Wayne Boring (born June 5 1905, Minnesota; died February, 1987, Pompano Beach,
Florida) was an American comic book artist best
known for his work on Superman from the
late 1940s to 1950s.
He occasionally used the pseudonym
Early life and career
attended the Minnesota School of
Art and the Chicago Art Institute.
In 1937, he began "ghosting" (drawing for
hire without credit) on such comic-book features as Slam Bradley
and Doctor Occult
for the Jerry Siegel
studio. In 1938, Siegel and Shuster's character
Superman was published in Action
#1, for the DC Comics
predecessor National Allied
, and Boring became a ghost on the soon spun-off
Superman comic strip
eventually becoming the credited artist.
Superman comic books
An example of Wayne Boring's
In 1942, the by-then-named National Comics hired Boring as a staff
artist, teaming him as penciler
following year with inker Stan Kaye
two would work together for nearly 20 years. In 1948, following
Siegel and Shuster's departure from the company over a Superman
rights lawsuit, Mort Weisinger
editor of the Superman line, brought in Boring as well as Al Plastino
, with Win Mortimer
the newspaper comic strip
Boring became the primary Superman comic-book penciller through the
1950s. Swan succeeded him the following decade, though Boring
returned for sporadic guest appearances in the early '60s and then
again in late 1966 and early 1967.
Boring was let go from DC in 1967, along with other artists from
the 1930s and 1940s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books
1968 to 1972, Boring ghosted backgrounds for Hal Foster
Sunday comic strip
took over the art on writer Sam Leff
1961-71 United Feature
. Afterward, Boring did a small amount of work on
' Captain Marvel
left the field to semi-retire as a bank security guard
. He briefly returned to DC to
pencil some stories in Superman (vol. 1)
(1984), and Action Comics
#561 and 572 (1984-85).
Boring died of a heart attack, following a brief comeback announced
in his last published work, penciling a Golden Age Superman
story written by
and inked by Jerry Ordway
in Secret Origins
#1 (April 1986).
- While some sources give 1916 as a birth year, the official
Boring family site and the Social Security Death Index give 1905.
- Gravett, Paul. "Curt Swan: A Superman Walked Among Us," Comic Book
Marketplace (2002). Accessed Mar. 28, 2009.
- Comic Strip Fan: Davy Jones