Today would've been Wally Wood's birthday, so let's splurge. And massive thanks are due again to Gilbert Ortiz for letting me use the above photo of the great man here. Fantastic pic, Gil, cheers.
First off, here's his wraparound cover for the 10th issue of Witzend, with a whole gaggle of cute creatures, including Sally Forth's Martian pal Snorky.
And here's the little seen The Misfits, Woody's own team of mutants, from the first issue of Heroes Inc.
Finally, here's another fantastic piece from Tower Of Shadows. There's a real Alex Raymond and Hal Foster feel to this one, which is understandable as both men were heroes of Woody's.
I don't think anybody drew this kind of fairy tale fantasy better than Wally, and I suspect that, given the choice, he'd have spent his whole career doing work like this. And it's a shame that he never returned to this trio of characters, because they had great possibilities.
I have a vague memory of this story being the cause of Woody's leaving Marvel for the second time around. If memory serves, Stan tried to grab the writing credit but Woody was having none of it. Am I imagining that, or does anyone know better?
Oh, and by the way, following on from yesterday's post about Frank Thorne's Wizard & Red Sonja show, over at Booksteve's Library, Steve shares a few memories of the time he actually saw that particular theatrical epic. Just click on the relevant box over on the right there.
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