December 1, 2009

Golden Age Artist Spotlight - L.B. Cole

Creator of some of the most vivid and recognizable covers of the late 40s and 50s, L.B. Cole illustrated over 1500 covers, and drew just about everything, from funny animals to superheros to horror books.  According to the sparse biographical information available at Wikipedia and other sources, Cole started out in the lithography business, then switched to comics in the early forties. 

Like some of his other contemporaries, Alex Schomburg, Mac Raboy, Matt Baker, Lou Fine, etc., Cole made his mark with lurid, action-packed covers that virtually jumped off the newstands.  Representative samples provided after the jump.


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