Sunday, 12 July 2015

Animan



From the first couple of issues of Witzend, here's all there is of Wally Wood's Animan, a character Woody originally created while still a child.


It starts off in familiar territory, then becomes increasingly violent and darkly sexual ( for the time at least ). In fact, I think I read somewhere that the reason the strip was never finished was that Woody couldn't think of anything else to do with it, and that any third installment would just consist of Animan and female lead Cathy having sex for page after page. 
It's Wally sort of between styles, being neither as hyper detailed as his EC work, nor as minimalist as T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents, but what it is, of course, is completely wonderful.

















4 comments:

  1. I always considered Andor (in Thunder Agents) to be the Comics Code version of Animan.in much the same way that the Question was a variation of Mr. A.

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  2. Too true - there's almost no difference at all between The Question & Mr. A in my eyes. I always remember a Question story by Ditko, for instance, where he deliberately lets a bad guy drown to death in a sewer.
    And of course, there's that great quote Alan Moore attributes to Ditko: ' Rorschach? Oh yes. He's like Mr. A. Except he's insane. '

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  3. Wood swiped Frazetta all over the place in the first story. Page one is a reverse of a Frazetta Tarzan cover:

    http://thejohncarterfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/0514_tarzan.jpg

    and page two, panel four is a swipe of Frazetta's THUN'DA #1, page 4, panel 7:

    http://thejohncarterfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/0514_tarzan.jpg

    I can cite a lot more examples, but these give an idea. Frank Frazetta said Woody never bent the spine on his figures properly, and that's why they always looked a little stiff.

    Regards,

    Chris A.

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  4. What's that famous quote from Woody? ' Never draw what you can copy... Never copy what what you can trace... Never trace what you can paste up ' Something like that. Anyway, most of us aren't Wally or Frank so it doesn't apply to mere mortals.

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