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STRANGE WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION HC (Vanguard Wally Wood Classics) Hardcover – January 10, 2012

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  • Series: Vanguard Wally Wood Classics
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS; 1st Print edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934331406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934331408
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
i bought the deluxe edition direct from Vanguard which isn't sold on Amazon; the deluxe edition has some extra pages of sketches etc; worth it for the hardcore Wood fan. What I was most concerned with was how the coloring would turn out; an amazing number of reprints are coming out with atrocious coloring, such as the EC releases where they seem to do some rapid photoshop coloring from China. This loses all the artistic integrity of the stories that was so critical to those masterpieces. So, I'm thrilled to report that Vanguard did this one right - the pages stock and coloring come very close to the originals, as close apparently as possible. Spurlock, who edited this, is a huge Wood fan and obviously made sure quality controls were in place. This is a huge collection of Wood stories well produced and essential for any fan of Wood or of cartooning.
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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!
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Format: Hardcover
Checking in at about 224 pages Wally Wood Strange Worlds of Science Fiction really delivers the goods. If you zero in on the great GA/SA comic book artists Wally Wood is certainly there. You will appreciate the 22 stories ( or really 20 if you consider the first 3 parter as one) most of which are from 1950-51 & are primarily from Avon & Youthful Magazines comics groups. But wait there's more, a cover gallery, intro by J. David Spurlock & 8 pages of Sky Masters from 1958, showcasing excellent Newspaper Strip polished art from the Jack Kirby/Wally Wood team. As well there are single pages ( for the most part)of Wood's EC space stories inserted almost as dividers between all the stories. This approach I really don't get. I think David probably wanted an EC presence there for comparison, 50-51 VS 52-54 to show Wood's progress & rapid development in the field. All these inserts are in black & white & while they add diversity to the package presented I didn't get much from it maybe you will see it different. All the stories are in color except An Earthman on Venus & Death in Deep Space. These two stories are well drawn & I wished they were in color. Another thing I noticed is how beautiful the Wood/Steranko Cover assemblage looks, really exceptional. It showcases the essence of the Wally Wood we first knew. Take 1 Super Hot space babe, add a rocket ship,our space hero, a moonlike planet with beautiful other space worlds almost creating a 3D effect with the expected Woodlike scenery at ground level and you have one superb cover. There have been a number of Special Artist books lately on the market from the same time frame & while they all have great interior work ,most of the covers are terrible.Read more ›
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This is a great collection of about two dozen of Wally Wood's non-EC science fiction comics, mostly from 1950-'53. Most are heroic he-man stuff: CAPTAIN SCIENCE! KENTON, of the STAR PATROL! SPACE ACE! And the roguish Chet Fields, interplanetary adventurer! All are lots of fun, innocent 50's stuff.

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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