Comic Book Artist Nick Cardy Dies at 93

Highlights of his seven-decade career include the first appearance of "Teen Titans" and a stint as DC's main cover artist in the 1970s.
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Nick Cardy, the comic book artist best known for work published by DC Comics in the 1950s, '60s and '70s -- including runs on Teen Titans, Aquaman and cult Western Bat Lash -- died November 3, at the age of 93.

He was born Nicholas Viscardi. His comic book career started in 1939, at the age of 18, when he started working for Will Eisner and Jerry Iger's Eisner and Iger Studio, illustrating titles such as Fight Comics and Jungle Comics before graduating to both writing and illustrating the Lady Luck strip in Eisner's seminal The Spirit Section for newspapers in 1941.

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After military service during World War II -- Cardy served from 1943 through 1945 as a tank driver in the armored cavalry -- Cardy returned to America and began illustrating the Tarzan and Casey Ruggles newspaper strips before starting work for DC in 1950.

His career at DC had many highlights, including drawing the first 39 issues of the ongoing Aquaman series, co-creating the Teen Titans in 1965's The Brave and the Bold #60 (and drawing each issue of their first series, whether pencils, inks or both) and becoming the main cover artist for the entire line throughout the early 1970s.

In later life, Cardy moved from comics into commercial illustration, under the name "Nick Cardi." Concentrating on magazine illustrations and promotional artwork for movies, he worked on campaigns for such movies as California Suite, Movie Movie and Apocalypse Now.

He never quite abandoned comic books, returning to DC in later years to contribute to special issues or events, such as Silver Age Teen Titans and, in a moment of symmetry with the beginning of his career, a cover for the publisher's revival of Eisner's The Spirit. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

News that Cardy was hospitalized due to failing health broke on social media on Friday, with his passing confirmed late last night.

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