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    Joe Orlando
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Bio:
Joe Orlando was an illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist. He was the Vice President of DC Comics for many years and also the Associate Publisher of Mad.

Arriving in the United States in 1929, he began drawing at an early age, attending art classes at a neighborhood boys' club when he was seven years old. He continued with those classes until he was 14, winning prizes annually in their competitions, including a John Wanamaker bronze medal. In 1941, he began attending the School of Industrial Art (later the High School of Art and Design), where he studied illustration. This school was a breeding ground for a number of comics artists, including Richard Bassford, Frank Giacoia, Larry Hama, Carmine Infantino, Rocke Mastroserio, Alex Toth and future comics letterer Gaspar Saladino. Infantino and Orlando remained close friends for decades. While Orlando was still a student, he drew his first published illustrations, scenes of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper for a high-school textbook.

Upon graduation, the young Orlando entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Military Police, doing stockade guard duty, followed by 18 months in Europe. From Le Havre, France, he was sent to Antwerp, Belgium and then to Germany, where he stenciled boxcars and guarded strategic supplies for the occupation forces.

After his 1947 discharge, he returned to New York and began study at the Art Students League on the GI Bill. He entered the comic book field in 1949 when the packager Lloyd Jacquet assigned him to draw for the Catholic-oriented Treasure Chest. This was a "Chuck White" story that paid nine dollars a page for pencils and inks. At the Jacquet Studio he met the artist Tex Blaisdell, and the two teamed later on many projects.

In the early 1950s, he was an assistant to Wally Wood on stories for several publishers, including Fox, Youthful, Avon and EC Comics before becoming a regular staff artist with EC in the summer of 1951. He was earning $25 a page at EC, and shortly after his first EC stories under his own name were published that summer, he married his first wife, Gloria, in September 1951. His contributions to EC's Weird Fantasy earned him a ranking in Entertainment Weekly’s "Sci-Fi Top 100."

After EC, from 1956 to 1959, he drew Classics Illustrated adaptations, including Ben-Hur, A Tale of Two Cities and Rudyard Kipling's Kim. In addition to many contributions to EC's Mad (from 1960 to 1969), Orlando also scripted the Little Orphan Annie comic strip beginning in 1964. He did covers for Newsweek and New Times, and his work as an illustrator appeared in National Lampoon, children's books and numerous comic books. He also worked in toy design, packaging and advertising. Sales of Harold von Braunhut's Sea Monkeys escalated considerably after Orlando drew a series of unusual advertisements visualizing the creatures' enchanted and peaceful undersea kingdom.

For Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Creepy, debuting in 1964, Orlando was not only an illustrator but also a story editor on early issues. In 1992, the short-lived live-action television show The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys used character designs originally drawn by Orlando for comic book ads of the Sea Monkeys.

After 16 years of freelancing, he was hired as a DC Comics editor in 1968, handling House of Mystery, Plop! and other titles such as Swamp Thing, The Witching Hour and Weird War Tales, eventually serving as DC's Vice President while guiding the company's Special Projects Department. Orlando had a long working association with the prolific letterer Ben Oda, roughing out display lettering effects which Oda would finish. At DC, during the 1990s, Orlando was pleased to discover that designer-typographer Rick Spanier, working on a Macintosh computer, could create polished Oda-like finishes of Orlando's roughs. These Orlando-Spanier collaborations were printed in DC's Superman Style Guide and other DC style guides.

During the 1980s, Orlando began teaching classes at the School of Visual Arts, continuing as an art instructor there for many years. After the death of Mad publisher William Gaines, Time Warner turned Mad over to DC Comics, and Orlando became the magazine's Associate Publisher in 1992, after having a short run on DC's The Phantom comic. Although he retired from DC in 1996, he nevertheless maintained an office at Mad where he worked on Mad cover concepts and other projects for the next two years. At the time of his death in 1998, he was survived by his wife, Karin, and four children, and his family requested donations be made to the Joe Orlando Scholarship Fund at the School of Visual Arts (209 E. 23 Street, New York, NY, 10010-3994). His artwork for EC Comics has been reprinted extensively in recent years by publisher Russ Cochran, and Cochran's reprint of EC's Picto-Fiction line, containing more Orlando illustrations, was published in 2006.

Orlando made an appearance in Alan Moore's Watchmen, as the illustrator of the fictional comic series Tales of the Black Freighter.

