Bill Everett

William Blake “Bill” Everett begin in comics by freelancing for Centaur Publications’ “Skyrocket Steele” strip, and co-created Amazing- Man at Centaur, working with company art director Lloyd Jacquet. At Funnies, Inc., Everett created the Sub-Mariner for Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1, a planned promotional comic to be given away in movie theaters. The original eight-page story was expanded by four pages for Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), the first publication of what Funnies, Inc.’s client Martin Goodman would dub Timely Comics, the 1940s precursor of Marvel Comics. Everett’s anti-hero quickly became one of Timely’s top three characters, along with Carl Burgos’ Human Torch and Jack Kirby & Joe Simon’s Captain America. After cancellation of the character following World War II, Everett briefly revived the Sub-Mariner feature in Young Men #28 (June 1954).

In the 1960s, Everett co-created Daredevil with Stan Lee in Daredevil #1 (April 1964), after Kirby had already drawn the cover of issue #1 and done some amount of design work. Everett also penciled the Hulk in Tales to Astonish (initially over Kirby layouts) and on Doctor Strange in Strange Tales. But despite earlier stints inking Kirby on Marvel monster tales, he’s best remembered by Kirby fans for inking Jack’s Thor work (first on issue #143, then for an extended run from #168-175).

Everett eventually returned to writing, penciling and inking Sub-Mariner until his death in 1973. [source: en.wikipedia.org]

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