Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sheldon Moldoff - Ralph McQuarrie

Sheldon Moldoff (April 14, 1920 - February 29, 2012)

Moldoff's career is often defined by the work he did for DC Comics.  As an uncredited artist, Moldoff worked with Bob Kane and the Batman.  Moldoff is credited with co-creation of Batgirl, Batwoman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Clayface and Bat-Mite.
Moldoff was also known for the work he did on Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern in the 1940s...
After being let go by DC Comics in 1967, Moldoff started drawing storyboards for animated TV series, most notably courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, created by Bob Kane as a parody of Batman.

Moldoff created the character of the Black Pirate (Jon Valor), who made his first appearance in Action comics #23, 1940. The stories followed the 16th Century privateer on his adventures working for his King, bearing a resemblance to movie star Douglas Fairbanks. The Black Pirate ran for 20 episodes in Action Comics ending in November 1941. He would later turn up in Sensation Comics, All-American Comics, until 1948...


Ralph McQuarrie (June 13, 1929 - March 3, 2012)

McQuarrie was an illustrator and conceptual designer, whose work appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, ET the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon (Academy Award winner), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Jurassic Park...

Before providing his talents for the movie industry, McQuarrie did technical illustration of Boeing, and then designing movie posters and animation for CBS News' coverage of the Apollo Space program. George Lucas was impressed by McQuarrie's work and commissioned him to illustrate several scenes from the Star Wars script. McQuarrie would go on to design many of the main characters including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2D2. McQuarrie would also get to portray General Pharl McQuarrie in the Empire Strikes Back.

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