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Friday, January 2, 2009
Don Heck Would Have Been...
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Comic Book Artists

 

 

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Don Heck Would Have Been 80 Years Old Today

Celebrating The Birth of Dashin' Don Heck

On January 2nd, 1929!

Starting off this new year by looking back a bit... and thinking about those comic book creators that made me get interested in comics in the first place!

Don Heck's artwork was one that I followed for many years when I first started to actually collect comics.

Don had started at Harvey Comics, but soon worked for Quality Comics, Hillman Comics, and Toby Press.

But it was his work for Timely/Atlas/Marvel Comics that really brought his artwork to my attention!

Don never achieved the stellar fame of others in the early Marvel Bullpen, like Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko.  But like Dick Ayers, Don was good and dependable in meeting his deadlines and drawing quality work.

I enjoyed his early work on Iron Man which he co-created in 1963. His style was right for that strip IMHO, especially for the characters of Tony Stark, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan! 

The Avengers was another 1960's series he was known for drawing, and with so many in that group it had to be hard for any artist to put in so many characters in each issue!

However, what I most liked about his drawing, was the earlier non-superhero stories that Atlas / Marvel had before the birth of their Marvel Superheroes line.  Don's artwork was so unique that you could spot his work easily. I for one really enjoyed those sci-fi stories when published in 'Tales Of Suspense', 'Strange Worlds', 'Worlds of Fantasy', 'Strange Tales' and more titles in that genre.

Don could also draw a 'heck' of a beautiful woman, as evidenced in his romance stories!

Don passed away February 23rd, 1995. His Marvel Comics work will continue to entertain new readers for many more years, as it is being reprinted in 'Masterworks', and 'Essential' volumes.  Which is good, because any photos of Don Heck the artist himself are hard to find!

Thanks Don for the memories!

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