|Born||John Edmond Sparling
June 21, 1916
|Notable works||Hap Hopper, Claire Voyant, Tiger Girl|
Sparling received his early arts training at the Arts and Crafts Club in New Orleans and later attended the Corcoran School of Art. He worked briefly as a gag cartoonist for the New Orleans Item-Tribune. In 1941, Sparling, along with writers Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen, created the comic strip Hap Hopper, Washington Correspondent. The strip premiered in 1939, and Sparling was the artist until 1943, when he was succeeded by Al Plastino.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, Sparling provided art for a variety of publishers, including Harvey Comics (the Pirana), Charlton Comics (adaptations of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman), DC Comics (Challengers of the Unknown, Secret Six, Eclipso) and Marvel Comics (Captain America). Sparling also worked for Classics Illustrated, drawing adaptations of Robin Hood and Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In 1976, he drew a licensed Welcome Back, Kotter comic book series for DC.
Sparling was still active in the 1980s, working primarily on titles for Western Publishing. For Western's Gold Key Comics, Sparling illustrated comic book adaptations of the television series Family Affair and The Outer Limits. He also created, with Jerry Siegel, the superhero Tiger Girl.
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