Who was Wallace Wood? The maddest artist of Mad magazine? The man behind Marvel’s Daredevil? The self-publishing pioneer of witzend? With a life as dramatic as his compositions, many fans know the legendary artist, but few know the man inside. Until now. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is an incisive look back at the life and career of one of the greatest and most mythic figures of cartooning. Edited over the course of thirty years by former Wood assistant Bhob Stewart, The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is a biographical portrait, generously illustrated with Wood’s gorgeous art as well as little seen personal photos and childhood ephemera. Also: remembrances by Wood’s friends, colleagues, asistants, and loved ones. This collective biographical and critical portrait explores the humorous spirit, dark detours, and psychological twists of a gifted maverick in American pop culture. Contributions by Bill Gaines, Grant Geissman, Larry Hama, Paul Kirchner, Trina Robbins, John Severin, Tom Sutton, Al Williamson and more!
“Wood’s work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood’s regal heroes.” — The Los Angeles Times
“Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre — humor (he was one of Mad’s first artists), horror, superheroes, war — but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he ‘began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.’” — Booklist
“Fantagraphics’ biography of Wood is a remarkable collection of rare personal photographs, anecdotes from his contemporaries, and a broad sampling of the cartoonist’s beautiful artwork. This gorgeous, insightful tome is a must-have for armchair comics scholars and historians everywhere.” — Broken Frontier
“The Life And Legend Of Wallace Wood offers a rounded portrait of a conflicted creator. Rather than a conventional coffee-table retelling of the artist’s life and career, editors Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron have by structuring the book as a series of essays by eminent comics scholars and talents wisely chosen to spotlight a number of different kinds of tributes to the artist ... It’s difficult to imagine a more respectful package.” — The A.V. Club