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Nationality  American
Role  Artist
Name  Alex Schomburg
Pseudonym(s)  Xela
Area(s)  Penciller, Inker

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Born  Alejandro Schomburg y Rosa May 10, 1905 (1905-05-10)
Died  April 7, 1998, Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
Awards  Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame
Nominations  Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist
Similar People  Pearl Primus, Dennis Brutus, Langston Hughes, James Presley Ball, Regina M Anderson

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Alex A. Schomburg, born Alejandro Schomburg y Rosa (May 10, 1905 – April 7, 1998), was an American commercial artist and comic-book artist and painter whose career lasted over 70 years.

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Biography

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Alex Schomburg was born on May 10, 1905 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City in the early 1920s, where he began work as a commercial artist with three of his brothers. In 1928, the brothers' partnership ended and Schomburg found work with the National Screen Service, creating lantern slides and working on movie trailers there through 1944.

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During the 1930s, in addition to working for the NSS, Schomburg freelanced Better Publications, producing interior line art for Thrilling Wonder Stories and others of the company's pulp magazines. His skill at drawing anything mechanical soon had him illustrating aviation covers for Flying Aces and electronic equipment for the Hugo Gernsback pulp Radio Craft. Schomburg's first science fiction-themed cover was for the September 1939 issue of Startling Stories.

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The following decade, Schomburg freelanced primarily for Timely Comics, the 1940s forerunner of Marvel, displaying his talent for slam-bang action tableau. In dynamic covers featuring Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Human Torch, other Timely superheroes or any combination thereof, Schomburg filled every square inch with flamboyant characters, flames, knives, guns, explosions, Nazis, Japanese, and pretty girls in need of rescue. He mastered the use of the airbrush, signing many of his airbrushed covers "Xela". Schomburg drew between five and six hundred covers during this Golden Age of Comic Books.

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In the early 1950s, Schomburg left comics and spent the remainder of his career on covers and illustrations for science fiction magazines, astrology publications, and books, including the Winston juvenile series.

In 1977, Schomburg and a few of his fellow Golden Age comic book artists collaborated on the Invaders Annual #1, written by Roy Thomas. Schomburg penciled and inked a 6-page chapter featuring the Golden Age Human Torch. This issue's story, set in the 1940s, contained his first work for Timely/Marvel Comics since the 1940s.

Late in life, Schomburg was living in Hillsboro, Oregon, and died in Beaverton, Oregon on April 7, 1998.

Awards

  • Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist 1962; runner-up.
  • Doc Smith Second Stage Lensman Award September 30, 1979 Moscon 1.
  • Frank R. Paul Award 1984.
  • Inkpot Award 1985.
  • Kentucky colonel May 6, 1986.
  • Chesley Award (A.S.F.A. Award for Artistic Achievement) 1986.
  • Guest of Honor, PulpCon 16, July 9–12, 1987, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas City Comic Con, Fall 1989.
  • First Fandom Hall of Fame award 1990.
  • 47th World Science Fiction Convention Noreascon III Special Committee Award (Lifetime Achievement Award), 1989, for contributions to Science Fiction.
  • The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame 1999.
  • Critical assessments

    Stan Lee:

    I've always felt that Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post. He was totally unique, with an amazing distinctive style. You could never mistake a Schomburg cover for any other artist's. ... I remember hearing Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tell me time and again how great a cover illustrator Alex was, and how he wished we had more like him. ... [D]espite the quantity of work we gave him, despite the care and effort that went into every Schomburg cover, I cannot remember Alex ever being late with any illustration.

    References

    Alex Schomburg Wikipedia


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