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Alfred Avison was a prolifc fgure in the Golden Age of comics, creating The Whizzer for the debut of USA Comics , with fellow artist Al Gabrielle and he very soon developed a talent for comic book terror. His initiation to comic books came in 1940, when he was assigned as Jack Kirby’s inker on the Novelty Press title Blue Bolt Comics #4 while still studying at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During this fedgling period he was in the gainful employ of Timely Comics and actually worked alongside his father George, a fellow commercial artist, on the frst and only issue of the slick magazine Man’s Home Companion (October 1942).

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He was also known to have freelanced for Fawcett Comics between 1941 and 1942 working on the original

Captain Marvel Adventures and was busily supplying artwork to Harvey Comics on a wide range of characters, including The Red Blazer in Pocket

Comics #1 (August 1941), Casper the Friendly Ghost, Captain Freedom, Joe Palooka and The Green Hornet. As early as Captain America Comics #4 (June 1941), while once again inking Jack Kirby’s pencils—this time on ‘Captain America in Hospital Horror’—he demonstrated an affnity for the more macabre elements of this burgeoning

phenomenon. Captain America was indeed one of the champions of the vaunted golden age of comics, but his title was plagued by a host of chilling adversaries. When Al and Syd Shores assumed the role as Cap’s regular team of artists following the departure of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon with issue #10 early in 1942, the tone of this title became somewhat darker. The covers now enticed with graveyards, ghouls, vampires, killer robots and murderous hillbillies. The heroic dynamics espoused by Jack Kirby thankfully continued to pulsate across the cover and each and every page, for this was a country in a

Featuring artist Al Avison

(July 1920 - December 1984, USA)

Chamber of Chills #21 June 1951 Chamber of Chills #22 August 1951

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