Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wood, Wallace

(1927-1981) Popular US Comic-book artist with a tight, firm, brush-line style and a special flair for drawing beautiful women and space opera. WW studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and at Burne Hogarth's Cartoonists' and Illustrators' School, then entered comics as a letterer before turning to artwork. His most significant early work involved three weeks of Sunday newspaper strips for Will Eisner's Spirit feature. He worked for several comic-book publishers before joining EC Comics at the time when Gaines and Feldstein were introducing their New Trend line of horror and sf books. He also drew copiously for Mad magazine, packing his pages with a multitude of sight gags and idiosyncratic details: his work appeared in all of the first 12 issues. He drew spot illustrations for Magazines like Galaxy and worked for all the major comic-book companies. However, he alternated these periods of intensive, round-the-clock working with equally intense periods of heavy drinking, with the result that both his health and his work suffered. He nevertheless continued to work for Marvel Comics on The Avengers and Daredevil and created and drew T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (1965) for Tower.

WW created the "alternative comic book" Witzend in which he did several experimental pieces including the Wizard King saga and The Adventures of Sally Forth, a fantasy version of Playboy's Little Annie Fanny.

In his final years he worked sporadically as an inker for DC and drew stories for a pornographic comic book. He committed suicide. [RT]

Wallace Wood


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.