Comics Legend Ross Andru

Ross Andru Blue Beetle      Ross Andru earned a well-deserved but sometimes overlooked star in the pantheon of comic book and strip artists for his memorable penciling on occasionally less than outstanding characters.

      Born in 1925, Andru attended the Music and Arts High School in New York City, and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, before embarking on his career in comics in the 1950s.

      His most revered work at DC Comics was his many issues as penciller for Mike Esposito's inks on Wonder Woman. These stories were steeped in mythology and centered on the super-heroine's years on Paradise Island as a child and teenager. At the time, Wonder Woman comics targeted young girls as their potential audience, and were full of a whimsy and simple joy rare in comic books and reminiscent of children's novels.

      The artist's Spiderman work at Marvel Comics was grounded in the traditions of super hero comic books: adventure and the dramatic battle of good and evil. Andru drew cityscapes and super-villains with the same ease as tropical islands and mermen, and he left his mark as one of the best to draw the world famous cast of the wall- crawling teenager.

      Whatever his subject, Ross Andru's pencils were clean, bold and technically beyond criticism. Based on a realistic depiction of the world, his style was instantly recognizable. No superfluous line was added to a panel, and his internal logic and visual storytelling were flawless, dramatic and entertaining. Among his comic book credits are: Wonder Woman, G. I. Joe, Suicide Squad, Metal Men, Sea Devils, Rip Hunter, Superman-Batman, Trigger Twins, Losers (DC Comics, '58--?); X-Men, Spiderman, Defenders, Kull, Gullivar Jones, Shanna, Doc Savage (Marvel, '67--?); and pencils for the publishers Ziff-Davis ('51), Pines (c'52-'54), Hillman ('52) and Skywalk ('71-72).

      Andru died in 1993.

      The work of Ross Andru is highly recommended. 

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       Review by Michael Vance

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