SURPRISE. I bet you were surprised. I was surprised. *Fannie fans herself.*
If you didn’t see the Carrie A. Nation post yesterday, you’re probably wondering about today’s surprise. I almost executed a redundancy blunder here at the BoFN with my version of Carrie A. Nation only to discover while I was posting it, she’s already here. Woohoo.
So to my surprise, we are balancing out last month’s Funny Names in Comic Author, from Marvel, with Funny Names in DC Comic Artists from the Silver Age of Comics. Plus there’s only one more day until Emerald City Comicon 2017 tickets go on sale. I’m gonna be celebrating like Carl the Camel tomorrow asking everyone in my office if they know what day it is. Oh wait, I’m the only one in the office tomorrow. *Fannie’s shoulders sag.*
Without further ado, boohoo or ballyhoo here are our artists . . .
Curt Swan contributed to DC Comics greatest comic: Superman. From the late 1950’s to the 80’s, if you read a Superman comic, it’s most likely Swan who drew it. Before him Superman was drawn by wonderfully name, Wayne Boring. Not to be confused with Bruce Wayne of DC Comics’ Batman Fame. During WWII, Swan worked as an artist for the G.I. Magazine, Stars and Stripes. While there he met France Herron who ultimately led Swan to DC Comics. If you want to know what Swan looks like, here’s a link to a portrait drawn by Stan Drake. What goes together better than Drake, Herron, and Swan? Birds of a feather, drawn together.
Gil Kane divided his time between Marvel and DC. He helped give renewed life to several DC comic series: Atom, Plastic Man, and Green Lantern. Gill teamed up with Stan Lee over at Marvel to break the industry’s self-regulating Comics Code Authority, which forbade mention of drugs in comics. Yet they created an anti-drug story line at the request of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The comic was not published with the Code seal, but was so well received the code was revised.
Joe Kubert began his lengthy career in 1938 at age 11 and worked until his death in 2012. He is best known to Superhero fans for his work on Hawkman in the 1950’s. But he is probably most famous for the character, Tor from 1,000,000 years ago, not Thor the Norse God. Joe and his wife, Muriel, founded their own art school called, The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. And his fabulously named grandson, Orion Zangara, graduated from his school, and is a comic-book artist. Two of Joe’s sons, Adam and Andy, are comic artists, with grand daughter, Katie, a comic editor. Must be in the genes.
And last but not least is Carmine Infantino. I have to say it again. Carmine Infantino. Carmine Infantino. Carmine Infantino. Okay, I’m over it. He’s been credited with putting the fire back into the superhero genre in the early 1950’s. He also kick-started the Silver Age of Comics. And you can thank him for updating the Flash with the red and yellow uniform and his then new visual language with the use of motion lines show-casing Flash’s incredible speed.
BTW this is my 50th post here at the BoFN. Now that was a surprise.
Keep on blogging.