13 COVERS: A RUSS HEATH Birthday Celebration

Starring the Sea Devils!


The late artist Russ Heath was born 96 years ago on September 29, 1926 (just 11 days after another of DC’s greatest artists, Joe Kubert). Heath was phenomenal, drawing comic art that looked like time itself stood still in order to be “photographed” through his pencil. He truly made other artists jealous with his work on the company’s various war titles (Our Fighting Forces, Our Army at War, etc.).

Heath drew other genres for DC, including delivering remarkable artwork for the undersea adventure title Sea Devils, which also had some of his most dynamic covers at the time, thanks in part to the washtones provided by house colorist Jack Adler.

For Russ Heath’s birthday tribute, here are 13 of those great Sea Devils covers (all with washtones by Adler) — in chronological order:

The Sea Devils’ first appearance, 1961

Issue #1


— 13 COVERS: A RUSS HEATH Tribute (2018). Click here.

— 13 COVERS: A RUSS HEATH Birthday Celebration (2016). Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. These are great. Not an artist I was ever aware of (genre).

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  2. Man, hard to believe there was ever a time when a first issue didn’t have “number 1” hyped all over it

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  3. Why do so many of my posts here read “DC needs to reprint this”? Because they’re sitting on great work like what you’re showing here! Thanks for giving us a *showcase* from when comics were great!

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