7/8/19

Witzend #6 - Wally Wood, Jeff Jones, Steve Ditko art

Witzend v1 #6, 1969 - Steve Ditko promotes his libertarian philosophy with the a tale of a neutral citizen who refuses to take any sides. Visually, his drawings are as dense as the text, but effective at reinforcing his ideas. Wally Wood's excellent science fiction tale is apparently an unused EC work. Beautifully drawn, the textures and screen used throughout make it palatable even without a full color palette. Lastly, Jeff Jones delivers a striking tale of an alien encounter on a distant planet. The opening splash seems heavily influenced by Frank Frazetta's Famous covers two decades before. The first few pages have no dialogue, allowing the muscular drawings to stand on their own. Despite an early work by Jones, this is some of his best work in comics. Other artists in this issue include Gray Morrow and Will Eisner. This is number 6 of 10 Witzend issues with Wood art and/or covers, number 1 of 2 Witzend issues with Jones art and/or covers and number 3 of 4 Witzend issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Spawn of Venus" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
"Avenging World" Ditko story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"Alien" Jones story pencils and inks 6 pages = *****
(all in black and white) 

Wally Wood
Steve Ditko,
Jeff Jones

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