(10th Anniversary issue, retold origin)
Copyright © 1948 DC Comics
While Boring's '50s version of Superman was being printed, the first run of The Adventures Of Superman TV series (1951-1957) began airing, which starred George Reeves, the greatest actor who will ever portray the Man Of Steel.
Thus, for the promotion of Superman comics during that decade, Boring and Reeves proved to be a super double threat!
Boring's work is easily recognizable, being composed of well-applied influences of artists like Alex Raymond of Flash Gordon fame, meshing with his own highly stylized sci-fi oriented artwork.
He was still working at DC in 1967 when he was dismissed during an all-out purge of several "old school" artists. That purge also included George Papp (creator of Green Arrow) and Sheldon Moldoff (creator of Green Lantern).
However, he still wasn't done yet, as he embarked upon more syndicated strip work, such as ghosting backgrounds for Hal Foster's epic Prince Valiant Sunday page from 1968 until 1972, as well as ghosting Sam Leff's Davy Jones strip.
For a short period after 1972, Boring even worked at Marvel on a few titles, ironically including Captain Marvel, which had once been embroiled in a lawsuit over its resemblance to the Superman comic (Captain Marvel's publisher, Fawcett, had lost).
But eventually Boring decided that was enough, and he left the comics field entirely. In his golden years he could still be found working, though, part-time as a bank security guard, before a heart attack claimed him in 1987.
His incredible decade-plus run on the Superman comic rivals even the great 1960s decade run by Jack Kirby on Fantastic Four for Marvel comics. His style easily managed to rise above the more cartoonish look of Superman co-creator Shuster and the more calculated and conservative line work of Swan.
As a result, Boring's work on Superman still remains the best version of the most popular character in comics history. In 2007, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.
(Great work by writer Richard Pachter)
The Adventures Continue
(Excellent site dedicated to The Adventures Of Superman TV series)
Superman Comics At DC
(Original home of Big Blue}
Superman artists at Comics .org
(Full of super-scientific machinery and dynamic pencil work)
Cartoonist Greats at Blogspot .com
(Cartoonist Greats Throughout History: Wayne Boring)
(Wayne Boring: The most prominent Superman artist of the 1950s)
(Comic Art & Graffix Gallery Artist Biographies - Wayne Boring)
Comics Ha .com
(Original Comic Art: Comic Strip Art, Wayne Boring Superman Sunday)
Pig Dog Productions .com
(All-Star Hall Of Fame tribute to Wayne Boring)
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