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Ross Andru (American, 1927-1993)

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Birth Place: Cleveland, OH USA

Biography:

Who is Comic Artist and Editor Ross Andru?

Ross Andru was a penciler, inker, and editor who worked on some of Marvel and DC’s biggest books in the 1950s and 1960s. He continued to work up until his death, founding three comic book publishers in the process -- Mr. Publications, MikeRoss, and Klevart. He was inducted posthumously into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007. He became beloved by fans and the comic publishers for his ability to wear many hats, from editor to inker to penciler. 

What is Comic Artist Ross Andru Famous For?

Ross Andru is best known for his long-running work on Wonder Woman for DC (9 years) and The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel (5 years). He is one of the few people to work on both a Superman comic and a Spider-Man comic, and his time as an editor at DC in the 1970s was a period of quiet and sustained success. He was known for his great perspective on the page, where he could draw impressive action sequences across multiple panels. 

How Did Ross Andru Get Started?

Ross Andru came from a family of artists. His father was a famed French horn player in Russia. Andru joined the US army during WWII, making flipbooks to pass the time. When he was discharged in 1946, Andru found work at an animation studio drawing chiclets for gum commercials. This led to a stint working on the Tarzan newspaper strip, which eventually led him to DC comics at the beginning of the 1950s. The rest, as they say, is history. 

What Comics Did Ross Andru Illustrate?

Ross Andru first came to prominence for his long-running time as an inker and penciler on Wonder Woman. He helped to reinvigorate the character, giving her a new costume and supporting cast. Much later, in 1967, Andru would pencil The Flash. In the early 1970s, Andru made the jump to Marvel comics where he helped create the Defenders, drew Marvel Team-Up, and eventually settled in as penciler for The Amazing Spider-Man for five years. At the time, this was Marvel’s best-selling monthly comic. 

What Comic Characters Did Ross Andru Create?

During Ross Andru’s run on The Amazing Spider-Man, he helped introduce the Punisher, a no-nonsense antihero that wears a giant black and white skull on his chest. While initially something of a villain, the Punisher would eventually become one of Marvel’s best-selling and most in-demand superheroes, commanding his own monthly comic, multiple feature films, and an episodic Netflix series. 

What Comic Book Publishers Did Ross Andru Work For?

Ross Andru is the rare case of someone who produced major work for both Marvel Comics, and DC. While many artists and writers did work for both publishing giants, few had as lasting an impact on major comics as Andru did. His time on Wonder Woman and The Amazing Spider-Man are both seen as halcyon days for the books, and his work as an editor left him a beloved figure when he left DC in the 1980s. 

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