Wood in Space

Vanguard Publishing’s J. David Spurlock announces Strange Worlds of  Science Fiction — the most extensive collection to-date, of sci-fi comics by Wallace Wood — to his line of books.

MAD magazine publisher Bill Gaines called Daredevil, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Mars Attacks co-creator, Wally Wood “the greatest Science Fiction artist of all time.”

Vanguard’s Strange Worlds, collects an unprecedented wealth of rare, collectable 1950s sci-fi comics from original titles, Strange Worlds, Space Detective, Capt. Science, Space Ace, and more. Thrill to early adventures of bubble-headed space jockeys and sultry vixens battling bug-eyed monsters in sensationalistic stories like: “The Flying Saucers,”  “An Earthman on Venus,”  “Spawn of Terror,” “Winged Death on Venus,” “The Monster God of Rogor,” “The Martian Slayers,” “The Insidious Doctor Khartoum,” “Time Door of Throm,” “Death in Deep Space,” “Bandits of the Starways,” “The Opium Smugglers of Venus,” “Trail to the Asteroid Hideout,” “The Weapon Out of Time,” “Kenton of the Star Patrol,” “Sirens of Space,” “Operation Unknown,” and others.

Wallace Wood is one of the most notable comic-book creators of all time with historic runs on Weird Science, MAD, Daredevil, Superboy, and more. Wood won 3 NCS Reuban Awards, and is in the Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Hall of Fame. The new Strange Worlds graphic novel collects, for the first time, all of Wood’s non-EC science fiction comics from the 1950s starting very shortly after his studies at SVA (The School of Visual Arts) in New York.

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4 thoughts on “Wood in Space

  1. giorgostzimas

    Conventionals standards are for conventional people.I take mr Apatoff’s  first half comment as an insult for WALLY WOOD.Luckily there are enough of us that are grateful to see his art and cherish it for the years to come when many of the better than him artists will be forgotten.

  2. David Apatoff

    It’s funny– measured by conventional standards, Wood was not a great draftsman.  His figures were often stiff and anatomically troubled, his sense of design and composition were nothing to write home about, and for long spells he churned out drek.  Yet, his humor, originality, productivity and subversive intellect made him a seminal figure in American popular art. His brilliant work for EC and MAD are part of our cultural DNA.  I’m looking forward to this book.