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Matt Slade, Gunfighter #1-4 (May-Nov. 1956) continued as Kid Slade, Gunfighter #5-8 (Jan.-July 1957).
Werner Roth (January 17, 1921, Zwickau (Germany)–June 28, 1973, Long Island) was an American comic book artist, perhaps best known for immediately succeeding Jack Kirby on Marvel Comics' The X-Men.
Roth's work began appearing in Marvel Comics, then known as Atlas Comics, in 1949. His first published work, according to Gavin Roth, Werner's son, was a four-page story about an orca (killer whale) in the old Sub-Mariner (¿Blonde Phantom #22?).
Atlas editor Stan Lee has described being impressed with Roth's portfolio, particularly his drawings of women, "So I took his samples to show [then-publisher] Martin Goodman. I suggested we should use Werner, even create a comic for him. Which we did, and that was how Lorna, the Jungle Girl was born." Inspired by the success of Fiction House's Shenna series in Jumbo Comics, Goodman decided to try similar characters. He experimented wuth page layouts, adding many panels to a page, using panels without borders, varyinglayouts and filling the page with activity. Claustrophobic at times, it suited the jungle environment. Roth appeared to enjoy this strip for both the jungle locale including many animals drawn with attention to detail, and Lorna's curvaceous figure.
Roth drew the first dozen issues of Lorna. But Roth's first character book, discovered by historian Jim Valdeboncoeur , Jr, was the fantasy series Venus. The earliest story that appears to have Roth's art (possibly inked by other hands) appears in Venus #9 (May 1950). Roth's work is clearly evident in Venus #10-12, as well.
Another early feature on which Roth cut his teeth was Jet Dixon, a strip that appered in the short-lived Space Squadron. He drew a number of other features for Atlas, including most of the stories of the Apache Kid, the longest on-going character Roth penciled, and Matt (Kid) Slade, Gunfighter.
In 1957 Roth, along with many other artists, lost his job at Atlas when Lee was forced to fire his freelancers and work from inventory. The artist spent a number of years at DC comics, where he found a niche in the romance genre, drawing stories for Secret Hearts, Young Love, Falling in Love and Young Romance.
In 1965 Roth turned to Marvel once again for work, where, according to Mark Evanier: "Sol Brodsky politely discouraged him because he knew Roth's quiet style was exactly what Stan didn't want. Nevertheless, a day or two later, Roth came in to work and Stan gave him The X-Men because he was desperate at the moment, and he liked Werner too much to say no to him."
Initially using the pseudonym Jay Gavin, taken from the names of his two sons, to conceal his Marvel work from his editors at DC and initially working over layouts by Jack Kirby, Roth learned to adapt fairly well to the new Marvel method, with scripts first by Stan Lee and soon Roy Thomas.
He was tried on other Marvel features. The Roth returned to a familiar environement, the Western genre.
Roth worked for other companies, as well, in the 1960s. He drew a few Man from U.N.C.L.E stories at Gold Key, as well as Mandrake the Magician for the short-lived King Comics.
In the early 1970s, Roth migrated back to DC, drawing short stories in their mystery line, as well as a respectable run penciling Superman's Girl Friend,Lois Lane (#106 to #121), Roth did some very nice work on the strip, which, unfortunately, would turn out to be his final ongoing series.
He ttok another turn at Marvel, penciling Werewolf by Night #8 and a Ka-Zar story in Astonishing Tales #20, his final appearance on an adventure strip.
Roth becane ill with cancer in 1970 and died in June 1973, at the age of 52.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Alter Ego (1999 Magazine) #42