Friday, October 26, 2012

Dell Comics Cover Artist: Henry Hartman

With a career that has lasted over six decades, Henry Hartman, has made his living as an illustrator, commercial graphic designer, and fine art painter. Studying under New York artist Mortimer Wilson Jr., Hartman assisted his mentor on many illustrations for America's top magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Red Book, and The Ladies Home Journal, just to name a few. But for original comic art fans, he is best remembered for his lush cover art for Dell Publishing Company's The Lone Ranger series and other of their Old West properties, as shown on this Zane Grey's Range War cover from Four Color #555  in 1954. Also know for his talent as a portrait artist, Hartman did hundreds of commissions in charcoal for the philanthropic organization know as Circus, Saints, and Sinners for their monthly luncheon honoring the special guests. After retiring from his commercial career, Henry pursued his fine art instincts with still-life and landscape pieces, before returning to his first love, the American West and a new selection of Lone Ranger paintings for his many dedicated fans.

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