First Love, by Bill Draut

William Draut began his career in the mid-1940s, doing the 'Sergeant Stony Craig' daily for Bell Syndicate. Shortly afterwards, he ventured into comic books, working at the Crestwood studio of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Draut was assigned to do features like 'The Furnished Room', 'Calamity Jane', and 'Red Demon' for the Harvey titles Stuntman and Boy Explorers. Later on, these features appeared in other Harvey titles, and Draut additionally worked on romance titles for Feature Comics, Harvey and Toby Press, way into the 1950s. He was one of the regular artists for Harvey's 'Young Romance' for many years.

Stony Craig by Bill Draut
Stony Craig (11/1946)

In the 1950s and 1960s, Draut drew for Marvel's occult and Harvey's war titles, and began a longtime collaboration with DC Comics. For DC, Draut contributed to 1960s and 1970s mystery and war titles like House of Secrets, House of Mystery, The Unexpected, The Witching Hour and Weird War Tales. In the 1980s, Draut contributed to Warren's Eerie, Creepy and Dagger, and was a model sheet designer for the 'G.I. Joe' animated TV series.

Witch Tales, by Bill Draut (1951)

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