all artwork copyright by DC Comics, Inc.
Many of the same artists who worked on the Superman family of books in The Fifties  continued on into the next decade, with Curt Swan, Wayne Boring and Al Plastino continuing to be the most prominent.  The expansion of the line to include Lois Lane, Supergirl, Tales of the Bizarro World and even the Legion of Super-Heroes in their own series necessitated hiring additional artists.

Marvel Family 86 Aug 1953 "The Marvel Family Battles the World Wrecker"

by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger

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Adv Into the Unknown 79 Dec 1954 "My Fiancee Abigail"

by Richard Hughes and Kurt Schaffenberger

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Kurt Schaffenberger (1920-2002) Kurt drew Bulletman and Captain Marvel as well as many other features for Fawcett in the 1940's.  After Fawcett shut down, he worked for ACG and the Gilberton Classics Illustrated Line, coming to DC in 1959 to help launch Lois Lane in her own comic book.

Lois Lane #42  July 1963.

"The Monkey's Paw"  by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger  

Notice Captain Marvel in the background?

Superman 142 January 1961

"Lois Lane's Secret Helper" by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger

He took over Supergirl in 1968 and continued that until the character was revamped in 1970.  Schaffenberger was instrumental in DC's revival of Captain Marvel in the Seventies and continued to do artwork for the Superman titles even after the 1986 reboot when he drew the World of Smallville mini-series in 1988.

John Forte  Forbidden Worlds 61 Dec 1957

John Forte from Superman 153 "The Town of Supermen" by Jerry Siegel May 1962

John Forte  (1918-1966) started at Marvel in 1941 and worked at many publishers throughout the Forties and Fifties.  He did a lot of work for ACG's supernatural titles. He also did romance titles for Quality and came to DC when those titles were bought out by the company in 1958.  He also pencilled some Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane stories and inked some of  Curt Swan's work from 1961-2.  His main claim to fame at DC is his work on the Tales from the Bizarro World series and the early Legion of Super-Heroes.


Jim Mooney "I Was A Ghost For Hire"

House of Mystery 06,  Sept 1952

Jim Mooney "The Juvenile Delinquents of Space" from Action 315 by Leo Dorfman. Aug, 1964

Jim Mooney (b.1919) After working for Ace and Fiction House in the early Forties, Mooney came to DC where he replaced Jerry Robinson on Batman.  He continued to ghost Batman stories up into the early Sixties.  He replaced Curt Swan on Tommy Tomorrow in 1952, and when Tomorrow was canceled in 1959 he took over the Supergirl series that replaced it in Action Comics. He drew the Superman/Batman team-ups in World's Finest in 1961-64.  In 1968 he left DC to work on Spider-Man at Marvel Comics.  He drew an occasional solo Superman adventure also.

By the mid-to late Sixties, DC's editors were trying to refresh the looks of their characters hoping to compete with Marvel's more "contemporary" style.  A number of artists were switched around and all were encouraged to produce a flashier look and feel to their artwork.

Pete Costanza from Jimmy Olsen 94 July 1966. "The Kid Who Replaced Jimmy Olsen" by Leo Dorfman.

Chic Stone from Superman 203 Jan 1968 "Clark Kent's Biggest Day" by Leo Dorfman

Pete Costanza (1913-84) was another Fawcett veteran, a long time assistant to Captain Marvel creator C. C. Beck.  He came to DC in 1966 after working at ACG, and Gilberton.  His light- hearted comic style seemed a natural for the mis adventures of Jimmy Olsen which he drew until his retirement in 1970. Chic Stone  A veteran journeyman penciller and inker, Chic had inked Jack Kirby's Thor over at Marvel, as well as pencilling Nemesis for ACG and Dynamo for Tower.  He also ghosted Batman for Bob Kane and Superboy for George Papp.  Only one Superman story is attributed to him, coincidentally the only one in which Superman does not appear.

Ben Casey Sunday page


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Jerry Lewis 102 October 1967

"The Hound Dog From Mars" by Arnold Drake and Neal Adams

Neal Adams (b.1941) came to DC in 1967 after years of working in advertising and ghosting newspaper comic strips, including three years on Ben Casey.  His arrival coincided with the rise of Carmine Infantino as art and cover director.  Carmine brought a whole new emphasis to art and cover design at DC.  Previously the editors, almost all of whom were writers,  primarily looked upon comics as stories with illustrations.  The new trend was to look at them as pictures that told a story.  Adams would revolutionize comic art by combining the two major schools,  Apollonian realism and Dionysian exageration, into one art style

 Lois Lane 79, November 1967,  "The Bride of TitanMan"

 by Bob Haney and Neal Adams.
The minister appears to be a caricature of Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger.

Neal Adams from Superman 254, July 1972,  "The Baby Who Walked Through Walls" by Len Wein

Adams's first Superman covers appeared in November 1967.  Although he would draw less than a handful of Superman stories, the covers (usually designed by Infantino) set a new standard.  The illustrations always seemed to be bursting the boundaries of the page, yet unlike other flamboyant artists who followed in his wake, the meaning of the story was preserved.  His interior pages constantly strived to be innovative and to find a new way to tell a story.  He was a master of the technique of forcing the eye to follow a planned pattern accros the page.  Check out the ways he does this in the page above, as Clark searches down into the basement, up into the attic, goes from despair to realization and finally frames his quary with his whole body.  

"G-Man Extraordinary" by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick

Pep Comics 1 Jan 1940

Irv Novick from Lois Lane 82 April 1968.

Irv Novick (1916-2004) began at Archie (MLJ) in 1940 and co-created the Original Shield, the first patriotic hero. He started at DC under Robert Kanigher's shop where he did war stories and covers for Wonder Woman through out the fifties and helped launch the Brave and the Bold It is ironic that such a comics veteran was tapped to create "new" looks for Batman (the Dark Knight), Lois Lane, and the Flash in 1968.  He did Lois Lane for three years and continued on with Batman and the Flash into the Eighties.

Ross Andru

Mr. Mystery #1  Sept 1951

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"Case of the Lethal Letters" by Cary Bates

Ross Andru and Mike Esposito  from Superman 204 Feb 1968

Ross Andru (1925-93) began working in comics in 1951, making the rounds of most publishers and even self-publishing a number of titles.  He made his biggest splash doing war comics for DC's Robert Kanigher and took over the Wonder Woman assignment in 1959, later adding Metal Men to his work load. In 1968, as part of an attempt to refresh the look of DC's line, Ross dropped his usual titles and went to work on Superman and the Flash. He drew Superman stories from 1968-70, along with a number of World's Finest team-ups.  After that he went to Marvel and drew Spider-Man for five years before returning to DC as an editor.

Murphy Anderson

Planet Comics May 1946

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"Jimmy Olsen, Boy Wonder",by Cary Bates and Murphy Anderson Jimmy Olsen 111, June 1968,

Murphy Anderson (b. 1926) Murphy began his comics career drawing the Blue Beetle for Fox in 1943 and soon graduated to science fiction and pulp illustrations for Fiction House where he did Star Pirate, among others. His long career at DC began in 1951 with Mystery in Space and Strange Adventures, including many stories featuringCaptain CometHe later did the Atomic Knights and most issues of Hawkman in the 1960's. 

 His Superman work is primarily noted for his inking over Curt Swan, as part of the famed "Swanderson" team, but he did pencil a handful of Jimmy Olsen stories just before Jack Kirby took over the book in 1970.

 Superman In The Bronze Age