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March 1st: Nina Albright

Updated: Mar 3

Golden Age Artist/Writer

Nina Dorothy Albright (1907-1997) left an indelible mark on the history of comic books during her nine-year career in the Golden Age. Notably, she was one of the few women who not only illustrated but also wrote comic books during this era.

After completing her education at the School of Art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn 1927, Albright began working as a freelance artist. By the 1930s, she showcased her skills as a portrait and landscape artist on cruise tours in the West Indies. However, it was in the 1940s that Nina Albright first entered the comic book industry, by responding to a classified ad placed by Jerry Iger.

During her career, she worked at various studios, including Majestic Studios, Funnies Inc., L.B. Cole, and Bernard Baily. Her contributions spanned multiple comic features, including Young King Cole, Lem the Grem, Dr. Doom, and The Cadet. Notably, she joined Fiction House in 1940 alongside other female comic book artists, taking assignments available to them because their male colleagues had been drafted into World War II.

One of her standout creations during this period was Comandette, a heroine featured in Star Studded Comics 1 in 1945. Albright also worked on Miss Victory (aka Joan Wayne) and Black Venus, and she illustrated popular romance stories for Timely.

In the 1950s, Nina Albright transitioned to illustrating for magazines and educational textbooks. Her work was featured in publications like American Girl Magazine, the Polly French book series, and various educational texts. In the 1960s, she created book covers for Signal Books Publishing Company.

Nina Albright's career in publishing was long and impressive; her contribution to the comic book industry as one of the few female artist/writers of the Golden Age deserves to be remembered. 

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