Date of Birth: April 4, 1927
Birthplace: Bari, Italy
Date of death: December 23, 1998



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Awards:
  • 2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)




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Penciller:
'Mazing Man (1986)
100% True? (1996)
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventure into Mystery (1956)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Angel And The Ape (1968)
Astonishing (1951)
The Autumn People (1965)
Barbarians And Beauties (1990)
Battle (1951)
Battle-Ground (1954)
Battlefront (1952)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Best of EC: Artist's Edition (2013)
The Big Book of... (1994)
Black Magic (1950)
Blazing Combat (1965)
Blazing Combat (1978)
Blazing Combat (2009)
Blazing Combat: Vietnam and Korea (1993)
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery (1962)
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives (2009)
Buried Treasure (1990)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Captain Science (1950)
Celebrate the Century Super Heroes Stamp Album (1998)
Classics Illustrated (1941)
Classics Illustrated Study Guides (1997)
The Complete EC Library: Picto-Fiction (2006)
Confessions Illustrated (1956)
Cowboy Western (1954)
Cowboy Western Comics (1948)
Creature of The Unknown (1982)
Creepy (1964)
Creepy Archives (2008)
Creepy: The Classic Years (1991)
Crime Illustrated (1955)
Crime SuspenStories (1950)
Curse Of The Weird (1993)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil, l`Homme sans peur! (1979)
Dark Mysteries (1951)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
The Dead Who Walk (1952)
Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
Deutsches MAD (1967)
Die Fantastischen Vier (1974)
Doc Weird's Thrill Book! (1987)
Doom Patrol Archives (2002)
The Dreaming (1996)
Durfal (1976)
EC Archives: Shock SuspenStories (2006)
EC Classic Reprints (1973)
Eerie (1965)
Eerie Archives (2009)
Eerie Comics (1951)
Eerie Tales (1959)
Essential Daredevil (2005)
Foul Play! The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics! (2005)
Frankenstein (1973)
G.I. Tales (1957)
Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s (2011)
The Haunt of Fear (1950)
The Haunt Of Fear (1991)
Haunted Horror (2012)
House of Mystery (1951)
Impact (1955)
Impact (1999)
Incredible Science Fiction (1955)
The Inferior Five (1967)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Journey Into Mystery (1972)
Journey Into Unknown Worlds (1950)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1984)
MAD (1952)
MAD About the Movies: Director's Cut (2008)
MAD Art (2002)
MAD Follies (1963)
MAD Super Special (1973)
The Mammoth Book of Best War Comics (2007)
Marines at War (1957)
Marines in Battle (1954)
Marvel Masterworks (1987)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey into Mystery (2008)
Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil (2003)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Tales (1949)
Metamorpho (1965)
My Own Romance (1949)
Mystery Comics Digest (1972)
Mystery Tales (1952)
Mystic (1951)
Mystical Tales (1956)
National Lampoon (1970)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Outlaw Kid (1970)
The Outsiders (1985)
Panic (1954)
Panic (1997)
Phantastische Geschichten (1986)
The Phantom (1988)
Quick-Trigger Western (1956)
Rocket To The Moon (1951)
The Sandman Companion (1999)
Secret Origins (1986)
The Shadow (1987)
Shock SuspenStories (1952)
Shock Suspenstories (1992)
Six-Gun Western (1957)
Space Detective (1951)
Spellbound (1952)
Strange Tales (1951)
Strange Tales of the Unusual (1955)
Supergirl (1984)
Superman (1939)
Superman [Bradman Commission] (1988)
Superman Book of Superhuman Achievements (1981)
Superman Superband (1973)
Swing With Scooter (1966)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (1965)
Tales From The Crypt (1950)
Tales From The Crypt (1990)
Tales From the Crypt (1992)
Tales of Justice (1955)
Tales of the Incredible (1965)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
Terror Illustrated (1955)
Three Dimensional Tales From the Crypt of Terror (1954)
Time Warp (1979)
Tomorrow Midnight (1966)
The Twilight Zone (1962)
Uncanny Tales (1952)
Unearthly Spectaculars (1965)
Valor (1955)
Valor (1998)
The Vault of Horror (1950)
The Vault of Horror (1965)
The Vault of Horror (1992)
Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction (2012)
War Comics (1950)
The Warren Companion (2001)
Wasteland (1987)
Weird Fantasy (1951)
Weird Fantasy (1992)
Weird Mysteries (1959)
Weird Science (1950)
Weird Science (1990)
Weird Science (1994)
Weird Science-Fantasy (1954)
Weird Science-Fantasy (1992)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World of Fantasy (1956)
World of Mystery (1956)

