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Comic Creator

Bill Everett

William Blake, Blake Everett

(18 May 1917 - 27 February 1973, USA)  United States

Bill  Everett

Sub-Mariner by Bill Everett
Sub-Mariner

Bill Everett was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1917. He studied art in Boston, after which he held several commercial jobs before he was employed in the Lloyd Jacquet Comic Shop in 1939. He created the comics 'Skyrocket Steele', 'Amazing man' and 'Dirk the Demon' under his own name as well as under the pseudonyms William Blake and Everett Blake. He also cooperated with publications like Marvel Mystery Comics, Blue Bolt and Target Comics.

Cartoonists's Calamity, by Bill Everett

In 1939, he came up with his most important creation: 'The Sub-Mariner', which appeared in Marvel Mysetery Comics #1. The characters sometimes had cross-over stories with 'The Human Torch', which was created by Carl Burgos for the same title. In the years that followed Everett made other under-water heroes, such as 'Hydroman', 'Namora' and 'The Fin', as well as characters like 'Music Master' and 'White Streak'. After his army service, he took up 'Sub-Mariner' again in 1947, as well as 'Marvel Boy', 'Venus', 'Namora' and 'Namaor'.

Cover by Bill Everett, 1940
Hydroman

Since the early 1950s, he was present at Stan Lee's Atlas line as an illustrator of horror and western comics. Everett left the comic field in 1955 to work in commercial art until 1964, after which he returned to Marvel, where he worked on most of this publisher's superhero-comics, including 'Daredevil' and 'Spider-Man'. Just as Bill Everett picked up 'Sub-Mariner' for a third time, in 1972, he fell ill and died on 27 February 1973.

Sub-Mariner by Bill Everett

Last updated: 2009-01-22

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