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Ross Andru (June 15, 1927 – November 9, 1993) was an American comic book artist and editor. He is best known for his work on Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Flash and Metal Men.
Andru's first professional comic book work was for the Tarzan newspaper strip in 1948.
His most frequent collaborator was inker Mike Esposito, as the two worked together on various projects over a span of four decades. Their first known credited collaboration was the cover and a 24-page story, "The Jungle That Time Forgot" in the whimsical adventure comic Mister Universe #2 (1951; no month given, but published between the July and December issues). This five-issue series was the sole title from a comic book company they founded in 1951, MR Publications. The two also co-founded Mikeross Publications in 1953, which through 1954 produced one issue each of the 3D romance comics 3-D Love and 3-D Romance, two issues of the romance comic Heart and Soul, and three issue of the satiric humor comic Get Lost, and Klevart Enterprizes in 1970. Another venture into self-publishing, in 1990, failed before funding could be found.
By this time, after having teamed for early work on Key Publications' Mister Mystery in 1951 and Standard Comics' The Unseen and Joe Yank (the latter credited as "Mikeross"), the two began a long career as one of DC Comics' primary war story artists, alongside the likes of Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, and Jerry Grandenetti. Beginning with a story each in All-American Men of War #6, Our Army at War #14, and Star Spangled War Stories #13 (all Sept. 1953), For those titles as well as G.I. Combat and Our Fighting Forces, Andru and Esposito drew hundreds of tales of combat under editor and frequent writer Robert Kanigher. With Kanigher, they co-created the non-superpowered adventurers the Suicide Squad in The Brave and the Bold #25 (Sept. 1959). In the late 1950s he began to be assigned to more super-hero work, as he started runs on Rip Hunter, Time Master (1961), The Flash (1967), and Showcase, where he drew the "Sea Devils" feature as well as co-created the Metal Men.
Between 1951 and 1959 they drew also more than 100 stories for Atlas Comics.
During this period Andru also did his nine-year stint on Wonder Woman, (starting at #98 in 1958 and running until 1967) where he and writer Kanigher reinvented the character, introducing the Silver Age version and her supporting cast.
In the early 1970s, Andru left DC for Marvel Comics. Initially he did short runs on such titles as Marvel Feature in 1971–1972, where he launched the Defenders; and Marvel Team-Up in 1972, where he first drew Spider-Man. In 1973, he began his five-year stint as regular penciler on Amazing Spider-Man, which at that point was Marvel's highest-selling monthly comic.
It was during that run that Andru and writer Conway introduced the Punisher, who was conceived as an antagonist for Spider-Man. Although Andru is credited with designing the Punisher's distinctive costume, Conway has claimed that Andru worked from design sketches Conway provided. The character has gone on to become a popular star of numerous comic books as well as three movies.
In 1976, Andru penciled the first large-scale comic book intercompany character crossover, Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, in a story written by Conway and co-published by Marvel and DC.
In 1978, Andru returned to DC to work as an editor. During this period his art appeared mostly on the covers of such titles as Action Comics and Superman. Working with writer Marv Wolfman and collaborator Mike Esposito, he also co-created the syndicated comic strip The Unexplained in 1979. In the 1980s he returned to interior work, on titles including Jonah Hex (1982–1984, mainly cover art), Vigilante (1984), and Blue Beetle (1987–1988).
His last work was for Archie Comics' Zen, Intergalactic Ninja in 1993, on which he was teamed once again with Mike Esposito. Andru died later that year.
In 2006 both Andru and Esposito were the subjects of a biography titled Andru and Esposito: Partners For Life, published by Hermes Press.
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