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Binder, Jack

Entry updated 4 March 2024. Tagged: Artist, Author, Comics.

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Working name of Yanos [John] Ronald Binder (1902-1988), US illustrator born in Austria-Hungary, brother of Earl and Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), in the USA from 1910; he sometimes signed his artwork as Binder only. He was active for seven years in the Pulp magazines, illustrating some 130 stories and serial instalments, beginning with black-and-white interior artwork for four stories in Weird Tales for April 1935; his final such appearance (excluding reprints) was in Astounding for April 1941. Only three professional magazine covers are recorded, all in 1940, for Astonishing (February and April) and Science Fiction Quarterly (Summer), all striking and colourful but very much in the unpolished pulp tradition.

In Comics, Binder did much of the early drawing for Captain Marvel and its spinoff Mary Marvel, both then regularly scripted by his brother Otto; he also contributed the speculative "If –" comic strip in eight issues of Thrilling Wonder Stories, beginning with "If – Man Mastered Telepathy" (August 1938). In 1940 he created the Comics character Daredevil for Lev Gleason Publications; he also drew for Startling Comics; he founded his own Binder Comic Studio in 1943 and continued to operate in this field until 1953, thereafter working in advertising, sculpture, and as an art teacher.

Prose contributions to the SF Magazines were confined to nonfiction, including the essay series They Changed the World opening with "They Changed the World: Albert Einstein" (January 1939 Startling) and continuing in the same magazine to September 1940. [DRL]

Yanos Ronald Binder

born Harkau, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire: 11 August 1902

died Chestertown, New York: 6 March 1986


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