The Eisner Awards judges have selected Little Lulu creator Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buell and Katy Keene creator Bill Woggon for automatic induction into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
Marge debuted the single-panel Little Lulu in 1935 in The Saturday Evening Post. She continued to write and draw the antics of the mischievous little girl until 1947, by which time Lulu was the story of a syndicated strip, comic books and animated shorts. Although Marge stopped drawing the comic, the retained creative control, finally selling Little Lulu to Western Publishing upon her retirement in 1971. She passed away in 1993 at age 88.
Woggon is best known for Katy Keene, known in her day as America’s Pinup Queen. Created in 1945 for MLJ/Archie Comics, A contemporary of characters like Millie the Model and Patsy Walker, Katy was wildly popular, with readers encouraged to submit drawings of fashions for her and her friends to wear. He passed away in 2003 at age 92.
The judges also chose 13 nominees from which voters may select four to be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame:
- Lynda Barry — creator of the comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek and the graphic novels One! Hundred! Demons! and What It Is.
- John Byrne — writer and artist best known for his work on The Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight, Superman and The Sensational She-Hulk
- Chris Claremont — writer whose 17-year run on The Uncanny X-Men continues to influence comics and film
- Howard Cruse — creator of Barefootz and Stuck Rubber Baby
- Kim Deitch — underground cartoonist best known for his creation Waldo the Cat
- Matt Groening — creator of the long-running comic strip Life in Hell and the animated series The Simpsons and Futurama, and co-founder of Bongo Comics
- Denis Kitchen — underground cartoonist and founder of Kitchen Sink Press
- Frank Miller — writer and artist whose influential works include Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One (with David Mazzucchelli), Daredevil: Born Again (with Mazzucchelli), Elektra: Assassin (with Bill Sienkiewicz), Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (with Geof Darrow), Sin City and 300
- Francoise Mouly — founder and publisher of Raw Books and Graphics, founder of Toon Books and art director of The New Yorker
- Paul S. Newman — longtime writer of Turok and the Lone Ranger comic strip, he holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific comic book writer with more than 4,1000 published stories; he passed away in 1999
- Lily Renée Peters Phillips — star artist for Fiction House, where she drew such comics as The Werewolf Hunter, Jane Martin and Senorita Rio
- Bob Powell — Golden Age artist remembered for his work on such features as “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,” “Mr. Mystic” and “Blackhawk”; he died in 1967
Frank Robbins — creator of the comic strip
- who later wrote
- , and with Roy Thomas launched Marvel’s
- ; he died in 1994
Online voting is open through March 31. The inductees will be announced July 10 during the Eisner Awards ceremony held at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
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