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 Nat Edson  (1909 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: comics-adventure, nude figure, portrait

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A comic book artist, Nat Edson also painted in his spare time. He was a ghost illustrator for Lyman Young on "Tim Tyler's Luck" strip in the 1930s and 1940s and also created "Curly Harper" comic strip. Most of his work remained anonymous, and he seldom got credit, but "His is the style most closely associated with the heyday of "Tim Tyler's Luck." (115) This included Tyler's African and Coastal Patrol adventures with his crony, Spud.

During World War II, Edson drew the "Espionage" feature in Smash comics and later returned to comic books including "Picture News", the only work to which he put his signature.

In 1950, he moved back to California and drew for Western-Dell comic books including "Roy Rogers", "Gene Autry", and "Texas Rangers". Illness in the mid 1970s caused him to quit working on comic books.

As a child, he was handicapped and was in hospitals for seven years, spending much of his time drawing. In 1927, he became an office boy for King Features Syndicate and later worked in the art department.

Ron Goulart, "The Encyclopedia of American Comics"

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Nat Edson, a comic book and sketch artist, worked in the comic industry for over forty years. His career included stints for Edgar Rice Burrough's TARZAN and Disney Comic Books.

Edson also painted in his leisure time with his favorite subjects being portraits and nudes done in the pastel, pencil, pen/ink & charcoal mediums.

His TARZAN works include: Tarzan in the Temple of Flames; Tarzan, Valley of Peril; Tarzan and the Sea Serpents; Tarzan and the Apes of Changok.

DISNEY Comics include: Tonka, 1959; Toby Tyler, 1960; Kidnapped, 1960; Indentured Servants, 1960; Pollyanna 1960; Pollyanna, The Good Old Days, 1960; Pollyanna, The Glad Game, 1960; Hans Brinker, 1962; Holiday on Ice, 1962; Ghostly Confession, 1963; The Golden Pendant, 1963; Turnabout, 1963; Masquerade Justice, 1963.

He also created LYMON YOUNGS, TIM TYLER's LUCK, from about the mid-1930s to the mid-'40s.

NAT EDSON is listed in the following comic reference books:
"Who's Who of American Comic Books", by Jerry Bails and Hames Ware. "The Encyclopedia of American Comics", ed. by Ron Goulart
The Funnies, 100 Years of American Comic Strips, by Ron Goulart

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