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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Great Batman Artists #19; Shelly Moldoff

Continuing my look at the best Bat-artists;

If you were a kid in the 50s - 70s (the later being reprints of classic Bat-tales) then you knew the work of Shelly Moldoff even if you didn't know his name.  In the days before creator credits were prominently displayed, Moldoff worked as a ghost for Bob Kane.

Moldoff carried on the blocky Dick Tracy-esque style of Dick Sprang when drawing Batman-- and the era of Batman was more along the lines as a nice uncle than the avenging vigilante of justice we know him today.

His work graces ROBIN DIES AT DAWN which is collected in THE GREATEST BATMAN STORIES EVER TOLD and his run on the character went into the decades.

Shelly was one of the nicest artists in the field and he went to the great Batcave in the sky last year.

TOMORROW: A grittier japanese Manga inspired Batman.