Creator Name
George Tuska
Date of Birth
April 26, 1916
Date of Passing
October 16, 2009
Notes
From Adrienne Colan: He was so impressed with George, right from the start. Gene always tells me "you should have seen George when he was a young man. He looked like a Nordic prince!"
Biography
George Tuska, renowned Golden and Silver Age comic book artist, passed away around midnight on October 16, 2009. He was 93 years old. George Tuska was born on April 26, 1916, the son of Russian immigrants. He attended the National Academy of Design and in 1939 went to work for Will Eisner in the studio he shared with Jerry Iger. Tuska later worked for Harry "A" Chesler, Fiction House and Standard Publishing. He was drafted into World War II and served in the 100th Division at Fort Jackson drawing artillery plans. Following the war, he achieved notoriety working for Lev Gleason illustrating Crime Does Not Pay, a true-crime comic book with a monthly circulation of over one million copies. When the advent of the Comics Code brought an end to the violent comics of the fifties, George turned to newspaper comic strips, drawing first Scorchy Smith and later Buck Rogers. He also did some work for Tower Comics on the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Then, in the mid-sixties, Tuska went to work for Stan Lee and Marvel Comics, working on Captain America, the Hulk, and the X-Men, before taking over the reins of Iron Man. Tuska remained the primary artist on Iron Man for ten years, bringing to it the creative layouts and explosive action that defined the character for a generation. Also while at Marvel, George illustrated one of the first African American heroes, Luke Cage. Tuska left Marvel in the late seventies to start The World's Greatest Superheroes newspaper strip for DC Comics, which featured Superman and other heroes from the Justice League of America. George later drew comic book stories for DC, including Green Lantern, World's Finest, and the Justice League of America. He retired from professional work in the mid-eighties, but continued to draw up until his death, illustrating commission requests for fans from all over the world. He got up every morning at 6:30 a.m. and would start drawing in his studio, bringing heroes to life in a way that only George could. He was a kind and gentle man, with a wry sense of humor and a remarkable imagination. -- Dewey Cassell
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  Appearance
Type
Appearance
Information
Issue Cover Date
  story 5221 Justice Has a Heart! 7pg art
pencils unsigned
Casey - Crime Photographer 1 August 1949
  story 5209 The Man I Love! 9pg art
pencils attributed
My Love 2 September 1949
  story 6533 The Man Who Didn't Count! 18pg art
pencils attributed
Man Comics 1 December 1949
  story 5895 My Untamed Desire! 9pg art
pencils attributed
My Own Romance 10 January 1950
  story 5551 The Man Who Dealt in Murder! 8pg art
pencils guess
Justice 15 February 1950
  story 6774 Pursuit! 18pg art
pencils attributed
Man Comics 2 March 1950
cover Bonnie Parker!
Hungarian Hangman
With Gun In Hand!
One Had to Die!

pencils attributed
Amazing Detective Cases 3 November 1950
  story Return From The Grave 7pg art
pencils attributed
Suspense 5 November 1950
  story 7619 Criss-Cross 7pg art
pencils attributed
Justice 18 November 1950
  story 7641 Decision 7pg art
pencils attributed
Young Men 6 December 1950
  story 7509 Clem Tooley / Frontier Gun-Slinger! 8pg art
pencils attributed
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs 64 December 1950
cover The Case of the Dangerous Doll!
Terror in a Blind Alley!

pencils attributed
Private Eye 1 January 1951
  story 7752 The Dark Factory 4pg art
pencils attributed
Suspense 6 January 1951
  story 7668 Torture 4pg art
pencils signed
Black Rider 12 January 1951
  story 7764 The Man Who Wouldn't Fight! 3pg art
pencils and inks signed
Black Rider 12 January 1951
  story 7698 The Case of the Dangerous Doll! 11pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 1 January 1951
  story 7717 Washout! 7pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 1 January 1951
  story 7765 The Hunt! 4pg art
pencils signed
Red Warrior 1 January 1951
  story 7669 Violence 4pg art
pencils signed
Texas Kid 1 January 1951
cover Land of Missing Men!
The Last Man!
Planet of Death!
The Metal Monsters!

