Batman artist Sheldon Moldoff passed away from kidney failure on February 29th at the age of 91.
Moldoff started his career as a freelancer for DC Comics when he was only 17 years old. DC Comics released a statement saluting his accomplishments.
Historian and writer, Mark Evanier, covered Moldoff’s death on his blog and bulleted his most notable accomplishments.
Moldoff also went on to “create his own pre-code horror comics including “This Magazine Is Haunted” and “Strange Suspense Stories” for Fawcett Comics before teaming with Batman creator Bob Kane’s shop in 1953.” Shelly died swearing that Kane remained ignorant about the amount of work he did for Batman in his glory days (late 30s & 40s); Muldoff had signed Kane’s name to many of his masterpieces under contract so he could provide for his family. He inked characters including Bat-Girl, Mister Freeze, Poison Ivy, Ace The Bathound, The Mermaid Batman, and Zebra Batman while receiving an insufficient amount of credit.
Moldoff was eventually pushed out of DC in 1967 because Kane wanted to switch the line to a more modern look. He continued to work on occasional Batman projects and continued to contribute to a variety of comices. He leaves this world known as one of the greats of the Golden Age of Comics and a kind family man.
The following are some tweets from Moldoff’s fans:
Today we lost two tremendous artists, Ralph McQuarrie and Sheldon Moldoff, but their legacies live on – thanks for showing us how it’s done.
R.I.P. Shelly Moldoff. If you read World’s Funnest you mite know I’m a fan. He was very kind to me when we met. Wished me luck. Thx, Shelly.