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Curt Swan (American, 1920-1996)

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Curt Swan (American, 1920-1996): was drafted into the army in 1940, where he spent World War II working on the G.I. magazine, Stars and Stripes. After returning to civilian life in 1945 he began working for DC Comics. After a stint on Boy Commandos he began to just pencil pages, leaving the inking to others.

He drew many different features including "Tommy Tomorrow" and "Gangbusters", but slowly began gravitating towards the Superman line of books including Superboy, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and the "Legion of Super-Heroes" feature in Adventure Comics. He drew the daily newspaper comic strip Superman from the late 1950s until its demise in 1964.

Swan became the artist most associated with Superman during the Silver Age of comic books, producing hundreds of covers and stories from the 1950s through the 1980s. With his frequent inker Murphy Anderson, the pair's collaborative artwork came to be called "Swanderson" by the fans. A mannered, subdued stylist, he brought Superman his smoothest, most polished look and set the mold of DC's corporate image and licensing for years.

After DC's 1985 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths and with the impending 1986 revision of Superman by writer and artist John Byrne, Swan was released from his duties on the Superman comics. His swan song on Superman was the non-canonical 1986 story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?," written by Alan Moore. After this, Swan continued to do occasional minor projects for DC, including an Aquaman limited series and special in 1989, and various returns on illustrating Superman

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