George Tuska

George Tuska began his professional career as an artist at the Eisner & Iger studio in the late 1930s, drawing features for publishers like Fox and Quality, including “Uncle Sam.” He next worked for Harry “A” Chesler, drawing Captain Marvel for Fawcett and Shadow Comics for Street and Smith, as well as titles published by Chesler himself. From there, Tuska moved on to Fiction House, illustrating Jungle Comics, Ranger Comics, Planet Comics, and others. After service in World War II, he returned to Fiction House before joining Standard Publishing, where he drew the tales of the Black Terror and Fighting Yank. But he really made his mark in the Golden Age when he was hired by Lev Gleason on Crime Does Not Pay, the leading true-crime comic. Tuska worked for Gleason from 1947 to 1954.

When the Kefauver Senate hearings brought an end to crime and horror comics, Tuska switched to newspaper strips, drawing first Scorchy Smith and later Buck Rogers for the better part of a decade. When the Buck Rogers strip ended, Tuska started at Marvel Comics inking Jack Kirby on Captain America, followed by a stint inking Marie Severin on The Incredible Hulk. After penciling several issues of X-Men, fate brought Tuska together with a character called Iron Man, beginning a ten-year run on the title. Tuska also contributed to other books while at Marvel, including Luke Cage, Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, The Avengers, Black Goliath, and Daredevil.

Along the way, Tuska also worked for Joe Simon on Sick magazine, as well as Archie Comics, Harvey Comics, Warren Publishing, and Tower Comics, where he drew the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Tuska also produced a significant body of work for DC Comics in the early seventies, including stories in Challengers of the Unknown, Teen Titans, House of Secrets, and the “Legion of Super-Heroes” in Superboy. Then in 1978, Tuska began the newspaper strip, The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, featuring Superman and members of the Justice League of America. He remained on the strip until 1983, when he returned to comics, drawing Green Lantern, World’s Finest, and Masters of the Universe. Tuska retired in the late 1980s, but continued to draw commissions for fans until his death at the age of 93. [source: Dewey Cassell]

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