Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Violent Wood

Wallace Wood had sort of a long history of involvement with Prince Valiant, the comic strip. First, like most all other cartoonists the admiration, if not adulation, of watching the epic strip unfold (literally) every Sunday in full tabloid size glory. And then the influence  in drawing, for Wood as a boy and even later as a professional was considerable (as with so many illustrator-cartoonists).

I posted this much earlier in the year, but the above parody is worth repeating for the art.

And the above double page spread shows Wood's incredible ability to mimic other cartoonists, with Prince Valiant right in the middle of the action. And the art for Prince Violent, below, well, is just plain gorgeous.

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