Monday, November 12, 2007

Paul Norris (Co-Creator of Aquaman), RIP

Comic book artist Paul Norris died Nov. 5, 2007 at age 93.

He co-created Aquaman with DC Comics writer-editor Mort Weisinger in More Fun Comics # 73 (Nov. 1941). Paul also worked on, among others, the Sandman in Adventure Comics.

By 1942, Norris was drawing the newspaper strip Vic Jordan for the New York daily, PM. He worked with Prize Publications creating Power Nelson, Futureman and Yank and Doodle.

His contract with PM required that he work exclusively for that publication, which he hadn't realized when he signed up, so he had to stop working on Aquaman about a year after he created it.

But he got other breaks. Norris went on to work for King Features Syndicate and had stints on Flash Gordon and Secret Agent X-9. In 1948, he took over the Jungle Jim Sunday feature for a few years when Austin Briggs gave it up.

In 1952, he took over the science fiction comic strip Brick Bradford from artist Clarence Gray. He drew the strip for 35 years, until he retired in 1987.

Read a tribute to Mr. Norris from Mark Evanier's News From Me.

Paul Norris on Wikipedia.

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