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    Basil Wolverton
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Bio:
At age 16 he sold his first nationally published work and began pitching comic strips to newspaper syndicates. His comic strip, Marco of Mars, was accepted by the Independent Syndicate of New York in 1929 but never distributed because it was deemed too similar to Buck Rogers, which debuted that year.


Disk-Eyes the Detective and Spacehawks were published in 1938 in Circus comics. In 1940, Spacehawk (a different and improved feature) made its debut in Target Comics, running for 30 episodes until 1942.


Wolverton's humor feature "Powerhouse Pepper", about a superstrong if none-too-bright regular Joe, appeared in various comic books published by Timely Comics, the 1930s and '40s precursor of Marvel Comics,m from 1942 through 1952. Admirers consider that series a high watermark of humorous comics, with its alliterative, rhyming dialogue, screwball comedy, and throwaway gags in background signs. Wolverton drew an estimated total of 1,300 comic book pages.


In 1946 Wolverton won a contest to depict "Lena the Hyena", the world's ugliest woman, a running gag in Al Capp's Li'l Abner newspaper strip where Lena remained unseen beneath an editorial note stating her face had been covered to protect readers. Capp, responding to popular demand, announced a contest for artists to submit their interpretations to be judged by Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra and Salvador Dali. Out of 500,000 entries, Wolverton's was the winner; it appeared in a Li'l Abner daily and Life magazine. Wolverton's fame briefly lead to Life and Pageant printing his caricatures. The Lena portrait typified the unique "spaghetti and meatballs" style he employed regularly thereafter.


In the 1950s, Wolverton produced what some regard as his best work — 17 comic-book horror and science-fiction stories for Marvel and other comic-book publishers, including one story by author Daniel Keyes. Wolverton also contributed to Mad from the 1950s through the 1970s.


In 1956 Wolverton illustrated Herbert Armstrong's apocalyptic booklet 1975 in Prophecy, and later, The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last, offered free on Armstrong's radio show The World Tomorrow. In 1958, Wolverton began writing and illustrating The Bible Story, also titled The Story of Man, covering the entire history of the Old Testament, and serialized in the Plain Truth and later published in six volumes.


In 1968 Wolverton did a series of posters for Topps, displaying his trademark twisted headshots, and in 1973 he returned to mainstream comics, illustrating several covers for Joe Orlando's satiric Plop! at DC Comics. His return was cut short by a stroke in 1974. He died in Vancouver, Washington, four years later.

Date of Birth: July 9th, 1909
Birthplace: Central Point, Oregon, USA
Date of death: December 31st, 1978

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Favorite Creators:
Basil Wolverton is a favorite creator of 11 users


Awards:

  • 1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1998 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)




View a chronological listing of this creator's work

Writer:
The 3-D Zone (1987)
Agony and Ecstasy (2007)
Basil Wolverton's Fantastic Fables (1993)
Basil Wolverton's Planet of Terror (1987)
Basil Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper (1994)
The Best of Horror and Science Fiction Comics (1987)
Black Diamond Western (1949)
Blue Bolt (1949)
Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror (1951)
Buzz (1990)
Captain Battle, Jr. (1943)
Comic Book Marketplace (1991)
Comix Book (1974)
The Culture Corner (2010)
Curse Of The Weird (1993)
Daredevil (1941)
Death Rattle (1985)
Death Valley (1955)
Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster (1985)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
Georgie Comics (1945)
GJDRKZLXCBWQ Comics (1973)
Golden Age of Comics (1982)
Graphic Story Magazine (1971)
The Human Torch (1940)
Joker Comics (1942)
Kid Komics (1943)
Lena's Bambinas (1996)
The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton (2014)
Little Lit (2000)
MAD (1952)
MAD Super Special (1973)
MAD XL (2000)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner (2005)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
Powerhouse Pepper Comics (1943)
Raw (1989)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Spacehawk (1978)
Spacehawk (1989)
Spacehawk (2012)
Strapazin (1984)
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941)
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (2009)
Terrors of Dracula (1979)
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (2009)
The Twelve (2008)
Twist (1987)
USA Comics (1941)
Weird Chills (1954)
Weird Mysteries (1952)
Weird Tales Of The Future (1952)
Weird Vampire Tales (1979)
Weird Worlds (1970)
WHIZ Comics (1940)
Witches Tales (1969)
Wolverton in Space (1997)
Wolvertoons - The Art of Basil Wolverton (1989)

