Bob Oksner

Bob Oksner (October 14, 1916 in Paterson, New Jersey – February 18, 2007)[1] was an American comics artist known for both adventure comic strips and for superhero and humor comic books, primarily at DC Comics.

Bob Oksner
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Born(1916-10-14)October 14, 1916
Paterson, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 18, 2007(2007-02-18) (aged 90)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker


Oksner's early work includes creating the second version of Marvel Boy in 1943 for Timely Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. He later wrote with Jerry Albert and drew the syndicated newspaper comic strip Miss Cairo Jones (1945–1947),[2] after which DC editor Sheldon Mayer hired him as an artist on comics adapted from other media. Oksner drew a few Justice Society of America stories in All Star Comics during his early years at DC.[3] He moved from adventure strips to teen-oriented strips such as Leave It to Binky which debuted in February 1948.[4] Oksner's work in this field included The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and its successor, The Adventures of Jerry Lewis; The Adventures of Bob Hope; The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; Sgt. Bilko; Pat Boone; and Welcome Back, Kotter; and, for the King Features syndicate, the newspaper comic-strip spin-off of the 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy.[5] Other work includes drawing the original humor comics Angel and the Ape[6][7] and Stanley and His Monster.[8]

When the demand for humor comics fell off by the 1970s, Oksner began drawing such DC superhero series as Superman, Supergirl, Shazam!, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, Ambush Bug, and others.

Oksner's other work in comic strips included succeeding Gus Edson as writer of artist-creator Irwin Hasen's Dondi for a time beginning in 1965;[9] and drawing and co-creating Soozi (1967),[10] with Don Weldon. He retired from comics in 1986.[1]

Oksner was Jewish.[11]


Oksner won the National Cartoonists Society Division Award for Comic Books in 1960 and 1961,[12] and in 1970 the Shazam Award for Best Pencil Artist (Humor Division) for his work on Adventure Comics and other DC titles.[13]


Interior pencil art (except where noted) includes:

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  1. ^ Previously unpublished story originally intended for the characters' own series


  1. ^ a b Evanier, Mark (February 18, 2007). "Bob Oksner, R.I.P." Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Markstein, Don (2006). "Miss Cairo Jones". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Thomas, Roy (2000). "The Men (and One Woman) Behind the JSA: Its Creation and Creative Personnel". All-Star Companion Volume 1. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 1-893905-055.
  4. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Edited by Sheldon Mayer, with art by Bob Oksner, Leave It to Binky followed in the footsteps of DC's 1944 launch of the teen title Buzzy.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Bob Oksner". Lambiek Comiclopedia. February 20, 2007. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012.
  6. ^ McAvennie, Michael "1960s" in Dolan, p. 130: "[E. Nelson Bridwell] and artist Bob Oksner injected pretty primitive humor into the classic 'beauty and the beast' concept when they opened the O'Day and Simeon Detective Agency for business."
  7. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Angel and the Ape". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Markstein, Don (2004). "Stanley and His Monster". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Evanier, Mark (October 27, 2000). "POV Point of View Irwin Hasen Part 2". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Oksner, Bob". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on January 11, 2017.
  11. ^ Hajdu, David (2008). The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. New York City: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 30. ISBN 978-0312428235.
  12. ^ "Division Awards Comic Books". National Cartoonists Society. 2013. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  13. ^ "1970 Academy of Comic Book Arts Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

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Preceded by
Murphy Anderson
Superman inker
Succeeded by
Frank Springer
Preceded by
Kurt Schaffenberger
Action Comics inker
Succeeded by
Tex Blaisdell