Warehouse find, 1969. 50% off Overstreet Guide Value. Our Highest Recommendation. By Wally Wood, Steve Ditko and Ralph Reese. First of a two-issue comic book series that represents one of the earliest independent comics. Produced in 1969 by the publishers of Overseas Weekly and sold in Army PX’s. That was where Wood’s adult-themed Cannon and Sally Forth were appearing at the time. A second issue was published by CPL Gang Publications in 1976. This 32-page, color comic book, in as-new condition from a stash of uncirculated copies, features three stories with original characters. Cover price was 15 cents. Wally Wood, 1969. Out of Print. Mature Readers.
First of a two-issue comic book series that represents one of the earliest independent comics. Produced in 1969 by the publishers of Overseas Weekly, which featured Woody’s adult-themed Cannon and Sally Forth and sold in army PX’s. This is top-notch Woo, sexy, dynamic–with the first story pencilled by Steve Ditko!! This 32-page, color comic book is in as-new condition, from a stash of uncirculated copies. Three stories with original characters. Cover price was 15 cents. Overstreet value is $15 in 9.2, NM-.
The 12-page “Cannon”, written and inked by Wood, and pencilled by Steve Ditko, is an espionage adventure starring the titular agent, who has been so deeply brainwashed during his imprisonment by Communists that, when recovered by the United States military, scientists “go all the way” and continue brainwashing him as a covert assassin for the U.S. He is assigned to rescue or assassinate Jean Voss, a nubile young member of an American anti-missile defense lab, who has been kidnapped. It looks very similar to Wood’s work on Dynamo and the THUNDER AGENTS.
“The Misfits” is a 10-page story written and penciled by Wood, inked by Ralph Reese. It follows Mystra, a cute young thing, but an artificial human with telepathic abilities; Shag, stranded on Earth; and Glomb, a human infant mutated by American scientists into a gray, simpleminded giant created to explore the planet Jupiter. Captives of the government’s “Operation Misfit”, they escape, only to confront an albino alien invader.
Reflecting less-enlightened times, page two of “The Misfits” includes this dialog from English-speaking officials at the scene of a spaceship landing:
“A man just emerged from the ship… Hey! It’s a white man…”
“Well, that’s a good sign, anyway….”
The five-page “Dragonella” has more art by Wood. It‘s a humorous adventure of a fairy-tale baby abandoned in the woods and raised into young womanhood by kindly dragons “of the ancient and noble family Isaurus”. Named Dragonella, she eventually ventures forth seeking a prince to marry, accompanied by her dragon “brother”, St. George.
A second issue was published by CPL Gang Publications in 1976.
Before the final story is a letter-from-the-editor page, hand-lettered on a montage of Wood art and signed “Sincerely, Wallace Wood”.
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