Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

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    'Once shrouded in secrecy, Wally Wood would selectively give assistants and those close to him three 8x10 photocopies of comic panels that bore the absolute essence of drawing comic book panels. 22 images in total, they held the secret to a comic book illustrator's success, and those who learned from them benefited from the master's wisdom. The panels were gold, but were not packaged in such a way that was easily disseminated.

    'Years later as an Editor at Marvel, Wood's former assistant, Larry Hama, needed a tool to give direction to his would-be artists. He had two copies of the three sheets. With the help of another ex-assistant of Wally Wood's (whom he recalls may have been Paul Kirchner), Hama reassembled the "Tri-Force" of Wally Wood sheets. On the back of a Marvel art Bristol board, Hama wrote the now-famous caption "Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work"...'

    Sonia.Harris, ian.mcrob, Dan Ancona, and 82 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ian.mcrob 55 months ago | reply

      allways interesting and informative.

    2. 0olong 55 months ago | reply

      Great stuff. I'm really badly wanting to draw my own comics now...

    3. Carolvs Malvs 55 months ago | reply

      I keep a copy of this with me so I don't screw up my panels.

    4. lorisz 55 months ago | reply

      I have it on the wall, in front of my desk, pointing at north.

    5. Luc Latulippe [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      Nice, thanks Warren.

    6. kaijuman_2000 55 months ago | reply

      Really awesome! Good stuff!

    7. ☼ Helder 55 months ago | reply

      cool stuff alright

    8. guajava 47 months ago | reply

      This is a classic. And thanks for the fascinating write-up.

    9. spaceninja 13 months ago | reply

      The original, unedited scan can be found here: mlkshk.com/r/2BAJ

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