Hardin “Jack” Burnley, the first comic book artist to team up Superman and Batman, died Tuesday in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was 95.
Burnley was also the first artist besides the heroes’ original creators to draw Batman and Superman, paving the way for generations of other artists.
“I gave Superman a lot more muscle than he had originally,” Burnley said in 2000. “When I came into comics I had a background in drawing the musclemen and heroes of sports, so it was rather easy for me to make the transition to drawing the comic figures.”
Burnley also created the DC superhero Starman, with Gardner Fox. The character first appeared in 1941.
Burnley passed away due to complications from a hip injury. He is survived by a niece, a nephew, and a sister-in-law.
Primary Information Sources/External Links for Further Reading
Jack Burnley’s obituary (Charlottesville’s DailyProgress.com)
Jack Burnley Information (Comiclopedia)