Posted on the 13th Dimension website, written by Dan Greenfield, we see a tribute article titled ‘13 GLORIOUS COVERS: A GEORGE WILSON Salute, by JOE JUSKO‘.
Greenfield shines a light on the amazing work produced by comic cover artist George Wilson. Wilson painted hundreds of comic book covers, mainly for Gold Key and Dell Comics from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s.
Phantom fans know and recognize Wilson’s art from the Gold Key comic book series published in the 1960’s and the Avon book series published in the 1970’s.
Below we see the Gold Key book series covers painted by George Wilson.
And we also see the Avon book series covers painted by George Wilson.
Greenfield highlights the myriad of comic book characters Wilson was painting covers for, including Dark Shadows, Doctor Solar, Grimm’s Ghost Stories, M.A.R.S. Patrol, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Mighty Samson, Star Trek, Turok, Tarzan, Voyage to the Bottom Of The Sea, and many more. Wilson was also paining covers for paperback books and magazines
Although Wilson’s work was both prolific and of a high grade, the article correctly highlights that not a great deal of information is known about George Wilson himself.
The Lambiek website tells us that George Wilson was born in 1921 and died in 1999:
Educated at both the Richmond Art School and the Pratt Institute, Wilson worked as a commercial illustrator for ad agencies and for publishing houses like Dell Publications, Bombay Boomerang, Jove, Avon and Harlequin Books from the 1940s through the 1990s. His main inspirations were the classic episodes of Alex Raymond’s ‘Flash Gordon’ and the line work of illustrator Noel Sickles. He made illustrations for romance and wild west paperbacks, including book series like ‘The Hardy Boys’. He served in Normandy during World War II.
Head over to the 13th Dimension website to read more about George Wilson and his work on other titles besides the Phantom.