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Starger, Steve und David J. Spurlock: Wally’s World. The Brillant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood, the World’s Second Best Comic Book Artist. New Jersey: Vanguard, 2006. (223 S.)
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Keywords: Biographie, USA, Wood. Wallace
Creators: Spurlock, Starger
Publisher: Vanguard (New Jersey)
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Wally’s World opens Halloween night, 1981, in a seedy world of pornographers and drug addicts, with a mysterious death by .44 magnum gunshot on the outskirts of Hollywood? This is no mystery club thriller but the true, dramatic, gut wrenching illustrated biography of legendary cartoonist-illustrator Wallace Wood. But his death, in semi-squalid surroundings and the wretched state of his body belie the glory that came before. Within the world of pop-art, Wood was revered as a rebel genius—akin to Jack Kerouac, James Dean and John Lennon—who led the way for, and inspired, a generation, including “underground” cartoonists Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith (Zippy) and Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman (Maus). The award-winning Wood rose to the pentacle of pop-culture stardom with a brilliant career as one of America’s top humorists and MAD magazine’s first star cartoonist. The artist also excelled as a cutting-edge science-fiction illustrator and mainstream regaler of daring superhero deeds. Wood was sought out to collaborate with pop-art maestro Peter Max; animated filmmaker Ralph Bakshi; Harry Harrison, the Nebula Award winning author of the Charlton Heston sci-fi thriller, Soylent Green; Marvel comics creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jules Feiffer. But the superstar of the illustrated page was haunted by more than his share of demons—demons that ultimately tore him from his creative peaks to die an early death on the outskirts of Hollywood.
Journalist Steve Starger and historian J. David Spurlock tell a concise but sweeping tale of Wood’s life and times, supply critical examination of Wood’s work, publish never-before-seen Wood drawings and photos, and offer a brisk and colorful history of the comic book industry and the American century from the Depression through the early 1980s.
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