Hall of Fame

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.

Russ Heath

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Russ Heath

Photo by Tom Deleon

Russ
Heath

1926-

Russ Heath joined Timely (Marvel) in 1946, where he drew westerns that stood out for their realistic artwork and details. He also drew science fiction stories for Avon, romance stories for Lev Gleason, and Plastic Man for Quality. In the 1950s at DC/National he drew such features as “Golden Gladiator” and “Robin Hood” in Brave and the Bold. But his mostly highly lauded work was for war titles, including Sea Devils, Our Army at War (“Sgt. Rock”), and G.I. Combat (“The Haunted Tank”). Inducted 2004

(Georges Remi) Hergé

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Hergé
(Georges Remi)
Hergé

1907-2007

Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, known by his pen name Hergé, created Tintin in 1929 as a comic strip for a weekly newspaper supplement. The adventure series became hugely popular in Europe, and since then 22 Tintin books have been published worldwide. Hergé’s clean style has influenced hundreds of other cartoonists. Inducted 2003

 

George Herriman

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
George Herriman
George
Herriman

1880-1944

The bizarre triangle of Ignatz Mouse, Krazy Kat, and Offisa Pup sprang from the fertile mind of cartoonist George Herriman, whose imaginative use of the comics page and unique setting have captivated readers for nearly a century. Because of Herriman, a brick isn’t just a brick. Inducted 2000

Burne Hogarth

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Burne Hogarth

Photo by Jackie Estrada

Burne
Hogarth

1911-1996

Artist and educator Burne Hogarth is best known for his beautiful Tarzan Sunday newspaper pages from 1937 to 1950. In 1950 he abandoned his own comics production to devote all his time to teaching at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later the School of Visual Arts), which he had founded with Silas Rhodes back in 1947. Hogarth taught at this school until 1970 and also authored a series of books on drawing and anatomy. Inducted 2010

Jerry Iger

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Will Eisner Hall of Fame
Jerry
Iger

1903-1990

Jerry Iger was one of the first people involved in the comic book business, founding his own Phoenix Features Syndicate. His strips  published in Famous Funnies are among the first ever produced especially for comic books. With Will Eisner, he formed the S. M. Iger Studios in 1937, which eventually became known as the Eisner-Iger Shop. Among their productions were Jumbo, Jungle, Planet, and Wings for Fiction House. When Eisner left in 1939, the studio continued as the Iger Shop, which produced titles for such companies as Fox, Quality, and Harvey up until 1955. Inducted 2009

Carmine Infantino

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Carmine Infantino

Photo by Tom Deleon

Carmine
Infantino

1925-2013

Carmine Infantino‘s art established a distinctive look to DC’s science fiction comics in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His work on the relaunched Silver Age Flash is prized by collectors. In the mid-1960s he became DC’s art director and proceeded to use such artists as Joe Kubert, Joe Orlando, and Dick Giordano as editors. He moved on to become DC’s editorial director, publisher, and president; he left DC in 1975. Inducted 2000

Graham Ingels

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Graham Ingels

Photo courtesy Fantagraphics

Graham
Ingels

1915-1991

Graham Ingels is best known for his stories and covers for EC Comics’ horror line: The Haunt of Fear, Tales from the Crypt, and The Vault of Horror. Ingels was one of the first artists to come to work for EC after Bill Gaines took over the company in 1948. As "Ghastly” Graham Ingels, he became the company’s premiere horror artist. Inducted 2009

Jack Jackson

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Jack Jackson
Jack
Jackson

1941-2006

Jack Jackson, aka “Jaxon,” created, wrote, drew, and self-published what comics historians consider one of the first underground comix, God Nose. He was art director at Family Dog and a co-founder of Rip-Off Press. He contributed to such underground anthology titles as Skull, Slow Death, and Tales of the Leather Nun. Jaxon went on to pioneer historical graphic novels with the innovative Comanche Moon series for Last Gasp. He continued chronicling his home state’s history via El Alamo, Los Tejanos, and Lost Cause. Inducted 2011

Al Jaffee

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Al Jaffee

Photo by Len Briggs

Al
Jaffee

1921–

Al Jaffee is best known as the creator of MAD magazine’s fold-ins, which he has been doing since 1964, and for “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” a feature that has been collected into over a dozen books. Al is MAD’s longest-running contributor, having been there since 1955. Earlier in his career, Al worked for Stan Lee at Timely, where he was in charge of all humor and teen titles as associate editor. He also worked with Harvey Kurtzman on the short-lived Trump and Humbug humor magazines. Inducted 2013

Michael Kaluta

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Michael Kaluta

Photo by Jackie Estrada

Michael
Kaluta

1947-

Artist and illustrator Michael Kaluta is best known for his work on The Shadow and Elaine Lee’s Starstruck and for his cover art. Influenced by art nouveau and the 1930s pulps, he brought a unique look to comics in the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years he has been in demand as a cover artist, including an award-nominated run on DC/Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu. Inducted 2010

Bob Kane

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Bob Kane

Photo by Jackie Estrada

Bob
Kane

1915-1998

Bob Kane entered the comic book industry in 1936 as a freelancer for Jerry Iger’s Wow! What a Magazine! At the Eisner-Iger studio, he drew funny animal strips and humor features. His first adventure strip was “Rusty and His Pals” for DC’s Adventure Comics. In 1939 he collaborated with writer Bill Finger to create a new strip for Detective Comics: “The Bat-Man.” The rest is history! Inducted 1998

Gil Kane

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Gil Kane
Gil
Kane

1926-2000

As a penciller, Gil Kane lent his distinctive style to numerous DC and Marvel titles beginning in the 1950s, including drawing more than 900 covers for Marvel starting in the late 1960s. His work at DC on such titles as Green Lantern and The Atom is highly revered by fans, as is his work at Marvel on Amazing Spider-Man, and many other titles. In the 1970s, he was Marvel’s main cover artist. Inducted 1997

Robert Kanigher

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Robert Kanigher
Robert
Kanigher

1915-2002

In the mid-1940s Robert Kanigher wrote the Justice Society of America, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman (which he also edited). In 1952 he took over writing and editing the Big Five DC war titles and created Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, and The Unknown Soldier (all with Joe Kubert) and The Haunted Tank (with Russ Heath). In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was involved in creating such characters as Viking Prince, the Metal Men, and Poison Ivy. He also scripted the first appearance of the Flash in Showcase #4, the comic often credited as launching the Silver Age of Comics. Inducted 2007

Walt Kelly

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Will Eisner Hall of Fame
Walt
Kelly

1913-1973

Walt Kelly created the denizens of the Okeefenokee swamp, including Pogo Possum, Albert the Alligator, Miz Mamselle Hepzibah, and Porkypine. His Pogo was one of the great sophisticated comics strips, imbued with great humor, sublime satire, and transcendental cartooning. Inducted 1995

Frank King

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Will Eisner Hall of Fame
Frank
King

1883-1969

With Gasoline Alley, Frank King created a neighborhood full of interesting characters who did something no other comics characters did: they aged. He was also a master of the Sunday newspaper page, utilizing it to its full potential by often creating a full-page image and dividing it into panels. Inducted 2001

Pages