Born: 1922 March 1 in New York, New York, United States

Died: 1992 June 3 in New York, New York, United States

Biography: Additional bibliography:
Comic Book Artist (Twomorrows, 1998 series) #1 (Spring 1998);
Comic Book Marketplace (Gary Carter, 1991 Series) v1#16 (August 1992) [obituary];
Comic Book Marketplace (Gemstone, 1995 Series) v2#80 (July-August 2000);
Comics Journal (Fantagraphics, 1977 series) #81 (May 1983);
Comics Journal (Fantagraphics, 1977 series) #100 (July 1985);
Jester (July 1992) [obituary];
MAD World of William M. Gaines (Bantam Books) 1972;
World Encyclopedia of Comics (Chelsea House Publishers) 1976;
World Encyclopedia of Comics (Chelsea House) 1998;
New York Times, "William Gaines, Publisher of Mad Magazine Since '52, Is Dead at 70" by James Barron, June 4, 1992, Section B, Page 11; and
Washington Post, "Publisher William M. Gaines Dies" by Claudia Levy, June 4, 1992.

Gaines worked in support as a business consultant to DC from circa 1972 to circa 1992.

Gaines was publisher and editor in chief of EC Comics from 1947 to 1955. He owned EC from 1947 until he sold his remaining magazine, Mad, to Premiere Industries in 1961.

Notes: Amy and Adrian pen names used by Gaines on advice-to-girls columns.


    Bill Gaines Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: Bill Family name: Gaines

Other Names:

  1. Adrian Type: Pen Name
  2. Amy Type: Pen Name
  3. William Gaines Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: William Family name: Gaines
  4. William M. Gaines Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: William M. Family name: Gaines
  5. William Maxwell Gaines Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: William Maxwell Family name: Gaines


  1. William M. Gaines [generic]
  2. Wm. M. Gaines [generic]


  1. 1990: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  2. 1993: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame
  3. 1997: Harvey Award - Jack Kirby Hall of Fame - Retroactive
  4. 2012: Ghastly Awards - Hall of Fame Inductee
  5. 2016: ComicsPRO Industry Memorial Award - [no name]

Art Influences:

Influences by Bill Gaines (b. 1922) were stated by:
  1. David Bunn (b. 1953)
  2. Joe Orlando (b. 1927)


  1. Association of Comic Magazine Publishers (ACMP) Type: member
    Notes: On the Board of Directors.


  1. Parent of - Chris Gaines (b. 1961)
  2. Spouse - Anne Gaines (b. 1950)
    Notes: Bill was Anne's first husband.
  3. Relative - David Gaines
  4. Relative - Evelyn Gaines
    Notes: Cousin.
  5. Child of - M. C. Gaines (b. 1894)
  6. Spouse - Nancy Siegel
    Notes: Former.