Born on October 18~ Fanny Y. Cory

Fanny Young Cory (October 18, 1877-July 28, 1972) was an illustrator for magazines and books, a watercolorist, and one of America’s first female syndicated cartoonists.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Cory

Illustration for The Fanny Cory Mother Goose by Fanny Y. Cory
1913 / 11″x9″, 73 pages / Bobs-Merrill Company Publishers, NY

Fanny Y. Cory on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/fanny-y-cory/

Further reading:
https://fycory.com/
https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/13/fanny-young-cory
http://montanawomenshistory.org/drawing-on-motherhood-the-cartoons-and-illustrations-of-fanny-cory-cooney/
https://library.osu.edu/site/cartoons/2019/01/10/student-post-the-life-of-cartoonist-and-illustrator-fanny-y-cory/

Born October 14~ Grace Drayton

Grace Drayton (October 14, 1878-January 31, 1936) was an illustrator, the creator of the Campbell Soup Kids, and one of the first and most successful female cartoonists.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Drayton

Campbell’s Soup Recipe Book Cover by Grace Drayton
1916 / J. Campbell Co., Camden, N.J. / 6″x7-1/2″ / Hathi Trust Digital Library

Grace Drayton on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/grace-drayton/

Further reading:
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/drayton_g.htm
https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/13/grace-gebbie-drayton-wiederseim
https://comicskingdom.com/trending/blog/2014/03/13/ask-the-archivist-grace-g-drayton
Grace Drayton Paper Dolls: https://youtu.be/psppEitzJ3M

 

Born October 2~ Ramona Fradon

Ramona Fradon (born October 2, 1926) is an American comics artist known for her work on Aquaman and Brenda Starr and for co-creating the superhero Metamorpho.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramona_Fradon

Wonder Woman pin-up page by Ramona Fradon
2020 / Wonder Woman #750 Anniversary Celebration Issue / Book 6-5/8″x10-13/16″ / DC Comics

Ramona Fradon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/ramona-fradon/

Further reading:
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fradon_ramona.htm
http://www.sequentialtart.com/archive/may00/fradon.shtml
https://neotextcorp.com/culture/the-elemental-woman-a-tribute-to-ramona-fradon/

Born September 5~ Nell Brinkley

Nell Brinkley (September 5, 1886-October 21, 1944) was an American illustrator, comic artist, and creator of the immensely popular character the Brinkley Girl.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nell_Brinkley

Cover for the Sunday Dayton Journal by Nell Brinkley / July 26, 1936
FROM https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/13/nell-brinkley

Nell Brinkley on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/nell-brinkley/

Further reading:
https://cartoons.osu.edu/digital_albums/nellbrinkley/index.php
http://www.edwardianpromenade.com/women/fascinating-women-nell-brinkley/
https://womeninillustration.tumblr.com/post/128707577398/nell-brinkley

Born May 12~ Lily Renée

Lily Renée Phillips (born May 12, 1921) is an Austrian-born American artist best known as one of the earliest women in the comic-book industry, beginning in the 1940s.
Biography on Grand Comics Database: https://www.comics.org/creator/18712/

Senorita Rio story drawn by Lily Renée / 1945 / 10 pages / Issue #38 / Fight Comics

Newsweek article from 2015: https://www.newsweek.com/real-life-comic-book-superhero-74267

Further reading:
https://thestilettogumshoe.com/2020/06/14/lily-renee-fighting-the-axis-with-a-sable-brush/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/overlooked-jewish-female-artist-from-comics-golden-age-escaped-real-wwii-peril/
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://www.austrianposters.at/2019/10/05/lily-renee-bil-spira-und-paul-peter-porges/&prev=search&pto=aue
https://comicsgrinder.com/2021/05/09/review-lily-renee-escape-artist-from-holocaust-survivor-to-comic-book-pioneer-by-trina-robbins/

Born March 1~ Fay King

Fay Barbara King (March 1889-presumed dead after 1954) was an American illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_King_(cartoonist)

Further reading:
https://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/15/denver-post-cartoonist-fay-king/
http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2013/01/ink-slinger-profiles-fay-king.html
https://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/fayking.htm

Fay King Cartoon about death of Anne Sullivan: https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:b85164240

Scrapbook compiled by cartoonist and journalist, Fay King, 1916-1919:
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:513610#?c=&m=&s=&cv=&xywh=-1656%2C0%2C5936%2C2999

Born February 25~ June Tarpé Mills

June Tarpé Mills (February 25, 1918-December 12, 1988), known professionally as Tarpé Mills, is best known for her comic Miss Fury, featuring the first female action hero created by a woman.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Tarp%C3%A9_Mills

Miss Fury cover by Tarpé Mills / Winter 1942-43 / Issue #1 / Timely Comics

June Tarpé Mills on the Grand Comics Database (GCD): https://www.comics.org/creator/12719/

Miss Fury #6: https://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=72389

Further reading:
https://www.tarpemills.com/
https://culturalgutter.com/2016/03/24/miss-fury-and-miss-mills/
https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-tarpe-mills-1940s-comic-writer-and-her-feisty-superhero-miss-fury-110179

Born February 15~ Nina Albright

Nina Dorothy Albright (February 15, 1907-February 7, 1997) was an American comic book artist during the Golden Age of Comic Books, one of the few woman illustrating comic books during that time.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Albright

Target Comics cover by Nina Albright / March 1947 / Volume 8 No 1 / Novelty Press

Nina Albright on the Grand Comics Database (GCD): https://www.comics.org/creator/9923/

Miss Victory in “The Mad Monster”:
http://savedfromthepaperdrive.blogspot.com/2014/08/miss-victory-in-mad-monster.html

Further reading:
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/albright_nina.htm
https://womenincomics.fandom.com/wiki/Nina_Albright
http://pulpartists.com/Albright.html

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 6

Krazy Kat by George Herriman

No date / Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper / 13 1/2”x14 1/2” / Private collection

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See also: February 6~ African-American visual artists
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/02/06/february-6-african-american-visual-artists/

February 19~ African-American visual artists

 

Clarence Matthew “Matt” Baker (1921-1959)
Credited as the first successful African-American comic book artist
http://cbldf.org/2016/02/profiles-in-black-cartooning-matt-baker/

http://cbldf.org/2016/02/profiles-in-black-cartooning-matt-baker/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betye Saar (Born 1926)
American-American artist known for assemblages and installations
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/betye-saar/

https://americanart.si.edu/blog/eye-level/2010/02/896/wishing-winter