pencils attributed
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 38(3) February 1951
  story 7810 Fancy Dan 7pg art
pencils signed
Crime Can't Win 43(3) February 1951
  story 7783 Don't Dare Look Back 4pg art
pencils attributed
Young Men 7 February 1951
  story 7785 The Last Laugh! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Young Men 7 February 1951
  story 7784 Planet of Death! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 38(3) February 1951
  story 7781 The Lawman Who Wore No Guns! 4pg art
pencils signed
The Gunhawk 13 February 1951
cover The Face of Doom!
Drums of Death!
The Corpse Returns!
The Missing Witness!

pencils signed
Private Eye 2 March 1951
Red Warrior 2 Cover Image
cover The Trail Of The Outcast!
Vengeance In The Desert!

pencils attributed
Red Warrior 2 March 1951
  story 7904 The Snake of Saigon! 13pg art
pencils attributed
Spy Fighters 1 March 1951
  story 7558 Drums of Death 9pg art
pencils attributed
Private Eye 2 March 1951
  story 7715 The Face of Doom 5pg art
pencils attributed
Private Eye 2 March 1951
  story 7877 The Corpse Returns 4pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 2 March 1951
  story 7950 The Greenpoint Gang 7pg art
pencils signed
Crime Exposed (2nd - Dec 50) 3 April 1951
Crime Cases Comics 5 Cover Image
cover Lucky Cabello and the Crime Syndicate!
The Vengance Of Vinson!
The Stoolie!
Murder Dungeon!

pencils guess
Crime Cases Comics 5 May 1951
Private Eye 3 Cover Image
cover The Cobra's Kiss?
Too Young to Die?
Shock!

pencils attributed
Private Eye 3 May 1951
  story 8043 The Rise And Fall Of Lucky Cabello And The Crime Syndicate 8pg art
pencils signed
Crime Cases Comics 5 May 1951
  story 7961 Too Young To Die 3pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 3 May 1951
  story 7978 "Save Me!" She Cried 6pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 3 May 1951
  story 8080 The Case Of The Cruising Cobras! 9pg art
pencils signed
Private Eye 3 May 1951
  story 8058 Konstanty the Constant! 7pg art
pencils signed
Sports Action 7 May 1951
  story 8107 Brute Of Budapest 5pg art
pencils signed
Spy Fighters 2 May 1951
  story 8131 Nightmare in Tokyo 7pg art
pencils attributed
Spy Fighters 2 May 1951
  story 8137 The One-Armed Bandit 7pg art
pencils signed
Crime Exposed (2nd - Dec 50) 4 June 1951
  story 8231 A Case Of Crime 2pg text
pencils guess
Crime Can't Win 5 June 1951
  story 8110 A Call in the Night 5pg art
pencils attributed
Strange Tales 1 June 1951
  story 8296 Rockets Awayyyy! 8pg art
pencils signed
Space Squadron 1 June 1951
  story 8200 The Star Smasher! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 1 June 1951
  story 8189 The Last of the Martians! 8pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 1 June 1951
  story 8269 Die on the Owlhoot Trail! 2pg text
pencils attributed
Kid Colt Outlaw 15 July 1951
  story 8375 Gun For Hire! 2pg text
pencils attributed
Private Eye 4 July 1951
cover
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 2 August 1951
  story 8397 Armada of Death! 9pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 2 August 1951
  story 8711 Capt. Jet Dixon and the Space Squadron Battle the Fiends with Four Arm 2pg text
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 2 August 1951
  story 8481 The Vulturos of Space! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 2 August 1951
  story 8431 The World of No Return! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 2 August 1951
  story 8373 The Deadly Clue 2pg text
pencils attributed
Spy Cases 6 August 1951
cover The Planet Of Madness!
The Space Demons!
Terror Below!

pencils attributed
Space Squadron 3 October 1951
  story 8587 The Silent Stranger 5pg art
pencils signed
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs 69 October 1951
  story 8975 Spy Fighters Laugh Last 1pg text
pencils attributed
Spy Cases 7 October 1951
  story Fjords Of Fear! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Spy Cases 7 October 1951
  story 8699 Double Double-Cross 2pg text
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Crime Can't Win 7 October 1951
  story 8681 The Man Who Died Twice 5pg art
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Crime Must Lose! 9 October 1951
  story 8687 The Planet of Madness! 8pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 3 October 1951
  story 8688 Terror from the Deep! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 3 October 1951
  story 8750 The Space Demons! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 3 October 1951
Adventures Into Terror 7 Cover Image
cover Where Monsters Dwell!
The Thing That Grew!
Two Were Alone!
Going Down!

