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George Woodbridge (1930-January 19, 2004) was an American illustrator known for his exhaustive research and historical accuracy. He is sometimes referred as "America's Dean of Uniform Illustration" because of his expertise in drawing military uniforms.

Born in Flushing, Queens, Woodbridge studied illustration at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts where he became friends with future comic book greats Frank Frazetta, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson, a trio dubbed ‘The Fleagle Gang.” Breaking into commercial comic books in 1954, Woodbridge drew The Masked Ranger for Premiere Magazines in 1954-55, and also contributed to that company’s Horror from the Tomb, Mysterious Stories, and Police against Crime in the same period.

In late I955 Woodbridge began freelancing for Timely/Atlas. He drew numerous stories in mystery titles and westerns. But it was in the Atlas war titles that he would shine the brightest. Utilizing a cross-hatched and detailed inking style, Woodbridge illustrated roughly a dozen super post-Comics Code war stories with historically accurate details. These tales allowed the artist to bring his love of military history to the drawing board, and the results are finely-rendered war vignettes a step above the usual Atlas post-Code war entries.George Woodbridge

After Atlas imploded in early 1957, Woodbridge began to branch out to Gilberton on Classics Illustrated (The First Men in the Moon and With Fire and Sword) and The World around Us in 1958-59, with Feature/Crestwood on Black Magic in I960, and on Lassie for Western (Dell).

It was for his contributions to Mad, however, that George Woodbridge will be most remembered. In March 1957 he began as a freelancer an almost 40-year run at the magazine of social satire when Al Feldstein was the editor, on the urging of his friend, associate editor Nick Meglin. Not really a cartoonist, Woodbridge's work at Mad utilized a realistic style which served him well on humorous features sporting everyday people. One Mad feature with which he is particularly identified is the 1965 “43-Man Squamish,” featuring an hysterically complicated game utilizing equipment as diverse as polo helmets and swimming flippers. Woodbridge’s work also appeared in numerous Mad paperback compilations. Woodbridge also illustrated Mad books, such as Dick DeBartolo's A Mad Guide to Leisure Time and Mad's Cradle to Grave Primer (Warner Books, 1973), written by Larry SiegelStrange Stories of Suspense 8 and edited by Nick Meglin. When Bhob Stewart edited the Mad Style Guide in 1994, he gave Woodbridge the assignment of drawing the Mad Zeppelin from three different angles as a detailed guide for any company that might one day market a miniature model of the airship.

Concurrent with his work at Mad, the artist expanded on his lifelong interest in military history by illustrating many military history books, including the Time/Life Civil War history, George Neumann's Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution and Frederick P. Todd's three-volume American Military Equipage, 1851-1872: A Description by Word and Picture of What the American Soldier, Sailor and Marine of These Years Wore and Carried. He also did hardcover book illustrations, including for titles in the Bookshelf for Boys and Girls series. He was named a fellow of the Company of Military Historians in 1961.

Woodbridge died of emphysema at age 73, on January 19, 2004, in a Staten Island hospital. He was survived by his second wife, Deborah, and by his first wife Ines and their sons, George, Curtis (also a professional illustrator), and Christopher Woodbridge.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Alter Ego Magazine #36.

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