May 6th, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg
October 26th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
A veteran of Marvel Comics golden era, artist Dick Ayers died on Sunday (May 4) at the age of 90.
He was one of Jack Kirby’s inkers during the late-1950s and 1960s, working on some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four. He was probably best known for his 10-year run as the signature penciler of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos and the co-creator of the western-horror character Ghost Rider.
Ayers was a regular participant at Albany’s annual Comic Con and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007.
GO HERE to read our 2011 interview with Dick Ayers…
“We had had no school to go to,” says 87-year-old comic book artist Dick Ayers. “You went to a regular art school, and that’s what I told ’em in the art school. I got upset. ‘You guys are all the camera, the single Kodak camera. I’m the movie camera. I’m telling them a story.’”
One of at least 36 comic book artists scheduled to appear on Sunday at the Albany Comic Con at the Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road, Ayers may be less high profile than some other artists appearing at the convention – like Joe Sinnott, Jim Starlin, Fred Hembeck and Bill Anderson – but he has been a personal inspiration to me since I was seven years old.
I remember the moment I saw my first painted cover edition of The Lone Ranger 60 years ago as if it were yesterday. It was on the middle shelf of Eaton’s Drug Store in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and it featured the masked man punching out the bad guy. The motion captured in that painting and the expression of determination on the masked man’s face completely captivated me.
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