Since the founding of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (and their previous incarnation, the Kirby Awards), the following individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame
Neal Adams’ work on such titles as Batman, Deadman, and Green Lantern/Green Arrow brought not only a more realistic look to comics but took many liberties with page layout and cover design. In addition, his studio, Continuity Associates, served as a spawning ground for new talents in the field. Adams is also an outspoken advocate for creator rights in the comics industry.
Murphy Anderson’s name is synonymous with the Silver Age of comics at DC. Teaming with Carmine Infantino in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he brought a distinctive look to the company’s science fiction titles, especially Adam Strange in Mystery in Space. He is also known for drawing Hawkman, Atom, Green Lantern, and Atomic Knights.
Artist Ross Andru is best known for his collaborations with inker Mike Esposito and for co-creating the Metal Men (with Robert Kanigher) and the Punisher (with Gerry Conway). Andru and Esposito began collaborating at DC Comics in the early 1950s, on war comics (Our Army at War, Our Fighting Forces, Star Spangled War Stories), The Flash, Metal Men, and a memorable run on the Silver Age era of Wonder Woman (1958–1967).
Sergio Aragonés has been called everything from “the Fastest Cartoonist in the World” to “the Most Beloved Man in Comics.” Besides having drawn cartoons for MAD magazine for nearly 50 years, Sergio is the creator of the long-running series Groo the Wanderer and has produced such other works as Mighty Magnor, Fanboy, and Actions Speak. Inducted 2002
Dick Ayers has had a career spanning seven decades and over 50,000 pages. He started out in comics in 1947 and worked at Magazine Enterprises, Charlton Comics, and Timely/Atlas, where he was known for his art on such western titles as Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, and Ghost Rider (which he co-created). He became part of the famous Marvel Comics Bullpen in the 1960s and 1970s, working on such titles as The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. Inducted 2007
Best known for his romance and "good girl" comics, Matt Baker started his career in 1944 working for Fox, Fiction House, and Atlas. He is mostly remembered for his work on the Phantom Lady series and the daily Flamingo comic strip. Baker was the artist on the arguably first “graphic novel,” Arnold Drake’s It Rhymes with Lust. He was one of the industry's first major African American comic book artists. Inducted 2009
Known affectionately as “the Duck Man,” Carl Barks wrote and drew hundreds of memorable stories about Donald Duck and his various relatives (most notably Uncle Scrooge, whom Barks created) in comic books from the 1940s to the early 1960s. In retirement, Barks created a number of oil paintings and lithographs featuring the Disney duck characters that achieved high value among collectors. Inducted 1987
In comics, Otto Binder is best known as the chief writer for various Captain Marvel titles, helping create the mythology of The Big Red Cheese. Between 1943 and 1951 he wrote nearly 800 stories for Captain Marvel, Marvel Family, Captain Marvel Jr., and related titles. In addition, he wrote some 2,000 other stories in nearly 200 different titles during comics’ Golden Age. Inducted 2004
Charles Biro is credited with creating the crime comics genre back in 1942 with the seminal title Crime Does Not Pay, for which he drew 57 covers as well as writing dozens of stories. A consummate storyteller, Biro also wrote and created “Crimebuster” for Boy Comics and “The Little Wise Guys” for Lev Gleason’s Daredevil series. Inducted 2002
Writer/editor/archivist Bill Blackbeard co-edited The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, published in 1977. In the 1960s Blackbeard formed the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art. His collection (now housed at Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library) consists of clipped comic strips, whole comics pages, and complete Sunday sections. These archives have been used for award-winning collections of Popeye, Krazy Kat, The Katzenjammer Kids, Yellow Kid, and other classic newspaper strip reprints. Inducted 2012
In a career that barely spanned two decades, Vaughn Bodé produced a phenomenal body of work. Among his publications are the self-published Das Kampf, which was one of the first underground comics in 1963. He was the editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the first weekly underground comic published in the 1960s. His “Cheech Wizard” appeared in National Lampoon from 1971 to 1975. Inducted 2006
Wayne Boring was one of the best-known and most influential Superman artists. He started out as an art assistant in the Siegel & Shuster studio in 1937. After Superman became a hit, Boring became the artist for the syndicated newspaper strip and was hired by DC in 1942 to draw Superman comics, which he did for nearly 20 years, aided by inker Stan Kaye. Many credit Boring with establishing the iconic look of Superman during the character’s most popular period. Inducted 2007
John Broome is best known as a writer for DC, where he worked from 1946 to 1970 on such titles as the Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash series as well as several Justice Society of America stories. He created many DC characters and institutions, including the 1940s Atomic Knights, the Silver Age Flash Rogues Gallery of supervillains, the (Green Lantern) Guardians of the Universe, and the Elongated Man. Inducted 2008
In 1935 Marge’s single-panel gag cartoon “Little Lulu” first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. Marge continued producing this hugely popular cartoon featuring the mischievous kid through 1944, when it went on to become a weekly comic strip. Buell stopped drawing Little Lulu in 1947, but although the work was done by others, she kept creative control. Little Lulu became a successful series of animated cartoons and a popular comic book for Dell/Gold Key (done by other cartoonists, most notably John Stanley). Lulu (drawn by Marge) was the mascot for Kleenex tissues from 1952 to 1965. Inducted 2015