Mac Raboy

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Mac Raboy
BornEmmanuel Raboy
(1914-04-17)April 17, 1914
New York City
DiedDecember 12, 1967(1967-12-12) (aged 53)
Notable works
Captain Marvel Jr.
Flash Gordon Sunday strip

Emmanuel "Mac" Raboy (April 17, 1914 – December 12, 1967)[1] was an American comics artist best known for his comic-book work on Fawcett Comics' Captain Marvel Jr. [2] and as the Sunday comic-strip artist of Flash Gordon for more than 20 years. [3] [4]

Born in New York City, Raboy began his art career with the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. In the 1940s he began working with the Harry A. Chesler studio of comics artists.[4] Raboy began drawing comic books and gained fame as the illustrator for Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama.[4] Raboy was a great admirer of Alex Raymond, and "kept a portfolio of Alex Raymond's "Flash Gordon" comics by his side for inspiration and guidance as he worked".[4] In the spring of 1946, King Features hired Raboy to continue the Sunday page adventures of Flash Gordon, which he continued to work on until his death. [3]

Drew Friedman has stated, "Raboy was an expert technician with pen and brush, and his lush covers are some of the most unusually beautiful ever to grace comic books".[4]


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index, SS# 075-14-1435.
  2. ^ Brent Frankenhoff & Maggie Thompson The Greatest Comic Book Covers Of All Time. Iola, WI : Krause Pub. ; F+W Media, Inc., 2012. ISBN 144023499X (p. 26-7).
  3. ^ a b Marguerite Cotto, "Flash Gordon", in Ray B Browne; Pat Browne,The Guide to United States Popular Culture Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2001. ISBN 0879728213 (p. 283)
  4. ^ a b c d e Drew Friedman, Heroes Of The Comics:Portraits of the Pioneering Legends of the Comic Books. Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, 2014. ISBN 9781606997314 (p.82)