Saturday, February 13, 2016

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday Comic Book Day.

The more I see of Cal Masseys work the more impressed I am. Starting out at various small publishers, he soon landed at Timely/Atlas where he continued to do work for Stan Lee until well into the fifties. I guess he kept up his work as a painter, because although he did quite a few stories it was never as much as rgulars such as Gene Colan or Werner Roth. After his work in comics and illustration he became a full time painter. His most obvious trait to me would be his abillity to drawn human beings in all sorts of actions. he continued that in his work as a painter, although he seems to have drawn more and more on his heritage as a black or African-American man. Mr. Massey is still with us and does not disavow his comics background. On his blog ( you can see an overview of his career and there is a link to him talking about his latest more abstract work. A comic book artist worthy of more recognition, certainly as one of onbly a few African-American ones in a decade that still was struggling to find equality. He specialized in war books, which may explain the fact that much of his work is so unknown. If you follow the link, you will also see some of his pre Atlas work as well as one of his best stories ever, an almost silent war story with Stan Lee.

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