pencils signed
Adventures Into Terror 7 December 1951
Space Squadron 4 Cover Image
cover
pencils attributed
Space Squadron 4 December 1951
Suspense 12 Cover Image
cover The Dark Road!
The Old Woman!
Fingers of Fire!
You're Killing Me!

pencils signed
Suspense 12 December 1951
  story 8231 The Big Caper! 2pg text
pencils attributed
Crime Exposed (2nd - Dec 50) 7 December 1951
  story 9035 Blind Man's Bluff 2pg text
pencils attributed
Man Comics 11 December 1951
  story 9150 Draw Me A Picture 5pg art
pencils attributed
Suspense 12 December 1951
story 8932 The Harlon Brothers! 7pg art
pencils attributed
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs 70 December 1951
cover Death on the Jericho Trail!
pencils attributed
Kid Colt Outlaw 18 January 1952
Justice 25 Cover Image
cover The Death of Danny Lewis!
The Man Who Couldn't Stop!
Badge 8725!
The Secret of Simon's Shop!

pencils attributed
Justice 25 January 1952
story 9185 Final Destination 3pg art
pencils signed
Kent Blake of the Secret Service 5 January 1952
  story 9129 Ape Arnold, The Brute of Brooklyn 7pg art
pencils attributed
All True Crime Cases Comics 48 January 1952
  story 8941 The Clay Pigeon! 6pg art
pencils attributed
All True Crime Cases Comics 48 January 1952
  story 9060 They Vanish by Night 5pg art
pencils signed
All True Crime Cases Comics 48 January 1952
  story 9053 Final Payment! 5pg art
pencils signed
Amazing Detective Cases 10 January 1952
  story 8204 The World that Vanished 5pg art
pencils attributed
Adventures Into Weird Worlds 1 January 1952
  story 9120 They Strike by Night! 6pg art
pencils signed
Crime Cases Comics 9 January 1952
  story 9060 They Vanish By Night! 7pg art
pencils signed
All True Crime Cases Comics 48 January 1952
story 9238 Battle Fatigue 7pg art
pencils attributed
War Adventures 1 January 1952
  story 9288 The Avengers 2pg art
pencils signed
Arizona Kid 6 January 1952
Space Squadron 5 Cover Image
cover
pencils guess
Space Squadron 5 February 1952
story 9250 Kill or Be Killed 5pg art
pencils attributed
Men's Adventures 12 February 1952
story 9239 'El Toro Bianco' The Mexican Madman 7pg art
pencils attributed
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs 71 February 1952
  story 9697 Unarmed 6pg art
pencils attributed
Battle Action 2 April 1952
  story 9861 The Old Man 3pg art
pencils attributed
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 10 April 1952
  story 9537 Spider Bailey 7pg art
pencils signed
Western Outlaws & Sheriffs 72 April 1952
War Combat 2 Cover Image
cover
pencils attributed
War Combat 2 May 1952
  story 10006 No Prisoners 6pg art
pencils attributed
Man Comics 14 May 1952
story A-134 Muzzle Flash 5pg art
pencils attributed
War Action 2 May 1952
  story 10013 Hit the Dirt! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Men in Action 2 May 1952
  story A-266 Conchie! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Men in Action 2 May 1952
  story A-512 The Gyrenes 5pg art
pencils attributed
Man Comics 16 July 1952
  story A-9 Shake-Down 6pg art
pencils attributed
All True Crime Cases Comics 51 July 1952
  story A-142 War! 7pg art
pencils attributed
Crime Cases Comics 12 July 1952
story A-553 Killed In Action 6pg art
pencils attributed
Battlefield 3 August 1952
  story A-597 A Tank Can Also Die! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Battle 11 August 1952
story A-886 Top Kick! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Men in Action 6 September 1952
  story A-733 Phony Luck 2pg text
pencils attributed
Justice 30 October 1952
  story B-235 Throw Another Coal on the Fire 4pg art
pencils attributed
Adventures Into Weird Worlds 12 November 1952
  story B-233 Horror Story 7pg art
pencils attributed
Suspense 24 November 1952
  story B-146 The Dumb Slob! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Strange Tales 12 November 1952
