10/9/14

Captain Science #4 - Wally Wood art & cover

Wally Wood
Captain Science v1 #4, 1951 - Wally Wood's inks add detail and distinction to Joe Orlando's cover pencils. Inside, the artists collaborate on two separate stories. In the first, Captain Science and crew travel to the red planet to free the populace from Martian slavers. Orlando's pencils and layouts benefit from Wood's skillful inking. Depth and dimension increase as a result. Their second tale, "The Insidious Doctor Khartoum" is even better. The Captain travels back in time, destroying an ancient monstrous god that would threaten the future. Each page bursts with action, using wildly varied layouts. Different sized, shaped, tilted and borderless panels to the frenetic tone. This Wood / Orlando effort is jarringly contemporary and years ahead of its time. This is number 2 of 3 Captain Science issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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Wood cover pencils and inks (Joe Orlando pencils and inks) = ***
"The Martian Slavers" Wood story inks (Joe Orlando pencils) 7 pages = ***
"Captain Science and the Insidious Doctor Khartoum" Wood story pencils and inks (Joe Orlando pencils and inks) 8 pages = ****


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