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    Wally Wood Sketch Original Art Group of 29 (c. 1940s-70s). It's been written that when Wallace Wood was six, he dreamt of a "magic pencil" that could draw anything, and this led to his decision to pursue a career as an artist. The young Wally was an avid comics fan, absorbing the work of such cartoonists as Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, and Roy Crane. This incredible group of sketch fragments and early attempts at drawing comic book pages shows the progress Wood made during his formative years, with lots of WWII-inspired war comic pages, studies, and doodles, some in pencil only, others in ink. There is one small but full page of a proposed comic book story about American fighter jet pilots fighting Japanese planes, and several pages of inked studies of war equipment. There are preliminary sketches from Wood's EC years, including a rough of the splash page from a proposed Civil War story, "The Monitor" (the final art was later used by Gary Arlington for one of his Nickel Library faux EC covers); MAD preliminary art; color roughs for a "This Is Tomorrow" sci-fi illustration; later Pipkin Papers studies, a finished three panel tier of Odkin art, and more. There are a total of 29 pieces of art in graphite, blue pencil, ink, marker, and watercolor on paper, onionskin, and Bristol board, with sizes ranging from 3.25" x 2.25" up to 9" x 12", with an average condition of Very Good. Several pieces are signed "W Wood," "Wallace Wood" or initialed "WW." Also included is Wally's original photo album originally used to hold many of these pieces. Amazing! This lot previously sold in the June 1997 Sotheby's auction, though not every item from that prior grouping is included here.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    27th-29th Thursday-Saturday
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