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.

Alex Toth

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Alex Toth

Photo by Jackie Estrada



Although he didn’t create any famous characters or have long runs on any well-known comics titles, Alex Toth is revered among comics artists for his sparse yet eloquent drawing style and his storytelling techniques. In animation, his character designs for shows such as Space Ghost and Jonny Quest have influenced many a modern cartoonist.

Inducted 1991

Morrie Turner

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Morrie Turner


Morrie Turner created the Wee Pals comic strip in 1965. When Wee Pals first appeared, bringing black characters to the comics pages was by no means an easy task. At first, only five major newspapers published the strip. It was not until 1968 and the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. that Wee Pals achieved nationwide acceptance. Within three months of Dr. King’s death, Wee Pals was appearing in more than 100 newspapers nationwide. In 2012 Turner was the recipient of Comic-Con’s Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. He also has the distinction of having been one of the handful of pros at the very first Comic-Con in 1970.

Inducted 2019

Alberto Uderzo

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Alberto Uderzo


Alberto Uderzo was a struggling French cartoonist with several unsuccessful strips under his belt when he hooked up with writer René Goscinny to create Asterix the Gaul in 1959 for the first issue of Pilote, a comics weekly. After Goscinny died in 1977, Uderzo continued to produce Asterix albums on his own.

Inducted 2007

Lynd Ward

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Lynd Ward


As a pioneer in the graphic novel, Lynd Ward produced six wordless novels in wood engravings from 1929 to 1937. His first novel, God's Man, was followed by Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage, Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, and Vertigo. All six books have been collected in a two-volume slip-cased edition by Library of the Americas.

Inducted 2011

Bill Watterson

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Bill Watterson

Self-portrait by Bill Watterson



Cartoonist Bill Watterson created the strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate from 1985 to 1995. The wildly popular series featured the highly imaginative little boy Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who came to life only with Calvin. In 1986, Watterson became the youngest cartoonist ever to receive the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award—the industry's highest honor. Watterson refused all merchandising for the characters, and after its 10-year run, he ended the series, saying that he had done all he could with Calvin and Hobbes. The final strip ran on December 31, 1995.

Inducted 2020

Len Wein

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Len Wein


Len Wein is the co-creator of the legendary comic book series Swamp Thing, Human Target, and Brother Voodoo, as well as Wolverine and the New X-Men. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character in the business, ranging from Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Green Lantern, and the Flash, at DC to Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men at Marvel.

Inducted 2007

Mort Weisinger

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Mort Weisinger


The Superman editor at DC Comics during the 1940s–1960s, Mort Weisinger is also credited with co-creating Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Johnny Quick. It was under his tenure that many aspects of the Superman universe came into being, from Supergirl and Krypto to the Legion of Super-Heroes and the various types of kryptonite.

Inducted 2010

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Major Malcolm


In the fall of 1934, Major Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications and published New Fun #1, the first comic book containing all-original material. The magazine was retitled More Fun in 1936. Wheeler-Nicholson added a second magazine, New Comics, in 1935, which became New Adventure Comics with issue 12 and finally Adventure Comics with #32. The third and final title published under his aegis was Detective Comics, premiering in 1937.

Inducted 2009

Ogden Whitney

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Ogden Whitney


Ogden Whitney is best known as the artist of “Herbie, the Fat Fury,” the strange boy addicted to lollipops who appeared in ACG Comics from the late 1950s to mid-1960s. Herbie (scripted by Shane O’Shea aka Richard Hughes) made his first appeared in Forbidden Worlds in 1958 and got his own feature in 1964. In the later 1960s.

Inducted 2007

Al Williamson

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Al Williamson

Photo by Jackie Estrada



Al Williamson was the “young guy” among the EC artists of the early 1950s, producing classic stories for the various science fiction titles, often in collaboration with Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, and Roy Krenkel. After the EC heyday, Williamson moved on to draw a wide variety of stories for Atlas, ACG, and other companies. In the 1960s, he found his niche in adventure comic strips, with a regular gig on Secret Agent X-9 and then a memorable stint as the artist on the Star Wars comics strip.

Inducted 2000

Barry Windsor-Smith

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Barry Windsor-Smith


As “Barry Smith,” Barry Windsor Smith became an immediate fan favorite in the early 1970s as penciler for Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian. After pursuing a fine-arts career, producing limited-edition fantasy-themed prints, he returned to Marvel in the 1980s, drawing and coloring Machine Man and writing and drawing “Weapon X,” his own take on Wolverine. In the early 1990s he served as creative director and lead artist at Valiant Comics. Since that time his work has been published by Malibu, Dark Horse, Image, and Fantagraphics.

Inducted 2008

Bill Woggon

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Bill Woggon

Photo by Jackie Estrada



Bill Woggon created “Katy Keene, the Pinup Queen” for Archie Comics in 1945. Katy appeared not just in her own book but also in Laugh and Pep Comics, giant comics like Katy Keene Pinup Parade, and occasional issues of Archie Giant Series Magazine. Notable about Woggon's comics was that he encouraged fans to send in their designs for clothes (as well as cars and even rocketships), for Katy and her accompanying cast of characters. The series ran until 1961. Woggon then went to work on Millie the Lovable Monster for Dell. A revival of Katy Keene comics occurred in the 1980s, with reprints of Woggon's stories, as well as new stories illustrated by other cartoonists.

Inducted 2015

Marv Wolfman

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Marv Wolfman


Marv Wolfman is best known for Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths at DC and as the writer/creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter and Bullseye (the prime villain in the 2003 movie Daredevil) at Marvel. Marv has also been editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics, and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine.

Inducted 2011

Basil Wolverton

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Basil Wolverton


Although he will be forever associated with the “Lena the Hyena” drawing he did for Al Capp’s Li’l Abner, Basil Wolverton produced memorable science fiction comics during the Golden Age, including the “Spacehawk” and “Space Patrol” series. He also produced hundreds of caricatures and other drawings in his distinctive stippled style and produced work for MAD.

Inducted 2000

Wallace Wood

Will Eisner Hall of Fame: Wallace Wood

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Wallace Wood ‘s art style first captured readers in EC’s science fiction titles and particularly in MAD. He gave the distinctive look to the “Mars Attacks’ trading cards and created, edited, and drew T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in the 1960s. He also produced work for Marvel, including Daredevil, and for DC (All-Star Comics). In his later years, he published one of the most polished fanzines (Witzend) and self-published a wide variety of works, from The Pipsqueak Papers to Cannon and the adult Sally Forth.

Inducted 1992