Hall of Fame

Since the founding of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (and their previous incarnation, the Kirby Awards), the following individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Wayne Boring

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Wayne
Boring

1905-1987

Wayne Boring was one of the best-known and most influential Superman artists. He started out as an art assistant in the Siegel & Shuster studio in 1937. After Superman became a hit, Boring became the artist for the syndicated newspaper strip and was hired by DC in 1942 to draw Superman comics, which he did for nearly 20 years, aided by inker Stan Kaye. Many credit Boring with establishing the iconic look of Superman during the character’s most popular period. Inducted 2007

John Broome

John Broome
John
Broome

1913-1999

John Broome is best known as a writer for DC, where he worked from 1946 to 1970 on such titles as the Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash series as well as several Justice Society of America stories. He created many DC characters and institutions, including the 1940s Atomic Knights, the Silver Age Flash Rogues Gallery of supervillains, the (Green Lantern) Guardians of the Universe, and the Elongated Man. Inducted 2008

Marjorie (“Marge”) Henderson Buell

Marjorie (“Marge”) Henderson Buell
Marjorie (“Marge”) Henderson
Buell

1904–1993

In 1935 Marge’s single-panel gag cartoon “Little Lulu” first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. Marge continued producing this hugely popular cartoon featuring the mischievous kid through 1944, when it went on to become a weekly comic strip. Buell stopped drawing Little Lulu in 1947, but although the work was done by others, she kept creative control. Little Lulu became a successful series of animated cartoons and a popular comic book for Dell/Gold Key (done by other cartoonists, most notably John Stanley). Lulu (drawn by Marge) was the mascot for Kleenex tissues from 1952 to 1965. Inducted 2015

Carl Burgos

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Carl
Burgos

(1916–1984)

Carl Burgos joined the Harry Chesler shop in 1938. He spent most of 1938 and 1939 writing and drawing features like “Iron Skull” and “Stoney Dawson” for the Centaur group. Burgos moved to Lloyd Jacquet's Funnies, Inc. studio, and together with Bill Everett began working at Timely's Marvel Comics. While Everett created the Sub-Mariner strip, Burgos created the flaming android known as the Human Torch. The fiery character caught on and was appearing in his own book by autumn 1940. Burgos left the strip and comics in 1942 and, besides an occasional reappearance in color comics, spent most of the next 25 years in advertising art.

Inducted 2016

John Buscema

John Buscema

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John
Buscema

1927-2002

Fan favorite artist John Buscema is probably best known for his work at Marvel, drawing The Silver Surfer and Conan the Barbarian, plus pretty much every other character the company produced from the 1960s through the 1990s. He influenced many an aspiring penciller with his art in Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Inducted 2002

Ernie Bushmiller

Ernie Bushmiller
Ernie
Bushmiller

1905-1982

Ernie Bushmiller got his start as a cartoonist when he took over the Fritzi Ritz comic strip in 1925. In 1933, he added Fritzi’s niece Nancy to the strip. The character became so popular that Ernie changed the name of the strip to Nancy in 1938. Ernie continued to do the newspaper strip (with the help of various assistants) until his death at the age of 77. Inducted 2011

John Byrne

John Byrne

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John
Byrne

1950–

Writer/artist John Byrne is best known for his long run on Uncanny X-Men (beginning with writer Chris Claremont in 1977), including the classic “Days of Future Past” and “Dark Phoenix” story arcs. During that time he created Alpha Flight, Proteus, and Kitty Pryde. This work was followed by a five-year run (1981–1986) on Fantastic Four along with the Alpha Flight series. In 1986 he revamped Superman for DC and worked on various Superman titles for two years, after which he returned to Marvel to write and draw such titles as The Sensational She-Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and West Coast Avengers. In the 1990s he produced the creator-owned series Next Men for Dark Horse. He continues to produce work for IDW and other publishers. Inducted 2015

