Celebrating Silver Age Gold Key cover painter George Wilson
Among 1960s and ’70s comics, Gold Keys
were different – they had rectangular word balloons, no panel borders and, most strikingly of all, typically painted covers. Most of these watercolour and acrylic masterpieces were painted by the astonishingly prolific George Wilson.
Not to be confused with ’30s pulp cover artist George H. Wilson, this George Wilson painted covers for paperbacks from the likes of Harlequin, Avon and Dell, then covers for comics by Dell, Classics Illustrated and, of course, Gold Key after it split from Dell in 1962.
Unfailingly vibrant, eye-catching and exciting, Wilson’s art brought even the most bizarre creatures to life and made characters such as Turok, Korak and the Phantom leap off the page. His talent for capturing likenesses played no small part in the success and longevity of Gold Key’s mainstay licensed TV spin-off titles.