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Mystic Comics #1-10 (March 1940 - Aug. 1942), Mystic Comics Vol. 2 #1-4 (Oct 1944 - March 1945).
Alejandro "Alex" Antonio Schomburg was born May 10, 1905 in Puerto Rico and died in Hillsboro, Oregon at the age of ninety-two on April 7, 1998.
During the war years, Schomburg turned out the most ornate, flamboyant and outrageous covers of the time. Jammed with detail, these covers were wild and amazing. Schomburg was Timely's definitive artist. Ron Goulart (Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History) has called Schomburg the undisputed champ of cover artists and the Hieronymous Bosch of comics. Schomburg's work during the Golden age of Comics ranged from Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner to covers for "Wonder Comics," "America's Best Comics," "Exciting Comics," and "The Fighting Yank" to name but a few. From the late 1930s to the late 1940s he created over five hundred covers for comic books.
Stan Lee said it best about Alex Schomburg, "Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post...When it came to illustrating covers, there simply was no one else in Alex's league." "Alex Schomburg was totally unique. I remember hearing Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tell me time and again how great a cover illustrator Alex was, and how he wished we had more like him. He was the only artist I knew able to combine strong, dramatic layouts, and exciting superhero action with a simplistic, almost cartoony style of execution. One could never be sure if Alex was an illustrator who approached his work like a cartoonist, or a cartoonist who chose to render his artwork like an illustrator. Despite the quantity of work we gave him, despite the care and effort that went into every Schomburg cover, I cannot remember Alex ever being late with any illustration. He was as reliable as he was talented."
Schomburg was also a prolific science fiction artist. His most famous works were arguably the endpapers for the Winston Juvenile series in the 1950s. This collection of science fiction icons defined the field for nearly all those who started reading science fiction as teenagers in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.
Alex Schomburg won every major award for science fiction art, as well as comic book art, from a Lifetime Achievement Award (accepted for him by Susan Schomburg) at the 1989 Hugo Awards to the Inkpot, to the first Doc Smith Lensman Award in 1978 and the Frank R. Paul Award in 1984. He was inducted posthumously into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame at the 1999 Comic-Con International.
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Flexo the Rubber Man. First Appearance: Mystic Comics #2.
After years of experimentation Doctors Joel and Joshua Williams, brothers, created a robot which they called Flexo. The robot was "made of live rubber, filled with a secret gas, and operated by remote control." Flexo has "the speed of a bullet, the strength of an ox, and the ability to zoom through the air like a bird."
In his first adventure Flexo helped stop Dr. Murdo, a mad scientist, from using some stolen radium for a Death Ray Machine. In his next three adventures Flexo rescued a "secret torpedo repeller" that the Drs. Williams created from the clutches of the evil spy Karl Damos; stopped the arson schemes of the evil "Iron Duke;" and helped rescue the Drs. Williams, and a super-secret explosive formula, from the country of "Teutonia."
And that was the last we saw of Flexo the Rubber Man. He's never struck me as that memorable a character, although he did have some nice Jack Binder art. He didn't speak, and so the stories had to be carried by the Drs. Williams and the villains, who were fairly stock characters. Too, the lack of costumed supervillains somewhat diminished my enjoyment of Flexo's exploits. I find him more interesting as a cultural artifact, what with the pre-war atmosphere ("Teutonia," indeed!) and the treatment of Flexo himself. We know he's intelligent; he can smile and wink, although he never speaks. But the Drs. Williams use him, essentially, as a servant. There's a dubious morality going on here, one that you wouldn't see these days (at least, not unexamined).