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March 12, 1928
Life and career
The brother of comics artist Dan Barry, who drew the Flash Gordon comic strip, Sy Barry attended high school at the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, New York City. After graduation, he studied at the Art Students League. Barry began his professional career as his brother's art assistant, and by the late 1940s was working as a freelance comic-book artist, primarily as an inker for publishers including Lev Gleason; the Marvel Comics precursor Timely Comics; and the DC Comics precursor National Comics. At National, he worked on features including Johnny Peril and The Phantom Stranger.
Barry went on to do assistant work on the King Features Syndicate comic strips Tarzan and Flash Gordon. Upon the 1961 death of The Phantom artist Wilson McCoy, who had succeeded creator Lee Falk and subsequent artist Ray Moore, King Features hired Barry to take over that strip. Barry remained on it for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1995.
Barry frequently used pencil artists on the strip, working primarily as an inker, though he often drew entire stories when time permitted. Pencillers included George Olesen, Joe Giella, Bob Forgione, André LeBlanc and Carmine Infantino.