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    Louis 'Lou' Fine - 'Basil Berold, Curt Davis, Sid L. Sidney'
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Cortez, Jack

Louis Kenneth Fine was born in New York. He studied at the Grand Central Art School and Pratt Institute. He was partially crippled by childhood polio and longed to be an illustrator. Among his major influences were Dean Cornwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Heinrich Kley.

Lou Fine joined the Eisner-Iger comic shop in 1938 and soon was drawing for the Fiction House and Fox lines on such features as 'Wilton of the West', 'The Count of Monte Cristo', and 'The Flame'. Within a short time he became one of their best artists. He drew parts of the 'Jumbo' and 'Sheena' comics, and he also produced several adventure comics. Between 1939 and 1943, he worked for the Arnold's Quality Comics group. He produced 'Black Condor', 'Stormy Foster' and several issues of 'Uncle Sam'. From early on, Fine's specialty was covers, and he turned out dozens of them.

Lou Fine left the comic book industry in 1944 and moved into drawing Sunday advertising strips for the funnies. Next, he drew two newspaper strips, 'Adam Ames', and 'Peter Scratch', about a tough private eye who lived with his mother. Fine died in 1971 and according to Will Eisner, he was one of the greatest draftsmen ever.


Date of Birth: November 26, 1914
Birthplace: New York, NY
Date of death: July 24, 1971

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  • 2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Judges' choice)

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Ace Comics Presents (1987)
America's Greatest Comics (2002)
The Art of Painted Comics (2016)
Big 3 (1940)
Comic Book Section (1940)
Comics the Golden Age (1984)
Crack Comics (1940)
Feature Comics (1939)
The Flame (1940)
Golden-Age Men of Mystery (1996)
Great Comic Book Artists (1986)
Jumbo Comics (1938)
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1950)
The Lou Fine Comics Treasury (1991)
Men of Mystery Comics (1999)
The Menomonee Falls Gazette (1971)
Métal Hurlant (1975)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
National Comics (1940)
The Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory (1997)
Police Comics (1941)
Smash Comics (1939)
The Spirit (1944)
Super Adventure Comic (1960)
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (2009)
Uncle Sam Quarterly (1941)
Wham-O Giant Comics (1967)
Will Eisner's Quarterly (1983)
Will Eisner's Shop Talk (2001)
Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives (2000)
Will Eisner's The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Wonderworld Comics (1939)



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