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Cindy Comics #27-38 (Sept. 1947 - Feb. 1950; continued from Krazy Komics) continued as Cindy Smith #39-40 (May-July 1950).

Cindy Comics 27Ken Bald (born August 1, 1920) is an American illustrator and comic book artist best known for the Dr. Kildare and Dark Shadows newspaper comic strips. Due to contractual obligations, he is credited as "K. Bruce" on the Dark Shadows strip.

Kenneth Bruce Bald was born in New York City, New York and raised in suburban Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for three years.

After Pratt, Bald joined the Englewood, New Jersey studio of Jack Binder, one of the early comic-book "packagers" who would supply complete comics on demand for publishers entering the new medium. Beginning in 1941, Bald, via Binder, began drawing backup features for the prominent Fawcett Comics.

During this time, known as the Golden Age of Comics, Bald illustrated and inked the following Fawcett Cornics' superheroes: Captain Marvel, Captain Midnight, Bulletman, Bulletgirl, and Spy Smasher. He also rendered meticulous work for Street & Smith on both Mandrake the Magician and Doc Savage.

Creator credits were not routinely given during this era, and while historians have tentatively identified Bald as both penciler and inker of the 14-page Bulletman story "The Terror of the Iceberg" in Fawcett's Master Comics #26 (May 1942), his earliest confirmed credit is penciling the 16-page Captain America story "Ali Baba and His Forty Nazis" in Captain America Comics #32 (Nov. 1943), published by Marvel Comics precursor Timely Comics.Kent Bald

Returning from WWII as a decorated Captain in 1946, Bald met Stan Lee, who recruited his art talents to Timely Comics. Timely would eventually become the world-renowned Marvel Comics. Going on staff at Timely, Bald drew stories of such superheroes as Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Blonde Phantom, the Destroyer, and Miss America variously through comics cover-dated July 1949. He both wrote and drew a number of Millie the Model humor stories in the comics Georgie and Patsy Walker, and at least drew the teen-humor character Cindy in Cindy Comics, Georgie, Judy Comics and Junior Miss.

Bald penciled the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner spin-off character Namora, in "The Coming of Namora" in Marvel Mystery Comics #82 (May 1947), but it is unclear if he helped create the character; the cover, which was sometimes created first, featured Namora drawn by Bob Powell. Similarly, Bald drew Timely's single issue of The Witness (Sept. 1948), starring a character co-created by writer-editor Stan Lee, but the cover for which was drawn by Charles Nicholas. Bald, with an unidentified writer, co-created Timely superhero Sun Girl, who starred in a three-issue series cover-dated August to December 1948.

Cindy Comics 38His other comic book work included the character Crime Smasher in Fawcett's Whiz Comics in the 1940s, and many anthological horror/suspense stories in American Comics Group's Adventures into the Unknown, The Clutching Hand, Forbidden Worlds and Out of the Night from 1949 through late 1954. Also for ACG, he co-created the adventure feature Time Travelers in Operation: Peril #1 (Nov. 1950).

In 1957, Bald transitioned to comic strips, beginning with Judd Saxon — about "an up-and-coming young executive", or "an executive turned detective" written by Jerry Brondfield, for King Features Syndicate. On October 15, 1962, A Sunday color strip was added April 19, 1964. Bald and writer Elliot Caplin premiered the strip Dr. Kildare, based on the television show of that name. Comics historian Maurice Horn said, "Bald, who modeled the two principals on the actors who played them on television (Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey), drew the strip with breezy, self-assured elegance." Bald left Judd Saxon the following year. In 1971, he created the comic strip Dark Shadows, also based on a TV series, a soap opera featuring Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins. That strip ended the following year. With the end of the Dr. Kildare strip in 1984, Bald retired.

From 1981 to 2004, Bald was Creative Director of Gem Studios, a Manhattan art studio that created TV storyboards for ad agencies. His work included the Miller Lite and Right Guard celebrity campaigns, as well as the first AFLAC spot that introduced its now famous duck in December 1999. His prolific at career spans over 63 years.

Bald resides in New Jersey and keeps busy by doing commissions for his fans and attending comic conventions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and www.kenbald.com.

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