Monday, November 4, 2013

Rest in Peace Nick Cardy (1920-2013)


I am so saddened to learn of the passing of the outrageously talented Nick Cardy. Not only was he a wonderful person with a fantastic sense of humor (I had the good fortune to meet him and talk with him a few times at conventions over the years), he was an enormously talented artist. His romance covers are some of the strongest in my mind, and I'm sure many of you can agree. The women Cardy portrayed on the covers of so many romance issues (affectionately known by fans as "Cardy Babes") managed to be both beautiful and relateable. Cardy's covers remain some of the most beloved and iconic of the entire comics medium.

Coincidentally, I was prepping a post this weekend on the story, "Second Choice" from Heart Throbs #121 (August/September 1969). This particular issue is one of my new acquisitions, and one of the issues that I had been hunting for for quite a while due to the gorgeous and intriguing Cardy cover. I look forward to sharing it with you later in the week. But for now, all I can say is thank you Mr. Cardy. You will be missed.

5 comments:

  1. I only realized Cardy did a whole bunch of romance covers thanks in part to your blog, and I now think they're among his best (and that's saying a lot).
    Nice post, Jacque; it's great that you were able to meet Cardy a few times...

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  2. I first discovered Cardy's work on the Teen Titans as a youth. Even there his ability to draw females was evident. Cardy was a workhorse at DC, working in every genre and on so many covers. I like some of his mystery covers quite a bit, but agree that some of his best work was on romance covers. I never met him in person, but I'm glad to hear you did.

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  3. Thanks guys. I don't think anyone can resist the allure that is the Cardy romance cover! What a wonderful body of work he has left behind for all of us to continue to enjoy!

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  4. Mr. Cardy's passing is so sad! As I've branched out into collecting more 1970s DC comics in the past year, I've really come to appreciate his talent. From about 1972 to 1974, Cardy was the primary cover artist for just about every magazine DC published. One of my favorites of his romance covers is the only 100 page romance comic I own, Young Love 107.

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  5. Cardy's short run on the atypical Western 'Bat Lash' is a true masterpiece. Love all his work, especially his cover art.

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