Johnny Hazard, by Frank Robbins

An artistic child prodigy, Frank Robbins won his first art scholarship when he was only nine years old. Forced by conditions in the Depression to forgo college education, he found work as an apprentice in an advertising agency. He was involved with the murals in the NBC building, and in 1935 he did advertising illustrations for RKO Pictures.

comic art by Frank Robbins (1953)

In 1939, he was asked to take over the daily strip 'Scorchy Smith' from Noel Sickles. Robbins made the strip flourish. When a Sunday page was added in 1940, King Features Syndicate asked him to make an aviation comic. In 1944, 'Johnny Hazard' was launched, which ran until 1977. In the 1940s, Robbins also made illustrations for Life, Look and Saturday Evening Post.

Johnny Hazard, by Frank Robbins

During the sixties, Robbins wrote for comic book titles such as 'Batman', 'The Flash' and 'The Unknown Soldier'. After 1977, he worked for Marvel Comics, where he briefly worked on 'Captain America', 'Ghost Rider' and other titles. He eventually retired from comics and emigrated to Mexico, dedicating himself to painting. His fine art has been exhibited in several museums and galleries. He died in 1994.

comic art by Frank Robbins (1950s)

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