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 Lou (Louis) Kenneth Fine  (1915 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: comic book superheroes, penciller and inker

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A comic book illustrator of super heroes, Lou Fine was born in New York and as a youth, was severely crippled by polio.  This condition caused him to spend much time indoors, which allowed him to pursue his talent of drawing.  Formal art training came at the Grand Central Art School and at the Pratt Institute.  In 1938, he went to work for the Will Eisner-Jerry Iger shop, where he did his early work for "Jumbo Comics".

His first superhero was Flame, the subsequent star of the Fox movie, Wonderworld Comics.  Realizing his talent, his employers gave him comic book cover work including Mystery Men and Fantastic.

In 1939, he signed on with Quality line and worked on heroes including The Black Condor and Uncle Sam.  In 1942, Fine changed his style from bold, aggressive, strongly designed to a more "slick, plain clothes realism", which some critics regarded as dull.  He gave up comic books for advertising, but had a comic strip called The Thropp Family for Liberty magazine.

Working with Don Komisarow, who was inker and salesperson, Lou Fine "proceeded to dominate the field of Sunday comics advertising strips", and they had an impressive list of clients including Pepsi-Colo, Philip Morris, and RKO Radio Pictures.

For the remainder of his career, he continued in advertising and commercial art and also pursued creating comic strips including Peter Scratch and Adam Ames.

Ron Goulart, Encyclopedia of American Comics

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