Glenn Wood, 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.

"This 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.

WALLACE (Wally) 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 Arts).

Wood entered 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 publishers.

In 1950, 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 all time.

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.

Wally Wood 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 Tower.

An award-winning 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.

Originally 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 Walt Simonson.

Glenn Wood 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."

Your support 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:

and sent to:

Visual Arts Foundation
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, New York 10003

For additional information contact SVA or
Email Vanguard Productions

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