Curt Swan was an American comic book artist, best know for drawing 'Superman' during the Silver Age of American Comic Books. He was born Douglas Curtis Swan into a family of Swedish origins. He fulfilled his military service in Europe during World War II, where he was mainly an artist for Stars and Stripes Magazine. Back in civil life, he found employment with DC Comics in 1945. At first, he was assigned as a ghost artist on series such as 'The Boy Commandos', 'Tommy Tomorrow' and 'Gangbusters'.
He drew his first 'Superman' story in 1948 and remained associated with the characer until the mid 1980s. He was also involved in spin-off titles like 'Superboy', alternating on the art with John Sikela from 1949, and 'Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen' from 1954. He also drew the 'Superman' daily newspaper strip between 1956 and 1960, and co-created several of the series' villains. Swan's 'Superman' showed great affinity for drawing real people, with a believable variety of expressions and in a believable variety of real-life situations.
Following his departure from the "Man of Steel" in the 1980s, Swan continued to do occasional jobs for DC, such as an 'Aquaman' limited series. He also made illustrations for Penthouse Comix in the 1990s. He spent his final years in Wilton, Connecticut, where he passed away in 1996.