Inker:
'Mazing Man (1986)
100% True? (1996)
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
Adventure into Mystery (1956)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Astonishing (1951)
The Autumn People (1965)
Batman Klassik (1990)
Battle (1951)
Battle-Ground (1954)
Battlefront (1952)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Best of EC: Artist's Edition (2013)
The Big Book of... (1994)
Black Magic (1950)
Blazing Combat (1965)
Blazing Combat (1978)
Blazing Combat (2009)
Blazing Combat: Vietnam and Korea (1993)
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery (1962)
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives (2009)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Classics Illustrated (1941)
Classics Illustrated Study Guides (1997)
The Complete EC Library: Picto-Fiction (2006)
Confessions Illustrated (1956)
Cowboy Western (1954)
Cowboy Western Comics (1948)
Creature of The Unknown (1982)
Creepy (1964)
Creepy Archives (2008)
Creepy: The Classic Years (1991)
Crime Illustrated (1955)
Crime SuspenStories (1950)
Curse Of The Weird (1993)
Dark Mysteries (1951)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
The Dead Who Walk (1952)
Doom Patrol Archives (2002)
The Dreaming (1996)
EC Classic Reprints (1973)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds (2011)
Eerie (1965)
Eerie Archives (2009)
Eerie Comics (1951)
Eerie Tales (1959)
Forbidden Worlds (1951)
Foul Play! The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics! (2005)
Frankenstein (1973)
G.I. Tales (1957)
Ghosts (1971)
Hall of Fame featuring the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (1983)
The Haunt Of Fear (1991)
Haunted Horror (2012)
House of Mystery (1951)
Impact (1999)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Journey Into Mystery (1972)
Journey Into Unknown Worlds (1950)
MAD (1952)
MAD Super Special (1973)
Marines at War (1957)
Marines in Battle (1954)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey into Mystery (2008)
Marvel Tales (1949)
My Own Romance (1949)
Mystery Comics Digest (1972)
Mystery Tales (1952)
Mystic (1951)
Mystical Tales (1956)
National Lampoon (1970)
The Outlaw Kid (1970)
The Outsiders (1985)
Panic (1997)
Phantastische Geschichten (1986)
Power Girl (2006)
Pulp Horror (1998)
Quick-Trigger Western (1956)
Rocket To The Moon (1951)
The Saga of Ra's Al Ghul (1988)
The Sandman Companion (1999)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
Shock SuspenStories (1952)
Shock Suspenstories (1992)
Showcase (1956)
Six-Gun Western (1957)
Space Detective (1951)
Spellbound (1952)
Strange Tales (1951)
Strange Tales of the Unusual (1955)
The Super Friends (1976)
Superman (1939)
The Superman Family (1974)
Superman Superband (1973)
Swing With Scooter (1966)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics (2013)
Tales From The Crypt (1950)
Tales From the Crypt (1992)
Tales of Justice (1955)
Tales of the Incredible (1965)
Terror Illustrated (1955)
Three Dimensional Tales From the Crypt of Terror (1954)
Time Warp (1979)
Tomahawk (1950)
Tomorrow Midnight (1966)
The Twilight Zone (1962)
Uncanny Tales (1952)
Unearthly Spectaculars (1965)
The Unexpected (1968)
Valor (1955)
Valor (1998)
The Vault of Horror (1965)
The Vault of Horror (1992)
Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction (2012)
War Comics (1950)
Weird Fantasy (1951)
Weird Fantasy (1992)
Weird Mysteries (1959)
Weird Science (1950)
Weird Science (1990)
Weird Science (1994)
Weird Science-Fantasy (1992)
Weird Worlds (1972)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World of Fantasy (1956)
World of Mystery (1956)
World of Wood (1986)

Colorist:
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
Aquaman (1986)
Batman and the Outsiders (1983)
Blue Devil (1984)
Cinder and Ashe (1988)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
Detective Comics (1937)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
Green Lantern (1960)
Heroes Against Hunger (1986)
Lois Lane (1986)
National Lampoon (1970)
Secret Origins (1986)
The Shadow (1987)
Shazam!: The New Beginning (1987)
Showcase '93 (1993)
Silverblade (1987)
Starfire (1976)
Super Powers (1985)
Super Powers (1986)
Supergirl (1984)
Superman (1939)
Tales of the Legion (1984)
Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
Wasteland (1987)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

