The Gridley Wave #305 ~ February 2008
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Gold Key #190, February, 1970

Paul Norris passed away at the age of 93 on November 5, 2007. He was born in Chicago in 1914. Like most artists, he grew up with a love of drawing. He attended the Midland Lutheran College in Freemont, Nebraska in 1934-1935, but gave up further college education to work for an Ohio newspaper syndicate. When the syndicate folded, he attended the Dayton Art Institute where he met his future wife, Ann.

He soon found himself drawing his own comic strip, "Scoop Lens," for the Dayton Daily News. He moved to New York in 1940 where he found work with various comic book publishers, such as DC Comics, Prize Comics, Fox Comics, Standard, Dell, and Gold Key. With Mort Wesinger, he co-created the popular underwater hero, "Aquaman." He also drew several newspaper comic strips:
"Brick Bradford" (which he drew until 1987 when he retired), 
"Jungle Jim" and 
"Secret Agent X-9."

From 1948-1949 Paul Norris drew four issues of the Dell four-color "Flash Gordon" and, later, "Jungle Jim" from 1956-1957. For Gold Key, Norris took over "Magnus" and "Robot Fighter" as well as that book's backup feature “Aliens” when Russ Manning left the book, and "Jungle Twins." He replaced Doug Wildey, who had been drawing the comic adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels, with issue number 188, October, 1969, "Tarzan’s Quest." 

He continued drawing the Tarzan adaptations through issue number 206, February, 1972, "Tarzan and the Lion Man," although issue number 202 was a reprint of issue number 154 drawn by Russ Manning, and issues 197-201 and 203-205 were new stories, not adaptations, written by Gaylord Du Bois. Mike Royer initially inked Paul Norris' pencils, but eventually left to ink for Jack Kirby, after which he began doing his own inking.

While Paul Norris' art was not flamboyant, he had a very pleasant, crisp, clean style that was enjoyable. It was said of him that he never uttered an unkind word against anyone, and all who met him came away with the impression that here, indeed, was a gentle man. 

... Robert R. Barrett


Reproduced on this page are the magazine cover (left) and first page of a six-page Filmfax interview with Richard A. Lupoff, author of the celebrated critical analysis, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure

The interview was conducted by Ed Gorman and contains 23 black & white photos neatly covering the highlights of ERB’s publishing career. 

This issue (No.116, Oct/Dec 2007) should still be on newsstands, or you can order by phone (847-866-7155) or online at They accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express orders. 

... "Ye Editor"

The Gridley Wave #305 ~ February 2008
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