Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Crandall, Reed

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(1917-1981) Highly skilled and widely respected US Comic-book artist, with a fine, controlled pen-line style. He drew Superheroes and sf, fantasy and Horror subjects with equal success. His early influences were Howard Pyle, N C Wyeth and James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960).

RC was an editorial cartoonist for the NEA Syndicate before working for the Eisner-Iger partnership (see Will Eisner) and then for Quality Comics from 1941. Features he drew during this period include Hercules (Hit Comics #11-#17 1941-1942), Firebrand (Police Comics #1-#8 1941-1942), Dollman (Feature Comics #44-#63 1942-1943), The Ray (Smash Comics #23-#29 and #35-#38 1941-1943) and Blackhawk (Military Comics #12-#22 1942-1944). After military service, he continued as the main artist on Blackhawk (an almost continuous run in Modern Comics #46-#83 and subsequently in Blackhawk #10-#67 1946-1953).

RC then began working for EC Comics: his work appeared in Shock Suspense Stories (#9-#18 1953-1955) and Crime Suspense Stories (#18-#26 1952-1955) and several other titles. On the demise of EC he turned more and more towards b/w magazines, and in the 1960s he produced some very highly acclaimed Horror stories for Warren Publishing's Eerie and Creepy. He went on to produce some masterful illustrations for the Canaveral Press series of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, augmenting his distinctive pen-and-ink style with a dry-brush and wash technique to achieve some classic renditions of Burroughs themes. RC spent his final years, broken by ill-health and personal problems, working in a fast-food restaurant. [RT]

Reed Crandall


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.