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 John Styga  (1924 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: wildlife and pulp magazine illustration, cartoons, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography was submitted by Christopher Styga, son of the artist.

Born in Manhattan in 1924, John Styga attended the first commercial art high school in New York City, the School of Industrial Arts. While in school he did adventure drawings for cartoon magazines. After this schooling, he worked as an apprentice for one of the three biggest art studio’s in NYC.

In 1942, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps Twelfth Air Force B25 Bomber Group. He flew sixty-four missions, received nine Air medals and two presidential citations. After the war, he returned to New York City and went to The Art Students League under the GI veteran’s bill.

Then he freelanced with various advertising agencies such as J. Walter Thomson, Young & Rubicam and BBD & O and had clients including Purina, Nabisco, Beech-Nut, Pfizer,  Eli Lilly and liqueur and soft drink companies.

He also illustrated cover and story art for science and men’s pulp magazines such as Argosy, True Adventures, Men’s Adventure, True and Satellite Science Fiction Magazine.  Another specialty was animal and wildlife illustrations for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream.

In the 1990s, John Styga retired.  He is an avid wood worker of automated whirligigs and was the Grand prize winner in Wood Magazine’s 2003 “For The Birds” birdhouse contest. His entry, Mother Hubbard’s Boot, was put up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds benefiting the National Wildlife Federation. This birdhouse was featured in the Federation's 2003 June – July publication issue.

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