Sunday, December 18, 2005
Sorry. Wood actually took his life in November of 1981 but in those pre-Internet days, it was early December before I learned of it with the arrival of Cat Yronwode's obituary in my mailbox..
This self portrait, one of many by the artist, is from the back cover of ODKIN, SON OF ODKIN, the notorious second book in the Wizard King trilogy. Actually, the term "self portrait" might be a misnomer here as it looks to have been completed largely by assistants. Nonetheless it captures the essence of Woody's fantasy worlds.
Interestingly enough, in the early nineties, my wife and I lived in a third floor apartment in a lovely, tree-shaded area of the city here known as Wallace Woods.