Stanislav (Stanley) Robert Pawlowski, better known as Bob Powell (1916 – 1967) is perhaps best known as the finisher over Wally Wood’s original sketches for the famous 1962 Topps bubble gum trading card set Mars Attacks.
His career began in the late 1930’s after studying at the Pratt Institute in New York City. He soon began working at Eisner & Iger and his first published work is believed to be a three-page story in Fiction House’s Jumbo Comics #2. Titled “A Letter of Introduction,” it featured Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, the popular Golden Age of Radio comedy “team” (Bergen, the ventriloquist, and McCarthy, the dummy).
His list of credits is immense, including work for not only Fiction House but also Fox, Harvey, Timely, Quality, Street and Smith, Magazine Enterprises, Fawcett Comics and Marvel Comics on such a wide variety of characters as Sheena the Jungle Queen, Captain America, Black Hawk, Cave Girl and, on into the Silver Age, the Hulk, Daredevil, Giant Man and the Human Torch.
Powell also drew numerous classic Shadow covers and stories as well as the cover to the Mysterious Traveler #1- also a classic cover in its own right. Based on the radio program of the same name, the host (played by Maurice Tarplin) was loosely based on the Shadow’s initial role as as an eerie narrator. His creepy work for such comics are among his best work.
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