Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Phantom Artist Profile- Bill Lignante

Bill Lignante: 1925-

A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Bill Lignante first became associated with The Phantom when he was asked to finish a strip which had been uncompleted at the time of Wilson McCoy's death in 1961. He then went on to draw the Sunday strip from August, 1961 to May 1962.

Lignante was hired to draw The Phantom for the comic books which were licensed by King Features Syndicate to Gold Key and King Comics.

(From "The Belt" The Phantom #8, Gold Key, 1962)

He also worked as an artist at the Hanna-Barbera animation studio for 16 years and worked for ABC news as a courtroom artist for 26 years, illustrating the trials of Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan and Patty Hearst, among others.

For more on Gold Key Comics, and to read "The Belt" in it's entirety, be sure to visit Mykal Banta's Gold Key Comics Blog


  1. I absolutely love Lignante's Phantom. His work has a simple, pure power, perfectly befitting the Man Who Cannot Die! Thanks for this bio-post of his career. -- Mykal

  2. Hey, no problem. And since you're a big Lignante fan, you'll want to stop by tomorrow for a double portion of his Phantom. But perhaps I've said too much...

  3. Is his full name, William Lignante?
    - Possible from Scoobypedia.