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Crandall, Reed

Entry updated 14 November 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1917-1982) US illustrator best known for his work in Comics and, latterly, for a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrations done in the early 1960s for Canaveral Press (see Richard A Lupoff). Crandall received his formal art education at Cleveland School of Art and at New York's Arts Students League. Even before graduating from the former, where he'd majored in Illustration, he'd received his first book-illustration commission – from Dodd, Mead, for the children's book Come, Colors, Come (graph 1940) by Lucile F Fargo. In New York he discovered it was hard to make a living as an illustrator, and joined the Comics studio Iger & Eisner. He continued to work in the comics field, often drawing minor Superheroes, until 1973, although his output declined after the early 1960s, once he had moved from New York to Wichita to care for his sick mother. It was from there that he created covers for the Canaveral editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan and the Madman (1964) and John Carter of Mars (1964), for the latter of which he also provided an interior illustration. In addition, he provided a few interior illustrations, most in conjunction with Al Williamson, for Richard A Lupoff's Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure (1965). One of these collaborations with Williamson, "Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Most Famous Creations", was used for the cover of the book's revised reissue, Master of Adventure: The World of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Revised Edition (2005).

Crandall was inducted posthumously into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009. [JGr]

Reed Leonard Crandall Jr

born Winslow, Indiana: 22 February 1917

died Wichita, Kansas: 13 September 1982

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