Monday, December 10, 2012
Number 1278: A legendary comic book artist adds to the legend of a Western icon
For the purposes of this blog, what interests us here is that Wild Bill’s origin story, told here in Wild Bill Hickok #1, is drawn by Jimmy Thompson. Thompson, as this article states so well was fully formed as an artist when he entered comic books in their early days. He drew for Timely and DC, and left both of them in the late forties. He showed up here at Avon in 1949, and then, as the article states, left comics after 1952.
Jimmy Thompson, like some other really good artists of the Golden Age, hasn't exactly flown under the radar — he's been written about, and his work shown, including here at Pappy's* — but most people who write about him don't believe he's accorded the status he deserves for his artistic skill. I think when you look at this story you'll recognize that he was a very good artist, right up there with the best of them, but whose proverbial light has remained mostly under the proverbial basket.
Pappy's #317, and Pappy's #1115