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Valor #2 p29 EC comics (Comic Code censored) by Wally Wood - Comic Strip
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Valor #2 p29 EC comics (Comic Code censored)

Comic Strip
1955
Pencil
45 x 33 cm (17,72 x 12,99 in.)
Valor #2 p29 censored parts

Description

Here is a spectacular Wally Wood page from the story "The King's Service" that appeared in Valor #2 (EC, 1955)
Now this page has some extra interesting info.
This is page 6 of the story where Wood pays homage to one of his artistic idols, Hal Foster.Wood was a big fan and always wanted to draw Prince Valiant. 15 years later Wood was actually allowed to draw a published Valiant Sunday as a try-out to take over the strip. He used these EC pages from the 50's as part of his portfolio.

They are not as expensive as his EC sci-fi stuff but much harder to find. Took me a while to track one down.
Now the other fact concerns the comic code...if you check out the first panels with the men fighting you'll see there is white-out all around the giant's hands. This issue of Valor was published a few months after EC nearly got destroyed in the senate hearing committee and were forced to abide by the new comics code.

Originally the warrior had a mace in his hands, but Wood had to remove it shortly before the book went to print and just have the men fight using their fists.I made some adjustments in photoshop and you can still clearly see the maces underneath the white-out. I added these pics in my gallery.I'm also quite puzzled why the maces had to be removed, I scanned the part of the comics code that addresses the use of weapons and I think the censoring of the page fell under #7 & #8... but these points talk about unnecessary use of weapons...

Unnecessary ? Can you see the size of that guy ?
Apparently Wood forgot to remove a mace in one panel but it was caught by Feldstein and he outlined it so production could take care of it just before it shipped to the printers.******
I just love the history connected to these 60 year old pages. Also very typical for Woody, panels six and seven were drawn on craftint paper that was glued in place to the main art board from behind.

About Wally Wood

Wallace Allan Wood (June 17, 1927 – November 2, 1981) was an American comic book writer, artist and independent publisher, best known for his work on EC Comics's Mad and Marvel's Daredevil. He was one of Mad's founding cartoonists in 1952. Although much of his early professional artwork is signed Wallace Wood, he became known as Wally Wood, a name he claimed to dislike. Within the comics community, he was also known as Woody, a name he sometimes used as a signature. In addition to Wood's hundreds of comic book pages, he illustrated for books and magazines while also working in a variety of other areas – advertising; packaging and product illustrations; gag cartoons; record album covers; posters; syndicated comic strips; and trading cards, including work on Topps' landmark Mars Attacks set. EC publisher William Gaines once stated, "Wally may have been our most troubled artist... I'm not suggesting any connection, but he may have been our most brilliant".

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JD Wally Wood est un merveilleux dessinateur, très sous estimé mais qui a eu une influence considérable ! merci du partage
Mar 17, 2018 5:05 PM