|Born||Nina Dorothy Albright
February 15, 1907
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 7, 1997
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nina Albright (February 15, 1907 – February 7, 1997), born Nina Dorothy Abrecht, 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.
Arthur Gustave Abrecht (Father), Mary Stuart (mother) and Nina moved to Brooklyn in 1902 from Manhattan while Arthur worked as a reporter for a German newspaper New Yorker Staats-Zeitung. She decided to become an artist after receiving awards for her submissions to drawing contests in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1922 and 1923. She enrolled in the School of Art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after graduating from high school in 1924.
Albright got her start in the comics industry by answering a classified ad placed by packager Jerry Iger. 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.
World War II and Miss Victory
In 1940, Albright was hired alongside several other female comic book artists by Fiction House, a pulp publishing company. Albright and her contemporaries, including Lily Renée and Fran Hopper, were hired to replace male artists who had been drafted.
In 1945, Albright and an unknown writer created Comandette, a heroine featured in Star Studded Comics #1, published by Cambridge House Publishers. 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. In 1947, Albright illustrated The Cadet for Target Comics. Although the comic featured a male protagonist, it notably included several complex female characters.
In the 1950s, Albright turned to illustrating, and worked for magazines such as American Girl Magazine and the Polly French book series written by Francine Lewis and published by the Whitman Publishing Company. She contributed illustrations to a number of educational text books, including Joyce Jackson's Guide To Dating, Manual for Second Year Readers, and This Is Chicago. In the 1960s she contributed book covers for the Signal Books Publishing Company.
- Albright bio, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
- Saunders, David (2015). "Nina Albright (1907-1997)". Retrieved March 18, 2017.
- Trina Robbins (1985). Women and the Comics. Eclipse Books. p. 50. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- 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.
- Nina Albright at the Grand Comics Database.
- Nina Albright Timely/Marvel/Atlas Credits at Atlas Tales.
- Trina Robbins (1993). A century of women cartoonists. Kitchen Sink Press. p. 75. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- Nina Albright at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.