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    Wally Wood - Original Preliminary Art for "The Spawn of Venus" (circa 1954). Bill Gaines attempted a bold experiment in 1954 with the publication of Three-Dimensional EC Classics and Three-Dimensional Tales from the Crypt of Terror. Riding the wave of the 3-D boom that was sweeping the nation through movies and comics at the time, Gaines decided to have some of his company's best stories reworked and redrawn for this exciting new medium. The two issues cited above were done in the standard four levels of depth popular at the time, but an unpublished third issue, made up of redrawn science fiction stories was to be presented in an unheard-of six-level format! Four stories, two from Weird Fantasy and two from Weird Science, were slated for this landmark issue, but the public's fascination with the 3-D fad faded as quickly as it had appeared and the book was never published. Fortunately, the stories have seen print elsewhere since that time, including this gem by Wally Wood, which was later published in the artist's own magazine, Witzend #6. This is a reworking of the story originally penciled by Al Feldstein that appeared in Weird Science #6, and is almost certainly the inspiration for the 1958 film "The Blob" starring Steve McQueen. Eight tightly penciled pages with an image area measuring 13" x 18", this story is in Excellent condition. The text has been hand-lettered on the pages, presumably by Wood himself, and the 3-D levels are indicated in red pencil. There are also a plethora of Wood's Mad inspired doodles in the margins and on the backs of several pages. The splash page is particularly great, and shows how much work Wood put into even his preliminary pieces. This is a great piece, which only a handful of faithful fans have seen before now.

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