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    Wally Wood The World of the Wizard King Preliminary Original Title Page/Cover Art (Witzend and Real Free Press, 1960s-70s). Wood had launched the epic Wizard King fantasy in his privately circulated Witzend magazine -- a bridge between the pulp-fiction sword-and-sorcery idiom and the Underground Comix movement of the 1960s-70s. This character-defining image is a rehearsal for a larger panoramic piece that figured in Witzend and then formed the cover of a Real Free Press (Amsterdam) edition of 1974. The work ranks as one of the earliest creator-owned graphic novels, but it never developed to Wood's satisfaction: He had hoped to transplant the tale to a motion picture with animator Ralph Bakshi. Here is a fleeting moment, frozen in time, from Wood's brilliant, often erratic, career, and a stirring depiction of one of his great heroic characters, the dwarf known as Odkin the Sly (second from left). There is a prominent element of nudity. Graphite and blue-wax pencil on Bristol board. Image area, 8" x 10". Light toning and smudging. Excellent condition.

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