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Publisher Comments:

Cannon is by the legendary Wallace Wood (Mad, EC Comics, Daredevil)! Cannon appeared every week for two and a half years in Overseas Weekly, a newspaper distributed exclusively to U.S. Military bases around the world. Uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions, Wood pulled out all the stops — producing a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy serial run amok with brutal violence and titillating sex all in an effort to boost morale and support our troops! Meet John Cannon, the perfect agent and America’s exploitative answer to James Bond. Initially brainwashed by the terrifying, voluptuous, and always half-naked Madame Toy to be “the perfect assassin” for the Red forces, Cannon was eventually rescued and brainwashed (again) by the CIA until he had no emotions whatsoever. Under the employ of our government’s Central Intelligence Agency, Cannon experiences action like no other agent! Undercover and under the covers, Cannon endures nude torture by beautiful women, explosive gunplay, naked catfights, bone-crunching plastic surgery, nudity, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, Weasel the spy, naked women, death from above, and more naked women! Take that, 007! Together with the Wallace Wood Estate, and working from newly unearthed source material, Fantagraphics Books will be producing the biggest, baddest, best-looking collection of Cannon, ever!

Review:

"If Wood's fantastically deranged action-porn comic — whose title character is an emotionless, crewcut Manchurian Candidate who never saw a Commie he didn't kill or a woman he didn't ravage — were ever filmed, the producers would save a mint on the actresses' wardrobes (mostly just consisting of unbuttoned blouses and go-go boots), but they'd spend a lot on squibs and explosives. Wood took his own life in 1981 when faced with declining health and difficulties finding paying work, but today he's revered as a comics master. Cannon was published from 1970 to 1973 in the military tabloid Overseas Weekly. Readers will be hard pressed to find three or four consecutive pages here without a machine-gun massacre or gratuitous nudity. The crude politics in the banana republic settings and the offensive characters (e.g., Chinese dominatrix/sex toy Madame Toy) are torridly retrograde, to the point of self-parody. Wood's attempts to rope in popular trends fall flat (a killer hippie named Hanson), but the occasional aside to servicemen show a sly intent ('We never interfere with the internal affairs of another country. Oh yeah... I guess I forgot'). For those who admire Wood's Formula One pacing, cinematic framing, and he-man obsessions, this is a guilty-pleasure keepsake. (Mar.)â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Cannon, collected here, is a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy comics serial by legendary Mad and EC cartoonist Wallace Wood, uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions because it ran every week for two-and-a-half years in a newspaper distributed exclusively to U.S. Military bases worldwide.

About the Author

Thanks to his (literally) stellar work on the EC Comics line, Wallace Allan Wood (1927–1981) is widely considered America’s greatest science fiction cartoonist, but he was also one of the brightest lights of the early MAD comic (“Superduperman!”) and, later, a pioneering alternative/underground cartoonist/publisher with his magazine witzend.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606997024
Author:
Wood, Wallace
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Author:
Chaykin, Howard
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Crime and Mystery
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black and white
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
19.05 x 27.3 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If Wood's fantastically deranged action-porn comic — whose title character is an emotionless, crewcut Manchurian Candidate who never saw a Commie he didn't kill or a woman he didn't ravage — were ever filmed, the producers would save a mint on the actresses' wardrobes (mostly just consisting of unbuttoned blouses and go-go boots), but they'd spend a lot on squibs and explosives. Wood took his own life in 1981 when faced with declining health and difficulties finding paying work, but today he's revered as a comics master. Cannon was published from 1970 to 1973 in the military tabloid Overseas Weekly. Readers will be hard pressed to find three or four consecutive pages here without a machine-gun massacre or gratuitous nudity. The crude politics in the banana republic settings and the offensive characters (e.g., Chinese dominatrix/sex toy Madame Toy) are torridly retrograde, to the point of self-parody. Wood's attempts to rope in popular trends fall flat (a killer hippie named Hanson), but the occasional aside to servicemen show a sly intent ('We never interfere with the internal affairs of another country. Oh yeah... I guess I forgot'). For those who admire Wood's Formula One pacing, cinematic framing, and he-man obsessions, this is a guilty-pleasure keepsake. (Mar.)â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Cannon, collected here, is a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy comics serial by legendary Mad and EC cartoonist Wallace Wood, uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions because it ran every week for two-and-a-half years in a newspaper distributed exclusively to U.S. Military bases worldwide.
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