Bob Powell was an artist who was mainly active during the Golden Age of American comics. Born as Stanley Robert Pawlowski, he attended the Pratt Institute in New York City, and went to work for the Eisner-Iger studios in the late 1930s. He worked for many companies through this studios, like Fiction House (Jumbo Comics), Fox (Wonderworld Comics, Mystery Men Comics), and Harvey ('Ted Parrish' in Speed Comics), Timely, Quality (Crack Comics, Hit Comics, Military Comics, Smash Comics, Feature Comics).
His most famous during his Eisner-Iger years was 'Sheena', which he created for Fiction House's Jumbo Comics. Later on, Powell went to work in Will Eisner's personal studio, and co-plotted the first 'Blackhawk' story in Quality's Military Comics, and co-created 'Spirit of 76' for Harvey's Pocket Comics. When the 'Spirit' Sunday Comic Book section started in 1940, Powell took on the artwork of the 'Mr Mystic' back-up feature, which was written by Eisner. After a while, Powell took on the writing as well, and he continued 'Mr. Mystic' until he joined the Air Force in 1943.
After the war, Powell started working for himself, drawing for several publishers in cooperation with several assistants, including Howard Nostrand and Angelo Torres. He contributed to Street and Smith (Shadow Comics), Magazine Enterprises (Strong Man), Harvey Comics (Man in Black, Adventures in 3-D) and Marvel ('Daredevil', 'Giant-Man', 'Hulk' and 'Human Torch'). He did a lot of filler features like 'Tommy Tween' for Harvey. Powell also did the pencil art for the famous bubble gum trading card series, 'Mars Attacks'. In 1961 he became art director for Sick magazine, a position which he held until his death in 1967.
During his career, Bob Powell has worked under a large amount of pseudonyms, like Arthur Dean, Bob Stanley, Stanley Charlot, Bud Ernest, Buck Stanley, S. T. Anley, Major Ralston and Powell Roberts. He officially changed his name from Stanely Pawlowski to S. Robert Powell in 1943.