Artists

As mentioned, there were lots of stories with Mickey Mouse this year, and then it's perhaps no surprise that Paul Murry is on top with as much as 20% of the pages. This makes this year one of the top-years for this artist. Only in 1967 is he more used.
On a good second-place follows Jack Bradbury with 19% of the pages. Bradbury also drew many stories with Mickey, but he also drew all kinds of other characters. This is one of the years he's most used, only bypassed by 1959.
Carl Barks is down to 3rd place this year with only 17% of the pages, a slight decrease from the year before. The example is from 'Mixed-Up Mixer' (W OS 1095).
In the 4th place we find Tony Strobl. He's got only 16% of the pages this year, and this is unusual low for this artist in this period of the comic. The example is from 'The Scene Stealer' (W DG 49).
Number 5 is Al Hubbard with 12% of the pages. This is a slight decrease from the year before, as this was his top-year. 1962 is still one of the years he's most used, far more than most other years. This year we mainly saw him draw Scamp and Chip and Dale, be we could also find some other series. Te example is from 'Collector's Luck' (W OS 1246).
We are introduced to two new artists this year. The first one is the American Bob Gregory. He began as a writer of Disney-comics in 1958, and his first story was 'Christmas in Duckburg' (W CP 9), drawn by Carl Barks. After this, he wrote quite a few good Donald Duck stories, and most of these were drawn by Tony Strobl. In 1961 he began to draw, at first only 1-pagers. Later this year he got his own comic in US, 'Daisy Duck's Diary', where he both wrote and drew the stories. In my opinion, Gregory was only mediocre artist, but a better writer. The first years he only made stories with Donald&Co, but in the middle of the 70ies, he also began to draw the Aristocats, a serie that was quite usual in the Norwegian comic at this time. He also made quite a few stories featuring April, Mai and June, and with the Junior Woodchucks. He continued making Disney-comics until 1984. The example shown here is from his first appearance in a Norwegian comic. This was a 2-pager (Culture Craze, W OS 1247) with Daisy published in number 39 this year. Gregory died in 2003.
The other new artist this year was Nils Rydahl. Actually, he wasn't quite new, as he drawn lots of covers since 1959, but now he also got to draw his own series. His first attempt was seen in number 35 this year. The story was written by Knut Dokker, and it was called 'In the Footsteps of Rembrandt'. It's about Donald who tries to be an artist who paints, but as he's not very successful, he ends up painting houses instead. Later this year we would see stories where Rydahl was both the writer and the artist. The first one was 'The Camp Mystery' , a remake of a 1953 story drawn by Dick Moores (W MM 31). Then came 'The Treasure Hunt', also a remake, this time of a 1954 story drawn by Phil De Lara (W DD 36). In my opinion, Rydahl wasn't a good artist, but when the American publications weren't enough to fill the weeklies in Scandinavia, the publishers wanted to try some 'home-made' stories. Rydahl may have been inspired by Al Taliaferro, but the latter is high above Rydahl in quality. His art seems simple and stiff, but he was the first Dane to have series in the weekly. The result wasn't very good, and far from the standard known from the American publications. Therefore 1962 and Rydahl mark the beginning of what's commonly called the Commercialism here in Norway, where the stories are mass-produced and badly drawn. Rydahl would later draw all kinds of Disney characters, and he was active until 1975. His art was at the most seen in 1963 where the annual consisted of 114 pages with this artist.
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Opdateret d. 23.11.2004