|Martin Nodell at Comic-Con International in 2001. Photo by Jonah Weiland.|
Comics writer and historian Mark Evanier posted some sad news to his web site yesterday, noting that comics creator Martin Nodell has died. He was 91.
Born 11/15/15 in Philadelphia, Nodell got his start in comics as a freelance artist around 1938, but it was when he began working for editor Sheldon Mayer at All-American Comics that his career took off. According to Evanier, when Nodell asked Mayer what he needed to do to get regular assignments from the company, Mayer suggested he pitch a new character for their flag ship title, “All-American Comics.” That character was the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. All-American Comics was later absorbed by DC Comics.
Nodell left DC Comics in 1947 to work for Timely (later Marvel Comics) where he drew Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Nodell left comics in the 1950s to work in advertising. He’s likely best known to the public at large as part of the team that developed the design of the Pillsbury Doughboy.
At the time of his death, Nodell resided in West Palm Beach, Florida.
CBR offers its condolences to the family and friends of Nodell.