October 14, 1916|
Paterson, New Jersey
|Died||February 18, 2007(aged 90)|
Bob Oksner (October 14, 1916, Paterson, New Jersey - February 18, 2007) was an American comics artist known for both adventure comic strips and for superhero and humor comic books, primarily at DC Comics.
Oksner's early work includes creating the second version of Marvel Boy in 1943 for Timely Comics, the 1930s-'40s predecessor of Marvel Comics. He went on to write and draw the syndicated newspaper comic strip Miss Cairo Jones (1945–1947), after which DC editor Sheldon Mayer hired him as an artist on comics adapted from other media. There, he moved from adventure strips to teen-oriented strips. Oksner's work in this field included Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and its successor, Adventures of Jerry Lewis; Adventures of Bob Hope; The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; Sgt. Bilko; Pat Boone; and Welcome Back, Kotter; and, for the King Features syndicate, the newspaper comic-strip spin-off of the 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Other work includes drawing the original humor comics Angel and the Ape and Stanley and His Monster.
When the demand for that type of humor comics fell off by the 1970s, Oksner began drawing such DC superhero series as Superman,Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, Black Orchid, Lois Lane, Ambush Bug, and others.
Oksner's other work in comic strips included succeeding Gus Edson as writer of artist-creator Irwin Hasen's Dondi for a time beginning in 1965; and drawing and co-creating Soozi (1967), with Don Weldon. He retired from comics in 1986.
Oksner won the National Cartoonists Society Award for the Comic Book Division in 1960 and 1961, and in 1970 the Shazam Award for Best Pencil Artist (Humor Division) for his work on Adventure Comics and other DC titles.
Comics work (interior pencil) art includes:
- Adventure Comics (Supergirl) #410-411, 414-415, 417 (1971–72)
- The Adventures of Bob Hope
- Adventures of Jerry Lewis
- Angel and the Ape #1-7 (1968–69)
- Detective Comics (Batgirl) #483-484 (1979); (Tales of Gotham) #492 (1980)
- House of Mystery #199 (1972)
- Shazam! #10-13, 15, 16, 18, 19 (1974–75)
- Showcase #77, 81 (1968–69)
- Stanley and His Monster #109, 111 (1968)
- Supergirl, vol. 2 (Lois Lane) #2-12 (1982–83)
- Superman Family (Lois Lane) #196-200, 202-204, 206-222 (1979–82)
- Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #119 (1972)
- Welcome Back, Kotter #3, 8-10 (1977–78)
- Windy and Willy #1-4 (1969)
- Bob Oksner at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Accessed June 28, 2006
- POV Online: News from Me (column, Feb. 18, 2007): "Bob Oksner, R.I.P.", by Mark Evanier
- POV Online: News from Me (column, Oct. 27, 2000), by Mark Evanier (Irwin Hasen interview)
- Atlas Comics (retailer) Presents the Top 100 Artists of American Comic Books: #98 — Bob Oksner accessed June 28, 2006
- Miss Cairo Jones at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 13, 2012. Accessed June 28, 2006
- Comic Book Resources: Oddball Comics (column): The Adventures Of Jerry Lewis #84 (Oct. 1964)
- Who Drew Superman in the Bronze Age?
- Robert Oksner entry, The Comic Strip Project, "Who's Who of Comic Strip Producers", O. WebCitation archive. Accessed January 16, 2011.