Ben Oda

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Ben Oda
Born(1915-12-21)December 21, 1915
United States
DiedNovember 28, 1984 (1984-11-29) (aged 68)
Englewood, New Jersey, US
Spouse(s)Nishi Oda

Ben Oda (December 21, 1915 – November 1984) was a Japanese-American letterer for comic books and comic strips.

He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute and began his career as an apprentice at Walt Disney Studios.[1] During World War II, Oda was a paratrooper.

Oda lettered for two major comic strip syndicates: the Chicago Tribune Syndicate and King Features Syndicate. Comic strips lettered by Oda include Apartment 3-G, Big Ben Bolt, Dondi, The Dropouts, Flash Gordon, Johnny Hazard, Little Orphan Annie, Miss Peach, On Stage, The Phantom, Prince Valiant, Rip Kirby, The Spirit and Steve Canyon.[2]

He entered the comics industry after World War II; some of his earliest lettering was for Hillman Periodicals' Airboy and Real Clue Crime Stories, which connected him with the Simon & Kirby team. In the 1950s, his lettering appeared in the EC Comics edited by Harvey Kurtzman.[2]

He was a prolific letterer at DC Comics for many years, until his death, working on such books as Action Comics, Aquaman, Justice League of America, Wonder Woman, Young Romance, Teen Titans, New Teen Titans and a plethora of others.

His wife, Nishi Oda, also did lettering.[3]

Odaballoon, created by Oda's family, is an official[4] freeware typeface in his lettering style.[2]

In 2019, Oda was recognized for his contributions to the comic book medium and inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame during New York Comic Con. His award was posthumously introduced by former DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz.[5]


  1. ^ DC Profiles Number 56: Ben Oda, appearing in Jonah Hex #33, February 1980
  2. ^ a b c What If
  3. ^ Jack Kirby Museum
  4. ^ "ABOUT". MASTER STITCHER. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
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