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Editor:
1st Issue Special (1975)
Adventure Comics (1938)
The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Western (1970)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
America at War: The Best of DC War Comics (1979)
Angel And The Ape (1968)
Anthro (1968)
Aquaman (1976)
Aquaman: Death Of A Prince (2011)
Bat Lash (1968)
Batman (1940)
Batman: Hidden Treasures (2010)
Battle Classics (1978)
Beast Of Darkness (1981)
The Best of DC (1979)
Binky (1970)
Binky's Buddies (1969)
Black Canary Archives (2001)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Brother Power the Geek (1968)
Bugs Bunny (1993)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Claw The Unconquered (1975)
Creature of The Unknown (1982)
The Creeper by Steve Ditko (2010)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Date with Debbi (1969)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Graphic Novel (1983)
DC Special (1968)
DC Special (1975)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Special Series (1977)
DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook (1981)
DC Super Stars (1976)
A DC Universe Christmas (2000)
Deadman (1985)
Deadman (2011)
Detective Comics (1937)
Doorway to Nightmare (1978)
Famous 1st Edition (1974)
Firestorm (1978)
The Flash (1959)
The Flash (1987)
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion (1972)
Green Arrow (1983)
Green Lantern (1960)
Hercules Unbound (1975)
House of Mystery (1951)
The House of Mystery (Australian) (1981)
House of Secrets (1956)
The Inferior Five (1967)
Jonah Hex (1977)
Jonah Hex [FIN] (2007)
Justice League International (1987)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice Society (2006)
Karate Kid (1976)
Kong the Untamed (1975)
Korak, Son of Tarzan (1972)
Leave it to Binky (1948)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
MAD (1952)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Meet Angel (1969)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
New Gods (1977)
The New Teen Titans (1980)
Our Fighting Forces (1954)
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
Plastic Man (1976)
Plop! (1973)
Power Girl (2006)
Power of the Atom (1988)
Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter (1975)
Roots of the Swamp Thing (1986)
The Saga of Ra's Al Ghul (1988)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
The Sandman (1974)
Secret of the Swamp Thing (2005)
Secret Origin Mini Comic (1980)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
Secrets of Haunted House (1975)
Secrets of Sinister House (1972)
Sgt. Rock (1977)
Shadow of the Batman (1985)
Shazam! (1973)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase Presents: Bat Lash (2009)
Showcase Presents: Secrets of Sinister House (2010)
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (2012)
Showcase Presents: Weird War Tales (2012)
The Sinister House of Secret Love (1971)
Spiral Zone (1988)
Stalker (1975)
Stanley and His Monster (1968)
Star Hunters (1977)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Starfire (1976)
Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Super DC Giant (1970)
The Super Friends (1976)
Super-Team Family (1975)
Superboy (1949)
Superman (1939)
Superman [Bradman Commission] (1988)
Superman and Spider-Man (1995)
The Superman Family (1974)
Superman Meets the Quik Bunny (1987)
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
Swamp Thing (1972)
Swamp Thing (1982)
Swing With Scooter (1966)
Tales of Ghost Castle (1975)
Tarzan (1972)
Tarzan Family (1975)
Teen Titans (1966)
Teräsmies ja Hämähäkkimies (1986)
Time Warp (1979)
Unknown Soldier (1977)
The Warlord (1976)
Weird Mystery Tales (1972)
Weird Mystery Tales Annual (1975)
Weird War Tales (1971)
Weird Western Tales (1972)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1976)
Wonder Woman (1942)
Wonder Woman (1987)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Wrath of the Spectre (1988)
Young Love (1963)
Young Romance (1963)

Cover Artist:
100% True? (1996)
Action Comics (1938)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Barbarians And Beauties (1990)
The Best of DC (1979)
Black Magic (1950)
Black Magic (1973)
Boy Commandos (1973)
Buried Treasure (1990)
Captain Science (1950)
Cinder and Ashe (1988)
COPS (1988)
Cowboy Western Comics (1948)
Crime Illustrated (1955)
The Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love (1971)
Dark Mysteries (1951)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
Doc Weird's Thrill Book! (1987)
Doom Patrol (1964)
Doom Patrol Archives (2002)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds (2011)
Eerie (1965)
Eerie Comics (1951)
Elvira's House of Mystery (1986)
Ghosts (1971)
House of Mystery (1951)
The Inferior Five (1967)
Metamorpho (1965)
National Lampoon (1970)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The Phantom (1988)
Plastic Man (1966)
Plop! (1973)
Power Girl (2006)
Rocket To The Moon (1951)
Secrets of Haunted House (1975)
Showcase (1956)
Space Detective (1951)
Star Trek (1984)
Strange Worlds (1950)
Supergirl (1984)
Swing With Scooter (1966)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
Valor (1955)
Valor (1998)
Weird Fantasy (1951)
Weird Fantasy (1992)
Weird Mystery Tales (1972)
Weird Worlds (1972)



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