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Comic Creator

Milos Novák

(16 January 1909 - 19 September 1988, Czech Republic)  Czech Republic

Milos Novák

Kapitán Nemo by Milos Novak
Kapitán Nemo

Miloš Novák was a Czech illustrator and comic artist, specialized in scientific and technical subjects. He was born in Prague, where he also attended the School of Fine Arts. He began his career in the 1930s, drawing for the humor papers Trn, Humoristické listy and Ilustrovaný zpravodaj, JR Vilímka's publishing firm and the children's magazine Malý čtenář (Little Reader).

He quickly established himself as a popular book illustrator. His art has graced about 270 books, varying from stories about exotic environments to ones in which modern technology was a key element. He showcased a talent for drawing machinery, laboratories and different means of transport, as well as sci-fi creations, in the books published by Nemova říše and V. Šeby.

Novák started making comic stories in the second half of the 1960s. By then he was a contributor to the Saturday supplement of the newspaper Svobodné Slovo (Free Word) and the the children's magazine Pionýr (Pioneer). His comics for Svobodné Slovo (1968-1973) were either crime stories starring Inspector Dorges or science-fiction stories filled with androids and aliens.

Vzpoura androidů by Milos Novak
Vzpoura androidů (1969-1970)

In 1969 and 1970 he made a comic story with his friend and writer Jan Matzal Troska about 'Captain Nemo' for Větrník, at the time the new name for Pionýr. The magazine returned to its original name and Novák drew his final science-fiction stories in the series 'Gorgon' in the first half of the 1970s.

Tichy Strelek by Milos Novak
Tichý střelec (ABC Letní speciál 90)

Novák was a regular comic artist and illustrator for the scientific children's magazine ABC during the 1970s and 1980s. He made several new comic stories in cooperation with writers like Pavel Toufar and Vlastislav Toman about topics like aviation, arms and nature between 1976 and 1983.

The artist passed away in 1988, shortly before several of his older comics work was rediscovered and published in book format. Three of his Svobodné Slovo stories ('Vzpoura androidů', 'Po 7 tisíciletích', 'Boj o Larryho kótu') were published in a book in 1990, while 'Captain Nemo' was also collected in two books in 1991. ABC also continued to reprint his work throughout the 1990s.

Boj o Larryho kótu by Milos Novak
Boj o Larryho kótu (1970)

Last updated: 2013-04-16

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