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Monday, October 09, 2006
The Brilliant Life & Tragic Death OF Wally Wood
The World's 2nd-Best Comic Book Artist
"He could draw a half-dissolved Alka-Seltzer or a dog turd, and they would be the most beautiful things you'd ever seen in your life." - Frank Miller
It's hard not to be passionate about Wally Wood. After all, he was the writer and artist who brought us great horror comics, those neat Mars Attacks cards, lots of early stuff from when Mad Magazine was glorious, superheroine Power Girl's ever-popular peek-a-boo suit, perhaps the most beautiful thing a civilian ever made for the troops, some of the first creator-owned indy comics ever, Daredevil's classic red costume, and the greatest space comics ever produced.
Steve Starger and David Spurlock's new biography Wally's World: The Brilliant Life & Tragic Death OF Wally Wood, The World's 2nd-Best Comic Book Artist takes readers on a fascinating journey from his birth in small-town Minnesota through Woody's childhood dreams of a "magic pencil" through the heights of his career to the depths of alcoholism and illness to his gunshot-to-the-temple suicide.
Starger and Spurlock lovingly cast light on the whole of Wally Wood's career with reverence and brutal honesty in a tome jam-packed with out of print artwork from the master and heavily sprinkled with quotes about Wally Wood from those who knew him and those who, like us, find joy in his work.
Go ahead and click to enlarge the following pages and covers, and get just as obsessed as we are!
by Steve Starger and David Spurlock
192 Pages, 150 color & black and white illustrations for $24.95
In stock now!
Labels: non-fiction, Wally Wood
428 Million Year Old Fossilized Worm
Named After Motorhead Frontman
Legendary god of all that is fast, dirty, lewd, wart-covered, and truly rocking Lemmy Kilmeister has found his near mythological status as the front man of the band Motorhead has taken his name in some unexpected directions... and this time it's into the world of paleontology!
Swedish scientist and Associate Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Geology at Lund University, Dr. Mats E. Eriksson, has named a recently-discovered 428 million year old fossilized worm after his favorite frontman giving the bass-playing growler will have a permanent record in the annals of Science.
"The perfect combination for a long-time fan of the band and a professor of paleontology, as myself," Eriksson told the Swedish press, "The fossil in question is a c. 428 million year old jaw of an extinct, marine polychaete annelid worm found in the Silurian strata of Gotland, Sweden. Its scientific name is Kalloprion Kilmisteri."
As appreciators of both the heavy sciences and the heavy arts, we here at the Isotope are hoisting our glasses and sending out a toast to both Dr. Eriksson and Mr. Kilmeister on what may very well be the fastest, dirtiest, lewdest, wart-coveredest and rockingest day in 20th century science. Here's to Kalloprion Kilmisteri!
Labels: culture, Motorhead, non-fiction