Sheldon Moldoff 1920-2012
March 7, 2012 12:42 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (15 comments total)
Sheldon Moldoff, one of the seminal Golden Age comic book artists and the last surviving cartoonist to have had work featured in Action Comics
#1, died on February 29
from kidney failure.
Sheldon Moldoff worked mainly for the comics companies that would eventually become DC Comics, where he had a large role in shaping the Golden Age Hawkman
series in Flash Comics
. He was also active as a cover artist for early DC/National comics.
But his work is perhaps best known under the pen name "Bob Kane", for whom he worked as a ghost artist from 1953 to 1967 on the Batman comics. That was the time when Batman was a cheerful friend to anybody, often to be found at charity events and helping old ladies cross the street, while every other story he would travel in time or to another planet to help people there with their crime problems. Not perhaps the most fondly remembered Batman period, but Moldoff's work did lay the foundation for e.g. the Adam West television series and he created a range of characters: Batwoman, Batgirl, Ace the Bathound (complete with mask to hide his secret identity), Mr Freeze, Clayface, Poison Ivvy and of course the Bat-Imp.
Fired from DC in the late sixties, he would rejoin Bob Kane for the Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
cartoon series. His last work for DC was Evan Dorkin's 2000 Superman and Batman: World's Funnest