Wallace Wood was good at fantasy stories, as “Flight into Fear” shows. A teenager, Johnny, who has lost the use of his legs is transported to another world by riding a gargoyle that has come to life. Johnny then helps the people there get rid of a bad king. The best thing about fantasy is absolutely anything, no matter how unlikely, can happen. Wood used a series of events, which are more like a dream (or nightmare), rather than try to explain the reasons why such other-worldly happenings occur.
Like other stories Wood did during this time there are echos of Lord of the Rings. All comic books are one form of fantasy or another. The seven page story was produced for a Marvel title, Tower of Shadows #5 (1971), and of course Marvel and DC comics are fantasy factories.
There is also the self portrait of the artist, with a whimsical, but telling, look at his studio as a medieval dungeon. Wood conjured up fantasy, humor, science fiction, all parts of his signature — and life's — work. But from interviews he gave over the years he griped that drawing comic books was a path to poverty, and bad habits. Showing himself with a cigarette was telling. His unhealthy lifestyle had no fantasy way out for him except tragedy when, ten years from the time he was drawing this he took his own life.