08 April 2013

Nick Cardy, War Artist

Nick Cardy, born Nicholas Viscardi on  October 20, 1920 is an American comic book artist best known for his DC Comics work on Aquaman, the Teen Titans and other major characters.

Cardy did World War II military service from 1943 to 1945, earning two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered as a tank driver in the armored cavalry. He began his Army career with the 66th Infantry Division, during which time he won a competition to design its patch, creating its snarling black panther logo. His art talent led to his being assigned an office job at division headquarters. Here are some examples of his excellent water colors from that period. (Click to enlarge)

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