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Two Gun Western vol.1 # 5-14 (Nov. 1950 - June 1952; continued from Casey - Crime Photographer).
Ed Moline (1908-1979). Edward J. Moline was born February 23, 1908 in Middlesex, Connecticut. His father, William Moline, was born 1878 in Sweden and immigrated to America in 1902. His mother, Helma Moline, born 1881 in Sweden and immigrated to America in 1896. His parents married in 1907 and had two children. His younger sister Velma was born in 1913. They lived at 315 High Street in Middlesex, CT. His father worked as a house painter.
In 1918 the Moline family moved to 708 Arch Street in New Britain, CT.
In 1926 he graduated New Britain High School, where he had developed an interest in drawing, but for practical reasons he went to work as a technical draftsman in the design department of a local factory.
By 1930 he had begun to attend night school art classes at Cooper Union in New York City. After a day of factory work in New Britain, he rode a commuter train to Grand Central Central Station in NYC and took the downtown subway to the school on St. Marks Place in the Lower East Side, where his three hour classes started at 7:00pm. He returned home around midnight. He followed this routine for five years and on June 6, 1935 at the age of twenty-seven he was awarded a diploma in architectural drawing from Cooper Union.
Construction projects were scarce during the Great Depression, so instead of drawing blue prints for architects, he drew black and white line art for newspapers.
In 1936 he married his wife, Grace K. Moline. She was born in Connecticut in 1911. They moved to Bartholomew Road in Middleton, CT.
In 1940 he drew Kid Kopper for Detective Eye Comics, published by Centaur Comics.
He did not serve in the military during WWII.
From 1944 to 1952 he drew pen and ink story illustrations for pulp magazines, such as Famous Western, Crack Detective, Double Action Western, Marvel Science Fiction, Western Action, 5-Western Novels, Real Western, and Fighting Western. He signed most of this work with a distinctive signature cleverly designed around the letter "O."
From 1950 to 1955 he drew horror, crime, romance, and western comic books for Marvel/Atlas, American,and Fawcett Comics, contributing to War Comics, Battlefront, Spy Cases, Astonishing, Uncanny Tales, Kid Colt, and Texas Kid.
By 1958 employment opportunities for most illustrators were scarce. American popular culture had developed a greater interest in television than in printed mass media, and the advertising industry followed this trend, which caused a major decline in the publishing industry. This cultural shift left illustration art looking old fashioned. The general economy was very strong, so there were plenty of new construction projects in Connecticut. Ed Moline made the practical business decision to retire from illustration and return to his roots as a certified architectural draftsman. In 1960 he opened an office at 179 South Street in West Hartford, CT, which prospered through the 1960s.
On October 30, 1971 his wife Grace K. Moline died at the age of sixty.
Edward J. Moline died at the age of seventy-one in a hospital in Portland, CT, on October 4, 1979.