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Original Art Stories: The Weird Wally Wood

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Hooray for Wally Wood!  How anyone can say that they enjoy comic book art and not appreciate Wally Wood is beyond me.  Seriously.  Wood was one of the finest artists that has ever emerged from the medium, sadly some people look more towards his failings as a person than his qualities as an artist.

I've always believed that there's a very fine line between genius and insanity and that when that line becomes blurred what might seem somewhat bizarre to 'normal' people is merely normal to the bizarre.  Wood had his demons that pursued him, right to the end, and, from all accounts, he could be somewhat unstable (to put a nice spin on things) and erratic, but his ability to draw anyone under the table was the gift that he had.  The price he had to pay for that gift was the tragic way that he both lived and died.

In his day Wood was as good as anyone out there and, for me anyway, he peaked to a degree with his work for EC.  If I wrack the brain a bit I'd hazard a guess an…

How To Beat People Up The Dave Gibbons Way

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"We got poor Dave Gibbons to dress up as the host character.  He was really embarrassed, but he did have a fun time doing the photos with the wind machine blowing his cape." -- Kelvin Gosnell
Tornado was a short lived English magazine, it lasted a mere 22 issues plus a Summer Special and was published from March to August 1979. However I liked it, a lot.  What I liked about it was the free gifts that came with each issue, and the quirky advice that 'editor', Big E, often handed out.  With the third issue there was a spud gun attached to it - Big E's advice was to avoid shooting people in the face with it and to use it responsibly.  Naturally I did the opposite and took the gun to school where I promptly managed to get a shot off and nearly took an eye out.  Hilarious stuff at the time.
I think issue one came with a great three pronged boomerang, and advice from Big E not to throw it at people.  Guess who then started to throw it with such aim that it parted hair? …