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Monday, April 5, 2010

POST # 36 - "TO KILL A GOD!" by Wally Wood

We have here a lovely work by Wallace Wood that should leave no confusion over who did what. According to one-time Wood assistant Nick Cuti, the work here is all Wood.

The story is entitled "To Kill A God!", and first appeared in Warren's VAMPIRELLA #12, 1971. My scans are taken from Pacific Comics limited series WORLD OF WOOD , issue number 4, 1986, which would probably explain why the story is hosted by Wood's 'Snorky' creation, and not one of Warren's horror hosts. Included here is a wonderful glimpse into the inside world of being Wood's art assistant, written by Nicola Cuti, that was featured on the inside cover to the issue. Reading those paragraphs should alleviate any doubt as to who drew what. According to Mr. Cuti, this story was all Wood's baby, done in part in order to prove to suspicious fans (who had come to believe that Wood was relying on his art assistants too much) that he, in fact, was capable at any time of creating the breath-taking works that we had all become familiar with in the past, with no outside help whatsoever. So, for everyone who wondered and speculated on the authorship of the last Wood story posted here, lay your doubts at the door, come on in and just enjoy one of the finer works done by the incredible Wallace Wood during this time period.

(I probably need to point out that World Of Wood #4 presented the story in sepia tone, and for this blog that art was converted to black and white...this blog is, after all, not called "SEPIA 'N' WHITE AND RED ALL OVER". Wheteher or not that has caused the slight blurry quality that is present, or not, I cannot say, nevertheless, the scans are not as crisp as I would usually expect. Still, the mastery of Mr. Wood is evident. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.)

On a final note, while according to most records Wood not only wrote the story and most likely lettered it as well, the often imperfect notations of the GCD has listed Gerry Boudreau as the writer here, yet I have no evidence to corroborate this as true. Therefore, while confusion may still occur here in regards to the writer, the art is entirely attributed to Wally Wood, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Walk softly with me, as together we will try...



Monday, March 29, 2010

POST # 35 - "JEWELS OF GWAHLUR!" by Dick Giordano

Many of you have no doubt heard the sad news
that Dick Giordano has passed away.

As a comics fan growing up in the Silver Age, I recall seeing his name on nearly every DC comic I ever brought home from the drugstore (they didn't have comic shops back then).  My favorite comics featuring Mr. Giordano would have to be ones that had him working with Neal Adams, as I thought his inks over Adams pencils seemed to be a perfect fit.

Dick Giordano, besides being one of DC comics best and most popular inkers, was clearly also a wonderful and talented penciller as well. You can look up his name at the usual places on the web, and find out more about Dick Giordano and his long and respected career as artist and editor, as I am unable to delve too deep into his history at the moment. Suffice to say, the man did excellent work over the many years he spent working in the comics industry. It is my honor to post for you a story he pencilled and inked, for Marvel comics Savage Sword Of Conan # 25, in 1977.  It was adapted from Robert E. Howard's work, by Roy Thomas. You may agree with me that he does an outstanding job, his version of Conan being able to stand shoulder to shoulder alongside the likes of those by John Buscema, Barry Windsor-Smith, Neal Adams, and Gil Kane. That says alot for the man's talent. It is a shame he didn't get to do more like this.

I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and to say thank you, Mr. Giordano, for all you have contributed to comics that has entertained and captivated our imaginations all these years.

Dick Giordano
(7/20/1932 - 3/27/2010)



Here is a link to Mark Evanier's POV ONLINE
where he has more regarding Dick Giordano.


Plenty of wonderful art found on Dick Giordano's own site.