Someplace in the 1980s, I saw a thin hardbound book that collected the first three issues of Dr. Doom in Astonishing Tales (1970) with artwork by Wally Wood.   The book was not solely Marvel Comic content, but featured something else or two stories by Wood.


I don't recall the exact title, but it seems like it was something along the lines of "The fantasy worlds of Wally Wood".


Can't find anything on it on Amazon.com, ebay nor wikipedia or  GCD.

Does anyone have one? Or do you know what it is going for these days?

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...Are you sure it may not have had non-series Wood stories for Marvel filling out the rest of the book ?

  I had it once myself :-( Gone now :-( :-( .

  In the sequential THE WITCHING HOUR SP reading I've been posting about I reached an 8-page Wood story to-day  , it is sometimes forgotten now how large a part of mainstream comics anthology titles/formats used to be !!!!!

The book was likely The Marvel Comics Art of Wally Wood. Its contents included non-Marvel Universe fantasy stories he did for Marvel.

BINGO!   That's it.

Why was it called "The Marvel Comics Art...." if it included non-Marvel Universe stories?

Who published this?  Marvel?

 

Can anyone give us a complete list of contents?

The publisher was Thumbtack Books. The "other" stories were published by Marvel in Tower of Shadows. I found a contents list here. I can't verify this but it seems to match the other information I could find on the book's contents. (The list doesn't make clear that Wood only did one story for each of those issues.)

 

If the list is correct, the volume includes all of Wood's Tower of Shadows stories, but not his final Dr. Doom instalment. Apparently all his Doom stories were reprinted in Essential Super-Villain Team-Up #1.

Thanks for the list of contents... it's not very clear how little is included in the volume, but I agree it was the first three Dr. Doom installments.  Probably stopped there, becase that's the end of the first arc.  The fourth installment is the first half of a two part Red Skull story (shades of SVTU!)   I wonder why the first page of the second installment was dropped... possibly because it might not have been a Wally Wood spash? Or perhaps it was symbolic and not necessary for the plot?  But then, why is the third splash included?   Alas, until I have a volume in my hands, I won't be able to answer these questions.

I felt it was overpriced when I saw it in a comic store...and upon reflection, it has become clear that either the owner of the shop or someone was a big Wood fan, as they had all copies of Witzend and most of his other work available in what we used to call "The Dime Box" (later, the "Quarter Box") but for elevated prices.  How sad that I didn't recognise what it was, and didn't value it enough to scoop them all up back in 1984 when I saw them. (This was the only place I know that had the Star Wars arcade video game for a quarter a play also...)

I wondered about that page as well. The two explanations I can come up with are, the page was missing, or without the page there was exactly the right number of pages for the book's quires. I don't know if either explanation is plausible.

Frankly, I'm leaning toward the second option...that it was a number of pages type thing.  It seems that years ago, when I had picked the book up, I noticed something like a transition from one installment ot the other, but I don't recall that it made any difference. At least, that's what seems right to my foggy memory of it. I don't recall what else was in the book, obviously.

But given that it is a splash page, that might have been a great pin-up too.  I'm going to have to go look for a copy of MSVTU to see if, by some stroke of luck, I've got it.


Luke Blanchard said:

I wondered about that page as well. The two explanations I can come up with are, the page was missing, or without the page there was exactly the right number of pages for the book's quires. I don't know if either explanation is plausible.

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