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Nick Cardy - NICK CARDY ILLUSTRATION ART #0 Illustration
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COMMENTS: Nick Cardy painted art; Long Island, NY #2; c. 1939; image size 12" x 9"
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Nick Cardy painted art; Long Island, NY #2; c. 1939; image size 12" x 9"

Beautiful illustration by Cardy of a run-down boat, from near his home on Long Island. Created before he moved to New York City to work at the Eisner/Iger shop. Watercolor on watercolor paper. Art is in excellent condition. Signed and titled on the reverse.

After serving his country in the Second World War, Nick Cardy (1920-2013) got his start at the legendary Eisner/Iger studios, learning his craft from some of the most respected and in-demand talents in the comics business, including Lou Fine and Bob Powell. Upon reaching DC, he quickly made a name for himself on crime and western titles, especially a classic run on the beloved Tomahawk, then helped resuscitate the hero line alongside Infantino, Kubert, Kane, and others in the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he was DC's top cover talent, turning out scores of classic images that helped push DC's books into reader's hands during one of the toughest periods the business had yet seen. His reputation spread beyond the comics industry, and Cardy found himself in demand as a top illustrator for movie posters and promotional materials in the 1960s through 1980s, including some of the iconic imagery used to promote Coppola's Apocalypse Now. He was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2005.

Artist Information

Nick Cardi (Nicholas Viscardi) was an American comics artist best known for his DC Comics work on Aquaman, the Teen Titans and other major characters. Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005. Cardy entered the comics field working for the Eisner/Iger studio, joining circa 1940, he worked on Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, Kaanga Comics, and Wings for Fiction House Publications. He wrote and drew the four-page backup feature "Lady Luck" in Will Eisner's 16-page, Spirit Section, from the May 18, 1941 strip through February 22, 1942. In 1950, Cardy began his decades-long association with DC Comics, starting with the comic book Gang Busters, developing his breakout reputation with Tomahawk, his most prominent series at the time. From 1962–1968, he drew the first 39 issues of Aquaman, whose character had previously starred in a backup feature in Adventure Comics, and all its covers through the final issue (#56, April 1971). Cardy first drew the Teen Titans in The Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965), wherein the superhero sidekicks Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad were joined by Wonder Woman's younger sister Wonder Girl in her first appearance. After next being featured in Showcase #59 (Dec. 1965), the team was spun off into their own series with Teen Titans #1 (Feb. 1966). From 1966–73, Cardy penciled or inked – sometimes both – all 43 issues of the series. Cardy left the comics industry in the mid-1970's for the more lucrative field of commercial art. There, under the name Nick Cardi, he did magazine art and ad illustrations, including movie advertising art (though not necessarily the "one-sheet" posters) for films including The Street Fighter (1974), The Night They Robbed Big Bertha's (1975), Neil Simon's California Suite (1978), Stanley Donen's Movie Movie (1978), Martin Ritt's Casey's Shadow (1978), and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979).