July 30


On this day, July 30, 2013, illustrator and op ed editorial illustrator Jean-Claude Suares died in Englewood, New Jersey. After emigrating to New York Suares attended Pratt Institute briefly before joining the Army. In Vietnam he did a stint on Stars and Stripes the Army newspaper. He worked for various publications and in 1970 was involved in the creation of Op-Ed page illustrations at The New York Times that responded to [...]

July 29

Poe Masque of Red Death

On this day, July 29, 1971, painter, sculptor, and illustrator Federico Castellón died in New York City. Castellón emigrated with his family to the United States when he was a child. Largely self-taught, Castellón studied the art in New York’s museums. In the late 30s he began to create illustrations for work as Poe’s “The Masque of Red Death” and Bulfinch’s Mythology.

July 28


On this day, July 28, 1918, pulp illustrator Chester Bloom was born in Regina, Canada. Bloom and his family moved to New York City in 1939. Even as he began created work for pulp magazines, Bloom studied at the Art Students League in New York. He served in the U. S. Army in WWII working in the survey and map making section. After the war his illustrations tended to be [...]

July 27


On this day, July 27, 1990, Ed (Edmund Alexander) Emshwiller died Valencia, California. Emsh studied at The University of Michigan, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at the Art Students League of New York. He created cover illustrations and story illustrations for both science fiction and for the pulps. In the 1960s Emsh pursued an interest in film with a Ford Foundation grant and eventually he taught at the California [...]

July 26


On this day, July 26, 1978, Mary Blair (born Mary Robinson) died in Soquel, California. Blair studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Blair was an artist and animator for The Walt Disney Studio and created concept art for Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and Cinderella. After the completion of Peter Pan, Mary Blair worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She was credited [...]

July 25


On this day, July 25, 1918, abstract illustrator and illustrator Jane Schenthal Frank was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained at the Maryland Institute of Arts and Sciences (now MICA) in commercial art and in fashion illustration and at the School of Fine and Applied Art in New York (now Parsons School). In addition to her commercial work, Frank also wrote and illustrated children’s books.


July 24


On this day, July 24, 1959, comic book writer and artist Trevor Von Eeden was born in Georgetown, Guyana. When he was 16 Eeden began working for DC Comics. He was the creator of the company’s first African American superhero, Black Lightning. Eeden has also worked on Batman, Green Arrow, and Power Man and Iron Fist.

July 23


On this day, July 23, 2006, cartoonist Vernon Ethelbert Grant died in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Grant studied for one year at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and then join the U. S. Army. In Tokyo Grant was a regular cartoonist for Stars and Stripes and he developed a fascination with Japanese comics. In Japan Grant produced several graphic novels and upon his discharge he returned to Cambridge and [...]

July 22


On this day, July 22, 1882, illustrator and artist Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York. Hopper studied at the Correspondence School of Illustrating and at the New York School of Art. From 1906 through 1925, Hopper earned his living as an illustrator until his paintings began to sell. When that happened, he was happy to be able to turn his back on working for others.



July 21


On this day, July 21, 1929, artist and illustrator Don Almquist was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Almquist studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design. He worked in graphic art and illustrations for a variety of publications and over two dozen children’s books.

July 20


On this day, July 20, 1887, illustrator Gayle Porter Hoskins was born in Brazil, Indiana. Hoskins studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then was a student Howard Pyle’s in Wilmington, Delaware. Even before his art studies Hoskins was creating cartoons for the Denver Post. Hoskins created illustrations for the mainstream periodicals of the day, a variety of story books, and for the pulps during the Depression.

July 19


On this day, July 19, 1950, comic writer and artist Richard Pini was born in New Haven, Connecticut. With his wife Wendy Fletcher Pini, they created the Elfquest series of comics, graphic novels, and prose works. A fan of science fictions, Richard Pini studied astrophysics at MIT and then worked as a lecturer at Charles Hayden Planetarium and then for IBM until Elfquest became a full-time focus.

July 18


On this day, July 18, 1911, illustrator (John) Emery Clarke was born in Parsons City, Kansas. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and then moved to New York City. Clarke painted covers for various pulp and action magazines. During WWII, Clarke worked on training films for the army. After the war he also worked with cartoonist Russell Stamm on the comic strip The Invisible Scarlet O’Neal.

July 17


On this day, July 17, 1954, illustrator Jules Cannert died in New York City. Born in Roumania, Cannert’s family emigrated to New York City in 1905. During WWI he served in an anti-aircraft machine gun battalion. After he began to create illustrations for pulp magazines and painted pretty women, especially of glamorous Hollywood stars.

July 16


On this day, July 16, 1913, Lorence Bjorklund was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bjorklund studied art at the Pratt Institute and while a student he began to do work for pulp magazines. He became renowned for his illustrations of the American Old West. His studio was filled with cowboy and Indian objects. He illustrated more than 300 books for both adults and children.


July 15


On this day, July 15, 1927, comic book artist Jack Abel was born. Abel (also known as Gary Michaels) was an inker for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He was the primary inker on the Superman titles in the late 60s and early 70s and he inked the comic strip the Green Beret.


July 14


On this day, July 14, 1927, comic book artist Mike Esposito was born in New York City. After graduating from The High School of Music & Art, Esposito went into the Army where he created venereal disease prevention posters. After his discharge he studied at Burne Hogarth’s Cartoonists and Illustrators School. He worked for Fox Feature Syndicate in the comics and other producers of comics working on Wonder Woman, Bob Powell [...]

July 13


On this day, July 13, 1932, illustrator Alice Barber Stephens died in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Stephens was trained at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute, and in Paris. Mrs. Stephens’ work appeared in the popular magazines of the day and she also illustrated books.


July 12


On this day, July 12, 1839, David Edward Cronin (pseydonym Seth Eyland) was born in Greenwich, New York. He studied art in Troy, New York and then moved to New York City. During the Civil War he joined the army and worked for Harper’s Magazine. Later he was a political caricaturist and illustrated the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.

July 11


On this day, July 11, 1918, illustrator Roy G. Krenkel was born in the Bronx, New York. Krenkel studied at the Art Students League and at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. He produced work for Weird Science and Weird Fantasy and later for science fiction magazines and for paperback book covers.

July 10


On this day, July 10, 1911, illustrator and author Jack Coggins was born in London, England, His family emigrated to the U. S. in 1923. Coggins studied art at the Grand Central School of Art in New York and at the Art Students League. During WWII, Coggins produced war illustrations for Life magazine and illustrations for PM and The Saturday Evening Post. During the war hia duty was working for YANK [...]

July 9


On this day, July 9, 1874, illustrator and photographer Carl Werntz was born in Sterling, Illinois. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Paris, and in Japan. He was a cartoonist for the Chicago Record and created illustrations for a variety of magazines. In 1902 Werntz founded the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts which taught commercial, applied, and fine arts.


July 8


On this day, July 8, 1884, illustrator Remington Schuyler was born in Buffalo, , New York. Schuyler studied engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, at the Art Students League in New York, and he studied illustration art with Howard Pyle at the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington, DE. In addition to his work for the Boy Scouts, Schuyler illustrated a variety of story books, magazines, and even pulp [...]

July 7


On this day, July 7, 1912, writer and illustrator Richard Erdoes was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied at the Berlin Academy of Art, at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, in Paris, and London. Erdoes wrote and illustrated children’s books and made illustrations for National Geographic and Life magazines. In the late 60s, Erdoes became fascinated with American Indian peoples and culture.

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