I created the first of my new series of Woody today, Wally Woodfury.
The defining characteristic of the figure is its "wildness"; from the 12th century they were consistently depicted as being covered with hair. Images of wild men appear in the carved and painted roof bosses where intersecting ogee vaults meet in the Canterbury Cathedral, in positions where one is also likely to encounter the vegetal Green Man. The image of the wild man survived to appear as supporter for heraldic coats-of-arms, especially in Germany, well into the 16th century. Renaissance engravers in Germany and Italy were particularly fond of wild men.
Wally Woodfury resides by the Truckee River in Reno Nevada near Fishermans Park and has a very sharp wit. He is patterned after my friend Wally O. who graciously posed for the source photos.