Nick Cardy

Nick Cardy has had a comics career that’s lasted over 60 years. In the 1950’s, Nick drew the Tarzan comic strip and later worked for DC National Comics drawing The Legends of Daniel Boone and the jungle adventure, Congo Bill. Nick also worked on stories for varied titles including House of Mystery and Gang Busters. For Standard Comics, he drew many horror and romance comics. Following those series, Cardy enjoyed a long tenure drawing 40+ issues of Aquaman, where he designed Mera and Ocean Master. With Carmine Infantino becoming publisher of DC Comics, Cardy gained more creative freedom which was most evident on the Aquaman covers. Cardy also handled most of the artwork (drawing and/or inking) for the first 42 issues of the Teen Titans among other comics stories. As the Teen Titans grew into adulthood, Cardy designed Wonder Girl’s new look. On the cover of Teen Titans 23, Wonder Girl’s sandals and pigtail were replaced by beads, boots and a new hairdo. Along with the Teen Titans, Cardy found time to draw the western series, Bat Lash. Even today, the combination of great stories, beautiful women and cartoonish villains makes Bat Lash a cult favorite. Cardy wrote as well as drew Bat Lash 2. After the Teen Titans, Cardy worked on Marvel Comics’ Crazy Magazine and was the primary cover artist for DC from the early to mid 1970’s. Cardy drew many, many covers including Superman, Action Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Batman, Flash, Ghosts, Witching Hour, Secret Origins, Jimmy Olsen, World’s Finest and the various 100 Page Giant comics. Cardy also illustrated many advertising art and movie posters. Cardy worked on posters for “Apocalypse Now”, “Movie, Movie”, “California Suite”, “The Street Fighter”, “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s”, and “Casey’s Shadow”. Nick Cardy is one of the few comic artists who are as skilled at drawing western, jungle, crime and super-hero adventures as drawing romance, science fiction, humor and horror. Current books on Nick include “Nick Cardy: The Artist at War,” and the upcoming humor books, “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash,” from Eva Ink Publishing.

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