All of which put me in mind of those fantastic DC 100 pagers full of Golden Age reprints, which is all the excuse I need to post some of Lou's stuff.
Though his time working in comics was relatively short, ( 1938-1944 ) Lou was a massively inspirational artist. Looking at his work, you can see his influence on Gil Kane, Mike Kaulta, Berni Wrightson & Jim Steranko, to name just four. He worked for most of his comics' career at Will Eisner's studio, alongside George Tuska, Bob Powell, and the young Jack Kirby, producing ' packaged' strips for all kinds of publishers. ( He's ' Lou Sharp ' in Will's autobiographical memoir The Dreamer )
The way it often worked in the sweatshop of studio work of the '40's was that Eisner would come up with the idea for a new character, give it to an artist, then let that artist bring said hero to life. In interviews years later, Will would always call that artist the actual creator. Which is how it went with The Ray.
The Ray is sort of Captain Atom but weirder, with a completely bizarre origin, an annoying kid sidekick, and a bright yellow costume that means he'll never be slinking down dark alleys alongside Batman.
But it's Lou's dreamlike, surreal artwork, with it's beautiful anatomy and style, that makes The Ray a classic.
Here's a big batch of Lou Fine at his best.