The Marksman - The Sewer Rat, by John Styga (Amazing Man Comics #23, 1941)
The Marksman - The Sewer Rat (Amazing Man Comics #23, 1941)

John Styga is an American illustrator, and a comic book artist during the Golden Age of Comic Books. Born in Manhattan, he attended the School of Industrial Arts in New York City. He made adventure drawings for cartoon magazines while in school. After schooling, he worked as apprentice for one of the three biggest art studio's in NYC. Styga illustrated the feature 'The Marksman' for Centaur Comics in 1941.

He was drafted into the Army Air Corps Twelfth Air Force B25 Bomber Group in 1942. He flew 64 missions, received nine Air medals and two presidential citations. After the war he went to The Art Students League under the GI veteran's bill. Styga freelanced with various advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thomson, Young & Rubicam, BBD & O etc., which such clients as Purina, Nabisco, Beech-Nut, Pfizer,  Eli Lilly and liqueur and soft drink companies.

He illustrated cover and story art for science and men's pulp magazines such as Argosy, True Adventures, Men's Adventure, True, Satellite Science Fiction magazine, etc. Styga specialized in Animal and wildlife illustrations for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream until his retirement in the 1990s. John Styga is an avid wood worker of automated whirligigs and was the Grand prize winner in Wood Magazine's 2003 "For The Birds" birdhouse contest.

Biography provided by Mr. Styga himself
Last updated: 2013-04-19

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