Nick CardyIt’s my sad duty to report that yesterday, November 3rd, Nick Cardy, a renowned and respected artist in the comic book industry passed away at the age of 93. Cardy was best known for his work at DC Comics during the Silver Age, bringing well-known characters like Aquaman and the first incarnation of the Teen Titans to life in their solo books.

Born Nicholas Viscardi, shortening it to Nick Viscardi in his early career, Cardy got his start in the industry working for Will Eisner and Jerry Iger’s comic packaging company, Eisner & Iger, at the age of 18, drawing for various titles like Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, and Kaanga Comics. Eisner even had him take over as writer and artist for the popular comic strip “Lady Luck” in Eisner’s own Sunday supplement comic, “The Spirit Section”, from May of 1941 to February of 1942. On “Lady Luck”, Cardy worked under the house pseudonym of Ford Davis, the one used by Eisner, the character’s original creator, but always found a way to get his initials, NV, into the story. It wasn’t until he worked on “Quicksilver” for the National Comics series that he’d shorten his name completely to Nick Cardy.

A veteran of World War II, Cardy served from 1943 to 1945, earning two Purple Hearts. Serving in the 66th Infantry Division, he entered a contest to design his company’s patch, winning with a black panther logo. It was because of his talent as an artist that he was moved to division headquarter after a general recognized Cardy’s work from a magazine. Eventually he was assigned to the Third Armored Division as an assistant tank driver in the European theater, ending his time in the war in the Army’s Information and Education Office in France.

Artist At WarUpon returning to civilian life, Cardy drew for several magazines and comic strips, eventually landing his first gig for DC Comics in 1950 on the title Gang Busters, based on the popular radio show. He later developed his first title, Tomahawk, about an American colonial soldier dressing as an Iroquois warrior to fight the British during The American Revolution. As far as DC Comic’s more recognizable characters go, Cardy was the primary artist for the first 39 issues of Aquaman’s solo book from 1962-1968, though he would continue drawing covers for the title until 1971. He was also brought on board as the artist on the Teen Titan’s solo book in 1966, though he’d previously drawn the Titans, consisting of Robin (Dick Grayson), Aqualad, Kid Flash (Wally West), and Wonder Girl, in their first appearance as a team in Brave and the Bold #60. He would go on to draw interiors for Justice League of America, Superman, Detective Comics, House of Mystery, Action Comics, and All-Star Western, featuring one of my personal favorite characters, Bat Lash. Cardy remained DC’s go-to cover artist until he left the industry in the late 1970s.

After leaving the industry, he became a successful commercial artist, doing magazine and ad illustrations, including some movie posters for The Street Fighter (1974), California Suite (1978), and Apocalypse Now (1979).

So, in honor of Nick Cardy, who is now floating amidst a spiral galaxy, directing the swirls to his liking, I’d like to offer this selection of his vast body of work for you to enjoy.

Aquaman-CardyBat Lash - Cardy

Lady LuckQuicksilver - National Comics

Teen Titans - CardyTeen Titans Wonder Girl - Cardy

The SpectreThe Witching Hour

Mess Line

Cologne Germany Cardy

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