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 Pete Riss  (c.1906 - c.1962)

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Pete Riss (c.1906- c.1962)

Long thought to have worked on only one Superman story, he has now been identified by Joe Desris as the artist on 5 stories, all produced in a very short period of time in 1943.  The most famous of these is probably "Meet the Squiffles", a Jerry Siegel penned story about an Imp from another dimension named Ixnayalpay and his effect on Adolph Hitler.  He may possibly have also done a short stint on the daily newspaper strip.

Riss had a slick crisp inking style reminiscent of Jack Burnley.  He had a unique habit of drawing Superman flying with his knee pulled up so high it almost obscured his chest symbol. 

Riss got around.  He worked for Fawcett, Standard, Quality, Prize, Street and Smith and Marvel at various times during the forties.  His biggest claims to fame were a long run on Kid Eternity from 1946-9 as well as Hopalong Cassidy from 1948-51 and even Millie the Model from 1947-9. 

DC Comics Online, Who Drew Superman in the War Years

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