Sunday, December 10, 2006

Martin Nodell, Creator of Green Lantern, Dies

Martin Nodell, original creator of the Golden Age Green Lantern, has died. Those of you who know me know that I am a huge Green Lantern fan, and I was fortunate enough to meet Martin a couple of years ago and have him sign my Golden Age Archives book. Truly one of the greats, he will be missed dearly in the comic book community.

From Wikipedia:
Martin Nodell (November 15, 1915 – December 9, 2006) was a cartoonist and commercial artist, best known as the creator of the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern. Some of his work appeared under the pen name "Mart Dellon."

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nodell attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York City in the 1930s, where he attended the Pratt Institute.
Pratt's began his illustrating career in 1938, working as a freelancer. He joined DC Comics, where he created the original design for the Green Lantern. Nodel left DC in 1947 and joined Timely Comics (now Marvel Comics), where he drew Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Nodel left comics in the 1950 to work in advertising, where he was part of the team that developed the Pillsbury Doughboy. He retired in 1976.

In 1987, Nodell submitted some new work to DC, which led to him being rediscoverd by comic fans. His final work for DC appeared in Green Lantern #19 (Dec. 1991), in which he provided an illustration of the Alan Scott Green Lantern for the last time. Nodell resided in West Palm Beach, Florida until his death.

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