Friday, September 27, 2013

Ed Wood Wednesdays: Your Complete Guide to the Series

Why not be like Shirley and catch up on your reading this weekend?

Since July 2013, I have been devoting as many Humpdays as possible to the career of writer-director Edward D. Wood, Jr. in a series I've dubbed "Ed Wood Wednesdays." Originally planning only to watch his movies in roughly chronological order, I have since greatly expanded the range and scope of the project and have commented on many facets of Ed's life and work. The project's been running for a while now, so it's possible you may have missed an article along the way. Well, here they all are in a convenient list form. Read them at your leisure... and don't necessarily shy away from the unfamiliar titles. Those are sometimes the most fascinating of all.
BIG FAT DISCLAIMER: Ed Wood Wednesdays is not a reference work. It makes no claim of being definitive or scholarly. It was written strictly for my own amusement and is intended only as entertainment. As such, the articles listed below may contain factual errors, spelling and grammar mistakes, and other glaring omissions. Also, many of these articles were written years ago, so they may contain outdated information and dead links. If that bothers you, please do not read them. I fully acknowledge that you, the reader, may know more Ed Wood trivia than I do. While you are free to send corrections to me, I encourage you to start a blog of your own instead. Thank you.

In 2014, I wrote a series of articles reviewing each individual story in Blood Splatters Quickly: The Collected Stories of Edward D. Wood, Jr.

In 2019, I covered all the stories in Angora Fever: The Collected Stories of Edward D. Wood, Jr. as well.

In 2022, I reviewed each of the stories in When the Topic is Sex, a collection of Ed Wood's nonfiction magazine articles from the early 1970s. 

In December 2022, I posted a series called The 2022 Ed-vent Calendar. Each day from December 1 until Christmas, I wrote a short-form article about some aspect of Ed Wood's life and career. Get it? It's like an advent calendar but about Eddie. Enjoy!

And here are a few supplementary articles I call Ed Wood Extras:

James Pontolillo has recently been contributing some incredible, in-depth articles about Ed Wood and his associates to this blog. If you'll remember, James is the one who found and published Ed's military record. Well, his research didn't stop there! Not by a long shot! You can read his articles below.

Greg Dziawer has been contributing articles to this series on a regular basis since October 2015. He originally focused on Ed Wood's prolific writing career in the 1960s and 1970s, often debunking books and articles commonly attributed to Eddie. In the years since then, however, Greg has branched out, covering Eddie's work in pornographic loops in great detail and filling in biographical details about Ed's early years in Poughkeepsie, New York. But I never know what Greg is going to write about next. It could be any aspect of Ed's life or career. These articles, subdivided into various "orbits" and "odysseys," are ideal for all serious students of Edward D. Wood, Jr.

The Wood Magazine Odyssey: This is a series about Ed Wood's extensive work in adult magazines in the 1960s and 1970s.
Titles marked with an asterisk (*) consist of indexed magazine titles from Calga, Pendulum, Gallery, SECS, and Edusex.
The Wood Paperback Odyssey: Similar to the series above, but focused on Ed's career as an author of paperback books and novels.

The Wood Collaborator Odyssey: The fascinating people with whom Ed Wood worked throughout his career.

The Ed-Tribution Odyssey: A lot of works have been attributed to Ed Wood, but are they really his?

The Wood Erotica Odyssey: An overview of Ed Wood's career in the porn business.

The Wood/Dziawer Odyssey: Describing Greg's personal experiences as a Ed Wood fan.

The Wood Pseudonym Odyssey: A look at the various aliases Ed Wood used in his career.

The Wood Nympho Odyssey: A look at the 1971 biker film Nympho Cycler aka Misty

The Wood Promo Odyssey: Advertising the work of Ed Wood.

The Wood Musical Odyssey: Did you know there are musicals about Ed Wood?

The Wood Loop Odyssey: Ed Wood worked on a great deal of short erotic films or "loops" in the 1970s. Here are some articles about that.

The Wood Sailboat Odyssey: Focusing on one particular piece of set decoration.
The Wood Poughkeepsie Odyssey: A historical series about the town in New York where Ed Wood grew up. Here is the place to go for information about Eddie's early years!

The Wood Magazine Orbit: Here are some interesting magazine pieces connected to Ed Wood but not necessarily written by him.

The Wood Loop Orbit: These are short films with connections -- sometimes tangential -- to Ed Wood.

The Wood Set Decoration Odyssey: A whole series devoted to the props used in Ed Wood movies!

The Glen or Glenda Odyssey: The strange, twisted saga of Ed Wood's debut feature film.

The Plan 9 Odyssey: Items related to Eddie's most famous work, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

The Young Marrieds Odyssey: A series focusing on Eddie's last-known feature film as a director.

The Wood Nudie Odyssey: The connections between Ed and a famous Western suit designer.

The Orgy of the Dead Odyssey: Articles about the first big collaboration between Ed Wood and Bulgarian-born director Stephen C. Apostolof. 

The Wood Ancestry Odyssey: Articles about Eddie's relatives.

The Wood Apprenticeship Odyssey: Ed Wood's early days in show business.

The Wood Yorty Odyssey: Eddie's adventures with Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty.

The Wood Photo Odyssey: Interesting photographs related to Edward D. Wood, Jr.

The Woodologist Odyssey: Articles about Ed Wood's superfans and their lives.

The Ed Wood Summit Podcast (A video series): Prefer videos to articles? This is the series for you!

Greg's Miscellaneous Articles: Just because these don't fit anywhere else, don't think you should pass over them. Lotsa fascinating stuff in here!

Media sightings of the Ed Wood Wednesdays project:

Happy reading, my dear friends.