Alex Schomburg, circa 1940s
|Born||Alejandro Schomburg y Rosa
May 10, 1905
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
|Died||April 7, 1998
Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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Alex Schomburg was born on May 10, 1905 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City in the early 1920s, where he began work as a commercial artist with three of his brothers. In 1928, the brothers' partnership ended and Schomburg found work with the National Screen Service, creating lantern slides and working on movie trailers there through 1944.
During the 1930s, in addition to working for the NSS, Schomburg freelanced Better Publications, producing interior line art for Thrilling Wonder Stories and others of the company's pulp magazines. His skill at drawing anything mechanical soon had him illustrating aviation covers for Flying Aces and electronic equipment for the Hugo Gernsback pulp Radio Craft. Schomburg's first science fiction-themed cover was for the September 1939 issue of Startling Stories.
The following decade, Schomburg freelanced primarily for Timely Comics, the 1940s forerunner of Marvel, displaying his talent for slam-bang action tableau. In dynamic covers featuring Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Human Torch, other Timely superheroes or any combination thereof, Schomburg filled every square inch with flamboyant characters, flames, knives, guns, explosions, Nazis, Japanese, and pretty girls in need of rescue. He mastered the use of the airbrush, signing many of his airbrushed covers "Xela". Schomburg drew between five and six hundred covers during this Golden Age of Comic Books.
In the early 1950s, Schomburg left comics and spent the remainder of his career on covers and illustrations for science fiction magazines, astrology publications, and books, including the Winston juvenile series.
In 1977, Schomburg and a few of his fellow Golden Age comic book artists collaborated on the Invaders Annual #1, written by Roy Thomas. Schomburg penciled and inked a 6-page chapter featuring the Golden Age Human Torch. This issue's story, set in the 1940s, contained his first work for Timely/Marvel Comics since the 1940s.
- Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist 1962; runner-up.
- Doc Smith Second Stage Lensman Award September 30, 1979 Moscon 1.
- Frank R. Paul Award 1984.
- Inkpot Award 1985.
- Kentucky colonel May 6, 1986.
- Chesley Award (A.S.F.A. Award for Artistic Achievement) 1986.
- Guest of Honor, PulpCon 16, July 9–12, 1987, Dayton, Ohio.
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Comic Con, Fall 1989.
- First Fandom Hall of Fame award 1990.
- 47th World Science Fiction Convention Noreascon III Special Committee Award (Lifetime Achievement Award), 1989, for contributions to Science Fiction.
- The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame 1999.
I've always felt that Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post. He was totally unique, with an amazing distinctive style. You could never mistake a Schomburg cover for any other artist's. ... I remember hearing Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tell me time and again how great a cover illustrator Alex was, and how he wished we had more like him. ... [D]espite the quantity of work we gave him, despite the care and effort that went into every Schomburg cover, I cannot remember Alex ever being late with any illustration.
- Alexander A Schomburg at the United States Social Security Death Index via FamilySearch.org. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- Alejandro Schomburg Y Rosa at Puerto Rico Civil Registration via FamilySearch.org. Retrieved on March 21, 2015. Note: Pulp historian David Saunders (cite below) gives name as Antonio Alejandro Schomburg.
- Saunders, David (2009). "Alex Schomburg (1905-1998)". PulpArtists.com. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- Lee, Stan. "Full text written by Stan Lee ... about Alex Schomburg". The Official Estate of Alex Schomburg Site: Press. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- Gustafson, Jon, ed. (1986). Chroma: The Art of Alex Schomburg. Poughkeepsie, New York: Father Tree Press.
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- The Official Estate of Alex Schomburg Site. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014.
- Alex Schomburg at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Duin, Steve (December 1993). "Golden Age Great: Alex Schomburg". Overstreet's Golden Age Quarterly. Reprinted at LiveForEverett.com (2). Archived from the original on July 17, 2006. Additional WebCitation archive.
- Alex Schomburg (sample covers), SamuelDesign.com
- "The Alex Schomburg Checklist". Archived from the original on February 7, 2006.
- Alex Schomburg at Library of Congress Authorities, with 1 catalog records