Facing Down The Black Hole - When You Stop Hiding

Jun 25, 2018

Reese and His Brother
Credit Courtesy of Ralph Reese

Ralph Reese had a hardscrabble life in New York City before he met the legendary comic book artist Wally Wood. When they met, he was just a teenager. But after Wally took him under his wing, Ralph learned to ink, draw and color comics, setting him on the path for a career of his own. But even in his heyday, he felt a sense of dread gnawing at his gut. It was only in his 60’s, once he retired to South Dennis, Massachusetts that Ralph had the courage to face his past.

Ralph Reese at his drawing desk in his apartment in April 2018.Credit Photo by Catherine Saint LouisEdit | Remove

To hear more Music or to see some of his illustrations. For more about Ralph Reese’s apprenticeship with Wally Wood, see issue 17 of Comic Book Creator magazine

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Catherine is a graduate of that workshop and you can find out more about it at Transom.org.

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