Personally, I am very pleased when they mention the true group of artistic creators that took Marvel Comics out of the shadow of all other mainstream publishers and made superhero comics the best of the new with the respect to what had come before. They may not work as much as they did during their physical peak, but they should always be remembered and thanked for the all of the hard work that they did to make comics what they are today, as well as enabling bums like me to work in this business. Dick Ayers is a wonderful example of a craftsman and comic book workhorse. I found them to be a wonderful team and they played off each other very well.
Richard “Dick” Ayers | Obituaries | mamarosapizzeria.com
He was the third son born to Edward and Evelyn Ayers. At an early age, his family moved to Menomonie. He graduated from Menomonie High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin—Stout, receiving his bachelor and graduate degrees, graduating with high honors. He taught industrial education and science in high schools in Waukesha, Phelps and Thorp, and also worked as a vocational coordinator for area high schools. He was past president of the Heart of the North Builders Association. He later became an independent building contractor and a real estate broker.
Share on Facebook The huge, sprawling tapestry that is the Marvel Universe has been built by hundreds upon hundreds of talented creators over the years, so it's sometimes hard to remember that the entire affair was begun by just a small handful of people trying to turn out a line of comics under tight restrictions from the Comics Code and even tighter deadlines. And in those formative days, the vast majority of the fledgeling company's visuals were provided by a core four consisting of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko , Don Heck , and Dick Ayers. His interest in art was encouraged by his parents from an early age. He began contributing comic strips to military newspapers while serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and upon leaving the service, studied with Burne Hogarth at New York's Cartoonists And Illustrators School, and launched his professional career working for Superman co-creator Joe Shuster in the late s.
They wanted to wrap a book around it I got into it, but Dell decided to scrap the project. It was an adventure thing, boy and girl; the boy wanted to be a trumpet player. The girl kept feeding the jukebox and he'd played along to Harry James or whatever sort of thing. It didn't make it, but it got me started where I wanted to be in the business.