Frank Giacoia

Frank Giacoia, a.k.a. Frankie Ray broke into comics penciling “Jack Frost” in USA Comics #3 (Jan. 1942), published by Marvel Comics’ 1940s precursor, Timely Comics. Later in 1941, Giacoia joined comic-book packager Eisner & Iger. His early work included crime for Ace Comics, horror for Avon Comics, and a multitude of characters for National Publications (the primary company that evolved into DC Comics) including the Flash and Batman. Other companies for which Giacoia did art during the 1940s and 1950s include Crestwood, Dell Comics, Eastern Color, Fawcett, Harvey Comics, and Lev Gleason Publications. He and Jack Kirby became friends, and Kirby even ghost-penciled many of Frank’s 1950s Johnny Reb newspaper strips, which Giacoia inked.

During the 1960s, Giacoia became best known as a Marvel Comics inker, particularly on Captain America stories penciled by Kirby. One of the company’s preeminent names, he worked on virtually every title at one time or another. He did have trouble meeting deadlines at times, which may explain why his inking career over Kirby didn’t contain many sustained runs on books, but rather more individual issues and covers. Still, when the pair did work together, the end result was always slick and professional.

Giacoia went on to work on the Amazing Spider-Man newspaper comic strip from 1978-1981. [source: en.wikipedia.org]

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