Comic book illustration
Courtesy The Estate of Alex Schomburg
Excerpt from The Estate of Alex Schomburg:
Stan Lee said it best about Alex Schomburg, "Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post...When it came to illustrating covers, there simply was no one else in Alex’s league."
During the war years, Schomburg turned out the most ornate, flamboyant and outrageous covers of the time. Jammed with detail, these covers were wild and amazing. Schomburg was Timely’s definitive artist. Ron Goulart (Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History) has called Schomburg the undisputed champ of cover artists and the Hieronymous Bosch of comics. Schomburg’s work during the Golden age of Comics ranged from Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner to covers for "Wonder Comics," "Americas Best Comics," "Exciting Comics," and "The Fighting Yank" to name but a few.
Schomburg was also a prolific science fiction artist. His most famous works were arguably the endpapers for the Winston Juvenile series in the 1950s. This collection of science fiction icons defined the field for nearly all those who started reading science fiction as teenagers in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.
Alex Schomburg won every major award for science fiction art, as well as comic book art, from a Lifetime Achievement Award (accepted for him by Susan Schomburg) at the 1989 Hugo Awards to the Inkpot, to the first Doc Smith Lensman Award in 1978 and the Frank R. Paul Award in 1984. He was inducted posthumously into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame at the 1999 Comic-Con International.
Alex Schomburg, Puerto Rican, (1905-1998)
b. May 10, 1905, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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