Ghost Artist

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    The Term "Ghost Artists" or just "Ghosts" are artists or writers who went uncredited for the issue they worked on. Their name didn't exist in print!

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    Dozens of artists/writers during the Golden-Age of comics went uncredited for their work in print form. Their names were completely left out of the issues they worked on. In a lot of cases they would actually sign the name of the artist they worked for/under and would have to mimic the style of another artist. A good example of this is Bob Kane. Dozens of artists worked as Bob Kane. Bob Kane got all the credit while the actual artist for the issue got none.

    Some have referred to "Ghosting" as an assistant who works under another artist or writer and merely assists in writing stories/drawing panels etc. But many of these known artists and writers were doing 100% of the work while someone else took credit. This isn't to say that the person getting all the credit was bad or did it on purpose. This was just how things were in the Golden Age of comics. It was common practice.

    Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster even had many writers work as "Ghosts" penning scripts for Action Comics!

    Inkers were not seen as a vital art form at the time. It took years before people noticed the true art form behind inking and inkers like Joe Sinnott (who was an excellent penciler in his own right) began getting their due credit!

    A List of known "Ghost Artists"

    Chic Stone

    George Papp

    Marvin Stein

    Dick Dillin

    Curt Swan

    Win Mortimer

    Chic Stone

    Jerry Robinson

    Jim Mooney

    Dick Sprang

    Jack Kirby

    Sheldon Moldoff

    Lew Sayre Schwartz

    Jack Burnley

    George Roussos

    Frank Springer

    Joe Giella

    Joe Simon

    Irwin Hasen

    Fred Ray

    Bill Finger

    Charles Nicholas

    William Woolfolk

    Dave Wood

    Alvin Schwartz

    One result of so many people not getting their due credit in comics is the Bill Finger Award: which recognizes artists/writers who never got their due credit while working in the industry. (This award was started by Jerry Robinson: who never got his due credit for his Batman creations (but who recognized Bill Finger who never got his due credit as the co-creator of Batman))


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