Doll Man, by Al Bryant

Al Bryant was an artist from the American Golden Age of comics, the 1940s. He went to high school in Scranton, Pa. and college at the Pratt Institute in New York. He graduated in 1940, and was hurled into the comics field by artist Bob Webb. This was the beginning of his collaboration with the Quality Comics Group. He worked on 'Gale Allen' in 1941 and 'Shark Brodie' in 1942. He also produced for Military Comics and Feature Comics ('Doll Man'). Later on he was a technical illustrator for General Electric and joined the cival service working for the Naval Propellant Plant in Md. He then moved to Albany, Georgia in 1976. He worked there on a base and retired in January 1990. Bryant and his wife lived there for 17 years until his death in September 1993.

In an interview conducted by Jim Amash, Gill Fox said about Al Bryant:
"He was a nice, quiet guy. He looked like Gregory Peck. He was good on deadlines. We were quite shocked when he had a nervous breakdown. We were based in New York then. He was gone for a couple of months and Arnold talked him into coming back to work in the studio, which was good for Al. He seemed sad but we never asked him about it. We figured that he'd be okay, but he wasn't. Al killed himself by driving into an abutment on the Grand Central Parkway after the war."

This was not true. Bryant didn't die in the car crash. He was away in a hospital for 8 years but came back to live with his family in 1955. He worked as a draftsman on the military base in Albany, Georgia and died in 1993 at the age of 76.

Doll Man, by Al Bryant

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