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
Wood entered the comics field as a letterer, inker and background artist on Will
Eisnerıs 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.
award-winning member of the National Cartoonistıs 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 Walt Simonson.
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
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:
WALLY WOOD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
and sent to:
Visual Arts Foundation
15 Gramercy Park South
York, New York 10003
additional information contact SVA or creativemix.com/vanguard