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NICK CARDY:  IN MEMORIAM 1920-2013

 

We at the Metropolis offices were saddened to learn of the passing of one of the last giants of the Silver Age of comics, the incomparable Nick Cardy.  In his remarkably long career at DC Comics during the Silver and Bronze Age, his deft, featherly pen and pop-art sensibilities were lent to various DC characters, but his most indelible impact was in creating the iconic 1960s look of Aquaman and the Teen Titans during their popular solo runs.  He was also a cover artist par excellence for DC, helping to craft the unmistakable look that dominated newsstands during the heyday of Silver and Bronze hero comics. 

 

"I once had the honor of spending an evening with Carmine Infantino in San Diego," recalls Metro Sales Director Frank Cwiklik, "and I asked him over drinks who was the best artist at DC, in his opinion.  Without hesitating, he replied, 'Cardy.  Nick Cardy could draw anything, and it was always absolutely beautiful.'  When one of the industry's recognized giants instantly names you as the best he ever worked with, you know there is a talent and a skill there that can't be measured or duplicated."

 

After serving his country in the Second World War, Cardy got his start at the legendary Eisner/Iger studios, learning his craft from some of the most respected and in-demand talents in the comics business, including Lou Fine and Bob Powell.  Upon reaching DC, he quickly made a name for himself on crime and western titles, especially a classic run on the beloved Tomahawk, then helped resuscitate the hero line alongside Infantino, Kubert, Kane, and others in the 1960s.  By the early 1970s, he was DC's top cover talent, turning out scores of classic images that helped push DC's books into reader's hands during one of the toughest periods the business had yet seen.  His reputation spread beyond the comics industry, and Cardy found himself in demand as a top illustrator for movie posters and promotional materials in the 1970s and 1980s, including some of the iconic imagery used to promote Coppola's Apocalypse Now.  He was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

Metro/ComicConnect COO said, "Beyond being a great talent with an amazing touch, Nick was a really nice guy.  I had the pleasure to interview him years ago on comiczoneradio and it was one of my most memorable chats. He had such interesting stories and a wonderful sense of humor, and I'm genuinely heartbroken that he's gone."

 

Cardy's ComicZone appearance from late 2005 is still online for fans to enjoy and remember this titanic talent.  Click here for just a small sampling of Cardy's prolific output.

 
 
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