Bob Lubbers isn’t particularly well known these days, but he was a very good and versatile artist, and at one time his work was seen by more people than any of today’s artists. He got his start in comics in 1940 at the age of 18 with Centaur, where he worked until his career was interrupted by World War II. After the war, he joined the staff of Fiction House as art director and drew many of their biggest features, such as “Firehair” and “Senorita Rio”, as well as many covers.
But he left comics in 1950 for the “respectable” world of newspaper strips, Tarzan
being his first job. He stayed on the strip for four years, then joined Al Capp’s studio for a time. Over the years he worked on several strips, most notably Big Ben Bolt
, Secret Agent X-9
, and Li’l Abner
. He even did a few jobs for Marvel in the late ’70s.
Here are a few samples of his comic book art:
Original art for a “Firehair” story.
A “Captain Wings” page from Wings Comics
#82 (1947). Lubbers had a tendency to use oddly shaped panels. It can make the page a little confusing at times, but it certainly gets your attention.
The cover to Wings Comics