We are saddened to report the news that comics legend Nick Cardy has passed away yesterday. He was 93.
Cardy’s comic career stretches back over 8 decades beginning in 1939. He began working for Will Eisner’s Eisner and Iger Studio. His comics career was interrupted by World War II. Cardy was drafted into the Army, where he served as an assistant tank driver, where he earned two Purple Hearts.
After returning to civilian life, Cardy began working as commercial artist before being work with DC Comics in 1950. First working on characters like Tomahawk and Gang Busters, before going on to work on the characters he would become most remembered for, Aquaman and the Teen Titans. Cardy worked as an artist on the first 43 issues of the original Teen Titans series. He either a penciled or inked (or both) every issue between from 1966 to 1973. He also drew the first 39 issues of the first Aquaman solo series. In the 70’s Cardy became DC’s primary cover artist. His work graced the covers of Action Comics, Batman and Justice League of America.
Cardy was inducted in the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2oo5.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nick Cardy, one of the industry’s greatest artists. A talented draftsman with a knack for layout and energetic cover design, Cardy’s art leapt off the page and helped redefine some of DC Comics’ most lasting characters for a new age.Like many early comic pros, Cardy began his career working under the tutelage of the legendary Will Eisner, as part of the Eisner and Iger studio. But it was his arrival at DC Comics in 1950 that saw the artist begin to show signs of the legend that would soon form around him.
Cardy’s smooth line and dynamic sense of action graced the first appearance of the Teen Titans in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60, not to mention almost 40 issues of AQUAMAN during the character’s initial Silver Age solo series.
Cardy continued his relationship with DC’s teen team for the entirety of TEEN TITANS 43-issue Silver Age run, redefining the collection of sidekicks through his innovative and yet still classical brushstroke, with a dash of post-modernist design and 60s swagger….
“We’ve lost one of the artistic pillars here at DC,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “Nick’s work on Aquaman, Teen Titans and beyond helped define how we look at these characters today. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and many fans.”