Other Batman Artists of the 1950's

from World's Finest 48, Oct 1950 "The Song of Crime" by Bill Finger and Lew Sayre Schwartz- inks by Sy Barry

Batman 64 April 1951 "The Return of Killer Moth" Lew Sayre Schwartz and Stan Kaye, story by Bill Finger

Sy Barry (1928-) brother of Flash Gordon artist, Dan Barry, Sy came to work for National in the late forties and soon came to epitomize the house style for National's anthology books.  His work appeared in Strange Adventures, Mystery In Space, Big Town, Gangbusters, Girls' Romances- just about everywhere a strong inker was needed.  He worked on a few Batman stories in 1950. Stan Kaye (1916-67) started work at DC in 1942 as penciller and inker on gag strips such as Drafty,Genius Jones and Hayfoot Henry. By 1944 he was inking most of Wayne Boring's Superman comic strip work.  He followed Boring back into the comic books in 1948 and worked on inking both Superman and Batman up until he retired in 1962.  Kaye squared off and standardized Schwartz's work reducing most of the loopier aspects in favor of a cleaner straight super-hero style.  His Bat-ears were always triangular and his Bat-emblem had long wing spines, usually drawn unevenly.

World's Finest 43 "The Man With a Thousand Eyes"  (Dec-Jan 1950). Written by Bill Finger. Pencils by Bob Kane. Inks by Ramona Fradon?

Adventure 167 "Treasures of the Sea". 1st Aquaman by Ramona Fradon. Written by Jack Miller. Aug 1951.

Ramona Fradon (1927-) came to work for DC in 1949 and tried a number of different assignments, including Gangbusters and Rodeo Rick, before latching on to pencilling and inking Aquaman, a strip she would handle solo for 12 years.  Her later work included Metamorpho and Super Friends, as well as a long stint on the comic strip Brenda Starr.   One of her first jobs was inking a Batman story, which may possibly be this one.

.Justice Traps the Guilty #8 by Will Elder (Jan-Feb 1949)

from Worlds Finest 059 (Jul-Aug 1952) "The Joker's Aces" by David Vern and Will Elder?

Will Elder (1922-) Will Elder spent most of the fifties working for EC comics and Mad Magazine.  He continued working with Harvey Kurtzman on Kurtzman's later humor magazines and was one of the staff of artists who produced the Little Annie Fanny strip for Playboy.   He did spend some time early in his career working for other publishers including Crestwood and Pines as well as pencilling and inking an unidentified Batman story circa 1952.

Batman 55 "Bandit of the Bells" Oct-Nov 1949. Pencils by Charles Paris and Bob Kane.  Inks by Charles Paris. Script by Bill Finger?

Mr. District Attorney #1 by Charles Paris Jan -Feb 1948

Nighthawk in "Lair of the Timberwolf" from Western Comics #5 by Jack Schiff and Charles Paris Sep-Oct 1948.

Gangbusters #2 by Charles Paris Feb-March 1948.

Charles Paris (1911-94) The primary inker of Batman stories in the late forties/ early fifties was Charles Paris, who came over from the comic strip with Bob Kane. He began his career lettering pages for Crimson Avenger artist Jack Lehti.  He also worked on Johnny Quick and Manhunter before DC pegged him as the standard Batman inker.  He created the western strip Nighthawk with editor Jack Schiff.  His work on DC's early crime comics Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney is usually misattributed to Lew Sayre Schwartz. As the standard Batman inker of the fifties and early sixties, Paris set the overall style of the strip.  His Batman featured a large rectangular Bat emblem and scalloped ears which looked like the spades from a deck of playing cards.  He imposed this style over all the pencillers he worked with, whether Kane, Sprang, Schwartz or Moldoff. He worked almost solely on Batman up until 1964 when editor Julie Schwartz brought in the "new look".  After that Paris inked Ramona Fradon on Metamorpho before retiring from comics to paint.  Contrary to many fan- produced indexes, Paris did not ink Ramona Fradon's Aquaman stories.

Sheldon Moldoff