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Caught # 1-5 (Aug. 1956 - April 1957).

Caught #1Bob Forgione met Jerry Robinson when he was in his evening class at the New York School of Art, like Steve Ditko, and influenced a lot his style. Bob Forgione's stories show he was taught by Jerry Robinson.

In the early 1950s, he worked on 'Red Arrow', and a couple of Charlton hot rod titles. Later on, he did horror, crime and war stories for Fawcett, Charlton (the Thing) and DC, often with Jack Abel.

The Thing! #9 has the claim to fame of being used in Seduction of the Innocent, with author Fredric Wertham noting, "Stomping on the face is a form of brutality which modern children learn early."

He worked on many Marvel war, western and romance titles throughout this decade ('Battle Action', 'Marines in Battle', 'The Ringo Kid', 'Tales to Astonish', etc.) where he penciled more than 160 stories.

He also drew for Dell's Lassie and Bad Masterson with Jerry Robinson’s inks.

Forgione ghosted on the daily 'Phantom' strip around 1961-65. Seymour "Sy" Barry, having worked on both Tarzan and Flash Gordon, he went on to draw the world's most successful adventure comic strip, The Phantom for 33 years from 1962 to 1994, succeeding Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. Barry is credited for giving the Phantom his modern look, which has not changed since he took over the strip. Creator Lee Falk liked his drawing style so much that he quickly decided to modernize the entire comic strip, giving Bengalla a black President and the Jungle Patrol a black colonel.

Sy Barry's Phantom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry frequently used pencil artists on the strip, working primarily as an inker (although he often drew entire stories when time permitted). Pencilers included George Olesen, Joe Giella, Bob Forgione, André LeBlanc and Carmine Infantino.

At the height of their popularity, Lee Falk and Sy Barry's Phantom stories were read by over 100 million people every day in newspapers and comic books.

The Thing!#9Forgione later went on to work as an assistant to Robinson when he became a successful newspaper cartoonist.

Robinson talks in Alter Ego #39:

"Bob was a really nice guy and extremely talented. He was my student at SVA for two years, and, just like Steve Ditko, I got him in scholarship for the second year.

At that time, I was doing a lot of work for Stan Lee at Timely, and needed an assistant. Bob started with me when he graduated, and we turned out a lot of work. I penciled and he inked, though I also did some of the inking. Sometimes I did both on splashes or on some story I really wanted to finish myself. Other times, I'd just rough out some backgrounds, and Bob was good enough to finish it. He learned very quickly, and after two years, he became my partner. We illustrated a lot of trade books together, about thirty or more, in addition to the comics books.

Bob did some television work, which paid very well. He was also very fast and a terrific story-teller, perfect for doing TV storyboards. Gradually, he got so busy that he did it full-time, and became a top art director at a major ad agency.

We spend a lot of time together -I was like an older brother. We took vacations together, going to places like Fire Island and even to Florida once. He was a very good-looking guy and women just flocked to him."

Tales to Astonish #26