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Mike Sekowsky

Mike Sekowsky
Sekowsky with model Joyce Miller (1969)
DC Comics publicity photo promoting Wonder Woman Born November 19, 1923(1923-11-19)
Died March 30, 1989(aged 65)
Los Angeles, CaliforniaNationality American Area(s) Penciler, Inker, Writer

Mike Sekowsky (November 19, 1923 - March 30, 1989)[1] was an American comic book artist best known as the exclusive penciler for DC Comics' Justice League of America during most of the 1960s, and as the regular writer and artist on Wonder Woman during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Biography

Early life and career

Sekowsky began working in the comics medium in 1941, as an artist at Marvel Comics' predecessor, Timely Comics, in New York City. There he worked as both a cartoonist on such humor features as "Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal", and a superhero artist on such star characters as Captain America and the Sub-Mariner in issues of All Winners Comics, Daring Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, USA Comics, and Young Allies Comics.

He went on to draw comics in multiple genres during the 1940s and early 1950s, including Westerns (the characters Apache Kid, Black Rider and Kid Colt for Marvel's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, Gunsmoke and Buffalo Bill Jr. for Dell Comics); romance comics (for Crestwood, Nedor, St. John Publications, and Quality Comics); jungle adventure (Charlton Comics' Ramar of the Jungle); war comics (Ziff-Davis' G.I. Joe), and others.

During the 1940s, Sekowsky married his first wife, Joanne Latta.[2]

DC Comics

The Brave and the Bold #28 (March 1960): Debut of the Justice League. Cover art by Sekowsky.

In 1952, Sekowsky began working at DC Comics, where he drew romance comics and science fiction titles under the editorship of Julius Schwartz. In 1960, Sekowsky began working on his most noted effort, Justice League of America, staying on the title for 63 issues. He also returned for a special flashback tale in JLA #240 in 1985 featuring the League from his era.

Sekowsky married his second wife, Josephine, called Pat, in October 1967.[3]

In 1968, Sekowsky became the penciler of Metal Men, taking over from Gil Kane, who had succeeded Ross Andru. In 1969, Sekowsky also became the writer and changed the direction of the series by having the Metal Men assume human identities. Sales on the book had dropped gradually since Sekowsky assumed the art duties, but suffered a catastrophic drop immediately after he became series writer.[citation needed] The series was canceled six issues later, at a time when the publisher was also dropping many of its other superhero titles.

At roughly the same time, Sekowsky began working on Wonder Woman with issue #178, first as artist and then also as writer and editor, until issue #198. His run on the series included a variety of themes, from espionage to mythological adventure. He also contributed a story about Wonder Woman and Batman to The Brave and the Bold.

Sekowsky also wrote and drew features for the series-tryout comic-book series Showcase during the last three years of its run, including "Jason's Quest", an adventure series about a young man on a motorcycle searching for his family, in Showcase #88-90 (Feb.-May 1970).

Later career

Upon leaving DC, Sekowsky returned to Marvel, where he had gotten his start in the 1940s. From 1971 to 1975, he sporadically provided penciling for stories in Amazing Adventures vol. 2, featuring the Inhumans; and Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up.

For the last decade of his life, Sekowsky lived in Los Angeles, California and worked primarily on Hanna-Barbera animated television series, including Scooby-Doo. After hospitalization with health problems stemming from diabetes, he began freelancing for publisher Daerrick Gross, who was developing a line of skateboard and ninja comics. Sekowsky passed away before he could complete the assignment.[4]

Awards

Sekowsky won a 1963 Alley Award for Favorite Novel ("Crisis on Earths 1 and 2" in Justice League of America #21 and #22 with Gardner Fox) and 1 1981 Inkpot Award.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Social Security Death Index
  2. ^ Alter Ego #33 (Feb. 2004), interview with Valerie (a.k.a. Violet) Barclay, pp. 2-16 (flip side)
  3. ^ Alter Ego #33, interview with wife Pat Sekowsky, p. 9
  4. ^ Paragraph information per Alter Ego Pat Sekowsky interview, pp. 5-7

References

  • The Lambiek Comiclopedia: Mike Sekowsky
  • Evanier, Mark. "Mike Sekowsky and the Silver Age Justice League of America". Comic Art #3 (2003)
  • Alter Ego #33 (Feb. 2004): "Chicken Scratchings: A 1964 Meeting of Mike Sekowsky and a Comics Fan", by Bernie Bubnis, pp. 3-4
Categories: 1923 births | 1989 deaths | American cartoonists | American comics artists | Golden Age comics creatorsHidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements since August 2007

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