4/25/16

Dark Mysteries #1 - Wally Wood art & cover

Wally Wood
Dark Mysteries v1 #1, 1951 - In the opening tale, the timbers from a cursed ship are re-used for a luxury yacht, drawing the wrath of a specter. Aside from the frightening opening splash, Wally Wood's story art mostly struggles with basic drawing and layout. An unknown inker (perhaps Sid Check?) fails to bring clarity to the often amateurish pencils. Wood's cover design fares much better. The figures are skillfully drawn and proportioned. Details are ample, from the folds of the characters' clothing to the chiseled background. Joe Orlando's inks add greater enhancements. Other artists in this issue include Lou Cameron. This is number 1 of 2 Dark Mysteries issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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Wood cover pencils (Joe Orlando inks) = ***
"Curse of the Sea Witch" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = **

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