Monday, July 18, 2016

Total War #1 - Wally Wood art

Total War v1 #1 featuring M.A.R.S. Patrol, 1965 - The Marine Attack Rescue Service is a crack team of US soldiers deployed on especially dangerous missions. Of the four members, one is African-American and another Asian American. Interestingly, this diversity was not often seen in silver age war comics. Despite some stiff figure drawing, Wally Wood (and his assistants) maintain a competent standard throughout the thirty-plus page story. Gold Key's imposed grid system is at times monotonous, even as the artist inserts a few large panels here and there. Some panels lack more detail than others, resulting in an adequate but not outstanding effort. The painted front cover is repeated on the back as a pin-up. This is number 1 of 2 Total War issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more WoodTotal War or M.A.R.S Patrol issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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"Target America" Wood story pencils and inks (with assists from others) 32 pages = ***
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Total War v1 #1 - Wally Wood gold key 1960s war comic book page art
Wally Wood
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More Wood posts:
Mystic #52
Frontline Combat v1 #15 ec golden age comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Frontline Combat #15
Tower of Shadows #7

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