Monday, July 26, 2010
Original Art Stories: Joe Orlando Meets Wally Wood
I found Orlando again via Watchmen. Joe drew one page in the series and it impressed me no end as I felt that it was better than what Dave Gibbons did - at least on the Black Freighter comic within the comic. One brilliant page made me start digging through a pile of old comics to find more Orlando art and once I decided to steer clear of his DC work and look more towards to what Orlando did for Warren and Mad where I was really impressed. Even further on I found his DC gems, always hidden away, in titles that never really made here to Australia, like House Of Mystery. Still, no matter how good it looked, nothing beats Joe Orlando at E.C.
Even better than just Joe Orlando is Orlando and Wally Wood. This story, published in Incredible Science Fiction #30, is credited to Joe Orlando, but to my eyes it looks very much like Wally Wood handled some, if not the bulk, of the inking. Better eyes than mine will be able to say one way or the other. In the end it doesn't really matter that much, this is still a thing of beauty.