Gray Morrow

Gray Morrow.

Dwight Graydon "Gray" Morrow (March 7, 1934 – November 6, 2001) was an American comic book artist who worked on the story Aliens: Tourist Season for Dark Horse Comics.


Born in 1934 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Morrow is best known as art director of Spider-Man between 1967 and 1970 and as illustrator of the syndicated Tarzan, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Prince Valiant comic strips, among others.

Morrow was a feature cover and interior illustrator for many science fiction-genre magazines in the 1960s and 1970s. Examples of his work graced most of the covers of the American Perry Rhodan series. He also did the illustrations for the original Galaxy Magazine publication of the Hugo-winning novella Soldier, Ask Not by Gordon R. Dickson. Morrow worked with Warren Publishing from 1964 to 1967 on the comic magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat, doing both stories and covers.

Morrow was known as a comic-book artist and illustrator for such diverse publishers as Archie Comics, DC, Marvel and Warren. He also worked as a layout artist on the Ralph Bakshi features Fritz The Cat and Wizards.

In more recent times, Morrow had had trouble getting hired by current comics editors, who had placed a label on his realistic artwork as being "unsellable" to audiences, despite his storied career and long track record of experience and success.

Sadly, Morrow, who had developed Parkinson's disease and could no longer draw at that point, took his own life after a period of illness and despondency in 2001.

Morrow was nominated for the Hugo Award for best professional artist in 1966, 1967, and 1968.


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