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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: comic strip illustrator, penciller

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Our Army at War #244 Complete 14-Page Sgt. Rock Story "Easy's First Tiger" Original Art
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was written and submitted by Nick Caputo, January 2004.

Russ Heath was born in New York in 1926.  He began working for Timely Comics in 1946, drawing a variety of features for Stan Lee in the war, western and horror genres, and became one of their primary cover artists, producing beautifully detailed and attractive covers for such titles as Astonishing, Suspense War Adventures, Kid Colt and Wild Western.

In the 1950s, Heath worked for EC comics, notably on war titles such as Frontline Combat.  Heath displayed his skill and versatility in humor, working for Harvey Kurtzman's Mad.  Heath also began a long relationship with DC comics, working on historical, adventure and war features, including the Shining Knight, Robin Hood, the Haunted Tank and the Sea Devils.

Heath was skillful at rendering images of war, portraying both soldiers and weaponry with authenticity.  He produced striking images in black and white, unhindered by the restrictions of the Comics Code, in Warren publishing of Blazing Combat magazine in the 1960s. I n the 1970s Heath worked for the satire magazine National Lampoon, while continuing at DC for a long run on Sgt. Rock and illustrating the gritty western character Jonah Hex.  In 1980 Heath worked on a new Lone Ranger newspaper strip.

Over 50 years in the business, Russ Heath continues to work on special features, most recently (2001) illustrating an Enemy Ace graphic novel.  Occasionally working on super-hero features such as Bat-Man, he has always been more comfortable on features grounded in reality.  Coupled with his realistic depiction of people and an ability to draw extremely attractive women, Heath stands out as a true original in the comic art field.

Source note from Nick Caputo:
The information "has been culled from various comics related publications, books and interviews with the artist. I am a comic book fan/historian who has researched many of these artists and have had articles published in various trade magazines (Comic Book Marketplace, Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego)."

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