Jim Mooney, the prolific artist who worked on memorable DC Comics features including Batman, Supergirl and Tommy Tomorrow, has died at age 89.
“Jim Mooney’s beautiful women and noble men graced the DC universe for decades, showing up (sadly uncredited for much of the time) from the adventures of Batman and Robin, to the far future of Tommy Tomorrow, to his legendary run on Supergirl,” said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher. “Few artists have made our characters look better.”
Born in 1919, Mooney broke into comics in 1940 with early publishers Fox and Fiction House. He soon moved to Timely Comics, where he specialized in funny animal features, then joined DC Comics in the late 1940s as penciller on BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS, as well as solo Robin tales in STAR SPANGLED COMICS. In the 1950s, he contributed numerous stories to DC’s mystery titles and illustrated Tommy Tomorrow in ACTION COMICS and, later, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS.
In 1959, Mooney became the regular artist on Supergirl, one of his signature features, in ACTION COMICS, beginning with the second installment of the series. He continued to illustrate Supergirl through the 1960s, while working on HOUSE OF MYSTERY’s Dial H for Hero and several Legion of Super-Heroes tales for ADVENTURE COMICS.
Mooney moved to Marvel Comics in the late 1960s, where he went on to draw Spider-Man, Man-Thing, Omega The Unknown, Marvel Team-Up, Thundercats and numerous other series. Most recently, Mooney contributed to Claypool Comics’ Elvira and Soulsearchers and Company.