In the mid-'60s, fed up with the formulaic restrictions, censorious nature, and onerous denial of creator’s rights in mainstream comics, cartoonist Wallace Wood boldy decided to launch his own magazine — witzend.
witzend soon became an essential outlet of unfettered artistic freedom for Wood and his fellow cartoonists, including such comics luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Gray Morrow, Reed Crandall, Steve Ditko, Art Spiegelman, Vaughn Bodé, Alex Toth, Howard Chaykin, and Bernie Wrightson.
Now Fantagraphics presents Best of witzend, a selection of the greatest comics and illustration from the 13-issue run of witzend collected into a single handsome volume, curated by Wood’s longtime assistant and successor as witzend editor and publisher, Bill Pearson.
“witzend is a time capsule from an essential period in history for both the United States and the comic book medium, showing how the seeds of change planted by the counterculture movement took root in art … and collecting the anthology in this elegant package is a wonderful way of paying tribute to its legacy.” — The A.V. Club
“witzend was a brilliant comic... It’s a time capsule of what the best creators in the business could produce when they were their own editors. Fantagraphics did a great job restoring and collecting every issue in its original glory.” — Bleeding Cool
“witzend was ahead of its time as an outlet for comics’ greatest talents to create without having to answer to anyone but themselves." — Mental Floss