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Wallys World Hc: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of the World's 2nd Best Comic Book Artist Hardcover – 1 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Productions (NJ); 1st edition (Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887591818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887591812
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,830,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not an easy book to read, detailing as it does not only Wally Wood's brilliant career from his earliest childhood sketches to the innovative EC years and subsequent work for Warren, Marvel and Tower, etc, but the declining years as Woody spiraled down into depression, illness, alcholism and, ultimately, self-destruction by means of a .44 Magnum.
As an English teenager in the 1960s, struggling with my own drawing, I dicovered the brilliant EC work of Wally Wood via the Ballantine paperback reprints, The Mad Reader, Son Of Mad, Greasy Mad Stuff etc, which were compilations of the early fifties comic book MAD. Later, after the ban on American comic books was lifted (in 1961), I discovered his THUNDER Agents, created for Tower Comics. Later still, I found some EC reprints with his amazing science fiction work.
I never managed to make much of a career as cartoonist, but as an adult in the late seventies, I wrote to Wood and sent him some of my samples - and he responded! He was very positive - I drew well, he wrote. He gave me several tips on how to get certain effects and even sent me a copy of his then new book The Wizard King. It was a tremendous boost, I began to draw in earnest, and eventually sold some stuff. I owe that to Wally Wood for taking the time and trouble to help someone he'd never even met. A few years later, he was dead. He must have been in tremendous mental torment at the time he wrote to me and yet he still tried to help me. I treasure the two letters he wrote me, still - and now I'm a retired 65 year-old!
Wally Wood was special - certainly to me - and this book is essential reading for every EC/Wally Wood fan. It is a delux limited edition hardback - only 500 copies exist, and I've got one of them. It is nicely illustrated, and contains many colour plates.
Meticulously researched. Detailed, sympathetic and moving. Kind of sad, but wonderful none the less.
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Lots of meat with a fair amount of filler 18 Nov. 2007
By David F. Nolan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'd like to give this book five stars - I really would - but I can't quite bring myself to do so. I got it because I was a huge fan of Wally Wood's work when I was a teenager in the late 1950s, and I found this book quite interesting, well worth the price. However, it has a number of minor flaws which keep it from earning five stars.

First, and most important, it is written in rambling, pedestrian prose salted with forced metaphors and overripe imagery. There are numerous typos, incomplete and run-on sentences, and other such annoyances. (The first page of Chapter One, page 9 in the book, ends with a half-sentence.)

Beyond that, there is a lot of boring and/or irrelevant material including a four-page discourse on Finnish mythology! The conflict between Wally and his father is referenced endlessly. There are too many digressions about people who were Wood's contemporaries. And finally, there is no index, which considerably diminishes the book's value as a reference work.

That said, "Wally's World" gives the reader a good insight into a talented but tormented artist who often pushed himself too far to create the stunningly original work that has earned him so much belated recognition. And you get a generous sampling of Wood's artwork, including 20 pages in color.

(PS: Check Amazon's listing for the paperback edition to see more reviews of this book. I don't know why Amazon segregated them.)
An Unmatched Biography 13 Mar. 2013
By Kathleen Keena - Published on
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With acute sensitivity, Starger captures the essence of Wally Wood's interior life as an artist. Referencing family memories from his brother Glenn, including rare family photos, Starger pieces together the portrait of an exquisitely gifted, yet tormented, man. His attention to detail, the finely crafted descriptions of location make this an unmatched biography.

Kathleen Keena
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