Cover by acclaimed designer Chip Kidd and Academy Award winner Dan Clowes Wally's World opens on Halloween night, 1981, in a seedy world of pornographers and drug addicts, with a mysterious death by.44 on the outskirts of Hollywood. The victim was Wallace Wood, a rebel genius of pop art and the artist who inspired underground cartoonists R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and countless others. Wood rose to the pinnacle of pop-culture fame as MAD's first star artist and as a cutting-edge science-fiction illustrator. But Wallace Wood had his demons. This dramatic cultural biography, packed with more than 150 of Wood's astounding, disturbing artworks, tells his story and, in the process, the history of comic books from the Depression through the 1980s.