brother of cartoonist Wally Wood, and J. David Spurlock, compiler of the
Wally Wood Sketchbook, announce that a scholarship fund has been set up
in Wally Wood's name at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
fund is intended to perpetuate Wally's profound and long-lasting influence
on the comic-book art medium as well as the field of commercial illustration,"
said Wally's brother Glenn, a retired engineer living in Connecticut.
WOOD was one of the most important comic book creators of the '50s & '60s
and continued to produce inspired work until his death in 1981. He was born
June 17, 1927 and later studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, and at
the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (now known as the School of Visual
the comics field as a letterer, inker and background artist on Will Eisner1s
The Spirit in 1949. He went on to illustrate crime, romance, science
fiction and horror stories for many of the top comics and pulp magazine
Wood's talents blossomed at William Gaines' EC Publications. Wood's work
for Tales From the Crypt and Weird Science comic books led
to him being considered the greatest science fiction comic-book artist of
Wood proved one of the world's top humorists by becoming Mad magazine's
first star cartoonist. While Wood stayed at Mad for many years, he
never gave up science fiction which he continued to illustrate in popular
magazines including Galaxy and If.
took on the world of newspaper comic strips with his own Bucky Ruckus,
Cannon, and Sally Forth as well as assisting Dan Barry on
the Flash Gordon daily strip, George Wunder on Terry & the Pirates
and Will Eisner on The Spirit. Wally also worked with Jack Kirby
on the Sky Masters strip and DC Comics' Challengers of the Unknown.
In 1965, Wally Wood revolutionized the Daredevil comic book for Marvel
Comics before going on to create the beloved T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for
member of the National Cartoonist1s Society, Wood was instrumental in the
creation of the Mars Attacks property for the Topps company. Wood
pioneered adult comics and self-publishing with Sally Forth, Cannon,
Vampirella, Witzend and his Wizard King graphic novels.
founded in the late '40s by Silas Rhodes and Burne Hogarth as the Cartoonists
and Illustrators School, the School of Visual Arts has grown to be one of
the foremost art colleges in the world. SVA alumni include Al Williamson,
Roy Krenkel, Steve Ditko, Angelo Torres, Barron Storey, MAD magazine editor
Nick Meglin, Author/Editor Archie Goodwin, Flash co-creator and DC publisher
Carmine Infantino and of course, Wally Wood. The college has had a distinctive
teaching history. The list of prestigious artists who have taught at SVA
include Burne Hogarth, Milton Glaser, art spiegleman, Will Eisner, Barron
Storey, Harvey Kurtzman, Marshall Arisman, Carmine Infantino, J. David Spurlock,
Angelo Torres, Joe Orlando, Nick Meglin, Robert Weaver, Klaus Janson and
explained, "I was thrilled when Vanguard released the Wally Wood Sketchbook
and was discussing other options to further Wally's legacy with J. David
Spurlock. When I mentioned the possibility of
a scholarship fund, David
reminded me, how many of Wally's friends and colleagues had attended and
taught at SVA. David convinced me that the School of Visual Arts was the
perfect college for the Wally Wood Scholarship Fund."
of this effort to show appreciation for Wood's important legacy to the comic
book art form is now being sought. Wally Wood fans can join early donators
Glenn Wood, Vanguard Publisher J. David Spurlock and long-time Wood associate
and Witzend publisher Bill Pearson in this tribute to one of the
all-time comic art greats.
All tax deductible
checks should be made payable to the:
WALLY WOOD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
and sent to:
Visual Arts Foundation
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York 10003
additional information contact SVA or