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75 Years Ago This Month: The Red Bee opens fire on Lou Fine's really fine cover (see what we did there?) to Hit Comics #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/907/)!

Hit Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/158/covers/

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75 Years Ago This Month: All Star Comics #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/877/) features several of DC Comics' Golden Age heroes under a cover by Creig Flessel (The Sandman), Harry Lampert (The Flash), John L. Blummer (Ultra-Man), and Bernard Baily (The Spectre)!

All Star Comics is a 1940s comic book series from All-American Publications, one of the early companies that merged with National Periodical Publications to form the modern-day DC Comics. With the exception of the first two issues, All Star Comics primarily told stories about the adventures of the Justice Society of America. The series is notable for its introduction of the Justice Society of America, the first team of superheroes, and the introduction of Wonder Woman.

The original concept for All Star Comics was an anthology title containing the most popular series from the other anthology titles published by both All-American Publications and National Comics. All Star Comics #1 contains primarily superhero stories including All-American's Golden Age Flash, Hawkman, Ultra-Man, National's Hour-Man, the Spectre and the Sandman, plus the adventure strip "Biff Bronson" and the comedy-adventure "Red, White and Blue".

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Star_Comics

All-Star Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
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Mike Baron is the creator of comic books Badger and (along with Steve Rude) Nexus.

Mike Baron broke into comics with an illustrated text piece in the 1974 debut issue of Marvel Comics's Comix Book. In 1981, he published his first formal comics script with Nexus, the science fiction title he co-created with illustrator Steve Rude; the series garnered numerous honors, including Eisners for both creators. A prolific creator, Baron is responsible for The Badger, Ginger Fox, Spyke, Feud, and many other comic book titles. Baron has also written numerous mainstream characters, most notably DC's The Flash and Batman, Marvel's The Punisher, and several Star Wars adaptations for Dark Horse. He has been nominated for Best Writer in the Kirby, Harvey and Eisner Awards, and has won two Eisners for his work on Nexus.

Baron has listed Carl Barks and Philip Jose Farmer as influences on his fiction writing.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Baron

Mike Baron in the Grand Comics Database:
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R.I.P. Leonard Starr.

Leonard Starr (born October 28, 1925-June 30, 2015) was an American cartoonist and advertising artist, best known for creating the newspaper comic strip Mary Perkins, On Stage and reviving Little Orphan Annie.

While attending Pratt during 1942-43, Starr worked for the Harry "A" Chesler and the Funnies, Inc. studios, contributing to the early comic book features produced at these studios. He graduated to drawing for early Timely/Marvel Comics titles.

Throughout the 1940s, Starr worked for a plethora of publishers of both comic books and pulps. In the late 1940s, he drew for EC Comics before producing a large amount of work for both the American Comics Group and DC Comics titles during the early to mid-1950s. In 1955-56, he moved from comic books to comic strips with uncredited work on King Features' Flash Gordon.

In 1957, Starr created the comic strip On Stage, later titled Mary Perkins, On Stage for the Chicago-Tribune-New York News Syndicate. Characterized by a mix of soap opera, adventure and humor, the strip featured tight, realistic graphics and, from the beginning, strong layouts, design and storytelling. He received the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Strip Award for On Stage in 1960 and 1963, and their Reuben Award in 1965. He continued producing Mary Perkins, On Stage until 1979.

In 1979 he revived the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The strip had been in reprints since 1974 after a string of unsuccessful artists had succeeded the famous creator Harold Gray, who had died in 1968. Retitled Annie, Starr's incarnation of the strip received the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Strip Award in 1983 and 1984. Starr continued it successfully until his retirement in 2000.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Starr

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Billy Graham (July 1, 1935-1999) was an African-American comic-book artist best known for his work on the Marvel Comics series Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and the Jungle Action feature, "Black Panther".

A graduate of New York City's Music & Art High School, Billy Graham had a specifically recognizable style which drew its artistic influences from the work of Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Burne Hogarth, and George Tuska.

One of his earliest comics projects was illustrating writer Don Glut's "Death Boat!" in Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969), one of the earliest of Warren Publishing's influential black-and-white horror-comics magazines. Graham went on to pencil and self-ink a story in nearly each of the first dozen issues of Vampirella, and an additional tale in issue #32 (April 1970) of its brethren publication Creepy.

Publisher James Warren promoted Graham to art director shortly after recruiting him as an artist.

