Carradine by Wood
©2007 Wallace Wood Estate
This is Wally Wood's portrait of John Carradine, the only original art he did for Castle of Frankenstein.
As I recall, the notion of contributing to Castle of Frankenstein
was Wood's idea. Noticing that I ran a review in Castle
of his magazine witzend
, he proposed to trade an original drawing for a witzend
ad. This seemed like a fine trade, so I said yes.
Within a week, the drawing arrived. It had a ruby overlay to indicate where the halftone screen would go. We ran the ad, and many months later, when someone contributed an interview with Carradine, I pulled the Wood drawing from the filing cabinet and then flipped through a Dover book with ancient border designs. Amazingly, I found one where the vertical rectangular space in the middle perfectly matched the dimensions of the drawing. After the magazine was printed, the art went back into the files, so I don't know what became of the original.
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