Shock SuspenStories #16
Shock SuspenStories #16

George Evans, an artist from Harwood, Pennsylvania, debuted in the illustration field, and attended the Scranton Art School afterwards. After spending three years in the US airforces, he began his career in comics at Fiction House until 1950. There, he worked on among others 'Lost World', 'Senorita Rio', 'Air Heroes' and 'Tigerman'. He was also present at Fawcett, where he worked on 'Captain Marvel', 'Captain Video', 'Bob Colt' and a comic adaptation of the film 'When Worlds Collide'. During this period, he also took courses at the Art Students League in New York.

Frontline Combat #10 by George Evans
Frontline Combat #10

When Fawcett folded, he was brought over to EC Comics by Al Williamson, where he was hired immediately in 1953. Thanks to his technical knowledge of airplanes and machinery, Evans quickly became Kurtzman's favorite on 'Two Fisted Tales' and 'Frontline Combat', yet Evans preferred the freedom of working with Feldstein on the EC horror and SF titles 'The Haunt of Fear' and 'Weird Science'.

Guynemer!, by George Evans (from Two Fisted Tales)
Guynemer! (Two Fisted Tales)

He also provided striking covers and stories for 'Crime SuspenStories' and 'Shock SupenStories'. In 1955, he drew covers and stories for the "New Direction" aviation title 'Aces High'.

from Shock SuspenStories, by George Evans
Seep No More (from EC's Shock SuspenStories)

When EC collapsed in 1956, he was brought over to Gilberton's 'Classics Illustrated' line. He adapted among others 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Little Savage', 'Lord Jim', 'The Hunchback of the Notre Dame', and 'The Three Musketeers' to comics. He also did 'Space Conquerors' for Boy's Life magazine.

The Haunt of Fear by George Evans
The Haunt of Fear #19

He began collaborations with DC Comics ('Blackhawk') and Gold Key ('Twilight Zone', 'Hercules Unchained') in the early 1960s. He also became George Wunder's assistant on the daily 'Terry and the Pirates', a capacity he held from 1960 to 1973.

Space Conquerors, by George Evans (1957)
Space Conquerors (1957)

In 1964 and 1965, he was back in horror comics, with contributions to Warren's Eerie and Creepy. From 1968, he produced various stories about the supernatural for DC Comics. In 1980, he succeeded Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson on 'Secret Agent Corrigan', a series he continued until 1996.

Weird War Tales, by George Evans
Wings of Death (Weird War Tales #22, 1974)

During the 1980s and 1990s, he also drew for publishers like Pacific ('Vanguard Illustrated'), Eclipse ('Airboy'), Marvel ('The Nam') and Dark Horse ('Classic Star Wars'), while also illustrating advertising campaigns. He retired in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, where his final work was doing the 'Flash Gordon' Sunday page on 21 January 2001.

Crime Illustrated #1
Crime Illustrated #1

Last updated: 2011-11-25

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