Nina Albright

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Nina Albright
Born Nina Dorothy Albright[1]
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Miss Victory

Nina Albright was an American comic book artist for nine years during the Golden Age of Comic Books. She was one of few woman illustrating and writing comic books during the period.

Early career[edit]

Albright got her start in the comics industry by answering a classified ad placed by packager Jerry Iger.[2] She worked in studios like Funnies Inc., L.B. Cole, and Bernard Baily in the 1940s. While employed at Novelty Press in New York, she worked on such features as Young King Cole, Lem the Grem, Contact Comics, Dr. Doom, Bull's Eye Bill, and The Cadet (mostly backup features in the Novelty titles 4 Most and Target Comics). She also worked on Fiction House features, including Captain Terry Thunder, Hooks Devlin, Inspector Dayton and Senorita Rio.

WWII and Miss Victory[edit]

In 1940, Albright was hired alongside several other female comic book artists by Fiction House, a pulp publishing company.[3] Albright and her contemporaries, including Lily Renée and Fran Hopper, were hired to replace male artists who had been drafted.[3]

In 1945, Albright and an unknown writer created Comandette, a heroine featured in Star Studded Comics #1, published by Cambridge House Publishers.[4] At Holyoke Publications, she worked on Miss Victory. She also worked for Aviation Press on their Black Venus, and illustrated romance stories for Timely, such as Junior Miss.[5] In 1947, Albright illustrated The Cadet for Target Comics.[6] Although the comic featured a male protagonist, it notably included several complex female characters.[6]

Up until the early 1950s, she worked for Archie Publications, St. John Publications, and Ziff-Davis.[4] Albright worked in comics for a total of nine years.[2] She turned to illustrating after abandoning comics, and worked for magazines such as American Girl and the Polly French book series.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albright bio, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  2. ^ a b Trina Robbins (1985). Women and the Comics. Eclipse Books. p. 50. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Jean-Paul Gabillet (2010). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. University Press of Mississippi. p. 114. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Nina Albright at the Grand Comics Database.
  5. ^ Nina Albright Timely/Marvel/Atlas Credits at Atlas Tales.
  6. ^ a b Trina Robbins (1993). A century of women cartoonists. Kitchen Sink Press. p. 75. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Nina Albright at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.

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