Friday, February 1, 2013

Valor #4 - Wally Wood cover

Valor v1 #4 ec comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Wally Wood 
Valor v1 #4, 1955 - On this aesthetically pleasing cover, a Roman centurion fends off a barbarian while on horseback. Wally Wood focuses his inks on the foreground, strengthening the main figures while increasing depth. Additional warriors added to the left-hand margin add to the overall tone. My only criticism is the abruptly cropped sword held by the centurion. I would have preferred it extending beyond the box and in front of the masthead. This cover was later reprinted in Valor v2 #4. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, Bernie Krigstein and Graham Ingels.This is number 3 of 4 Valor issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Valor issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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Wood cover pencils and inks = ****
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More Wood posts:
Unexpected #138
Warfront #39
Two-Fisted Tales #26

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