Golden Age Comic Book Artists: The People behind the Art
Comic books will not be complete, without the colorful illustrations that grace its every page. Otherwise, it would not be comics at all and it would not reach the same popularity as it had. These images give meaning and life to the stories and eventually, the golden age comic book’s message. Just imagine Batman in books without the illustrations. That would be quite dull, right? These illustrations help the readers connect to the story which will facilitate the expansion of the comic book’s market. Every comic book is a masterpiece, and behind that works of art are the golden age comic book artists.
Norm Breyfogle, the Batman artist, started drawing when he was twelve, taking drawing lessons from different experts. He took B.F.A. in the Northern Michigan University and later graduated with good grades. His career as an illustrator began when he worked as a draftsman in a company in California. He worked for several other companies until he was asked by Detective Comics to create the comic book for Batman. Since then, he received awards for most popular comic book artist.
One of the most popular golden age comic book artists was Bob Kane. He created and illustrated the first editions of Batman along with another illustrator Bill Finger. He first worked as an illustrator in the Eisner-Iger where he created his first work which appeared in Wow, What a Magazine in the early 1930’s.
Aside from Batman, Kane’s other famous works include a cartoon show named the Courageous Cat and Cool McCool.
The list of golden age comic book artists would not be complete without Sheldon Moldoff, a true artist who contributed a lot to the success of the Golden era. Thinking that comic book artists earn lots of money, he started working as a comic illustrator in the 1940’s. He created the characters Hawkman and the Black Pirate. Both comic books were published by Detective Comics. He also drew the All American No.16 where Green Lantern’s character were first introduced to the public.