Frank McLaughlin is an American artist of mainly superhero comics. Born in Stratford, Connecticut, he worked as a technical illustrator for Sikorsky Aircraft after his military service. He.was hired by Charlton Comics as art editor in the early 1960s. He also provided art to several Charlton titles throughout the 1960s, such as 'Blue Beetle', 'Captain Atom and Son of Vulcan', 'The Fightin' 5', 'Strange Suspense Stories' and 'Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds'. In 1965, the created the character 'Judomaster', together with writer Joe Gill. McLaughlin was a martial arts expert himself, and he could put his knowledge and experience in this comic, for which eventually also wrote most of the scripts.
He started freelancing in the 1970s, and worked regularly as an inker for Marvel Comics ('Captain Marvel', 'Captain America', 'The Defenders', 'The Flash', 'Wonder Woman') and DC Comics ('Justice League of America', 'Detective Comics', 'Green Lantern', 'Green Arrow' etc.). In the 1990s, he also did inking work for smaller companies like Acclaim Comics and Broadway Comics.
Gil Thorp (2001)
Since the 1970s, McLaughlin has also worked on several syndicated newspaper comics, such as 'The Heart of Juliet Jones' (by Stan Drake), 'Nancy' (by Bushmiller) and 'Brenda Starr' (by Dale Messick). From 2001 to 2008, he produced Jack Berrill's sports comic 'Gil Thorp' with writers Jerry Jenkins and Neal Rubin for Tribune Media Services. He is the author of several books about drawing comics, and he has taught cartooning and visual storytelling at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, and Guy Gilchrist's Cartoonist's Academy in Simsbury, Connecticut.