George Evans (cartoonist)

George Evans (Cartoonist)

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George Evans (February 5, 1920- June 22, 2001) was an American cartoonist and illustrator who worked in both comic books and comic strips. His lifelong fascination with airplanes and the pioneers of early aviation was a constant theme in his art and stories.

Born in Harwood, Pennsylvania, Evans studied art from a correspondence course. He was still in his teens when he made his first sales, both illustrations and writing, to pulp magazines. Early in World War II, Evans was an aircraft mechanic at Shaw Field in South Carolina, where he sometimes flew in the planes he had worked on. He studied at the Scranton Art School and then entered the Army.

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In the post-World War II years, Evans began working for comic books, including an in-house staff position at Fiction House until 1949. Originally hired to rule panel borders, erase pencils and fill in blacks for other illustrators, he sat next to a teenager named Frank Frazetta, who was later fired for drawing his own comics on the job. Evans eventually got up the nerve to show his portfolio to FH's editor where the surprised staffer exclaimed, "What the hell are you doing this job for, when you can draw like this?" After that Evans was given feature stories to draw in 1947. Among the strips he illustrated were The Lost World in Planet Comics and Tigerman in Rangers Comics . His favourite work from this period was for Fiction House's Wings Comics and he did a few illustrations for the company's pulp line as...
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