On this day, August 26, 1901, illustrator Earle K. Bergey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studed at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then went to work for Philadelphia’s Public Ledger. Bergey is best remembered for his pulp-fiction cover art, comic book cover art, and glamour illustrations.
On this day, August 25, 1959, illustrator and children’s book author Ian Woodward Falconer was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He studied art history at New York University, and art at Parsons School of Design and the Otis Art Institute. In addition to creating a variety of Olivia story books, Falconer has also produced theater set designs and costumes and many New Yorker magazine covers.
On this day, August 24, 1886, illustrator Walter Haskell Hinton was born in San Francisco, California. Hinton studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to cover illustration art and pulp illustration art, Hinton also produced advertising images for tractor company John Deere and images for Brown and Bigelow calendars.
On this day, August 23, 1953, artist and graphic designer F. Winold Reiss died in New York City. German born, Reiss immigrated to the U. S. in 1913. His illustration work includes graphically dynamic WWI war posters; interpretations of Harlem Jazz and Steel Workers; illustrations for Alain Locke’s book The New Negro; and this cover illustration proposal for Fortune magazine.
On this day, August 22, 1880, cartoonist George Herriman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was ten his family moved to Los Angeles. By the age of 17, and after high school Herriman worked as an illustrator and engraver for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. In 1913 Herriman’s best known strip Krazy Kat was created.
On this day, August 21, 1929, comic book artist and colorist Marie Severin was born in East Rockaway, New York. She studied for a short time at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Severin began working for EC Comics as a colorist in the late 40s. She also worked for Marvel Comics in production. Severin was Marvel’s head colorist until 1972. Later she was a co-creator of Spider-Woman, Howard the Duck.
On this day, August 20, 1880, illustrator Walter Hunt Everett was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Everett studied at the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware and as early as 1904 began providing illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post. Everett also established the illustration department at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art.
On this day, August 19, 1877, illustrator Frank Earle Schoonover was born in Oxford, New Jersey. Instead of entering the ministry as his parents had wanted, Schoonover studied with Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. Like other Pyle students, Schoonover often travelled to the places he would illustrate, giving his illustration work a grounding in reality.
On this day, August 18, 1943, illustrator Richard Bober was born in Elizabeth New Jersey. Bober studied at Pratt Institute and at the Art Students League in New York. He is known for his cover illustrations for thriller and fantasy-related paperbacks.
On this day, August 17, 1956, comic book artist John Romita Jr. was born in New York City. JRJR, as he is known, focused on being an artist like his father, Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr. JRJR made his first contribution to Marvel Comics at the age of 13. He has contributed to Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hydro-Man, Hobgoblin, and Uncanny X-Men.
On this day, August 16, 1892, Otto Messmer was born in West Hoboken (now, Union City), New Jersey. Messmer studied at the Thomas School of Art in New York City. He began his career creation illustrations for fashion catalogs. Inspired by Winsor McCay, Messmer began making comics for local newspapers. He created the proto-type of Felix the Cat in 1919 while working for the Patrick Sullivan studio in New York.
On this day, August 15, 1994, pulp illustrator Richard Lillis died in New York City. After WWI, Lillis studied art at the Art Students League. His first pulp cover illustration appeared on West Magazine in 1929. Lillis was a friend of Ralph DeSoto and he worked as a studio assistant and posed as a model to help DeSoto.
On this day, August 14, 2011, illustrator, animator, and graphic designer Saul Mandel died in New York. Over his career Mandel created many advertising illustrations for a wide variety of companies. Among his most iconic creations are the Jolly Green Giant and the Puppy Love stamps for the U. S. Post Office in 1986.
On this day, August 13, 1874, illustrator Frederick Stewart Manning was born in Port Huron, Michigan. Early on he worked as a cartoonist for the Colorado Springs Gazette in Colorado. After working in Denver and Chicago, Manning moved to New York City where he worked creating advertising illustrations and sheet music illustrations.
On this day, August 12, 2001, pulp illustrator Harry Barton died. He studied at the Art Students League in New York. In the 50s Barton began producing pulp covers and covers for digests and paperback books.
On this day, August 11, 1902, pulp illustrator Jack Binder was born in Harka, Hungary. The family moved to the U. S. in 1910 to join the father in the U. P. of Michigan. Binder worked as an engraver while he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the 30’s Binder moved to New York and began selling illustrations to the pulps. In the 40s he began supplying [...]
On this day, August 10, 1955, Tom Kidd was born in Tampa, Florida. After a couple of years of study at Syracuse University, Kidd moved to New York City and began to work as a science fiction and fantasy illustrator and as a designer for films, theme parks, and figurines. His work has won many accolades including Hugo nominations, Chesley awards, an AnLab award, and the 2003 World Fantasy award for [...]
On this day, August 9, 1931, illustrator Mike Hinge born Auckland, New Zealand. He came to the United States on a green card in 1958 and studied at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. His work includes many memorable book and magazine covers for the work of science fiction and cover portraits for Time magazine.
On this day, August 8, 1961, illustrator Rafael López born Mexico City, Mexico. Trained at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, López has illustrated a variety of children’s books, designed stamps, and painted murals.
On this day, August 7, 1957, illustrator George William Gage died in New York City. He studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and with Howard Pyle at the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware. His career was noted for cover illustrations for magazines and books and he taught book illustration at the New York Evening School of Industrial [...]
On this day, August 6, 1918, Charles Banks Wilson was born in Springdale, Arkansas. After studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wilson apprenticed as an illustrator at the Chicago Tribune. Wilson illustrated a history textbooks used by Oklahoma schools and also a variety of classic story books. He went on to paint many murals and easel paintings.
On this day, August 5, 1902, illustrator and writer Robert Bright was born in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He studied at Princeton University. Bright was the creator of the Georgie series of stories about a shy ghost who lives in an attic. He created the character and his first Georgie story was published in 1944 and the last in 1983.
On this day, August 4, 1976, illustrator Alvan “Hap” Hadley died in Los Angeles, California. Hap Hadley specialized in black and white illustrations and in illustrating movie posters for Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. His movie posters were typically caricatured faces of the actors with over-sized heads.
On this day, August 2, 1912, pulp artist Raphael Jerard Norman Astarita was born in Brooklyn, New York. Astarita never graduated high school and never formally studied art, self-training instead. Early on Astarita worked for comic books. During WWII he joined the U. S. Naval Reserve. After the war his work began to appear in pulp magazines and then he contributed illustrations to a juvenile reference encyclopedia.