Phantasmo, by E.C. Stoner

E. C. Stoner was an African-American artist, who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was the protege of philantropist F. M. Kirby. Stoner did poster art during World War I and was art director at Tower Magazines in the 1930s. During the War he was commissioned to to portraits of the first black colonels in the US army. He worked as a comic book artist through the Binder, Chesler and Iger Studios from the late 1930s throughout the 1940s. He drew the first story of National's 'Speed Saunders' and was present in Dell titles like The Funnies with features like 'Martan the Marvel Man', 'Phantasmo', 'Night Devils and 'Convoy'.

He drew 'Blackstone' for EC Comics, 'Captain Marvel', 'Lance O'Casey' and 'Spy Smasher' for Fawcett, 'Blue Beetle' and 'Bouncer' for Fox, 'Breeze Barton' and 'Flexo' for Timely, 'Doc Savage' and 'Iron Munro' for Street & Smits, as well as 'Mr. Ree' for Rural Home. In 1951, he illustrated the syndicated feature 'Rick Kane, Space Marshall'.

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