Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Has-Been, by Wally Wood
This Wally Wood story was published in Incredible Science Fiction #31, cover date October 1955. This comic was a continuation from Weird Science Fantasy. The recently adopted comics code forbid the use of the word "weird" in comic book titles. Incredible Science Fiction began with issue #30 and ran for four issues. This issue also features a nice cover by Jack Davis.
The story itself isn't that great, the vigor, weirdness, and grotesque aliens were being dialed back. But the art is vintage mid-1950's Wood. This story is filled with the artist's trademark hardware-packed ships and has some great space battle panels. The domestic scenes show Wood's skill at body language and rendering futuristic domestic scenes. I was talking to a comic book artist once who mentioned how much more difficult it can be to draw a person just standing there as opposed to a guy in blue tights flying through the air. I guess we're more used to seeing the former and have something to compare it to. This story has some great panels of the father and son just standing there. That is something I think is often overlooked in comic artists. Wally Wood was a real talent, and this story does a good job of showcasing his strong points.
It's just missing a girl in a tight space suit.