Ramona Fradon : biography
Ramona Fradon (born October 1, 1926)U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.Horn, Maurice, editor. 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics: an Illustrated Encyclopedia (Gramercy Books, U.S.A. (January 1, 1996), p. 64. is an American comic book and comic strip artist, known for her work illustrating Aquaman and Brenda Starr, and co-creating the superhero Metamorpho. Her career began in 1950.
Fradon entered cartooning just after graduating from the Parsons School of Design., Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Comic-book letterer George Ward, a friend of her husband (New Yorker cartoonist Dana Fradon), asked her for samples of her artwork to pitch for job openings. She landed her first assignment on the DC Comics feature Shining Knight. Her first regular assignment was illustrating an Adventure Comics backup feature starring Aquaman, for which she co-created the sidekick Aqualad.Katherine Keller. Sequential Tart (May 2000).
Following her time with Aquaman, and taking a break to have her daughter, Fradon returned to co-create Metamorpho, drawing four issues of the series. She returned briefly to design a few covers for the title.
From 1965 to 1972, Fradon left comics to raise her daughter. In 1972, she returned to DC, with assignments drawing Superman, Batman, and Plastic Man. Her other work includes Freedom Fighters and Super Friends (which she penciled for almost its entire run). She also worked for Marvel Comics during this period, but left after only two assignments: a fill-in issue of Fantastic Four, and the never-published fifth issue of The Cat. Fradon recounted: First of all, I was really rusty. And [on The Cat #5] I was totally confounded by not drawing from a script. They gave me this one paragraph and said go draw this 17-page story. I don’t think I did my best work by any means. I think I had a script on Fantastic Four, but I just don’t think they were satisfied with my work. Then I went back to DC and started doing mysteries with Joe Orlando. I really had a lot of fun doing that. It suited my style, I think.
In 1980, Dale Messick retired from drawing the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, and Fradon became the artist for it, until her own retirement in 1995.
Fradon was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006. San Diego Comic-Con International. Accessed January 29, 2010.
She contributed pencils to the 2010 graphic novel "The Adventures of Unemployed Man", and the 2012 graphic novels The Dinosaur That Got Tired of Being Extinct http://www.themortonreport.com/books/news/books-ramona-fradon-on-the-dinosaur-that-got-tired-of-being-extinct/ and The Art of Ramona Fradon.http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=36855
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