25 Cartoonists You’d Never Recognize Without Make-Up

Actually, unless they’re standing next to a picture of the character they created with an arrow pointing to them, most cartoonists are unrecognizable to begin with.

That said, here’s some pics of cartoonist (or in the case of Jerry Siegel, writers) – enjoy!

Note: These are pics I’ve just grabbed off the web over the years, so my apologies for not knowing their original sources. I’ve also added characters the artists are identified with, but it’s usually just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their bodies of work.

Jerry Siegel (standing) and Joe Shuster. Creators of Superman.

Jerry Siegel (standing) and Joe Shuster – Creators of Superman.

Iconic Artists Jack Kirby (co-created most of the Marvel Universe) and Neal Adams.

Iconic artists Jack Kirby (co-created most of the Marvel Universe) and Neal Adams.

Milton Caniff  (Terry and the Pirates - Steve Canyon).

Milton Caniff in the studio. (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon)

Kim Dietch (Boulevard of Broken Dreams)

Kim Dietch (Boulevard of Broken Dreams)

Marie Severin  (Not Brand Echh)

Marie Severin (Hulk, Crazy and Not Brand Echh)

Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Mister A.

Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Mister A)

Coleen Doran (A Distant Soil)

Coleen Doran (A Distant Soil)

Will Eisner (The Spirit, A Contract with God)

Will Eisner (The Spirit, A Contract with God)

Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)

Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)

Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta (Fantasy Illustrators)

Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta (Fantasy Illustrators)

Wally Wood (EC Comics, Mad Magazine)

Wally Wood (EC Comics, Mad Magazine)

Ramona Fradon ( Aquaman,  Brenda Starr)

Ramona Fradon ( Aquaman, Brenda Starr)

Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus)

Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus)

Richard Guindon (gag cartoonist)

Richard Guindon (gag cartoonist)

Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Yossel) with sons Andy and Adam behind him.

Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Yossel) with sons, Andy and Adam behind him.

Bill Mauldin (Willie and Joe)

Bill Mauldin (Willie and Joe)

Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby)

Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)

John Romita (Spider-Man - Art Director Marvel Comics)

John Romita (Spider-Man – Art Director Marvel Comics)

Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer)

Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer)

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All for now. For more I’d suggest running out to any of the numerous comic conventions around the world that has an Artist Alley – get to know a cartoonist firsthand today!

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About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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