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 Wilson McCoy  (1902 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Missouri      Known for: illustration-comics

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The Phantom Daily Comic Strip Original Art Group (King Features Syndicate, 1955) (27)
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Wilson McCoy (1902-1961)

Best known as the second artist on The Phantom comic strip, Robert Wilson McCoy was born in Troy, Missouri on June 4, 1902.  He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The American Academy, and the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, where he later served on the faculty.  

As a commercial artist, he made paintings for Liberty Magazine covers, calendars, prints, pin-ups and advertisements for major companies.  When his friend Ray Moore served in the military during WWII, McCoy took over the responsibilities of illustrating the syndicated newspaper strip, The Phantom.  His wife, Dorothy, did the lettering.

In his artwork for this adventure comic, McCoy could draw from his own experiences as a world traveler, since he had visited far-off jungles and native tribes himself.  McCoy continued to draw the strip until his death, after which it was continued by Bill Lignante for a short while, and then Sy Barry.  Wilson McCoy's popular work on The Phantom has been featured in comics and continues to be reprinted today.

 Robert Wilson McCoy always went by his middle name and signed the Phantom strip as "Wilson McCoy", but his original artwork was signed "R. Wilson McCoy."

McCoy died on July 20, 1961 after a heart attack.

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