Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.31: Creig Flessel

No.31: Creig Flessel

One of the original DC artists, Creig Flessel got his start in illustration working on pulps such as Street and Smiths’ The Shadow, before moving to DC in 1936, where he worked on More Fun Comics, pencilling mainly cartoon pages. Dividing his time between working at DC with drawing newspaper strip Dixie Dugan and at the advertising agency Johnstone and Cushing, his career in comics came into focus when he began illustrating the covers for National’s new anthology title, Detective Comics, in 1937. Words: Andrew Colman…

photo courtesy of Greg Preston

Flessel’s covers for the book that gave the fledgling company its name is of course what he is most remembered for – the pre-Batman run from issues 2-19 that showcased some superb pulpy, poster-style art that was both inspired and evocative, not just of the era but of the new form. Featuring portraits or close-ups of grizzled villains, well-heeled thieves, hard boiled detectives and crime scenes, Flessel’s covers virtually established the genre in comics while creating some of the most iconic images of the pre-hero era. His hallmark was detailed, carefully constructed simplicity, with the emphasis on nuance, characterization and immediacy, his covers bringing a unique edge to the medium that was yet to take off.

Although his work was mostly confined to the golden age period at DC Flessel did work on some classic series, notably his run on the Sandman in Adventure Comics in 1940, where once again he created some iconic covers that had pulp and cinematic elements. In 1941 Flessel created his best-known character for DC, the Shining Knight, again for Adventure Comics. During this period, he also moved to Columbia Comics and later to Magazine Enterprises, where he worked as associate editor.

 

After the war Flessel moved away from the industry to work primarily in advertising, although he did moonlight at DC on Adventure Comics and Superboy for DC in the 1950s, along with ACG’s classic anthology title Adventures into the Unknown. His other illustration work included David Crane, a strip about a minister for Hall Syndicate where he took over the reins from co-creator Win Mortimer throughout the 1960s, as well as a strip for Playboy in the 1980s.

After the Gerber photojournals in the 1980s gradually brought his work to the attention of a new generation of enthusiasts, Flessel’s contribution to the medium garnered awards and plaudits from both fans and artists alike, with convention appearances in the 2000s. For an artist who had been around at the beginning of comics prior to Action Comics 1, his work has remained remarkably timeless, his Detective and Adventure covers exuding a retro, filmic quality.

Here’s links through to the other entries in our 101 Greatest so far as well

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Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.35: LB Cole

 

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.37: Bill Everett

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.38: Robert Crumb

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.39: Mac Raboy

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.41: Jim Starlin

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.42: Mike Zeck

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.43: Adam Hughes

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.44: Daniel Clowes

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.45: Gene Colan

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.46: George Perez

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.47: Michael William Kaluta

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.48: Cary Nord

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.49: Frank Quitely

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Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.57: Joe Maneely

 

 

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Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.63 Reed Crandall

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.64 Harry Anderson

Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.65 Nick Cardy

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Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.70 Nestor Redondo

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Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.72 Eduardo Risso

 

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No.31: Creig Flessel One of the original DC artists, Creig Flessel got his start in illustration working on pulps such as Street and Smiths’ The Shadow, before moving to DC in 1936, where he worked on More Fun Comics, pencilling mainly cartoon pages. Dividing his time between working at DC with drawing newspaper strip Dixie
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