Milton Caniff

Milton Caniff
Milton
Caniff

1907-1988

A pioneer in the action/adventure comic strip, Milton Caniff influence generations of artists with his storytelling and chiaroscuro art on Terry and the Pirates. He also set precedent by leaving Terry to create a strip that he could own himself: Steve Canyon. Inducted 1988

Al Capp

Al Capp

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Al
Capp

1909-1979

Cartoonist Al Capp added to American pop culture and our language through his clever and popular newspaper strip Li’l Abner, which ran for 43 years. Capp delighted funnypapers fans with his creations: the Yokum family of Dogpatch, U.S.A., the Schmoo, Sadie Hawkins Day, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Joe Bfstplk, Fearless Fosdick, Lower Slobbovia, and much, much more. Inducted 2004

Nick Cardy

Nick Cardy
Nick
Cardy

1920-2013

Nick Cardy began in comics in 1939 at the Eisner/Iger Studio. He then joined Will Eisner at his Tudor City Studio to draw “Lady Luck,” among other assignments. In the 1960s Nick he had long and influential runs on Aquaman and then Teen Titans. In 1969 he drew the short-lived but highly regarded Bat Lash series. In the early 1970s he drew a number of popular stories for Brave & the Bold and was the chief cover artist for DC, drawing numerous covers for Superman, Action Comics, Flash, Secret Origins, The Witching Hour, and many more titles. Inducted 2005

Chris Claremont

Chris Claremont

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Chris
Claremont

1950–

Writer Chris Claremont is well known for his 17-year run on Uncanny X-Men, for which he created or co-created such characters as Rogue, Phoenix, Mystique, Sabretooth, and Gambit. His story arcs in collaboration with John Byrne included such classics as “Dark Phoenix” and “Days of Future Past.” His Wolverine minseries with artist Frank Miller inspired the storyline for the 2013 film The Wolverine. The 1991 X-Men #1 spinoff issue, which Claremont co-wrote with Jim Lee, remains the bestselling comic book of all time. In the 1990s Claremont wrote a variety of titles for several publishers, including his own Sovereign Seven for DC, as well as some prose novels. He returned to Marvel in 1998 as editorial director and the regular writer of Fantastic Four. Today he continues to write novels and to work for Marvel, writing such titles as X-Women and Nightcrawler. Inducted 2015

Gene Colan

Gene Colan
Gene
Colan

1926-2011

Gene Colan began working in comics in 1944. He came into prominence in the 1960s as part of the Marvel Silver Age crew, drawing Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Sub-Mariner, Captain America, and other titles before going on to famed runs on Tomb of Dracula and Howard the Duck. In the 1980s, Gene worked on a number of titles at DC, including Night Force and Nathaniel Dusk. Inducted 2005

Jack Cole

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Jack
Cole

1918-1958

Jack Cole was one of the most innovative cartoonists in the history of comics. In addition to creating Plastic Man, he gave a distinctive look to superhero, crime, and horror series for Harry A. Chesler, Busy Arnold, MLJ, and other Golden Age publishers. He eventually left comics in the early 1950s to draw “Females by Cole” for Playboy, and a syndicated comic strip, Betsy and Me. Inducted 1999

L.B. Cole

L.B. Cole

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L.B.
Cole

1918-1995

One of the most versatile cover artists in the history of comics, Leonard Brandt Cole worked in a wide range of styles and in just about every genre, from funny animals to romance to war as well as science fiction and horror. His striking colors and appealing (if sometimes bizarre) designs have made Golden Age comics with his covers highly collectible. Inducted 1999

Richard Corben

Richard Corben
Richard
Corben

1940-

In the late 1960s Richard Corben published his own underground comic book, Fantagor, and contributed to the underground magazines Slow Death and Skull. In the 1970s he drew regularly for Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella. But it was his color stories in Heavy Metal that brought him a huge fan following, with such series as “Bloodstar,” “Mutantworld,” and “Den.” Since then he has done work for Marvel, DC, IDW, and most notably Dark Horse, drawing the Eisner Award–winning Hellboy. Inducted 2012