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Miss America #1-93 (Jan. 1944 - Nov. 1958; 126 issues with inconsistent volume numbering).

Miss America v1 #1Louise VandenBergh Altson (July 4, 1910 - March 9th, 2010), nicknamed 'Weeze', was a renowned portrait artist who worked briefly in comics early in her career.

Mrs. Altson was born on July 4, 1910 in Antwerp, Belgium, the daughter of Alphonse and Louise VandenBergh. She began her professional training at the age of 12 with well-known artist Leon Brunin, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She later studied at the Polytechnic School of Art in London, England, where she specialized in portrait painting and figure composition, winning several scholarships and the gold medal of merit. She was accepted to exhibit for several consecutive years at the Royal Academy in London before coming to the United States in 1939.

Settling in New York City with her family, Mrs Altson began her career by illustrating children's books and magazines. One of her accounts was Little Golden Books where she painted the cover to Nursery Songs. In 1946 Louise began working for the Toronto Star Weekly newspaper. Their woman's section carried a fiction short story and Miss Altson did the illustrations accompanying the text. She did approximately 40 installments and at least 2 Christmas covers. Altson also illustrated Nursery Rhymes (cover and interior) for Whitman's Tell-A-Tale Book line in 1945. Louise also worked for a while in commercial art.

One of the book cover accounts she had was for Julian Messner, Inc. Publishers, who published a series of books under a line called "A Romance for Young Moderns" beginning in 1946. Louise Altson painted over 20 book covers for this series.Louise Altson

By 1944, Louise Altson showed up at Timely Comics in the Jean Goodman supervised, Bessie Little edited, teen girl's magazine Miss America Magazine. Here she illustrated fiction text story splashes in a beautiful, photo-realistic style (including the Dec/44 cover). Altson would continue contributing to Miss America into 1947 and then in 1949 branch out as a cover painter on teen and romance comic books like Junior Miss, Cindy Smith, Mitzi’s Romances and four consecutive issues of Patsy Walker, #'s 25,26,27 and 28 in late 1949 and early 1950. After this she vanished from comic books for good, painting magazine and book covers for a while, before working almost exclusively as a portrait painter for the rest of her career.

Associated with Portraits Inc. of New York since 1948, her portraits and portrait groups included the families of President George and Barbara Bush, Tommy Dorsey, the DuPonts, and the Woolworth family. Her ability to secure a true and sympathetic likeness made her an outstanding figure in the field of contemporary portraiture.

Louise trusted God daily for artistic guidance and inspiration. She shared her artistic talent through her portrait work throughout the United States. She had a love and passion for her art, her family, and life; she was always ready for the next party.

She passed away on March 9th, 2010 at Abbey Delray South, in Delray Beach, FL where she resided for many years. She is survived by her sons, John and George and daughter Jean Knight Truax, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

From Timely-Atlas Comics.Miss America v6 #2