This is a list of the many artists who drew the Hawks since their
debut in 1940.
An early assistant artist for Joe Shuster on Superman in the
Golden Age, Dennis Neville drew the first two stories of Hawkman
in Flash Comics.
also did a lot of work on Shuster and Jerry Siegel's other
classic creation, Slam Bradley, which preceded Batman by about
two years in Detective
He worked on at least four Hawkman stories
before resuming more work as penciller on Superman. While he
wasn't one of the biggest names in comics in those early days,
he certainly did work on plenty of important characters and
titles. Unfortunately, beyond this, I couldn't find any more
data on him.
Sheldon Mayer (1917-1991)
Mayer first began working in comics when in his teens, doing
various small jobs in cartooning, and became an assistant to
Maxwell C. Gaines (father of Bill Gaines, who succeeded him in
his jobs after his father's death and was the EIC and chairman
of MAD magazine in his time too), going to work for him in 1935
and helped him to work on creating the pamphlet format for comic
books we know today.
Whenever there was space available in Popular Comics
or even The Funnies,
he'd try to
come up with something of his own to fill it. Later, when
promoted to editor at DC Comics, he was instrumental in helping
Gardner Fox to launch Flash and Hawkman in Flash Comics
in 1940, and
even Green Lantern in All-American
and the Justice Society of America in All-Star Comics
Sheldon Moldoff (1920-2012)
Sheldon Moldoff was born in New York City in 1920. He learned
how to draw with chalk for starters, using the sidewalks of
Manhattan as his first canvas. At the age of seventeen he sold
his first cartoon and soon afterward he became first assistant
to Bob Kane on the Batman
series, working with Kane on this series on and off for thirty
In 1940, Moldoff drew both the Black Pirate
for DC Comics. From about 1939 he was
one of DC's most prolific cover artists, illustrating many
covers, including the cover to All American Comics #16,
the first appearance
of Green Lantern. His style at the time was very illustrative.
In 1953 he became one of the lead artists on Batman with Dick
Sprang and Win Mortimer, which he drew for the next 14 years.
Moldoff left comics in 1967, during the big DC clean-out, and
several other golden age artists were also let go. From there he
went into film production, working on numerous animated
projects, one of which was storyboarding the Courageous Cat
and Minute Mouse
as well as hundreds of others. He also produced comic books for
chain restaurants companies such as Burger King and Red Lobster.
Joe Kubert (1926-2012)
Joe Kubert began working in comics and artistry at age eleven,
as an apprentice for the production company of Harry Chesler. He
has worked in the field ever since, and his more than sixty year
history in the medium includes producing memorable stories of
such characters as Hawkman,
Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman, The Flash, and Sgt. Rock
DC Comics. He also edited and illustrated Sgt. Rock,
which spun out
of Our Army at War. Sgt. Rock
was published for 30 years until the early 1990's.
In 1952, he was a principle in the creation of the first 3-D
comic book (for Mighty Mouse
During the 1960's, he illustrated Robin Moore's novel, Tales of the Green Beret,
for the Chicago-Tribune New York News Syndicate. Some of the
newspapers that it appeared in were the NY Daily News, Chicago
Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and so on. He has also been
responsible for Winnie Winkle
(for Tribune Media Services) and Big Ben Bolt
(for King Features Syndicate).
Joe was an editor for DC Comics for a period of 25 years.
Kubert has written and illustrated the following graphic novels:
Tor, Abraham Stone,
Yossel: April 19, 1943.
He has also illustrated Sgt.
Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place.
Kubert was inducted into the Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of
Fame in 1997, and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in
Murphy Anderson (1926-2015)
Primarily an inker in his career, he also did plenty of artwork,
beginning his job in the Golden Age during the 1940s, and his
first assignments included Sky Rangers for Fiction House.
Another one of his earliest assignments was the Buck Rogers
comic strips, and he went on to work on such characters as
Hawkman, Batgirl, Zatanna, Elongated Man and the Spectre for DC.
As an inker, Anderson also co-created what many of his fans
consider to be early defining images of the modern-day Flash,
Adam Strange (whose spacefaring costume he designed), Atom,
Superman and Batman. With his frequent collaborator, penciler
Curt Swan, the pair's artwork on Superman
in the 1970s came to be called "Swanderson" by the
fans. In 1973, he formed Murphy Anderson Visual Concepts, which
provides color separations and lettering for comic books. Some
of his work at this time even included adaptations of Edgar Rice
Burroughs' John Carter of Mars
, which served as an
inspiration for Adam Strange. In the 1980s, he was often an
illustrator on DC Comics Presents
. He also worked on a
handful of comics for smaller companies too.
Richard Howell (19-?)
He got into the comics medium in 1977 with his self-published Portia
Prinz of the Glamazons
, one of the first creator-owned
books at the time along with Will Eisner's own A Contract
graphic novel. He'd co-edited a line of magazines
called New Media/Irjax. He began contributing to both Marvel and
DC in the early 80s, and some of his first works there included
The Shadow War of Hawkman
miniseries, and the Vision
and the Scarlet Witch
In 1993, he co-founded Claypool Comics, which lasted until 2006.
Jerry Ordway (1957-)
Beginning his career in small press fanzines, his first official
work appeared in Tim Corrigan's Superhero Comics #4 in 1975, and
he went on to become the artist/inker for All-Star Squadron
and co-creator of Infinity Inc
. Ordway was also part of
the effort to revamp the DCU after Crisis on Infinite Earths,
and served as artist for Superman at the time. He was the inker
for Curt Swan on the graphic novel Superman: The Earth
In the mid-90s, he worked on the revamp for Fawcett's Captain
Marvel, Billy Batson, in the Power of Shazam series, working as
both artist and writer. Some of his inspirations in art include
Gil Kane, Gene Colan, Dick Giordano, Joe Sinnott and Tom Palmer.
Besides his work for DC, he also contributed to Marvel, working
as inker on Fantastic Four when John Byrne was writer/artist,
and later some work on Avengers. He also did work for Eclipse
Comics and Image, creating a character called Wildstar at the
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