scientific comic by Vic Donahue
from Quebec newspaper Le Petit Journal, 20/2/1947

Vic H. Donahue was an American illustrator and comic artist, born in Croyden, Pennsylvania. In the 1930s and 1940s he did book illustrations, and worked as an artist and retoucher for the Omaha World Herald until the Second World War. He served as a combat artist in the US Marine Corps and became a freelancer in New York when he returned to civil life.

scientific comic by Vic Donahue
En route pour la lune (from Quebec newspaper Le Petit Journal, 23/3/1947)

In the second half of the 1940s he illustrated newspaper comic features on scientific subjects, written by actual scientists like Henry Erikson, David Dietz and Charles Tracy, among others.

scientific comic by Vic Donahue
from Quebec newspaper Le Petit Journal, 20/2/1947

He worked for comic books through the Simon and Kirby shop, doing various features for Cross Publications, romance, horror and western stories for Harvey Comics and Feature Comics and educational work for Treasure Chest. In the 1960s he moved to Tuckson and eventually Omaha, where he focused on watercolor illustrations. His portrait of Pope John XXIII became a wellknown picture on calendars and prayer cards.

Vic Donahue

Last updated: 2009-05-08

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