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Subject: Frank Bolle, Comic artist (Tarzan, Apt. 3-G)

Dead at 95
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 11:28:20am


Obituary of Frank W. Bolle

Frank Bolle (FWB), American Artist, of Weston CT Died May 12th, 2020. He was 95.

Born in Italy on June 23rd, 1924 and traveled across the ocean alone at 5 years old to join his mother in Brooklyn, NY. He Grew up in NYC with his mother Mary and stepfather Egidio “Louie” Covacich.

Frank graduated Manhattan’s School of Music and Art then studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, only interrupted by a stint in the Army Airforce in 1942.

He began drawing as a child and made a career of it. He illustrated many comic books including “Dr. Solar”, “Tim Holt” a western series and “Man of the Atom”. He illustrated children’s stories, adventure magazines, Boys Life Magazine and books from scuba diving to Sherlock Holmes. Frank worked on several daily newspaper comic strips including “Debbie Deere”, “Winnie Winkle” and “Apt 3G”. Later painting pet portraits and skillfully doing many watercolor paintings.

He is survived by his wife Lori Bolle, Daughter Laura and son Frank as well as innumerable lifelong fans.

Due to current CDC Federal guidelines in keeping with public safety standards, the family is holding a private interment here at Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main Street, Westport.
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[Mark Evanier's pop culture blog "News from ME"]

We're just now learning — thank you, Anthony Tollin — of the passing of veteran comic book/strip artist Frank Bolle on May 12 at the age of 95. Over the years, Mr. Bolle worked on at least two dozen newspaper strips, sometimes as a ghost artist or assistant and sometimes credited. Among them would be Winnie Winkle, On Stage, Tarzan, Gil Thorp, The Girls of Apartment 3-G, Rip Kirby and The Heart of Juliet Jones. He was equally prolific in comic books.

Born in Brooklyn, he began drawing comics in 1943, assisting other artists at first but working solo within the year. Soon, his work turned up at Timely (now Marvel) Comics, Fawcett, Lev Gleason and Magazine Enterprises. It was for the last of these that he co-created the masked western heroine, The Black Phantom, who was neither black nor a phantom. She was however, like all the women he drew, extremely attractive.

In the fifties and beyond, he worked for DC and Atlas and began a long association with Western Publishing on their Dell and later Gold Key Comics. Among the comics he did for Western were Flash Gordon, The Twilight Zone, Grimm's Ghost Stories and Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom. For Charlton, he drew The Phantom and many, many romance comics. He also popped up at Marvel from time to time, usually inking for comics like The Defenders and their Captain Marvel. All of this was in addition to his long stint drawing a number of features for Boys' Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.

More often than most artists, he was anonymous but you could spot his clean, attractive style and often, he would sneak an "FWB" (his initials) somewhere in a panel. From all indications, he worked until just a few years ago, capping off a career that spanned over 70 years.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Bolle on a panel at Comic-Con International in 2004 when he also received an Inkpot Award for his long, illustrious career. He was a charming gent who seemed genuinely surprised that so many fans knew of his work and had comics of his they wanted him to sign. If they'd brought every comic in which his art appeared, that would have been a very, very large pile.

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