Friday, 4 August 2017

Mary Marvel by Bob Oksner

Yet another wonderful artist I was previously completely unaware of in The Bronze Age was Bob Oskner.
Bob was a great teen & humour artist, with a warm, friendly style that was deceptively simple looking. He also did Angel & The Ape and Welcome Back Kotter, to name just two Bronze Age favourites.
I'm not sure if Bob ever got to draw the Teen Titans, but if not he should've done, as he's one of those rare artists who could draw teenagers that actually look like teenagers.
As here with Mary Marvel, who's as bright & spunky as a teen heroine should be, but doesn't make you want to throttle her, like say, Kitty Pryde.


  1. Turan, Emissary of the Fly World12 August 2017 at 13:59

    You probably have to have been there at the time to see this, but Oskner clearly based his Mary Marvel on the actress Linda Blair, as she appeared in her TV-movie-of-the-week phase (that is, after THE EXORCIST, before all those women-in-prison movies).

  2. Never would've spotted that, but makes sense, cheers Turan.

  3. Nah, she resembles Susan Dey - this was the "Partridge Family" heyday