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    Wally Wood Shock SuspenStories #6 Cover Original Art (EC, 1952). This masterpiece is quite simply one of the top covers in the entire history of comics -- and quite a dramatic shocker at that! Wally Wood's all-time classic for the story "Under Cover!" depicts a hooded mob of the Black Vigilante Society menacing one of the most gorgeously rendered women ever to appear on a comic book cover. The stories from Shock were EC's most pointed attempts to address socially relevant subject matter such as racial prejudice, revolutionary for comic stories of the time, and no single image is more famous than this. As such, this is one of a small handful that transcends its considerable appeal as a top Wally Wood, EC, and pre-Code cover (designated as a "classic bondage cover," the comic book itself is one of the most valuable and sought out keys of the Golden Age), endlessly reproduced to represent an entire era in the broader popular consciousness. This is the definition of Comic Art with a capital "A". Adding to the appeal, the original has resided in the same collection for the last forty years since it was acquired in Russ Cochran's original EC auctions by one of the most discerning EC collectors, a hidden treasure long wondered about by generations and never offered on the market until now.
    Not only is the image absolutely iconic in the largest possible sense, the artwork is stunning, representing Wood, universally acknowledged as one of the top artists ever to work in the field, at the pinnacle of his abilities. The dramatic composition is of course one of his most immediately memorable, and he pulled out all the stops in the lush, detailed rendering, varying all aspects of his inking throughout so that the spot lit figures blaze with impeccable detail. The art is a tour de force, from the main figures, down to the boldly articulated signature on the lower left, obviously intended as a showpiece for Wood himself as well as EC's entire 1950s line of pioneering comics.
    Produced twice-up scale in ink over graphite on EC Bristol board with an image area of 13.5" x 19". The logo, header, and text pieces are stat paste-ups that have toned. The artist used a scratch technique on the inks in places. There is light handling wear, some slight stains in the margins, and the board is toned. In Very Good condition.
    Don't miss your chance to bid on one of the keystones of comics history before it vanishes, into another private collection, for the next forty years!

    More information about Wally Wood, also known as Wood, Wally, Wallace Wood.

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