  story A-106 Underworld Vengeance! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Justice 31 November 1952
story B-342 Pursuit 7pg art
pencils attributed
War Action 8 November 1952
  story B-450 Death in the Dust 5pg art
pencils attributed
Battle 15 December 1952
  story B-330 No Volunteers 5pg art
pencils attributed
Man Comics 21 December 1952
  story B-307 The Lighthouse Ghost 5pg art
pencils attributed
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 14 December 1952
  story B-394 The Man Who Closed His Eyes 4pg art
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Mystic 15 December 1952
  story B-480? Hex 5pg art
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Adventures Into Terror 14 Winter 1952
  story A-435 The Bad Man 7pg art
pencils attributed
Justice 33 January 1953
story B-614 We'll Be Back! 7pg art
pencils attributed
War Action 10 January 1953
  story B-541 The Experiment! 3pg art
pencils attributed
Strange Tales 14 January 1953
  story B-859 Fire at Will 6pg art
pencils signed
Man Comics 23 February 1953
  story B-781 Terror In Town 7pg art
pencils signed
Adventures Into Weird Worlds 15 February 1953
  story B-998 Foothold! 7pg art
pencils signed
Man Comics 24 March 1953
  story C-189 The Man Who Couldn't Move 5pg art
pencils signed
Menace 1 March 1953
  story B-767 Six-Gun Showdown 7pg art
pencils signed
Wild Western 27 April 1953
  story C-88 Tracy Took a Drink 6pg art
pencils signed
Adventures Into Terror 18 April 1953
C-289 The Man In Black Story Image
story C-289 The Man In Black 7pg art
pencils signed
Menace 2 April 1953
  story C-65 What Happened To Harry? 5pg art
pencils signed
Mystery Tales 10 April 1953
  story B-45 Dead or Alive! 7pg art
pencils attributed
Justice 37 May 1953
  story Waitin' for Satan 6pg art
pencils signed
Marvel Tales 114 May 1953
story C-160? The Saucers Strike 6pg art
pencils signed
Strange Tales 18 May 1953
  story C-580 ["R.I.P. (Rest in Peace)"] 6pg art
pencils signed
Young Men 21 June 1953
  story C-697 Assassination! 5pg art
pencils signed
Mystery Tales 12 June 1953
  story C-657 Look Out 5pg art
pencils signed
Strange Tales 19 June 1953
  story C-968 Nightmare! 5pg art
pencils signed
Menace 5 July 1953
  story C-730 6pg art
pencils signed
Young Men 22 August 1953
  story C-764 The Other Face 5pg art
pencils signed
Journey Into Mystery 11 August 1953
  story C-351 Killer at Bay! 7pg art
pencils signed
Wild Western 29 August 1953
  story C-900 Marion's Murder! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Mystery Tales 14 August 1953
  story D-96 The Boss of Cell Block "18" 6pg art
pencils signed
Justice 40 September 1953
  story C-922 The Stroke of 12! 6pg art
pencils signed
Young Men 23 October 1953
  story C-430 The Macabre Museum 6pg art
pencils signed
Astonishing 27 October 1953
  story D-34 Design for Loving 5pg art
pencils and inks signed
Lovers 54 October 1953
  story D-303 The Screaming Beasts! 6pg art
pencils signed
Men's Adventures 24 November 1953
  story C-930 Stay And Fight! 7pg art
pencils signed
War Comics 22 November 1953
  story C-873 Trapped in..Tomg-Tu Pass 7pg art
pencils attributed
Battle 23 November 1953
  story D-185 The Syndicate Strikes 6pg art
pencils signed
Justice 41 November 1953
  story D-342 "The Two-Gun Kid got him! Did y'ever see such a lightnin' draw..." 5pg art
pencils unsigned
Black Rider 19 November 1953
  story D-342 "The Two-Gun Kid got him! Did y'ever see such a lightnin' draw..." 5pg art
inks attributed
Black Rider 19 November 1953
  story D-348 5pg art
pencils signed
Two-Gun Kid 11 December 1953
  story D-216 The BackBreaker 5pg art
pencils signed
Kid Colt Outlaw 32 December 1953
  story D-437 "Are yuh ready to die, feller? I'm carryin' your death certificate in my holsters!" 5pg art
pencils signed
Black Rider 20 January 1954
  story 8205 The Fire 4pg art
pencils signed
3-D Action 1 January 1954
  story D-475 5pg art
pencils signed
