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Bob Brown (American, 1915-1977)

Comic Book Art

Bob Brown (American 1915-1977) a mainstay at DC and Marvel, detailed the Challengers of the Unknown’s adventures, and logged fan-favorite runs on DC’s Action Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Detective Comics, Doom Patrol, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, My Greatest Adventure, Superboy, Tales of the Unexpected, Tomahawk and World's Finest Comics. He also is celebrated for his outstanding work on Daredevil and the Avengers at Marvel.

William Robert Brown was born in Syracuse, New York to an artistic family who inspired Brown to further develop his artistic abilities. The artist pursued show business, which included acting and dancing.

In 1940, Brown’s life was changed when he was drafted into the Army Air Corp to serve as an aircraft radiomen. Later on Brown became an aviation cadet, but he unfortunately did not make the cut to become a pilot. After washing out of aviation, Brown trained to become a bombardier and navigator for the B-29 bomber. Bob Brown went on to fly 35 daring missions in the Pacific theater, and because of valor, he was awarded with a Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, Brown began his career in comics as both a writer and an artist. His first work was on “Criss Cross”, which was a back-up feature for Fox Comics’ Meet Corliss Archer. W. R. Brown’s first regular feature was for DC’s Vigilante, in which Brown is responsible for #152-185. Brown’s artistic talent was extremely versatile; he drew anything from westerns to superhero comics.

Some of Brown’s career highlights include the co-creation of Talia al Ghul in Detective Comics #411 as well as Batman’s first encounter with the League of Assassins in Detective Comics #405. Brown also worked on Amazing Adventures, Warlock, The Avengers and Daredevil for Marvel in the early ‘70s. W. R. Brown’s most popular work was on Challengers of the Unknown when he took it over from Jack Kirby on issue #9. Brown would continue to work on the title for nine years through issue #63 with Challengers being celebrated as his signature work.

In 1977, William Robert Brown died at the age of 61 from Leukemia.

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