Monday, February 15, 2010
Phantom Artist Profile- Ray Moore
Raymond S. Moore
Moore drew sixteen separate storylines for the dailies and eight separate storylines for the Sunday strip from 1936 until 1949 when he retired as the result of a war injury he received as a pilot during WWII.
Moore started as an art assistant to Phil Davis on Lee Falk's adventure strip Mandrake The Magician. When Falk realized he was not going to be able to handle drawing The Phantom on a regular basis, he hired Moore to take over the art chores.
Moore's period on The Phantom is known for it's moody and atmospheric- if sometimes simplified- quality.
Falk was pleased with Moore's work and was especially impressed with his ability to draw beautiful women. It's for this very reason that Falk wrote several stories featuring gangs of women criminals, such as "The Sky Band".
Mr. Moore passed away of natural causes in 1984.
(images swiped from Google images)