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Robert 'Bob' Oksner

Contribution History:
Date User Field Old Value New Value
2013-02-06 10:15:06 aaronmoish First Name Rorbert 'Bob' Robert 'Bob'
2013-02-06 10:15:06 aaronmoish Suffix none
2013-02-06 10:14:35 aaronmoish First Name Bob Rorbert 'Bob'
2013-02-06 10:14:35 aaronmoish Suffix none
2008-06-06 10:02:40 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 10:02:40 DarthSkeptical Notes Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

His association with Supergirl was so complete, that one wonders about the effect of his retirement upon her death less than a year later. Indeed, it can be said that his work for Lois Lane may have even had an effect upon the particular way in which Supergirl's death was portrayed. Examination of his cover to Lois Lane #128 reveals a striking — if perhaps coincidental — similarity to the iconic depiction of Supergirl's death on the cover to COIE #7.

Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC women he drew, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

His association with Supergirl was so complete, that one wonders about the effect of his retirement upon her death less than a year later. Indeed, it can be said that his work for Lois Lane may have even had an effect upon the particular way in which Supergirl's death was portrayed. Examination of his cover to Lois Lane #128 reveals a striking — if perhaps coincidental — similarity to the iconic depiction of Supergirl's death on the cover to COIE #7.

2008-06-06 10:00:31 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 10:00:31 DarthSkeptical Notes Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

His association with Supergirl was so complete, that one wonders about the effect of his retirement upon her death less than a year later. Indeed, it can be said that his work for Lois Lane may have even had an effect upon the particular way in which Supergirl's death was portrayed. Examination of his cover to Lois Lane #128, bears a striking similarity to the iconic depiction of Supergirl's death on the cover to COIE #7.

Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

His association with Supergirl was so complete, that one wonders about the effect of his retirement upon her death less than a year later. Indeed, it can be said that his work for Lois Lane may have even had an effect upon the particular way in which Supergirl's death was portrayed. Examination of his cover to Lois Lane #128 reveals a striking — if perhaps coincidental — similarity to the iconic depiction of Supergirl's death on the cover to COIE #7.

2008-06-06 09:59:23 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 09:59:23 DarthSkeptical Notes Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

The two threads of his career could be said to have unintentionally merged with Lois Lane #128. Its cover, with Superman holding an apparently dead Lois Lane in his hands with a throng of DC super-heroes behind him can easily be said to have inspired the most iconic image of Crisis on Infinite Earths: the cover to COIE #7, in which Superman is holding the dead Supergirl. Oksner, of course, retired just prior to the Crisis, but his influence lived on.

Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

His association with Supergirl was so complete, that one wonders about the effect of his retirement upon her death less than a year later. Indeed, it can be said that his work for Lois Lane may have even had an effect upon the particular way in which Supergirl's death was portrayed. Examination of his cover to Lois Lane #128, bears a striking similarity to the iconic depiction of Supergirl's death on the cover to COIE #7.

2008-06-06 09:48:47 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 09:48:47 DarthSkeptical Notes Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills. Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.

Of all the DC super-heroines he worked on, he is perhaps most associated with whom we would today call "Supergirl of Earth-1" and "Lois Lane of Earth-1". He enjoyed a long run on for Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Likewise, he was involved of every phase of Supergirl's solo life, not only drawing for her time as the Adventure headliner, but also both her pre-Crisis solo titles. It would be fair to call him the "Curt Swan of Supergirl".

The two threads of his career could be said to have unintentionally merged with Lois Lane #128. Its cover, with Superman holding an apparently dead Lois Lane in his hands with a throng of DC super-heroes behind him can easily be said to have inspired the most iconic image of Crisis on Infinite Earths: the cover to COIE #7, in which Superman is holding the dead Supergirl. Oksner, of course, retired just prior to the Crisis, but his influence lived on.

2008-06-06 09:22:32 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 09:22:32 DarthSkeptical Bio Indelibly linked to the "funny papers" by long stretches of time working on syndicated newspaper strips, Bob Oksner was a New York University undergraduate who held a MA from Columbia.

His initial academic interest was law, but a stint editing a campus humor magazine switched his focus to art. Upon graduation, he became an art and history high school teacher for a few years, before finding employment with Funnies, Inc.

That company produced comic work later sold to publishers like Timely.

In 1942, he was hired away from Funnies to work directly (if non-exclusively) for Timely on some of their earlier titles, like Marvel Boy.

