Who was WALLACE WOOD? The maddest artist of Mad magazine? The man who saved Marvel’s Daredevil? The self-publishing pioneer of witzend? The greatest science fiction artist of them all? The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood Volume 2 is an oversized, visually stunning, and intimate portrait of one of the most mythic figures in American cartooning. Bursting with a cornucopia of gorgeous artwork and photos, this volume features a fascinating Rashamonlike collection of vivid remembrances by Wood’s friends, colleagues, assistants, and loved ones.
Even as they explore the playful spirit and psychological twists of this complicated maverick of American pop culture, they frankly discuss his struggles with censorship and alcoholism and his slide into the realm of pornography. Carefully compiled over more than three decades by Wood assistant Bhob Stewart, The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood Volume 2 completes this remarkably revealing and intimate portrait of a legendary comics creator.
Contributors include Larry Hama, John Workman, Trina Robbins, Paul Krassner, Flo Steinberg, Tom Sutton, Bill Pearson, Tatjana Wood, and Paul Levitz. A special tribute gallery includes artwork by Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Michael T. Gilbert, Al Feldstein, Dave Sim, Michael Cho, Drew Friedman, and Marie Severin.
"The main draw of this lavish, oversized volume is the wealth of gorgeous artwork, the bulk of it comics pages. ... The visual grandeur on display is so overwhelming that the book, despite the lamentable fate of its subject, can’t help but ultimately be taken as a celebration of Wood’s abundant talent." — 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