Al Avison

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Al Avison
Born Alfred Avison
(1920-07-07)July 7, 1920
Died December 1, 1984(1984-12-01) (aged 64)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
The Whizzer

Alfred Avison (July 7, 1920 – December 1984)[1] is an American comic book artist known for his work on the Marvel Comics characters the Whizzer, which he co-created, and Captain America during the 1930-1940s period known to fans and historians as the Golden Age of comic books.


Early life and career[edit]

The son of Connecticut artist and WPA muralist George Avison, Al Avison was Influenced by the work of his father and of commercial illustrator Albert Dorne.[2] He studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.[3] His first known comics work is co-inking Jack Kirby's lead story in Novelty Press' Blue Bolt Comics #4 (cover-dated Sept. 1940).[4]

Timely Comics[edit]

For Marvel Comics' 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, penciler Avison and an unknown writer co-created super-speedster the Whizzer in U.S.A. Comics #1 (Aug. 1941).[5] The character would appear in most issues of that comic, and was part of Timely/Marvel's first superhero team, the All-Winners Squad.

After Captain America creators Jack Kirby and Joe Simon moved on following Captain America Comics #10 (Jan. 1942), Avison and Syd Shores became regular pencilers of the celebrated title, with one generally inking over the other. Avison had been the inker over penciler Kirby on Captain America Comics #4-6 (June-Sept. 1941), and had penciled or inked that character's stories in All Winners Comics as early as issue #3 (Winter 1941-42).[4] Shores would take over as regular penciller, inked by Vince Alascia, while Avison did his World War II military service.[6]

Avison also worked as a penciler or, more often, as inker on characters including the Vision (in Marvel Mystery Comics); the Blonde Phantom; the Young Allies (in Amazing Comics, Kid Komics and Mystic Comics); the Black Marvel (in All Winners Comics); and Tommy Tyme (in Mystic Comics). With Joe Simon, he was one of two inkers on the Kirby-drawn debut of Marvel Boy in Daring Mystery Comics #6 (Sept. 1940). Avison's Timely work appears as late as Captain America Comics #71 (March 1949).[4]

Other work[edit]

Avison additionally worked on the original Captain Marvel for Fawcett Comics in 1941-42. He also freelanced for Harvey Comics both during and after his Timely stint, on such features as "The Red Blazer" (introducing him in Pocket Comics #1, Aug. 1941), "Casper the Friendly Ghost", "Captain Freedom" (including inking Jack Kirby's cover art on Speed Comics #16 & #18, Jan. & May 1942), "Joe Palooka", "The Green Hornet", "Humphrey", "Little Dot" and "Shock Gibson" (including the cover of Speed Comics #14, Dec. 1941), through at least the early 1950s.[4]

Avison's last known work is penciling and inking the cover of Harvey's horror anthology Chamber of Chills #26 (Dec. 1954).[4]


  1. ^ "Alfred Avision", Social Security Number 040-16-2172, at the United States Social Security Death Index via Retrieved on February 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Alfred Avison at Ask Art - The American Artists Bluebook. Archived November 8, 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Al Avison at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Archived from the original 2009-11-23
  4. ^ a b c d e Al Avison at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ U.S.A. Comics #1 (Aug. 1941) at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Hewetson, Alan (October 1973). "Syd Shores" (2). (interview) Now and Then Times. Archived from the original on November 29, 2007.  Additional WebCitation archive created September 26, 2010.

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