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STRANGE WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION HC (Vanguard Wally Wood Classics) Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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review part 2:
I've finally gotten through this book and will add to my comment above; in between each story of the book the publishers insert one page of Wood's EC work which was done within a couple of years of the full stories. The intro explains that they want to give the reader a full appreciation of Wood's art (since the stories are all EC, this publisher, Vanguard, obviously doesn't have a license to publish the full EC stories).
But, by printing random EC pages, this book only serves to highlight how the stories they did publish here are throwaways. My guess is that Wood put his pride and talents into the EC work, which is clearly vastly superior. Many - actually most - of the stories printed here by Vanguard have half hearted art barely recognizable as Wood and they aren't even signed by Wood!Read more ›
The artwork is terrific early Wood. Sometimes it is Wood inking Wood, but a lot are either Wood inking someone else (looks like Joe Orlando at least a couple times, but in one case Jack Kirby) or someone else inking Wood (Joe Orlando for at least a couple, but also the great Al Williamson - and Frank Frazetta! And other, er, less accomplished artists.)
Personally, I wish it was always Wood inking Wood - I don't think Wood's art was really compatible with Kirby, and as for Williamson, Frazetta, or Ditko (none of that here) inking Wood, it's like getting a one for two deal. But that kind of thing was typical for the comics back in the day, sadly. BTW, if anyone knows who the inker was on "OPERATION UNKNOWN" (no pun intended,) a publication of the fascinating Lev Gleason, I would love to know.
An odd element I can't find any reason for is a triple-stripe fore-edge decoration that wraps around a lower bit of each page. I don't find it distracting, just - odd. It doesn't interfere with the artwork in any way.
A great element is the inclusion of a page of a B&W Wood EC sci-fi comic as story breaks throughout the volume. I have (reprints) of those comics, but it's interesting to compare the art. Of course the EC stuff is almost always Wood inking Wood (Gaines must've had some pay differential) so of course they tend to compare favorably to the non-EC stuff. There're also 11 pages of Wood sci-fri covers, er, towards the end of the volume.
Whatever! It's all great examples of a great artist.
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It's amazing how humongous this book is!
I bought the paperback since it was far cheaper then the hardcover. What I didn't expect was how nice it looks even in PB form. Read more
The reproductions are not very good and it's not very easy to handle due to the binding which is very tight. (this is the paperback version)Published 4 months ago by Mike
The quality of the reproduction is horrendous -- bleached out and amateurish. The editor's introduction is littered with piss-poor punctuation, which is unintentionally hilarious. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeffrey Puckett
I loved this big fat book! Printed on very nice paper, in color on pages that are slightly larger than anything else out there! Read morePublished 15 months ago by lincoln Yaco
This is hardly Wally Wood's best work if indeed some of the work is Wally's at all...? Disappointed by the 3rd Rate low quality of the work in this book.Published 21 months ago by Henry Sum
Wally Wood - what else is there to say? The mans art should be an inspiration to all aspiring graphic artists. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Shawn B Simon
Beautifully package collection for true die hard fans of Wally Wood and his wonderful artwork. Vanguard did a solid job collecting the material.Published on April 2, 2012 by Jimmy Palmiotti
I would really, really like to have a word with the idiot who designed this book. For some unfathomable reason, he or she decided that the really cool thing to do would be to... Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Michael C. Purdy