Superman Comic Books

Wayne Boring

Wayne Boring (a.k.a. Jack Harmon) was born in Minnesota in 1905. His early flare for drawing led him to enroll in art schools, including the Minnesota School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute, becoming a comic artist for National Publications in 1937 where he ghosted "Slam Bradley", "Spy" and "Dr. Occult" for Joe Shuster.

After the success of "Superman" in 1938 Shuster opened his own studio where Boring would continue to work, becoming one of the most recognizable artists to work on the Superman character, displacing even Joe Shuster's visualisation.

Over the course of the next 30 years Boring did little else than Superman and when DC Comics dismissed several old time artists, Wayne was one of them along with George Papp (creator of Green Arrow) and Sheldon Moldoff (creator of Green Lantern). He then ghosted backgrounds for Hal Foster's epic "Prince Valiant" Sunday page from 1968 until 1972 as well as ghosting Sam Leff's "Davy Jones".

For a short period afterwards he worked at Marvel on a few titles before leaving the comics field. He then worked as a security guard at a bank before passing away in 1987 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Wayne Boring's Superman is one of the most enduring characters in the comics hobby. Heavily influenced by Flash Gordon artist & creator Alex Raymond, Boring's stylized artwork and fine linework along with his ability to handle science fiction subject has made him one of the most popular artists of his time, and among the most remembered in comics history.

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