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 Ira Yarbrough  (1911 - 1983)

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Ira Yarbrough (1911-83) worked closely with Joe Shuster,  sometimes over his layouts, sometimes on his own.  His work first appears in Action Comics 63 in August 1943,  in a Don Cameron written story "When Stars Collide".  Yarbrough's style was heavily comical, vaguely reminiscent of Al Capp's stuff from L'il Abner.  It fit in with the lighter tone being pushed, possibly as an antidote to somber war news.  He was the perfect artist to be entrusted with the introduction of Mr Mxyztplk, shown here from Superman 30, September 1944.  Notice Yarbrough's unique flying stance with both of Superman's arms curled above his head.

Yarbrough usually did not ink his own pencils, as editor Jack Schiff was apparently trying to bring the inking in house in order to apply a more consistent style to the strip.
George Roussos became the inker of choice in this era. ?His inks tended to provide weight to Yarbrough's pencils, providing a 3 dimensional density that Yarbrough otherwise lacked.  Notice the complete different design on Superman's S symbol than in the Mxyztplk story to the left.

DC Comics Online, Who Drew Superman in the War Years

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