Sunday, July 15, 2012

22 Panels that Always Work!

Wally Wood came up with a "crib sheet" for himself...
...actually, it was 24 panels, but when Wood's former assistant Larry Hama, who had become the editor / writer/occasional penciler of Marvel's GI Joe series, produced a revised version for fellow artists, he didn't have clean copies of two of the panels!

This year at the San Diego ComicCon, the Wood Estate released a new, authorized version...
Wallace Wood's Panels That Always Work (subtitled, "Or some interesting ways to get some variety into those boring panels where some dumb writer has a bunch of lame characters sitting around and talking for page after page!"), has grown to be one of the Hall of Fame artists' best-remembered works.
While Wood's historic original art for Panels That Always Work survived in the Wood archives for decades, sadly, it was consumed in the tragic fire at the home of the Estate's Director Emeritus, Bill Pearson, in 2004.
The 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego will feature many premiers but none more notable than The Wallace Wood Estate's new print of the classic, Wally Wood Panels That Always Work.
Wood Estate Director J. David Spurlock will be on hand to premiere the new print and other Wood material at booth 1709.
FaceBook readers attending Comic-Con will receive a 50% discount off the manufacturer's suggested $20 retail price on the Wood Panels print.
The print is a revised version of the famous piece, using cleaner art than previously-seen, and in some cases, the final versions of panels that previously were only rough sketches!
Regrettably, none of the press material has included info on how non-SDCC attendees can acquire copies of this kool poster!
When they finally get around to telling us how to get the piece on-line or at your local comic shop, we'll post the links!

On the other hand, the earlier version (the one actually used by comics pros for decades) is now available on a host of kool kollectibles HERE!
So, if you're a comic pro, future comic pro, or comic fan, let your fan-flag fly

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