Valerie Barclay, who changed her name from Violet Barclay, was a female comic book artist. Her style was very much influenced by that of Nell Brinkley. Barclay started working for comic book editor Stan Lee at Timely Comics when she was only eighteen years old. She was an inker for Mike Sekowsky and worked on many romance titles for the Atlas group, as well as 'Rusty' and 'Super Rabbit'. She also drew for romance titles by other publishers, such as Better Publications, Ace Periodicals and St. John Publishing, where she also did pencil art. After her comics career, she went into fashion illustration and commercial art. After her retirement, she took up portrait painting for her own enjoyment.
Violet Barclay was referred to as a glamorous
'girl inker' by Stan Lee in a 1947 book:
"As you can see, there are women artists as
well as men in the comic magazine field!"