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    Jack Cole
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Bio:
Jack Cole was a natural talent in cartooning. His only formal training was through a Landon Correspondence Course in cartooning. In 1937, he started drawing for the Harry "A" Chesler Shop, where he made strips such as 'Peewee Throttle' and 'Officer Clancy', using the pseudonym Ralph Johns. He became editor of the New Friday Comics group in 1939, and there he wrote and drew comics like 'Daredevil' and 'Silver Streak'. From 1940 he worked as an assistant for Will Eisner and most notably, drew the daily version of 'The Spirit', but also 'Mr. Midnight'. For an impression of these early comics studio days, read Eisner's classic comic documentary 'The Dreamer'.

In 1941, Cole created the legendary Plastic Man for 'Police Comics', then in 1943 Plastic Man got his own comic. In the 1950s, Cole continued working on his cult classic until 1956 when others took over. Cole also worked as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator for several magazines, until Playboy hired him in 1955 to draw 'Females by Cole', one of the best cartoon features the magazine ever had.

In 1958, Jack Cole was lured back to making comic strips again by the Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate, which commissioned him to do the humorous, slightly autobiographic strip 'Betsy and Me'. It lasted only for a few months - on 13 August 1958, Jack Cole took his own life. Art Spiegelman published a great book about Cole's creations and life, 'Jack Cole and Plastic Man', which is highly recommended to those who want to know more about this talented artist, who tragically committed suicide at the height of his career for reasons that have never been fully explained.

(Note: This bio comes from www.lambiek.net)

Date of Birth: 14th December 1914
Birthplace: USA
Date of death: 13th August 1958



Favorite Creators:
Jack Cole is a favorite creator of 8 users


Awards:
  • 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Judges' choice)




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Writer:
Batman (1940)
Betsy and Me (2007)
Blackhawk (1944)
Blue Ribbon Comics (1939)
Buried Treasure (1990)
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics (2010)
Comics the Golden Age (1984)
Crack Comics (1940)
Doc Weird's Thrill Book! (1987)
Fifties Terror (1988)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
The Golden Age Review (1978)
The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics (2010)
Golden-Age Men of Mystery (1996)
Haunted Horror (2012)
Hit Comics (1940)
Horror Tales (1969)
Intrigue (1955)
Jack Cole and Plastic Man (2001)
Ken Shannon (1951)
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008)
Military Comics (1941)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
National Comics (1940)
Pep Comics (1940)
Plastic Man (1943)
Plastic Man 80-Page Giant (2004)
Police Comics (1941)
Prime Cuts (1987)
Silver Streak Comics (1939)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (2009)
T-Man (1951)
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (2009)
Top-Notch Comics (1939)
Web of Evil (1952)

Penciller:
Ace Comics Presents (1987)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Batman (1940)
The Best of Jack Cole (2006)
Betsy and Me (2007)
Blackhawk (1944)
Blue Ribbon Comics (1939)
Buried Treasure (1990)
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics (2010)
Comics the Golden Age (1984)
Crack Comics (1940)
Daredevil (1941)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
Doc Weird's Thrill Book! (1987)
Fifties Terror (1988)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Focus on Jack Cole (1986)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
The Golden Age Review (1978)
The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics (2010)
Golden-Age Men of Mystery (1996)
Haunted Horror (2012)
Hit Comics (1940)
Intrigue (1955)
Jack Cole and Plastic Man (2001)
Ken Shannon (1951)
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008)
The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics (2008)
Marvel Mystery Comics (1939)
Men of Mystery Comics (1999)
Military Comics (1941)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
National Comics (1940)
The Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory (1997)
Pep Comics (1940)
Plastic Man (1943)
Plastic Man 80-Page Giant (2004)
Police Comics (1941)
Prime Cuts (1987)
Silver Streak Comics (1939)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (2009)
T-Man (1951)
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (2009)
Top-Notch Comics (1939)
Web of Evil (1952)

Inker:
Batman (1940)
The Best of Jack Cole (2006)
Betsy and Me (2007)
Blackhawk (1944)
Blue Ribbon Comics (1939)
Buried Treasure (1990)
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics (2010)
Comics the Golden Age (1984)
Crack Comics (1940)
Daredevil (1941)
Doc Weird's Thrill Book! (1987)
Fifties Terror (1988)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Focus on Jack Cole (1986)
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2010)
The Golden Age Review (1978)
The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics (2010)
Golden-Age Men of Mystery (1996)
Haunted Horror (2012)
Hit Comics (1940)
Intrigue (1955)
Jack Cole and Plastic Man (2001)
Ken Shannon (1951)
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008)
The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics (2008)
Marvel Mystery Comics (1939)
Military Comics (1941)
Mr. Monster's Super Duper Special (1986)
National Comics (1940)
Pep Comics (1940)
Plastic Man (1943)
Plastic Man 80-Page Giant (2004)
Police Comics (1941)
Prime Cuts (1987)
Silver Streak Comics (1939)
T-Man (1951)
Top-Notch Comics (1939)
Web of Evil (1952)

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