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Fed up with the formulaic restrictions, censorious nature, and onerous denial of creator’s rights in mainstream comics, cartoonist Wallace Wood created and published his own magazine — witzend.
Witzend immediately became a cauldron of bubbling creativity for Wood and his cartoonist friends to produce their own personal work, without regard to commercial constraints. And with friends like Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Gray Morrow, and Reed Crandall, it was bound to be a great ride. (And that was just the first issue!)
In later issues, Steve Ditko, Art Spiegelman, Vaughn Bodé, Jim Steranko, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Howard Chaykin, Bernie Wrightson — and dozens more — joined in.
When Fantagraphics published the collected witzend in 2014 in a deluxe two-volume box set, it sold out immediately. Now we present Best of witzend, a 280-page distillation of that publishing milestone, putting all the top names from the 13-issue run of witzend into a single handsome volume, curated by Wood’s longtime assistant and successor as witzend editor and publisher, Bill Pearson.