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May 22, 2014

WAYNE BORING–ULTRA-RARE IMAGES!

Wow! Wayne Boring at his best! This will always be the definitive Superman/Lois  for Silver Age fans!
Wow! Wayne Boring at his best! This will always be the definitive Superman/Lois  for Silver Age fans!

Wow! Wayne Boring at his best! This will always be the definitive Superman/Lois for Silver Age fans!

 

To many Gold and Silver Age fans, artist Wayne Boring’s rendition of ‘Superman’  is truly iconic.  While this may be debated by some fans, there is certainly no argument that Boring was one of the greatest comic-book artists of all time.

Boring was one of Jerry Shuster’s earliest assistants, going back to their pre-Superman days in the late 1930s. He continued with the Man of Steel, graduating to full penciling of the strip when the demand for new stories increased.

His creativity and draftsmanship far exceeded most of the ‘Superman’ stable of artists at the time. His design of the character was stylish and unique. Boring excelled at the fantasy aspect of the strip. Whenever a story involved an alien landscape or a return to futuristic Krypton, the results were amazing.

Like most of the creative staff, he suffered a contentious relationship with editor Mort Weisinger. More than once his wife had to calm him down after a phone conversation with the bullying Weisinger.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Boring. I did get to know his widow, Lois. She had run ads in The Comic Buyers Guide in the late 1980s, selling daily strips from the ‘Superman’ newspaper feature. We struck up a correspondence and visited her several times at her Pompano Beach condo.

She was in her 80s at the time, but a firecracker, and sharp as a tack! She was totally devoted to Wayne, and so happy that fans still remembered him.

On one of our meetings, she sold me some sketches and gags that Wayne had developed. Here they are to share with Funhouse readers! Enjoy these lost pages from the Wane Boring sketchbook!

 

 

Lois and Wayne Boring. A shame that this talented artist had to work menial jobs in his retirement, when he should have been producing more of his beautiful work!

Lois and Wayne Boring. A shame that this talented artist had to work menial jobs in his retirement, when he should have been producing more of his beautiful work!

 

 

Boring enjoyed doodling and sketching out 'gags' to incorporate in stories. Here The Prankster's springing bow-tie allows him to pick the pocket of his stunned victim.

Boring enjoyed doodling and sketching out ‘gags’ to incorporate in stories. Here The Prankster’s springing bow-tie allows him to pick the pocket of his stunned victim.

 

 

Not sure if this is supposed to be an exotic Lois Lane, or Superman's mother, La-ra. In either event, it's a beautiful study of a beautiful woman.

Not sure if this is supposed to be an exotic Lois Lane, or Superman’s mother, La-ra. In either event, it’s a beautiful study of a beautiful woman.

 

Lois Boring proudly display's her late husband's final Superman oil painting. It now resides in a place of honor in ye Blogmeister's office!

Lois Boring proudly display’s her late husband’s final Superman oil painting. It now resides in a place of honor in ye Blogmeister’s office!

 

 

 

 

 






4 Comments


  1. George Haberberger

    Thanks for this Sam. I love Wayne Boring’s art. And just as an aside, Mort Weisinger was the worst editor DC ever had. He has no respect for the industry, the art-form or the people who created it.


  2. Michael T. Gilbert

    I’ve always been a big fan of Mr. Boring, and did a number of articles on him years ago in Alter Ego magazine. He remains my favorite 1950s Superman artist (with Curt Swan a very close second). Thanks for sharing these rare pics, Sam. One correction though. Joe Shuster is the correct spelling of Superman’s co-creator.


  3. Sam Maronie

    You are so welcome, Michael T. Gilbert! High praise coming from ‘Mr. Monster’s’ creator and esteemed Alter-Ego columnist! And thanks for the typo alert!



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