Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Unexpected #138 - Wally Wood art


The Unexpected v1 #138, 1972 - Stumbling upon an oriental curio shop, a power-hungry man is tasked to find an ancient object. Unlike his previous stories on this title, Wally Wood inks his own pencils, resulting in one of his most stunning works of the bronze age. Large spacious panels begin and conclude the tale, but the pages in between are far superior. The underground settings allow for dramatically lit faces and textured backgrounds. On page two and elsewhere, the Wood's detailing of various Asian objects is exquisite, suggesting a knowledge of Eastern culture. Other artists in this issue include Art Saaf, Alfredo Alcala and Nick Cardy (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Unexpected issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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"Strange Secret of the Huan Shan Idol" Wood story pencils and inks 9 pages = ****

Wally Wood
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