Sally Forth (Wally Wood)
Sally Forth, from a French trade paperback collection.
Art by Wally Wood.
|Publisher||Armed Forces Diamond Sales
The Overseas Weekly
|First appearance||Military News (June 1968)|
|Created by||Wally Wood|
|Partnerships||Lt Q.P. Dahl, Kicky McCann, Wild Bill Yonder, Hairy James, Snorky|
|Sally Forth (Wally Wood)|
|Artist(s)||Wally Wood, Nick Cuti, Paul Kirchner, Larry Hama|
|The Compleat Sally Forth||ISBN 1-56097-291-2|
Sally Forth was a comic strip created by Wally Wood for a military male readership.
Wood's sexy action-adventure character, who is often depicted nude, began as a recruit in a commando unit. She first appeared during June 1968, in Military News, a 16-page tabloid from Armed Forces Diamond Sales. The title is a play on words — "to sally forth" means to leave or attack from a military encampment.
In 1976, Wood recalled:
It all started in 1968, when I was asked to do a complete comic section for a proposed tabloid newspaper for servicemen, four pages of full-color, service-oriented humor strips... There was a high-flying lowlife named 'Wild Bill Yonder,' a couple of others that for some reason escape my memory... (such an embarrassment) and one that I felt, and still feel, had a great name for a comic heroine... Sally Forth.
Sally returned July 26, 1971, in the Overseas Weekly, a tabloid intended for U.S. military men serving outside North America. With Wood getting an assist from writer-artists Nick Cuti, Paul Kirchner and Larry Hama, Sally Forth continued in The Overseas Weekly until April 22, 1974. The Sally Forth comics were translated into Dutch during the late 1970s. The character was named Doortje Stoot and it appeared in the male-oriented magazine Gummi.
Wood collected the strip in a series of four oversize (10"X12") magazines. During 1993-95, writer-editor Bill Pearson, Wood's friend and an associate of the Wood Studio, reformatted the strips into a series of comics published by Eros Comix, an imprint of Fantagraphics Books. During 1998, Pearson edited the entire run into a single 160-page Fantagraphics volume.
Near the end of his life, two completely pornographic Sally Forth stories featuring Sally and Bill Yonder were created and published by Wood in the adult comic book series Gang Bang #1 during 1980 and #2 during 1981. While the first story is comparable artistically to his previous work on the comic strip, the second exhibits decreased artistry, being done crudely, with gags derivative of earlier work. Neither of these stories have been packaged with the collected reprints of the main publication era of the strip.
- Sally Forth — Provides fan service and distractions to enemy males.
- Lt Q.P. Dahl — Commander of the unit, who is half the height of everyone else and looks like an infant. The name is a play on the phrase "kewpie doll".
- Kicky McCann — Martial arts expert.
- Wild Bill Yonder — The team's pilot. The name is a play on the phrase "wild blue yonder", meaning sky.
- Hairy James — Weapons and demolitions expert.
- Snorky — resident Martian.