Mortimer at his drawing board
James Winslow Mortimer|
May 1, 1919
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Died||January 11, 1998|
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James Winslow "Win" Mortimer (May 1, 1919 – January 11, 1998) was a comic book and comic strip artist best known as one of the major illustrators of the DC Comics superhero Superman. He additionally drew for Marvel Comics, Gold Key Comics, and other publishers.
He was a 2006 inductee into Canadian comics' creators Joe Shuster Hall of Fame.
Early life and career
Win Mortimer was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Trained as an artist by his father, who worked for a lithography company, and at the Art Students League of New York, Mortimer found work as an illustrator after a short stint in the Canadian Army during World War II. Discharged in 1943, Mortimer found work designing posters.
Mortimer began working for DC Comics in 1945, and quickly became a cover artist for comics featuring Superman, Superboy and Batman. His first known comics work is as the penciler and inker of the 12-page lead Batman story, "The Batman Goes Broke" by writer Don Cameron, in Detective Comics #105 (Nov. 1945); contractually credited to Bob Kane, it is also signed "Mortimer." Mortimer launched a Robin feature in Star-Spangled Comics #65 (Feb. 1947).
He succeeded Wayne Boring on the Superman newspaper strip in 1949, leaving it in 1956 to create the adventure strip David Crane for the Prentice-Hall Syndicate. Following his run on that series, Mortimer produced the Larry Bannon strip for the Toronto Star beginning 1960,
During the same period, Mortimer returned to DC and worked on a large variety of comics, ranging from humor titles such as Swing with Scooter to superhero features starring the Legion of Super-Heroes and Supergirl. He and writer Arnold Drake co-created Stanley and His Monster in 1965.
Later life and career
By the early 1970s, Mortimer was also freelancing for other publishers, including Marvel, for which he drew virtually every story in the TV tie-in children's comic Spidey Super Stories, starring Spider-Man, for its entire, 57-issue run (Oct. 1974 - March 1982); and Gold Key (Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, The Twilight Zone). He left comics in 1983 to do Advertising and commercial art for Neal Adams' studio, Continuity Associates.
Mortimer's last superhero art was the four-issue DC miniseries World of Metropolis (Aug.-Nov. 1988), plus some character drawings for the reference Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #7 (Nov. 1988). His final comics work was penciling the four page "Noble Heart" story for The Big Book of Martyrs (Aug. 1997).
Awards and honors
Comics work (interior art) includes:
Gold Key Comics
- "Win Mortimer". Lambiek Comiclopedia. October 3, 2008. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. http://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mortimer_win.htm. Note: The Marvel Comics 1978 Calendar merchandise lists Mortimer's birth date as June 23 and Comics Buyer's Guide lists it as May 23 per Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5trAbNQWw.
- "Scott’s Classic Comics Corner: The Cover Art of Win Mortimer Pt. 1". Comic Book Resources. May 12, 2009. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/05/12/scotts-classic-comics-corner-the-cover-art-of-win-mortimer-pt-1/.
- Winslow Mortimer at the Grand Comics Database and Win Mortimer at the Grand Comics Database
- Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The first solo Robin series began with what the cover promised would be 'a thrilling new series of smash adventures.' Readers seemed to agree, and Robin held this spot for five years until Star Spangled Comics published its last issue...Robin's ten-page introductory tale, 'The Teen-Age Terrors', by J. Winslow Mortimer centered on the Boy Wonder going undercover.""
- Markstein, Don (2004). "Stanley and His Monster". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014. http://www.toonopedia.com/stanleym.htm.
- "Mortimer, Win (1919-1998)". Joe Shuster Awards. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. http://joeshusterawards.com/hof/hof-win-mortimer-1919-1998/.