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Schomburg, Alex

Entry updated 26 February 2024. Tagged: Artist, Comics.

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(1905-1998) US illustrator and Comic-book artist; he occasionally spelled his name Schomberg, and in his early career sometimes signed his work as Xela. His first assignment was for Hugo Gernsback in 1925; he did his first cover in that year for Science and Invention. During his 65-year career, which extended into the 1980s with covers for Asimov's Science Fiction, he worked for many magazines, including Amazing Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Universe, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantastic and Startling Stories. He also painted book covers, primarily for Ace Books and Winston Books (their "juvenile" sf series of the 1950s, for which he also designed the endpapers). His Illustration is realistic, versatile and assured, usually eschewing bright colours; he was known as "king of the airbrush". Important in the comics industry as well, he worked on the 1940s Exciting Comics and many of the Timely Comics (now Marvel Comics) titles, for the latter helping develop Captain America and Sub-Mariner. He won the Lensman Award (1979), the Frank R Paul Award (1984), a Chesley Award in 1987 for lifetime artistic achievement, and in 1989 a Special Award by the World Science Fiction Convention (see Worldcon). His work is showcased in Chroma: The Art of Alex Schomburg (1986), text by Jon Gustafson. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1999. [JG]

Antonio Alejandro Schomburg

born Aguadilla, Puerto Rico: 10 May 1905

died Hillsboro, Oregon: 7 April 1998



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