Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood

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Bhob Stewart, Bill Pearson, Roger Hill
TwoMorrows Publishing, 2003 - Art - 326 pages
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  • Bhob Stewart's long-awaited Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood is the definitive book ever produced on the career of one of science fiction and comics' finest artists.
  • In addition to a remarkable memoir of life at the Wood Studio, former Wood associate Bhob Stewart also provides a biographical portrait, tracing Wood's life from Minnesota to Manhattan while exploring the humorous spirit, dark detours, and psychological twists of a gifted maverick who often went against the grain.
  • From childhood drawings and ambitious teenage samples to an endless parade of pages for a variety of publishers - Avon, EC, Fox, Marvel, Warren, and more - plus illustrations for Galaxy Science Fiction, this is the most stunning display of Wood art ever assembled.
  • Many of the artists and writers who knew Wood personally have also contributed articles and essays, making this book a huge compendium of imaginative art, insights and critical commentary.
  • Bill Pearson, executor of the Wood Estate, has made available rare drawings directly from Wood's own files, while noted art collector Roger Hill, an authority on artists of the EC era, provides a wealth of obscure, previously unpublished Wood drawings and paintings.

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Nicola Cuti--As a former Wood assistant and contributor to Bhob's book it would be impossible for me to give an objective review of the book but allow me to say here is a beautiful cross section of Woody's work showing why many, myself included, call him a genius. From his early boyhood sketches to the brilliance of his later work you can see the development of his art and through the stories of those who knew him you will also encounter the troubled genius and get a peek at the ghosts who haunted him. Bhob worked on this book for a very long time, with great dedication. You won't find a better book on the subject of Wallace Allen Wood, his art and life then right here. 

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