Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Wally Wood gets into the Spirit
The story of the last few weeks of The Spirit are told in this excellent book from Kitchen Sink Press, published in 1983. After a run of a dozen years the Spirit Section wound down, but did it with a flourish. Wally Wood stepped in, and over a script with layouts from Jules Feiffer, did a well illustrated sequence of the Spirit on the moon.
This sequence is from the original art, which I culled from one of my forays onto the Internet, pirating--errrrrr--I mean saving online artwork and comic book stories. With this you see the rich texture that Wally Wood added to every panel he drew. It didn't always come out in the printing of the era; comics were cranked out on huge high-speed web presses. But he had a lot of pride in his work and it showed. Wood also did the lettering, which like his drawing, is instantly recognizable.
As a bonus, and especially for our Spanish speaking Pappy's readers, here's a story from El Spirit #19, published in Mexico in the late 1970s.