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Encyclopedia > Curt Swan
Curt Swan
Born February 17, 1920
Willmar, Minnesota
Died June 16, 1996 (aged 76)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works Superman

Curtis D. Swan (born February 17, 1920 in Willmar, Minnesota; died June 16, 1996)[1] was an American comic book artist, best known for his work on the Superman comics spanning three decades. February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Willmar is a city located in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Willmar is a city located in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practising the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...

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Biography

Early life and career

Superman #423 (Sept. 1986), the first half of "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"
Superman #423 (Sept. 1986), the first half of "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"

Curt Swan, whose grandmother had shortened the original family name of Swanson, was the youngest of five children. Father John Swan worked for the railroads; mother Leotine Hanson had worked in a local hospital. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is a DC Comics trade collection of the final issues of the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths titles Superman #423 and Action Comics #583. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...


Drafted into the army in 1940, he spent World War II working on the G.I. magazine, Stars and Stripes. After returning to civilian life in 1945 he began working for DC Comics. After a stint on Boy Commandos he began to just pencil pages, leaving the inking to others. “Conscript” redirects here. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Flag ratio: 10:19; nicknames: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory The flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Boy Commandos was a comic book series created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. ...


Superman

He drew many different features including "Tommy Tomorrow" and "Gangbusters", but slowly began gravitating towards the Superman line of books including Superboy, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and the "Legion of Super-Heroes" feature in Adventure Comics. He drew the daily newspaper comic strip Superman from the late 1950s until its demise in 1964. Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Gangbusters was a dramatic radio program. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ... Jimmy Olsen (full name James Bartholomew Olsen) is a fictional character, a photojournalist who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... The daily Superman newspaper comic strip began in January 6, 1939, and a separate Sunday strip was added on November 5, 1939. ...


Swan became the artist most associated with Superman during the period fans and historians call the Silver Age of comic books, producing hundreds of covers and stories from the 1950s through the 1980s. With his frequent inker Murphy Anderson, the pair's collaborative artwork came to be called "Swanderson" by the fans. Showcase #4 (Oct. ... Murphy Anderson (born 1926) is an American comic book penciller and inker who has worked for companies such as DC Comics for over 50 years, starting in the 1930s-40s Golden Age of Comic Books. ...


Later life and career

After DC's 1985 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths and with the impending 1986 revision of Superman by writer and artist John Byrne, Swan was released from his duties on the Superman comics. His swan song on Superman was the non-canonical 1986 story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", written by Alan Moore. After this, Swan continued to do occasional minor projects for DC. The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... A swan song is a reference to an ancient and false belief that the occasional Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is completely mute during its lifespan, but may sing one heartbreakingly beautiful song just before it dies. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ...


He was living in Wilton, Connecticut at the time of his death. Wilton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in the United States. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Social Security Death Index gives June 17, 1996 as the date death was verified by a family member; verification date can be the same as the death date, or one or more days afterward.

References

External links

  • PaulGravett.com (tribute to Swan)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Paul Gravett: Article - Curt Swan (1896 words)
Swan's artwork contributed hugely to making Krypton's last son in exile, the alien in our midst, into someone like us, who would think and feel as well as act, who was approachable, big-hearted, considerate, maybe physically superpowerful yet gentle, noble yet subtly tragic.
Swan might come into the city and pencil two or three covers in a day at the offices for Weisinger, who 'paid' readers like Cary Bates, future DC writer, for their arresting cover images, springboards for stories, not with money but with the original cover artwork.
Swan was never fired, but he was taken off the monthly Superman books for 1986's relaunch and for a time, for too long, towards the end, his assignments were drying up.
Superman Super Site - Curt Swan (1730 words)
Curt Swan was born February 17th 1920, in Willmar, Minnesota as the youngest of five children of John Swan, a railroad man, and the former Leotine Hanson who had worked in a local hospital.
Swan was of Swedish stock; his Grandmother had actually changed the family name from Swanson (not too unlike the Swanderson name that the Curt Swan-Murphy Anderson team adopted in the 70's) to Swan in the late 1890's while they lived in Canada.
Swan returned home to tell his wife that he had been given a whopping $18/page rate, and commented that this would be a good job "for a year or two".
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