One of the first women to break into the comics business, Ramona Fradon (1926 – ) is best known for her work on the Brenda Starr comic strip as well as co-creating both Aqualad and Metamorpho during the Silver Age. To fans of her artwork, she is known for her lush pencil work, most evident in commissions and both individual and group character studies. These recent works reveal an artist at the height of her craft despite having been “retired” for nearly two decades.
Fradon started working for DC Comics in 1950, illustrating Shining Knight before landing her first regular assignment illustrating Aquaman in Adventure Comics. She went on to co-create Metamorpho (one of her personal favorites) and to pencil DC’s comic adaptation of the popular Super Friends cartoon for nearly its entire run. Her other credits include House of Mystery, Superman, Batman, and Plastic Man (another of Fradon’s favorites) for DC as well as The Cat and The Fantastic Four for Marvel.
Upon Dale Messick’s retirement from the Brenda Starr newspaper strip in 1980, Fradon took over and continued the strip until her own retirement in 1995.
Fradon is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious art and design universities in the world. She is a recipient of the Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award, an Ink Pot award, and was inducted into the Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.
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