Art Saaf

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Art Saaf
Born Arthur Saaf
(1921-12-04)December 4, 1921
Brooklyn, New York
Died April 21, 2007(2007-04-21) (aged 85)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Highlights for Children
Princess Pantha

Arthur "Art" Saaf (December 4, 1921 – April 21, 2007)[1] was an American comic book artist from the Golden Age of Comics who also worked in television. He commonly went by Art or Artie.


Art Saaf was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921[1] and developed his art skills working at Macfadden Publishing in 1938 and built his first art table using schematics from Mechanics Illustrated. He then majored in pictorial illustration at Pratt Institute from 1941 to 1942, then attended the School of Arts and Mechanics and the Art Students League of New York.[2]

During World War II Saaf worked on titles including Commando Rangers, Clipper Kirk, Phantom Falcons as well as covers for Wings and Jumbo Comics.[3] He "ghosted" Hap Hopper, providing art credited to Drew Pearson. After the war, Saaf worked for Timely Comics,[4] and Dell Comics as well as drawing autobiographical comics including "The Clown of Baseball" for Real Life Comics.[2][3] He drew the first appearance of Princess Pantha in Thrilling Comics #56 (Oct. 1946) and drew the character's feature until its end in 1949.[5]

While still doing comic book work, Saaf ventured into television. In 1954 he worked for the Kudner Agency as an assistant television director and provided storyboards for The Jackie Gleason Show, and followed that in 1956 working for Dancer, Fitzgerald and Sample Agency.[2] Around 1959, Saaf began working at a freelancer, stating "the pace was too fast, and I wanted time to think about what I was doing."[2] Into the 1960s he worked for numerous agencies providing many advertisements for products ranging from Post Cereal, Crest, Zest, Maxwell House, Life Savers and many others.[2]

In the 1970s, he worked for DC Comics illustrating romance stories until finally leaving comic books.[3] He drew Supergirl stories in the character's original solo series in 1972.[6] He continued drawing in other publishing fields and provided work for Highlights for Children magazine as well as various newspapers and other publications.[2]

Saaf died April 21, 2007 from the effects of Parkinson's disease at age 85.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Evanier, Mark (April 22, 2007). "Art Saaf, R.I.P.". News From ME. Archived from the original on June 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Arthur "Artie" Saaf b. 1921 - d. 2007". n.d. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Art Saaf at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ "Art Saaf". Lambiek Comiclopedia. July 18, 2012. Archived from the original on June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Princess Pantha". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 12, 2014. The writer of this origin story hasn't been identified, but the artist was Art Saaf...Saaf remained Pantha's regular artist as long as her feature lasted. 
  6. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Following a decade of back-up action and three years headlining Adventure Comics, Supergirl finally starred in her own series. For the inaugural issue, Cary Bates and artist Art Saaf enrolled Linda Danvers in college. 

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