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Cannon Hardcover – April 5, 2014

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This is a visually stunning book… The real treat here is the ART! And I deliberately capitalise the word to emphasise just how beautiful Wood’s work is throughout the collection. (Colm Creamer - Forbidden Planet International)

About the Author

Wallace Allan Wood (1927–1981) rebooted Marvel's Daredevil, designing the iconic costume that recently appeared on the smash hit Netflix series. He was one of the best and funniest cartoonists of the earliest iteration of Mad magazine and, thanks to his work on the EC Comics line, he is also widely considered one of America’s greatest science-fiction cartoonists. With his magazine anthology witzend, he helped pioneer underground/independent comics publishing.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (April 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606997025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606997024
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trollbeard on May 16, 2014
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As most of us know, Wood self-published a 4-volume paperback collection of these strips in the 1970s. Fantagraphics' reprint is actually superior. The blacks are blacker, the paper is better, it's hardback and the overall clarity of Wood's outstanding artwork is superior in this new book. Not to mention, each strip measures 2 7/8" x 9 1/2", as opposed to Wood's original publications' measurements of 2 1/2" x 8 1/2". So it's an absolute 5-star production. EXCEPT... Incredibly, Fantagraphics took it upon themselves to edit one of the best panels, see pgs. 188-189. Diego Cordoba has mentioned it in his review. I almost didn't buy this book because of it, but caved in because the rest of the book is so great. A vertical, 3-panel nude has been edited to fit the horizontal elongated pages of this book, so that only her head appears. Fantagraphics throws us a bone by including a postage-stamp sized repro of the original page. All they had to do was turn the panel sideways. If they were concerned about breaking the "story" sequence (not much of a story- the draw of course is Wood's art), they could've at least included the full panel somewhere in the appendix. This blunder is almost as bad as leaving the last page out of "The Forbidden Room" in the Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3. Except in this case they're playing it off like they did it intentionally. "For this edition of Cannon we chose to alter the way in which the material was originally presented... where the unavoidable alteration proved more intrusive than we would have liked..." Right. I can't believe they would knowingly do this... I'm inclined to think it was a mistake that somebody caught later, and tried to justify... Why would a publisher knowingly take the best sizable nude in a Wood art book and cut it down to the head only???Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Diego Cordoba on March 29, 2014
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Wally Wood created the Cannon spy adventure strip for the Army's Overseas Weekly newspaper. Since people in the army were adults, he could draw a strip containing adult elements (that is to say, naked chicks) and not worry about the censorship that plagued comic books and newspaper comic strips back in the day. So Cannon did things that made James Bond look like a sissy, and was the toughest MF the commies ever ran into (remember, this was done during the cold war years, when the greatest threat America had, was communism). For the first months Woody really outdid himself, as it features some of his best artwork ever. By the end of the strip's run though, Woody relies mostly on paste-up jobs (sometimes of his own work), and very contrasted photocopies of cars and buildings that look like an inked drawing. Towards the end, you can see that his heart wasn't really into it anymore.

The sad thing, for most of us Woody fans, was that to see this particular work you had to be in the army, as there was no other way of seeing it. Luckily for me I lived in France back then, and Woody's work was being reprinted over there thanks to Fershid Bharucha who was a big fan of some American comic book artists (such as Woody, Corben and Berni Wrightson), and published most of their work in Europe (well, at least in France). So I actually knew Cannon and Sally Forth before many other American comic book fans did. That said, when Cannon was finally collected for the first time as a softcover book by Fantagraphics, it was in its original black and white (in France it was colored) and in a rather large size (10,5 x 13').

That was not too long ago, as the book came out in 2001.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 19, 2014
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Fantagraphics gives us another great book to add to the collection. This beautiful hardcover edition of Wally Woods' Cannon strips is as eye-popping as all the beautiful ladies and action/adventure you'll find inside. The paper is a thick stock with the nice, sewn-binding you'd expect in a collector's edition or high-end comic strip collection.

Woods' art look great in this edition and is an example of his amazing skills as an artist. Extras include an introduction by Howard Cheykin and some comic strips he collaborated with Steve Ditko on. The excellent build quality and low $35 pricetag has me wondering why DC and especially Marvel charge so much for many of their collected editions.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2014
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I'll just say this up front -- this isn't a thinking man's comic. In fact, the lead character's name of Cannon is perfect, because that's about how subtle this strip is.

The stories and characters are fairly straight-ahead and simple, the type of fare you'd see in any classic action film from the late 70s through the early 90s. Cannon is the kind of character that Chuck Norris or Arnold Schwarzenegger would have felt at home playing. In fact, he makes Conan the Barbarian seem thoughtful and introspective by comparison. The strip reads like a James Bond movie directed by Russ Meyer, turned up to eleven -- tons of two-fisted action and fully nude women on nearly every other page that would probably get a 007 picture a NC-17 rating.

But as I read through this hefty volume, it seems to be part of the nutty charm of this series. The creators present the material in an unapologetic, mature-of-fact manner, without a hint of self-aware shame in the over-the-top exploitative nature of the strip. It's almost as if they decided to distill the basest, most primal appeal of the classic pulp adventure strips into comic strip form -- the audience wants sex and violence, so let's give them that in spades.

Still, the work stops short of being pornographic (in my opinion -- I'm sure more socially conservative or religious folks may disagree). Nudity and the before and after moments of sex are the limit -- we don't actually see genitals or intercourse taking place, thankfully. And while the violence is swift, brutal and plentiful, we don't see blood, guts, or gore -- it's about as graphic as something like Rambo II.

That all said, there is one aspect of this strip I find distasteful and that is the numerous allusions to rape.
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