooth finish to dashin' Don Heck's power-packed pencils, as the Mandarin demonstrates deadly modifications he has made to the Swordsman's blade in "Vengeance Is Ours!" Wood's penchant for adding black areas to the design of a comic book page meshes perfectly with Heck's dramatic storytelling -- their artistic team-up was another Silver Age triumph for mighty Marvel. A sensational portrait of the Mandarin is spotlighted in panel four. The image area of the page measures 12.5" x 18.75", and the art is in Excellent condition. Make yours Marvel, by adding this superb Avengers showpiece to your art portfolio!

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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