By the end of World War II, however, he switched his focus to drawing newspaper strips. It would be the first of many times he would hop back and forth between comics and cartoons.

In 1945, he began a two-year stint on the strip, Miss Cairo Jones, where his strong presentation of the female form (both attitudinally and physically) attracted the attention of DC chief, Sheldon Mayer. After the strip was cancelled in 1947, Mayer lured Oksner back to comics with an invitation to draw the late Golden Age appearances of the Black Canary.

As super-heroes (or, really, in Oksner's case, super-heroines) faded from newsstands, Oksner switched to humor and licensed adaptation books. He enjoyed long runs as the principal artist on The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and the later Jerry Lewis solo title. He also found his way into the pages of Pat Boone, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Adventures of Bob Hope and others.

During the 1950s he continued his lifelong association with newspaper strips by drawing the I Love Lucy adaptation.

By the late 1950s, DC was beginning to shift away from humor magazines and licensed adaptations. For a time he dabbled in the romance genre, like Girl's Love Stories.

However, it became apparent that Oksner was going to have to return to the super-hero genre that had brought him to DC in the first place. Unsurprisingly, he was heavily involved with many of DC's more prominent female characters, like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Lois Lane.

Eventually, he formed a partnership with Curt Swan, happily taking the "second chair" as Swan's principal inker during Swan's Superman heyday.

In 1968, he again moonlit as a newspaper strip man with Soozie — unsurprisingly starring a female titular character. This short run was quickly followed by his biggest syndicated success, Dondi. Collaborating with friend Irwin Hasen, he added writing to his catalogue of skills by being the series' chief plotter. The strip continued until 1986.

By that time he had retired his pens for around two years. When the last Dondi strip appeared, Oksner himself entered a deep and long retirement from drawing that lasted until his death, almost a quarter of a century later.

Nevertheless, he maintained enough affection for the comics industry that he could occasionally be found at comics conventions into the early 21st century.

Indelibly linked to the "funny papers" by long stretches of time working on syndicated newspaper strips, Bob Oksner was a New York University undergraduate who held a MA from Columbia.

His initial academic interest was law, but a stint editing a campus humor magazine switched his focus to art. Upon graduation, he became an art and history high school teacher for a few years, before finding employment with Funnies, Inc.

That company produced comic work later sold to publishers like Timely.

In 1942, he was hired away from Funnies to work directly (if non-exclusively) for Timely on some of their earlier titles, like Marvel Boy.

By the end of World War II, however, he switched his focus to drawing newspaper strips. It would be the first of many times he would hop back and forth between comics and cartoons.

In 1945, he began a two-year stint on the strip, Miss Cairo Jones, where his strong presentation of the female form (both attitudinally and physically) attracted the attention of DC chief, Sheldon Mayer. After the strip was cancelled in 1947, Mayer lured Oksner back to comics with an invitation to draw the late Golden Age appearances of the Black Canary.

As super-heroes (or, really, in Oksner's case, super-heroines) faded from newsstands, Oksner switched to humor and licensed adaptation books. He enjoyed long runs as the principal artist on The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and the later Jerry Lewis solo title. He also found his way into the pages of Pat Boone, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Adventures of Bob Hope and others.

During the 1950s he continued his lifelong association with newspaper strips by drawing the I Love Lucy adaptation.

By the late 1950s, DC was beginning to shift away from humor magazines and licensed adaptations. For a time he dabbled in the romance genre, like Girl's Love Stories.

However, it became apparent that Oksner was going to have to return to the super-hero genre that had brought him to DC in the first place. Unsurprisingly, he was heavily involved with many of DC's more prominent female characters, like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Lois Lane.

Eventually, he formed a partnership with Curt Swan, happily taking the "second chair" as Swan's principal inker during Swan's Superman heyday. It was one of the few times he worked in the adventure genre on a title headlined by a male character.

In 1968, he again moonlit as a newspaper strip man with Soozie — unsurprisingly starring a female titular character. This short run was quickly followed by his biggest syndicated success, Dondi. Collaborating with friend Irwin Hasen, he added writing to his catalogue of skills by being the series' chief plotter. The strip continued until 1986.

By that time he had retired his pens for around two years. When the last Dondi strip appeared, Oksner himself entered a deep and long retirement from drawing that lasted until his death, almost a quarter of a century later.

Nevertheless, he maintained enough affection for the comics industry that he could occasionally be found at comics conventions into the early 21st century.

