RIP Nick Cardy

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by Carl R. Jansson
Senior Correspondent
Nick CardyAnother of the old guard has left us, as Nick Cardy, famed for his brilliant run on the original Teen Titans comics, after being hospitalized on November 2nd with congestive heart failure, has passed away at 9:35 pm on November 3rd, 2013 at the age of 93.
Nick Cardy, also known as Nick Cardi, was born Nicholas Viscardi on October 20th, 1920. He spent his childhood in New York City, raised on the Lower East Side, and drawing from an early age. He began in the comic book industry working in the Iger-Eisner workshop, as many early artists did, writing and drawing the Lady Luck back-up strips. Cardy did military service from 1943 until 1945, serving in World War II in the 66th Infantry Division as a tank driver in the armored cavalry, and earning two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Teen Titans 23, Octobert, 1969

In 1950, Cardy began a long and fruitful relationship with DC Comics. There he worked on Tomahawk, the first 39 issues of Aquaman, all 43 issues of the original Teen Titans, and the fondly remembered Bat Lash. The 1970s saw Cardy become DCs most prominent cover artist until he left the industry in the mid-70s for the more lucrative world of commercial advertising art. Later, he created Nick Cardy: The Artist at War, detailing his time in the military by presenting the entire contents of Cardy’s wartime sketchbook.

Cardy was one of four creators inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005. And rightly so, as his covers alone were some of the most original the industry had ever seen.
He was an incredible talent, a war hero, and a complete gentleman, who will be missed by so many. But his enduring legacy will live on. Good bye, and thank you.
Nick Cardy

October 20th, 1920 – November 3rd, 2013

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