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  • Writer's pictureBrant Jones

March 9th: Ramona Fradon

A highly acclaimed American comic book artist known for her significant contributions to

the industry, Ramona Fradon left an indelible mark on the Silver Age of Comics.

Born in Long Beach, New York in 1926, Fradon's career began in the late 1940s when she worked as an animator at the Jam Handy Organization in Detroit. However, her true passion lay in comic books, and she eventually transitioned to this field.

One of Fradon’s notable early works at DC Comics was co-creating Metamorpho “The Element Man” with writer Bob Haney in 1965. Her dynamic and expressive artwork helped bring the character to life and quickly made him a fan favorite.

In addition to Metamorpho, Fradon worked on various other DC Comics titles, including Aquaman, Super Friends, and Plastic Man. She was one of the few female artists working in mainstream comics during the Silver Age, and her talent and skill paved the way for other women in the industry.

Her work has had a lasting impact on the comic book industry, inspiring countless artists who followed in her footsteps. In recognition of her contributions to comics, Fradon received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2006.

Ramona Fradon died of heart failure on February 27, at age 97, just one month after announcing her official retirement from comics. She will forever be revered in the comics industry, celebrated for her groundbreaking contributions to the art form.

To learn more, be sure to check out The Art of Ramona Fradon hardcover, this 1997 interview with David Armstrong, and this moving tribute to her life and work by Chloe Mavael.

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