Two-Gun Kid 12 February 1954
  story D-485 6pg art
pencils signed
Wild Western 32 February 1954
  story D-567 "Rodeo! A real western word and a real western sport!" 5pg art
pencils and inks signed
Black Rider 21 March 1954
  story D-730 5pg art
pencils attributed
Kid Colt Outlaw 35 March 1954
  story D-838 Revolt of the Redskins 6pg art
pencils signed
Western Outlaws 2 April 1954
story D-942 Die, Spaceman, Die! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Spaceman 5 May 1954
story D-973 6pg art
pencils signed
Spaceman 5 May 1954
story D-980 6pg art
pencils signed
Spaceman 5 May 1954
story E-368 Blitzkrieg! 6pg art
pencils signed
Battle 30 June 1954
  story E-529 The Big Man 6pg art
pencils signed
Justice 48 July 1954
story E-551 Der Tag 6pg art
pencils attributed
Battlefront 22 August 1954
  story E-861 Sheriffs Die Young! 6pg art
pencils signed
Outlaw Fighters 1 August 1954
  story E-701 Bataan! 6pg art
pencils signed
Battle 32 September 1954
  story F-75 High Card or Die! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Wild Western 37 October 1954
  story E-939 The Peacemaker 6pg art
pencils signed
Outlaw Fighters 2 October 1954
  story F-55 The Outcast 5pg art
pencils signed
Jungle Tales 2 November 1954
  story 9239 The Mexican Madman 7pg art
pencils attributed
Western Thrillers 2 December 1954
  story F-120 Cry in the Night! 5pg illustrated story
pencils signed
Jungle Action 2 December 1954
  story F-193 With Guns Slung Low 6pg art
pencils attributed
Western Outlaws 6 December 1954
story F-91 He Wore A Tin Badge! 6pg art
pencils signed
Outlaw Fighters 3 December 1954
  story 9537 Spider Bailey 7pg art
pencils attributed
Western Thrillers 3 January 1955
  story G-632 Banzai! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Battlefront 37 November 1955
  story H-219 The Man Who Quit! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Tales of Justice 57 December 1955
  story H-281 The Gunman 4pg art
pencils attributed
Gunsmoke Western 33 February 1956
  story H-684 The Man Who Hated Navajos! 4pg art
pencils signed
Cowboy Action 11 March 1956
H-683 Two-Gun Drifter Story Image
story H-683 Two-Gun Drifter 5pg art
pencils signed
Gunsmoke Western 34 April 1956
  story H-769 Man With A Star 5pg art
pencils signed
Frontier Western 2 April 1956
  story H-961 One Man Against The Enemy 5pg art
pencils attributed
Battleground 11 May 1956
  story J-604 The Showdown! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Western Outlaws 15 June 1956
  story J-614 Cave-In 4pg art
pencils attributed
Tales of Justice 61 August 1956
  story J-950 Slap Leather! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Kid Colt Outlaw 63 August 1956
  story K-103 Avenue of Escape! 4pg art
pencils signed
Tales of Justice 62 October 1956
  story K-596 My Platoon is Trapped! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Marines in Battle 15 December 1956
  story K-813 The Plot that Failed! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Battleground 15 January 1957
  story L-74 Snow Job! 4pg art
pencils attributed
G.I. Tales 4 February 1957
  story L-135 On The Eve Of Battle! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Battleground 16 March 1957
story L-458 Captive Town 6pg art
pencils attributed
Quick-Trigger Western 17 April 1957
  story L-675 The Texas Gunhawk 4pg art
pencils attributed
Rawhide Kid 14 May 1957
  story L-767 Breakthrough! 3pg art
pencils attributed
Marines in Battle 18 June 1957
  story M-50 The Night of the Raid! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Battle Action 29 June 1957
M-629 Medicine Man Story Image
story M-629 Medicine Man 4pg art
pencils signed
Frontier Western 10 August 1957
  story M-887 The War Nobody Wanted to Fight! 3pg art
pencils attributed
Marines in Battle 20 November 1957
  story O-87 The Gunhawk! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Two-Gun Kid 45 December 1958