Today is the 92nd anniversary of Kurt Schaffenberger’s birth! He was one of those veteran artists I encountered often during my ’70s adolescence (being an avid reader of DC’s Superman Family), but never quite appreciated as much as flashier, younger superstar creators like Jim Starlin and Marshall Rogers.
As I grew older, however, I saw the brilliance of Shaffenberger’s ability to balance cartoon-like characters with realistic settings. Few artists outside of C.C. Beck could make Tawky Tawny a viable part of a super-hero universe and qualify as one of the medium’s better Good Girl artists.
Few characters suited Schaffenberger’s style better than the original Captain Marvel (aside from Superman, perhaps, but that’s six of one/ half-a-dozen of another). From Whiz Comics #120 (Fawcett, April 1950), here’s “Rockets To The Moon” with pencils and inks by the great Kurt Schaffenberger.