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Space Detective #1 - Wally Wood art & cover

Wally Wood
Space Detective v1 #1, 1951 - Wearing no masks or disguises, a wealthy philanthropist and his secretary secretly fight crime as the Avenger and Teena. Confusingly, no one addresses him as Space Detective in any of the stories. Wally Wood’s cover is merely adequate, giving way to his superb intro on the inside front cover. Subsequent stories are impressively drawn as the artist joins forces with Joe Orlando. Together, they create futuristic settings in often intricate detail. Spacecraft interiors, planetary landscapes, atomic explosions and more are boldly dramatic. Wood would quickly establish himself as a master of the science fiction genre. All three stories were later reprinted in Strange Planets #10. Other artists in this issue include Warren Kremer. This is number 1 of 2 Space Detective issues with Wood art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Wood cover inks (Joe Orlando pencils) = ***
Wood intro inks (Joe Orlando pencils) 1 page (black and white) = ***
"Bandits of the Starways" Wood story inks (Joe Orlando pencils) 8 pages = ***
"The Opium Smugglers of Venus" Wood story inks (Joe Orlando pencils) 7 pages = ***
"Trail to the Asteroid Hideout" Wood story inks (Joe Orlando pencils) 7 pages = ***

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