Upstairs at the musée d’Angoulème in a set of rooms with classic French wall trimmings is the Angoulème Festival’s major retrospective exhibition on Wally Wood, whose title in English translates to The Worlds of Wallace Wood.
This is an intense overview of Wood's comics career that places the spotlight on his graphic virtuosity across a variety of genres, registers and formats. A staggering collection of original pages from his time at EC Comics, MAD, Marvel, Tower, DC, as well as his journeyman work in the undergrounds and sex comics, have been brought together and displayed on wall boards that function as enlargements of his comics panels, enticing the spectator to look closer at the design and details. Each text box presents the essential metadata for the page and also provides an intelligent running chronology and commentary on his artistic development and vision over the different phases of his career.
The exhibition is littered with close readings of Wood's work in this context, often presented with the display of a complete story through its original pages in order to savour the visual, technical and narrative details that are being simultaneously highlighted.
|The complete set of original pages from"My World", from Weird Science #22, November 1953|
|The complete set of original pages from "New Orleans!", from Two-fisted Tales #25, October 1953|
All photos taken by Nick Nguyen
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