Penciller:
The 3-D Zone (1987)
ACG Presents Weird (1999)
Adventures into Terror (1950)
Agony and Ecstasy (2007)
Basil Wolverton's Fantastic Fables (1993)
Basil Wolverton's Gateway to Horror (1988)
Basil Wolverton's Planet of Terror (1987)
Basil Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper (1994)
The Best of Horror and Science Fiction Comics (1987)
Black Diamond Western (1949)
Blue Bolt (1949)
Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror (1951)
Buzz (1990)
Captain Battle, Jr. (1943)
Comic Art (2002)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Comix Book (1974)
Crazy Magazine (1973)
Crypt of Shadows (1973)
The Culture Corner (2010)
Curse Of The Weird (1993)
Daredevil (1941)
Death Rattle (1985)
Death Valley (1955)
Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster (1985)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Foul Play! The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics! (2005)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
Garbage Pail Kids (2012)
Gay Comics (1944)
Georgie Comics (1945)
GJDRKZLXCBWQ Comics (1973)
Golden Age of Comics (1982)
The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics (2010)
Graphic Story Magazine (1971)
The Human Torch (1940)
Joker Comics (1942)
Journey Into Unknown Worlds (1950)
Kid Komics (1943)
Krazy Komics (1948)
Lena's Bambinas (1996)
The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton (2014)
Little Lit (2000)
MAD (1952)
MAD Art (2002)
MAD Kids (2005)
MAD Magazine Poster Book (2008)
MAD XL (2000)
MAD: Artist's Edition (2012)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner (2005)
Marvel Tales (1949)
Millie the Model (1945)
Mister Mystery (1951)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
Mystic (1951)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
Oscar Comics (1947)
Panic (1954)
Plop! (1973)
Powerhouse Pepper Comics (1943)
Raw (1989)
Rocket's Blast Comicollector / RBCC (1962)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Spacehawk (1978)
Spacehawk (1989)
Spacehawk (2012)
Strapazin (1984)
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941)
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (2009)
Tales Too Terrible To Tell (1989)
Tessie the Typist (1944)
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (2009)
The Twelve (2008)
USA Comics (1941)
The Warren Companion (2001)
Weird Chills (1954)
Weird Mysteries (1952)
Weird Space (1998)
Weird Tales Of The Future (1952)
Weird Wonder Tales (1973)
What Were They Thinking?! (2008)
What Were They Thinking?! Some People Never Learn (2006)
WHIZ Comics (1940)
The Wolverton Bible (2008)
Wolverton in Space (1997)
Wolvertoons - The Art of Basil Wolverton (1989)

Inker:
The 3-D Zone (1987)
ACG Presents Weird (1999)
Adventures into Terror (1950)
Agony and Ecstasy (2007)
Basil Wolverton's Fantastic Fables (1993)
Basil Wolverton's Gateway to Horror (1988)
Basil Wolverton's Planet of Terror (1987)
Basil Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper (1994)
The Best of Horror and Science Fiction Comics (1987)
Black Diamond Western (1949)
Blue Bolt (1949)
Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror (1951)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Comix Book (1974)
Crazy Magazine (1973)
Crypt of Shadows (1973)
Curse Of The Weird (1993)
Daredevil (1941)
Death Rattle (1985)
Death Valley (1955)
Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster (1985)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
Gay Comics (1944)
Georgie Comics (1945)
GJDRKZLXCBWQ Comics (1973)
Golden Age of Comics (1982)
The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics (2010)
Graphic Story Magazine (1971)
The Human Torch (1940)
Joker Comics (1942)
Journey Into Unknown Worlds (1950)
Kid Komics (1943)
Krazy Komics (1948)
Lena's Bambinas (1996)
The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton (2014)
Little Lit (2000)
MAD (1952)
MAD Kids (2005)
MAD XL (2000)
MAD: Artist's Edition (2012)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Sub-Mariner (2005)
Marvel Tales (1949)
Millie the Model (1945)
Mister Mystery (1951)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
Mystic (1951)
Oscar Comics (1947)
Plop! (1973)
Powerhouse Pepper Comics (1943)
Raw (1989)
Rocket's Blast Comicollector / RBCC (1962)
Spacehawk (1978)
Spacehawk (1989)
Spacehawk (2012)
Strapazin (1984)
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941)
Tales Too Terrible To Tell (1989)
Tessie the Typist (1944)
USA Comics (1941)
Weird Chills (1954)
Weird Mysteries (1952)
Weird Space (1998)
Weird Tales Of The Future (1952)
Weird Wonder Tales (1973)
What Were They Thinking?! (2008)
WHIZ Comics (1940)
The Wolverton Bible (2008)
Wolverton in Space (1997)
Wolvertoons - The Art of Basil Wolverton (1989)

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Cover Artist:
The 3-D Zone (1987)
ACG Presents Weird (1999)
Adventures into Terror (1950)
Agony and Ecstasy (2007)
Basil Wolverton's Fantastic Fables (1993)
Basil Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper (1994)
The Best of Horror and Science Fiction Comics (1987)
Blue Bolt (1949)
Comic Book Marketplace (1991)
The Culture Corner (2010)
From The Tomb (2000)
GJDRKZLXCBWQ Comics (1973)
Graphic Story Magazine (1971)
Haunted Horror (2012)
Intense! (1993)
Lena's Bambinas (1996)
The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton (2014)
MAD (1952)
MAD Reprint Paperback Books (1954)
MAD Super Special (1973)
MAD: Artist's Edition (2012)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
Panic (1954)
Panic (1997)
Plop! (1973)
Powerhouse Pepper Comics (1943)
Pre-Code Classics: Weird Mysteries (2013)
Spacehawk (1978)
Spacehawk (1989)
Spacehawk (2012)
Target Comics (1940)
Weird Mysteries (1952)
Weird Tales Of The Future (1952)
The Wolverton Bible (2008)
Wolverton in Space (1997)
Wolvertoons - The Art of Basil Wolverton (1989)



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