Wood Chips 21: Planet Stories
Illustrator Alexander Leydenfrost (1888-1961) painted the cover for the Spring 1942 issue of Planet Stories
, and the teenage Wally Wood copied that alien's head into an unfinished page (see above). Leydenfrost's creature was resuscitated a decade later by Maurice Whitman for Planet Comics
#67. This was a comparison I wanted to get into Against the Grain
, but somehow it was overlooked. We later managed to squeeze it into The Wallace Wood Checklist
. Notice that both Whitman and Wood straightened the head up rather than looking down as in the Leydenfrost original.
Wood eventually became a contributor to Planet Stories
with the 1953-54 illustrations below.
"War Drums of Mercury Lost" Planet Stories (January 1953)
"The Un-Reconstructed Woman" Planet Stories (September 1953)
"Color Blind" Planet Stories (Summer 1954)
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