Library Staff Recommendation: H. J. Ward

Detail of a Lone Ranger illustration

H. J. Ward

by David Saunders

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.60924 W256

Not only is this a beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated book: its subject, Hugh J. Ward, is a UArts alumnus who attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (today’s UArts College of Art and Design) from 1927-1930. The author, David Saunders, made extensive use of the University of the Arts archives, including a visit to look at the materials himself.

"Easy Money" by H. J. Ward

Following his work as a cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ward made his mark as an illustrator of pulp magazines and fiction. In addition to work for magazines such as Super-Detective, Spicy-Adventure Stories, Mystery Adventures (“Exotic – Peppy- Exciting”), Spicy Western Stories, and Spicy Mystery Stories, all of which usually featured scantily-clad damsels in distress, Ward illustrated The Lone Ranger and Green Hornet comic books, and created the first full-color image of Superman for the radio show, The Adventures of Superman (see pp. 159-165). Library Journal says that’ “Saunders’s gangbusters volume will knock the socks off pulp-art fans.”

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Recommended by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

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