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Wayne Boring (born June 5, 1905, Minnesota; died February 20, 1987, Pompano Beach, Florida) was an American comic book artist best known for his work on Superman from the late 1940s to 1950s.
Boring attended the Minnesota School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. In 1937, he began „ghosting” (drawing for hire without credit) on such comic-book features as Slam Bradley and Doctor Occult for the Jerry Siegel-Joe Shuster studio. In 1938, Siegel and Shuster’s character Superman was published in Action Comics #1, for the DC Comics predecessor National Allied Publications, and Boring became a ghost on the soon spun off Superman comic strip, eventually becoming the credited artist.
In 1942, the by-then-named National Comics hired Boring as a staff artist, teaming him as penciler the following year with inker Stan Kaye. The two would work together for nearly 20 years. In 1948, following Siegel and Shuster’s departure from the company over a Superman rights lawsuit, Mort Weisinger, new editor of the Superman line, brought in Boring as well as Al Plastino and Curt Swan.
Boring became the primary Superman comic-book penciller through the 1950s. As one critic wrote of Boring’s 1950s Superman art, „Comics legend Wayne Boring played a major role in visually defining the most well known super-hero in the world during the peak of Superman’s popularity. As another writer echoed, „Boring’s bravura brushwork defined many of its key elements and made Superman look more powerful and imposing, now standing a heroic nine heads tall, and brought a fresh realism, a sleek sci-fi vision and a greater seriousness of tone.”
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