13 COVERS: A SHELDON MOLDOFF Birthday Celebration

Batman’s most whimsical artist was born 100 years ago…

Sheldon Moldoff, who was born April 14, 1920, was one of Batman’s longest-tenured artists — a Bob Kane ghost whose career in Gotham stretched from the early ’50s to the late ’60s.

Ordinarily, that would put him in elite company except Moldoff had the relative misfortune of being the Caped Crusader’s prime artist during his most-maligned period: the era just before 1964’s “New Look” — a time marked by goofy villains and fluorescent aliens.

Now, I have a soft spot for a lot of these old issues and, now that decades have passed, so do a lot of readers. (I also appreciate that Moldoff updated his style during the New Look.)

In any event, I look forward to posting 13 COVERS on his birthday every year because, dang it, a lot of his Batman stories were just plain fun. Whimsy’s a good thing, folks.

This year’s selection is drawn completely from Batman and I’m fairly certain none of them have been highlighted at 13th Dimension before. (Links to previous salutes can be found below.)

So, here’s a centennial tribute to Sheldon Moldoff, an artist who brought joy to millions of kids — even if they didn’t know his name at the time.

I got this 1956 issue as a teenager in the ’80s and for a long time it was my oldest comic book.

Charles Paris inks

Stan Kaye inks


— 13 COVERS: A SHELDON MOLDOFF Birthday Celebration — 2019 Edition. Click here.

— 13 COVERS: A SHELDON MOLDOFF Birthday Celebration — 2018 Edition. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. An underrated artist. I love his Batman stuff, but he was a far more accomplished artist than even these classic covers show. His Golden Age Hawkman stuff is beautiful.

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  2. Great covers! This makes me wonder if DC will ever do a Batman Silver Age Omnibus. Or two, or three, etc.

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  3. I’ve yet to see a Sheldon Moldoff drawing that I like, but the man was prolific!

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