Wayne Boring : biography
Wayne Boring (June 5, 1905, Minnesota–February 20, 1987,"Superman artist Wayne Boring dead" The Comics Journal #116 (July 1987) p. 23 Pompano Beach, Florida)While some sources give 1916 as a birth year, the gives 1905. was an American comic book artist best known for his work on Superman from the late 1940s to 1950s. He occasionally used the pseudonym Jack Harmon.
Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:
- Action Comics #35-36, 121, 132-276, 342-344, 346-353, 355-357 (1941–67); #561, 572 (1984–85)
- Adventure Comics #42-43 (1939)
- All-Star Squadron #64, Annual #3 (1984–86)
- Secret Origins (Superman) #1 (1986)
- Showcase #10 (1957)
- Superboy #7 (1950)
- Superman #5-143, 155, 183-184, 187, 189-190, 193, 195-197, 200, 202, 207-208, 215, 217, 229, Annual #1-5, 7-8 (1940–70); #402 (1984)
- Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #2-13, Annual #2 (1958–63)
- Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #43 (1960)
- World's Finest Comics #35-69 (1948–54)
- Captain Marvel #22-24 (1972–73)
- Creatures on the Loose #19 (along with Gil Kane) (1972)
- Thor #280 (1979)
Early life and career
Boring attended the Minnesota School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. In 1937, he began "ghosting" (drawing for hire without credit) on such comic-book features as Slam Bradley and Doctor Occult for the Jerry Siegel-Joe Shuster studio. In 1938, Siegel and Shuster's character Superman was published in Action Comics #1, for the DC Comics predecessor National Allied Publications, and Boring became a ghost on the soon spun off Superman comic strip, eventually becoming the credited artist. at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Retrieved October 18, 2011. October 18, 2011.
Superman comic books
In 1942, the by-then-named National Comics hired Boring as a staff artist, teaming him as penciler the following year with inker Stan Kaye. The two would work together for nearly 20 years. In 1948, following Siegel and Shuster's departure from the company over a Superman rights lawsuit, Mort Weisinger, new editor of the Superman line, brought in Boring as well as Al Plastino and Curt Swan. During this mid-1940s period, he often signed his work for rival Novelty Press' Blue Bolt Comics as Jack Harmon. at the Grand Comics Database Superboy #1 (March/April 1949). Cover art by Boring.]]
Boring became the primary Superman comic-book penciller through the 1950s. Swan succeeded him the following decade, though Boring returned for sporadic guest appearances in the early 1960s and then again in late 1966 and early 1967. at the Grand Comics Database As one critic wrote of Boring's 1950s Superman art, "Comics legend Wayne Boring played a major role in visually defining the most well known super-hero in the world during the peak of Superman's popularity. As another writer echoed, "Boring's bravura brushwork defined many of its key elements and made Superman look more powerful and imposing, now standing a heroic nine heads tall, and brought a fresh realism, a sleek sci-fi vision and a greater seriousness of tone.
Boring was let go from DC in 1967, along with other artists from the 1930s and 1940s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books. From 1968 to 1972, Boring ghosted backgrounds for Hal Foster's Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip, and took over the art on writer Sam Leff's 1961-71 United Feature Syndicate strip Davy Jones. Afterward, Boring did a small amount of work on Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel, then left the field to semi-retire as a bank security guard, though he would continue to draw commissioned work. He briefly returned to DC to pencil some stories in Superman #402 (1984), and Action Comics #561 & 572 (1984–85). In 1985, DC Comics named Boring as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great.
Boring died of a heart attack, following a brief comeback announced in one of his last published works, penciling a Golden Age Superman story written by Roy Thomas and inked by Jerry Ordway in Secret Origins #1 (April 1986). His final work was All-Star Squadron #64 (December 1986) a recreation of Superman #19. at the Grand Comics Database
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