Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work!!

Wally Wood’s 22 Panels

Rejigged from the (original pasteboard/photostat) version as shown on Joel Johnson’s fascinating blog about the 22 panels:

I’d seen “Wally Wood‘s 22 Panels That Always Work” around the net here and there for several years, always as a low-resolution scan of a copy that was clearly the product of dozens of generations of photocopies. As a comics fan and occasional artist who absorbed what little drawing skill I have by copying and tracing comics when I was a teenager, I found the juxtaposition in Wood’s piece telling. Here was a working artist distilling his craft into 22 panels that could be used to teleport across the occasional creative wasteland, yet each example was dashed off with effortless skill. I live by very few maxims, but there’s at least one I’ve found useful: Fake it ’til you make it. In Wood’s piece I could see an artist who had clearly made it but hadn’t forgotten the practicality of the occasional shortcut.

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