R.I.P. Nick Cardy


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Like many comic-book fans and professionals, I was saddened by the news of Nick Cardy’s death on Sunday. His beautifully designed covers for DC – particularly during the late 1960s – taught me to appreciate how strong imagery can make or break a comic-book story.

Here are just a few of my favorites ….

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Cardy’s career encompassed more than DC comics covers. He broke into the industry in 1940 as part of the Eisner and Iger Studio and penciled numerous features for Fiction House. He also worked on Eisner’s Lady Luck feature for the syndicated Spirit section.

Cardy served overseas during World War II and even earned two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. A compilation of his wartime sketches were recently published by Titan Books.

He settled in at DC after the war and enjoyed a long career at the company illustrating such titles as Aquaman, Bat Lash and the Teen Titans. Cardy left comics in 1970 to become a commercial artist.

In remembrance of Cardy, here’s one of his earlier efforts for Fiction House. Although the art is cruder than his DC work, his staging and choreography clearly show the potential that Cardy ultimately fulfilled in his justly hallowed career.

From Fight Comics #26 (Fiction House, June 1943), here’s the beautiful and deadly Senorita Rio. The script is not credited, but the art is by Cardy under his birth name, Nick Viscardi.

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