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 Nick (Nicholas Viscardi) Cardy  (1920 - )

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Teen Titans #28 Aqualad vs. Robin Cover Original Art (DC, 1970).
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography has been provided by John Coates, friend & co-author of the artist autobiography.

Nick Cardy was born Nick "Viscardi" on October 16, 1920 in New York City, NY on the lower east side of Manhattan.  His parents were first generation immigrants from Italy, who did not speak English.  After becoming interested in drawing at the early age of six years old, his first formal art training began in his teen years at the local Boy's Club, which offered free art classes. Nick's first published work was at fourteen years of age in the then New York Herald newspaper and Literary Digest magazine as a contest winner.  He attended the School of Industrial Arts before leaving to work in advertising at the age of seventeen.

Cardy broke into the then infant comic book business in 1939 at the now famous Eisner/Iger studio, drawing such strips as Lady Luck for popular "The Spirit" newspaper section, as well as work for the comic book publisher Fiction House on such titles as Fight Comics, Jumbo Comics, Jungle Comics, Planet Comics, and Wings Comics.  He also worked for publisher Quality Comics on such titles as Crack Comics, Feature Comics, Hit Comics and National Comics.

In 1943 Nick was drafted into the Army, assigned to the tank corps in France,were he earned two Purple Hearts.  During his tour of duty Nick drew many pen and ink sketches of army life as well as battlefield scenes that in 1945 were collected and shown in a gallery in Paris, France.

In 1946 Nick was honorably discharged from the army and returned back to the United States where he went back to advertising, painting picture covers for such publications as Crossword Puzzle Magazine.  He also went back to drawing comic books for publishers Fiction House, Standard, and DC Comics.  During this period he shared a studio in New York with notable artists Jack Sparling and Al Plastino.

In 1949, Nick became the artist in the Tarzan daily newspaper strip, syndicated by United Features.  He also ghosted such newspaper strips as Major North, Batman, and the popular Warren Tuffts western strip, Casey Ruggles.

Though still focusing on his advertising work, by the early 1950s, Nick had become a mainstay with comic book publisher, DC COMICS, a relationship that would be uninterrupted from 1948 - 1975.  During this period Nick would pencil and ink thousands of pages of art work depicting such cultural icons as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and others.  His best known work is on such titles as Aquaman, Teen Titans, and the western, Bat Lash.  By 1972, Nick had become the main cover artist for DC's line of monthly books.

In 1975 Nick expanded his focus on drawing advertising and motion picture promotional posters, leaving the comic book business altogether.  His advertising work includes the Red Cross, TV Guide, National Lampoon magazine, Hardees, Travel & Leisure magazine, High Times Magazine and others.  His movie posters include Bad News Bears, Movie-Movie, Casey's Shadow, Between the Lines, Return of the Pink Panther, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Serial, Super-Jocks, Those Lips Those Eyes, California Suite, Meatballs, and others.

In the mid-1990s Nick was rediscovered by comic book 'fandom' and enjoys a renewed interest in his comic book work, taking commissions for comic book cover recreations, as well as attending numerous Comic Book conventions around the country.  He continues occasional art work and promotions for DC COMICS.  He was awarded the prestigious "Ink Pot Award" for Outstanding Achievement in the Comic Book Arts.  In 1999 his autobiography, "THE ART OF NICK CARDY" was nominated for an industry Eisner Award, as Best Comic-Related Periodical.

Nick has retired and is currently living in Florida.


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