Fans of the late, great Wallace “Wally” Wood may want to check out this Comic Book Creator #17 (a bonus-size 100 pages edition), released in 2018 but still available from US publisher TwoMorrows.
This special edition took a look at the legacy and influence of one of the greatest comic book artists the world has even known, with a heartfelt look about Woody’s career, as well as a gallery of little-seen work.
Included is an extended interview with former “Woodworker” Ralph Reese, one of the finest artists to emerge out from under Woody’s wing and into a superlative career in the 1970s, whether on Marvel’s horror comics, upon the pages of National Lampoon, or in the underground realm.
The main event for CBC #17 is David J. Hogan’s massive 20,000-word biographical essay on the life and artistry of the great Wally Wood, covering his early years with Fox and Avon, his EC and Marvel work, and more.
Edited by Jon B. Cooke, there’s a long chat with cover artist Hilary Barral, from his early years as Marvel inker, fondly-recalled Plastic Man, rise with “stupid” Image Comics and America’s Best collaborations with Alan Moore, to his work for Plankton Comics.
And, of course, CBC included its usual informative features, including the humour of Fred Hembeck!