Artist Paul Norris, best known as the co-creator of Aquaman, has died at age 93.
“Paul Norris was one of the quiet, dedicated artists who sustained comics through the decades,” says Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher. “His most important contribution to DC was long before I was born, but it was my pleasure to reconnect him to DC and Aquaman.”
Born in 1914, Norris worked as a cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News before beginning his career in comic books in 1940, when he started freelancing for Prize Publications on features including Yank and Doodle and Futureman. Norris moved to DC Comics in 1941, where he introduced Aquaman in MORE FUN COMICS #73. After his stay on the Aquaman feature ended, he moved on to other features including The Sandman and Johnny Quick.
After serving in the Army, Norris joined King Features, where he contributed to comic strips including Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9 and Jungle Jim. He took over writing and drawing the Brick Bradford strip in 1952 and continued drawing it through 1987, establishing a reputation for never missing a deadline. In the 1960s and 70s, Norris also drew comics for Western Publishing including Tarzan of the Apes and Magnus, Robot Fighter.