- Richard Bassford
Richard Bassford (b. 1936,
Manhattan, New York City) is an American illustratorwho has worked in both advertisingand comic books. Raised in the New York City borough of Queensfrom age three, he lived successively in the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Corona, and Whitestone until his marriage in 1961, when he moved to Flushing. In 1975, Bassford settled in Cold Spring, New York.
As a teenager, he took particular note of comic-book stories drawn by
Wally Wood, who became a major influence. In Manhattan, Bassford studied at the School of Industrial Art(which later became the High School of Art and Design), and he entered the commercial artfield in the early 1950s with magazinegag cartoonsand packaging art for toyboxes. His pen-and-ink illustrations were published in the magazine "Amateur Art & Camera" in 1954. Bassford's first work in comics came in 1957 with "What Happened on the Mountain!" for Atlas Comics' "World of Mystery", reprinted in Atlas' "World of Fantasy" #13 (August 1958).
At the Wally Wood Studio, Bassford was an artist on
Tower Comics' T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agentsalmost from the start. Beginning with the second issue, he assisted Wood on the penciling of "Dynamo Battles Dynavac" (reprinted in Tower's "The Terrific Trio" paperback). Bassford, Wood, and Dan Adkinsteamed on " The Munsters", a comic book adaptation of the 1964-66 CBS television series. Bassford also worked with Gil Kaneon "Undersea Agent".
An interview with Bassford about Wally Wood and Good Girl Art in issue #40 (Spring 1996) of "CFA-APA", the publication of the Comic & Fantasy Art Amateur Press Association, noted the educational aspect of the Wood Studio: "His later black-and-white work using Craftint doubletone board was truly amazing. I learned to use the valuable tones available with Zip-A-Tone Benday shading sheets simply by studying Woody's application." After James Warren recruited Bassford for
Warren Publishingin the early 1970s, beginning with an illustration in " Vampirella" #11 (May, 1971), he contributed to both "Creepy" and " Eerie". For " Creepy" #39 he drew "The Dragon Prow" from a Steve Skeatesscript, and in issue #41, he executed "The Hangman of London" for "Creepy's Loathsome Lore." For " Eerie" #39, he illustrated Doug Moench's "The Mysterious Men in Black!" for "Eerie's Monster Gallery."
His work as an illustrator spans a wide range of subjects from
science fictionand fantasyinteriors to color cartoons and the poems of Nick Kenny. His airbrushed informational-card illustrations for International Masters Publishers have covered military aircraft; mermaids and creatures for IMP's "Myths and Monsters" series; and "Sports Heroes, Feats & Facts". For Hope Farm Press, Bassford illustrated "Crisis in the Lower Hudson" (1995), about Benedict Arnold’s attempt to sell West Point to the British during the American Revolution, the capture of British Major John Andréand his execution in Tappan, New York.
Bassford's drawings have appeared in a variety of publications, including "Screw" and
Bill Pearson's "Sata". For the magazine "Fantastic" he illustrated two stories: "The Forest of Unreason" by Robert F. Young (July 1961) and "The Trekkers" by Daniel F. Galouye(September 1961).
The client list for Bassford's advertising art includes Disney,
General Electric, IBM, Nestle, People's Bank and Waldenbooks. Over decades, he continued to do cartoons and illustrations for corporate audio-visual advertising art presentations, such as a slide show of 79 cartoons for GE Lighting and 36 cartoons for a People's Bank promotion.
He returned to comics in 1986 when he teamed with Pearson on the story "Daddy's Little Girl" for "Lurid Tales", published by
Eros Comix, an imprint of Fantagraphics Books. In 2003, he was a contributor of both text and art to Bhob Stewart's "Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood", and his "T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents" pages were reprinted in the hardback "T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive" series (2003-05), published by DC Comics. In 2006 he provided illustrations for Bill Pearson's novel, "Drifter's Detour".
* [http://www.twomorrows.com/comicbookartist/articles/14checklist.html "Comic Book Artist" 14: Tower Comics Checklist]
* [http://www.enjolrasworld.com/Richard%20Arndt/Witzend%20Index.htm "witzend" Index]
* [http://atlastales.com/?_sI=4709&PHPSESSID=062290c4250370fca68faac0aed6cd76 Atlas Tales: "World of Fantasy" 13]
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