Cel­e­brat­ing Sil­ver Age Gold Key cover painter Ge­orge Wil­son

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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.

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