Graham eventually left Warren and joined the creative team that launched Marvel's Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, inking the premiere issue (June 1972) over pencilers John Romita Sr. and George Tuska. He either inked or himself penciled every issue of the book's 16-issue run under its original title, and the first as the retitled Luke Cage, Power Man (Feb. 1974).

Graham collaborated with writer Don McGregor on the critically lauded "Black Panther" series which ran in Jungle Action #6-24 (Sept. 1973 - Nov. 1976), becoming the series's regular penciler with issue #11 (Sept. 1974) and leaving after penciling the first five pages of issue #22 (July 1976).

Graham's last comics work was co-penciling, with Steven Geiger, Power Man and Iron Fist (the again-retitled Luke Cage series) #114 (Feb. 1985), written by Jim Owsley.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Graham_(comics)

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Jack Adler (July 1, 1917 – September 18, 2011) was an artist who worked as a cover artist and colorist for DC Comics. He was a staff member of DC's production department from 1946 to 1981, rising steadily up the ranks to production manager and vice president of production.

Adler attended the High School of Art and Design, and graduated from Brooklyn College.

Adler's first comics job was for Funny Folks #2 (DC Comics, Jun./July 1946). He received the industry's Shazam Award for Best Colorist in 1971. Adler's cover art was often featured on Silver Age issues of Sea Devils, G.I. Combat, and Green Lantern.

After going to work for DC Comics in 1946, he took on a staff position doing production and coloring for the entire DC line in 1947. He held this position until 1960, when he became DC's assistant production manager for the next fifteen years. From 1975 until his retirement in 1981, Adler was DC's production manager and vice president of production.

Adler was the cousin of radio host Howard Stern.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Adler

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25 Years Ago This Month: DC Comics publishes Bugs Bunny #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/862632/), cover by Chuck Fiala and K.S. Wilson, a three-issue miniseries that would eventually lead to the long-running Looney Tunes series just four years later!

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) and voiced originally by the "Man of a Thousand Voices," Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros. during the golden age of American animation. His popularity during this era led to his becoming an American cultural icon, as well as a corporate mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray hare or rabbit who is famous for his flippant, insouciant personality, a pronounced New York accent, his portrayal as a trickster, and his catch phrase "Eh... What's up, doc?", usually said while chewing a carrot. Though the Warner Bros. animation studio first began experimenting with a rabbit character during the late 1930s, the definitive character of Bugs Bunny is widely considered to have made his debut in director Tex Avery's Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare (1940).

Since his debut, Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides and commercials. He has also appeared in more films than any other cartoon character, is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_Bunny

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Michael "Mike" McKone is a British comic book artist. McKone's first published works for the major companies included DC Comics' Justice League of America and Justice League International for DC Comics and The Punisher War Zone for Marvel Comics. However, it was his work on Marvel's Exiles which brought him instant attention, and led him to work on DC's Teen Titans and Marvel's Fantastic Four.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_McKone

Mike McKone in the Grand Comics Database:
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Shawn McManus (born June 30, 1958) is an American artist who has worked extensively over three decades for DC Comics and other companies, notably for DC's Vertigo imprint.

McManus entered the comics field in the early 1980s with work for Heavy Metal and DC Comics. He drew the Green Arrow backup feature in Detective Comics in 1983-1984. McManus gained wider attention when he illustrated two issues of The Saga of the Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore.

McManus worked with writer Todd Klein on Omega Men, creating Zirral and other characters for that series. He has drawn issues of Doctor Fate and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He collaborated with Neil Gaiman on the "Fables & Reflections" and "A Game of You" story arcs in The Sandman. McManus' other Sandman credits include The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales and a pair of limited series about the witch Thessaly written by Bill Willingham. McManus' artwork for Marvel Comics includes Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual '97 and Daredevil #351.
McManus has contributed to titles from a variety of other publishers, including Atomeka Press (A1), Dark Horse Comics (Cheval Noir), Exhibit A Press (Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre), First Comics (Grimjack), Image Comics (Supreme), Malibu Comics (The Man Called A-X), and DC Comics' Paradox Press (The Big Book Of Freaks). He worked on Leah Moore and John Reppion's Wild Girl (Wildstorm, 2004–2005) with J. H. Williams III. In 2007, he did a eight-issue run on Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis and an issue of The Creeper for DC.

He illustrated Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love in 2010 and Cinderella: Fables Are Forever the following year. He was one of several artists to contribute to the Fairest in All the Land graphic novel.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_McManus

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