2008-06-06 09:22:32 DarthSkeptical Notes Despite a long and varied career in sequential art, he wasn't really responsible for creating many long-running characters, aside from Dondi. HIs creations tend to fade quite quickly, like Miss Cairo Jones, Angel and Ape and Miss Beverly Hills.
2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical DOB 1916 14 October 1916
2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical Birthplace USA Patterson, New Jersey, USA
2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical DOD 18 February 2007
2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical Bio Indelibly linked to the "funny papers" by long stretches of time working on syndicated newspaper strips, Bob Oksner was a New York University undergraduate who held a MA from Columbia.

His initial academic interest was law, but a stint editing a campus humor magazine switched his focus to art. Upon graduation, he became an art and history high school teacher for a few years, before finding employment with Funnies, Inc.

That company produced comic work later sold to publishers like Timely.

In 1942, he was hired away from Funnies to work directly (if non-exclusively) for Timely on some of their earlier titles, like Marvel Boy.

By the end of World War II, however, he switched his focus to drawing newspaper strips. It would be the first of many times he would hop back and forth between comics and cartoons.

In 1945, he began a two-year stint on the strip, Miss Cairo Jones, where his strong presentation of the female form (both attitudinally and physically) attracted the attention of DC chief, Sheldon Mayer. After the strip was cancelled in 1947, Mayer lured Oksner back to comics with an invitation to draw the late Golden Age appearances of the Black Canary.

As super-heroes (or, really, in Oksner's case, super-heroines) faded from newsstands, Oksner switched to humor and licensed adaptation books. He enjoyed long runs as the principal artist on The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and the later Jerry Lewis solo title. He also found his way into the pages of Pat Boone, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Adventures of Bob Hope and others.

During the 1950s he continued his lifelong association with newspaper strips by drawing the I Love Lucy adaptation.

By the late 1950s, DC was beginning to shift away from humor magazines and licensed adaptations. For a time he dabbled in the romance genre, like Girl's Love Stories.

However, it became apparent that Oksner was going to have to return to the super-hero genre that had brought him to DC in the first place. Unsurprisingly, he was heavily involved with many of DC's more prominent female characters, like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Lois Lane.

Eventually, he formed a partnership with Curt Swan, happily taking the "second chair" as Swan's principal inker during Swan's Superman heyday.

In 1968, he again moonlit as a newspaper strip man with Soozie — unsurprisingly starring a female titular character. This short run was quickly followed by his biggest syndicated success, Dondi. Collaborating with friend Irwin Hasen, he added writing to his catalogue of skills by being the series' chief plotter. The strip continued until 1986.

By that time he had retired his pens for around two years. When the last Dondi strip appeared, Oksner himself entered a deep and long retirement from drawing that lasted until his death, almost a quarter of a century later.

Nevertheless, he maintained enough affection for the comics industry that he could occasionally be found at comics conventions into the early 21st century.

2008-06-06 09:14:27 DarthSkeptical Notes Outside his prolific career as a comic book artist, Oksner was also active in newspaper comic strips. He helped to create the minor, but perhaps ahead-of-her-times character of Cairo Jones. Though the strip only lasted for about two years, it was one of the earliest examples of the glbbe-trotting adventuress genre of characters. As such, she may be seen as an early prototype of Lara Croft and even Indiana Jones himself.

He was more successful in newspaper comics for other things, however. Notably, he adapted I Love Lucy for comics in the 1950. A decade later he returned to newspapers with Soosie, starring a character of his own creation.

2008-05-31 18:04:57 15peter20 First Name Robert Bob
2008-05-31 18:04:57 15peter20 Suffix none
2008-05-31 18:04:57 15peter20 Nickname Bob
2008-04-26 03:55:24 DarthSkeptical Suffix none
2008-04-26 03:55:24 DarthSkeptical Notes Outside his prolific career as a comic book artist, Oksner was also active in newspaper comic strips. He helped to create the minor, but perhaps ahead-of-her-times character of Cairo Jones. Though the strip only lasted for about two years, it was one of the earliest examples of the glbbe-trotting adventuress genre of characters. As such, she may be seen as an early prototype of Lara Croft and even Indiana Jones himself.

He was more successful in newspaper comics for other things, however. Notably, he adapted I Love Lucy for comics in the 1950. A decade later he returned to newspapers with Soosie, starring a character of his own creation.



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