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Wally Wood was one of the great artists in the history of the comic book form, and one of the most troubled. He was a mercurial figure, starting out on the sci-fi and horror comics of his day in the 50's and elevating to the best of them at EC Comics before broadening out to humor and superheroes and more. He was always it seemed a maverick of sorts, spending a few months at Marvel revising Daredevil, stopping at Tower to develop the THUNDER Agents, beginning Doctor Doom's series, visiting DC to spruce up the Justice Society of America, and all the while working at the edges of the establishment in the Undergrounds with work that the Big Two would never publish, most of it with a distinctive slant on explicit sex. Much of Wally Wood's notorious sexy stuff was collected some years ago in a French collection titled "Con de Fee" and that title was lifted by Fantagraphics for their relatively modern collection of Wood's "dirty comics".
I cannot know, but likely Wally Wood's dream job was drawing the comic strip Prince Valiant . I might be wrong and the answer is Flash Gordon , but the strip Wood had a chance to draw was in fact Valiant. Hal Foster was nearing the end of his tenure on the massive successful comic strip he'd created decades before and was casting about for new talent to take the artistic helm while he continued to write. The call went out and two comic book favorites -- Wally Wood and Gray Morrow were selected to prepare sample pages, pages which actually ran in the strips longstanding continuity. Above is Wally Wood's effort. Here it is in glorious black and white. Wood was able to mimic Foster's style quite effectively here, thereby hiding his own distinctive flourishes. While not a ghost the new artist was expected to maintain the look and feel of the strip and Wood does a stellar job here. Neither Morrow nor Wood got the gig, which went to John Cullen Murphy.