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 Kurt Schaffenberger  (1920 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York / Germany      Known for: Lois Lane, Superman, Captain Marvel comic strip artist

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Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #48 Cover Original Art (DC, 1964).
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Biography from Heritage Auctions:
Preeminent Lois Lane comic strip artist Kurt Schaffenberger was born in 1920 on a farm in the Thuringian Forest, Germany. Emigrating to America at age seven, he eventually won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute.

After graduation, he joined Jack Binder's studio in 1941, where he worked on key Fawcett titles including Captain Marvel, Bulletman, and Ibis.   In 1957, Otto Binder recruited Schaffenberger to DC to work on the Superman family. He stayed at DC for the next 30 years, making an especially large contribution to the development of Lois Lane. In this capacity, he was the lead artist on the book, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, for the entirety of its first decade.

Schaffenberger's rendition of Lane became cited by many as the "definitive" version of the character, and Schaffenberger was often asked by DC editor Mort Weisinger to redraw other artists' depictions of Lois Lane in other DC titles where she appeared.  

When, in the 1970s, DC acquired the rights to the Marvel Family, Schaffenberger was one of the key players in the revival of those characters.  The late 1970s saw him contribute well outside the Superman family of titles, including short-lived runs on titles like Wonder Woman and The Super Friends. By 1980, Schaffenberger was again leading a Superman family title, The New Adventures of Superboy.

He largely retired from comics soon after helping with the final pre-Crisis Superman tale Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?  Schaffenberger's work won him the 1984 National Cartoonists Society Award in the "Comic Book" division.  He also received an Inkpot Award in 1996.

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