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Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981 (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – January 15, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; Bilingual edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1613772920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 12.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diego Cordoba on January 27, 2013
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Recently there has been a new revival and appreciation for the work of Alex Toth, whom many consider to be the artit's artist. Toth simplified the way of drawing comic books, by using as few lines as possible, and creating a body of work that due to its simplicity, is admired by artists all over the world. The case for Wally Wood can be the exact opposite of Toth's; his art is usually cluttered with detail (see his sci-fi work for EC), and he was an artist who was forgotten by most comic book publishers later in his career. But Wood remains one of the best, if not the BEST, comic book artist of all time. Wood by now has been relegated to the world of "old timers" nobody cares about. And it's a pity, as his work is worth to be revived and appraised, but not forgotten.

Wood rose to fame with the work he did for the (in)famous EC comics in the '50's. Mainly for his sci-fi work, with his spaceship interiors with all those buttons and dials and spring tubing that had no particular use other than looking pretty damn cool. To this day you can see all this cluttered machinery in every sc-fi film you see. He also drew the most sexy girls ever, and even invented the "bottomless" t-shirt before any girl ever wore one. He was a fanatic of using a double-light source to enhance his art, and is considered the master of that. His characters practically leap off the pages. Wood also had a very peculiar way of drawing that was all his own. Pretty much like Jack Kirby, he created his own aritstic "language" by drawing figures that, though not proportionally acurate (his women all had short torsos, long legs and a huge bust), looked perfectly right. Add to this his most improbable double source lighting, and his characters looked more real than life.
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Once again IDW has rendered a priceless service to us comic book art fans. This incredible book is an American hardback reprint edition of a lavish Wally Wood art exhibition catalog that was originally published in 2010. The exhibit was at Casal Soleric in Palma, which I assume is somewhere in Spain? Whatever, those guys sure do know how to put a catalog together, and did IDW ever do a beautiful job of giving us an American version! I believe Jerry Weist was also involved, so you know it's going to be good.
I had read about the original catalog last year on some blog site or other, and was drooling over it, and after checking foreign dealers and being discouraged I checked Amazon to see if there were used copies available, and that's when I saw that it was being reprinted in the States. Thank you IDW!!! Being a book nut, I'd love to know a little more about the original catalog, as in dimensions and binding. I'm inclined to think that this IDW version is probably larger and better bound than the original, (most of the exhibition catalogs I've seen are paperback) but I may be wrong.
I believe the cover that Amazon is using to show the book is the original catalog cover. My copy of the book uses different comic book panels, for example, instead of "To Kill A God", the cover to Dynamo #3 is used for that panel.
The book is well worth the weight. I mean wait. It's a big and beautiful beast, full of both color and black and white pieces. There are many rare pieces from Wood's youth (1940s vintage) some of which I've never seen before. There are several comic stories reprinted full-page and complete from the original art (as in the "Artist Editions") including some Sally Forth as well as E.C. pieces.
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By jmm on January 9, 2013
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This book is a thing of beauty.
If you like Wally Wood, you simply NEED this book.
Unlike many other similar books on a given creator's career, this is finely designed with a clear, elegant layout, and it manages just the right balance of comic book, original line work, sketches, rare pieces and a few photos of Wood himself. Quality reproduction is impressive, taking advantage of the book's large size, with original pages showing all the details and nuances, the spots where there was some art correction or the paper has gone brown because of adhesive tape smudge or simply old age.
This is the perfect companion to IDW's impressive Wally Wood's EC Stories: Artist's Edition.
Again, if you already like Wood, these two books will teach you to love it, and love Comic Book as an art form, too.
And for a change, it even arrived properly packaged and in good condition from Amazon. You couldn't ask for more.
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I own most of the artbooks about Wallace Wood...simply put, this is by far the best (and thickest)book about this underated artist. IDW has consistantly published top quality artbooks and this one is no different. Complete with huge full color scans of original artwork on nice thick, glossy paperstock. Pick this book up while you can. Seems like the way the publishing world is going, that most books of this caliber see only one printing...than you are left to buy it on eBay for $400 later.
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This book went straight from the box on the porch to the kitchen table for the next 3 hours. Wallace Wood taught me how to draw, along with his fellows Bill Elder and Jack Davis. I didn't read Mad Magazine, I STUDIED it. Wood had a great, full life, if short, and obviously loved observing people and stashing away expressions (and a good bit of T&A) for use later. His sci-fi work is legendary, but the stuff he did for Mad Magazine really showed his twisted flexibility and laugh-out-loud humor. His caricatures of movie stars and other dubious notables are on par with Mort Drucker. I wish he'd stayed with us a little longer. This is a LARGE book, high-surface clay-coated pages to make the illustrations really sharp, so it's heavy too. That's why it's good to land it on a well-lit kitchen table! If you are of a certain age and want to relive a better time (even with incipient nuclear attack) or if you're a cartoonist-illustrator who would like to see how it's SUPPOSED to be DONE, get this book.
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