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Joe Orlando’s birthday

Joe Orlando’s birthday

Joe Orlando’s birthday

Originally shared by Grand Comics Database

Joe Orlando (4 April 1927 – 23 December 1998, USA) had a career in comics that spanned five decades as an artist, editor, and publisher.

Shortly after he was born in Italy, his family emigrated to the USA. As a student, he became close friends with Carmine Infantino and knew Gaspar Saladino, Alex Toth, and others who also went into comics.

He began his comics career in 1949, assisted Wally Wood on comics such as “Captain Science” (Youthful, 1950), and was a staff artist at EC from 1951 to 1956, until they stopped publishing comic books (1951–1956).

After then working briefly for Stan Lee at Atlas Comics, he returned to EC in 1957 to publish in “Mad”. He appeared in nearly every issue through 1968.

In 1966, Orlando collaborated on two new series for DC Comics. He and E. Nelson Bridwell created the super-hero parody ‘The Inferior Five’ in “Showcase”, which quickly moved to its own title.

He joined writer Barbara Friedlander and editor Jack Miller in creating “Swing with Scooter”, appearing just a month later.

DC hired Orlando as an editor in 1968. He immediately picked up classic titles such as “Adventure Comics” and “House of Mystery” and started new titles such as “Anthro” and “Bat Lash”.

Other titles he launched include “The Phantom Stranger” (1969), “Swamp Thing” (1972), and “Jonah Hex” (1977). He both drew for and edited “Plop!” (1973).

As a Vice President, he managed licensing projects from American Greetings cards through t-shirt and poster art to Six Parks theme-park logos.

When William Gaines died in 1992, Time Warner moved “Mad” under the management of DC Comics (the corporation had acquired both separately). Orlando became the Associate Publisher of the magazine, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

He received an Inkpot Award in San Diego in 1980 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2007.

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(Orlando created the cover of “The Amazing World of DC Comics” #6, May-June 1975)

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