Topic: Comic Book Artists
Even though I blog once a day...
There just never is enough time to blog about all of the comic book creators and their works that I have enjoyed in the past or in the present.
I last blogged about George Tuska when he was celebrating his 92nd birthday back in April of 2008, (click here for that post), but haven't made the time to blog anything else about him or his work until today.
Sadly, this blog is about his passing... about midnight of last night.
Here is what I wrote about just a few of his achievement when I last blogged in April, 2008:"George was born April 26, 1916 in Hartford Connecticut.
He started drawing in comics back in 1939 when he assisted on the comic strip 'Scorchy Smith'.
George also worked in the comic shop of Eisner and Iger during what is now called the 'Golden Age of Comics'!
His tie-in to 'Iron Man' is that he drew the comic book for most of the Iron Man issues from 1968 to 1978, about TEN YEARS! They were issues #5 to #106 with a few interruptions.
He's also known for his Luke Cage Power Man, Black Goliath, the Sub-Mariner, Planet of the Apes, and a few X-Men stories."
Since that last blog post, there has been a major revamp of one of the better databases for comic books, and their creators. That revamp makes it easier to sort by individual what works they are credited for, (but still not complete).
Here are most of George Tuska's pencil jobs (1,106) as shown at the GCD: click here!
Here are most of George Tuska's ink jobs (662) as shown at the GCD: click here!
The news of George's passing was known earlier this morning, but I was looking through my photos of previous comic cons trying to find a photo of George at one of them. Since I was unsuccessful at that, I thought I should go ahead and use the one that most news people and bloggers will be using, that of George with his big smile as seen above, which is a good one to remember him by...
I first remember some of his artwork in the Atlas HoRRoR comics. Although those were coverless comics that I read by that later time. George had gotten out of comics after the Comic Code Authority was instituted. He had gone into comic strips. I didn't see more of his work until the Tower Comics days, and then of course at Marvel Comics, because I was buying every Marvel there was at the time. George drew several features, but is most remembered for the Iron Man series, as he was on that feature for almost ten years...
George went on to DC Comics in the mid 1970's drawing a comic strip for them, so I kind of lost track of his work at that time. He also drew comic books for DC Comics later, and then retired from the comics industry in the mid 1980's. However, he was still illustrating commissioned pieces for his fans till recently.
George Tuska is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, and their three children, as well as grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. My condolences to his family on the passing of George...
~ Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com