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Wallace Wood

Wallace Wood (1927–1981) was a legendary comics creator. In the '40s, Wood got his start as a letterer and then assistant for various cartoonists, including Will Eisner on The Spirit. He got his first big break in the late '40s working for EC, where he drew comics for every genre, from Western and romance to horror to sci fi and fantasy. Throughout the '60s, Wood contributed to Harvey Kurtzman's Mad magazine, Warren Publications' Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing combat, and Marvel's Daredevil. Starting in 1966, Wood began publishing witzend, one of the very first alternative comics, in which he serialized his own stories as well as work by such comics luminaries as Gray Morrow, Ken Smith, Neal Adams, and Steve Ditko. Throughout the '60s and '70s, he also pursued a personal project called the Wizard King, finally seeing it through to publication in 1978. In addition to his hundreds of pages of comic book covers and story pages, he also produced a great deal of commercial illustration work, from book covers to trading cards. Wood was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1992.