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365 Reasons to Love Comics #138

It’s high tide time to look at the career of one of the finest ladies to ever work in comics.


138. Ramona Fradon

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Ramona Fradon’s art is wonderful. That’s the best adjective I can think of to describe it– her style is smooth, light, and seemingly effortless. Of course, she’s also notable for being one of pioneering women in comics.

Her most famous run is her work on Aquaman, during which she co-created the Aqualad character. It was the quintessential Aquaman– rip-roarin’ undersea adventure.

My favorite work of hers, however, would have to be on another co-creation of hers, Metamorpho. My God, those stories were stunning, and Metamorpho’s adventures were portrayed in a delightfully weird and wild fashion.

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Ms. Fradon has worked in the industry off and on since, drawing runs on Plastic Man, Superfriends, and even the comic strip Brenda Starr for 15 years. She’ll surely be known, however, for her brilliantly warm and wonderful (there it is again) contributions to the Silver Age of comics.

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Ramona’s a remarkable talent, and can still be found taking commissions and crafting beautiful drawings at comicons here and there.

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Tom Fitzpatrick

May 18, 2007 at 6:02 pm

But … but … BUT I thought Colleen Doran was the finest lady ever to work in the comic industry?!? ;-)

I loves me some Ramona Fradon. Happy to hear she’s still around, making appearances and doing sketches. I really need to pick up that big Showcase Metamorpho!

That Metamorphp Showcase is one of the best Showcases so far. Wacky Bob Haney, Tthe Most Excellent Ramona Fradon, and Stalwart Sal Trapini. Good times are had by all!

The Kirbydotter

May 18, 2007 at 8:22 pm

I love Ramona Fradon’s style.
She is one of the most underated artist of DC’s Silver Age.
I knew about her work on Aquaman.
With Nick Cardy, she is probably the artist most associated with this character.
Metamorpho is the best work she ever done from what I’ve seen.
I didn’t know she had drawn Super Friends and Plastic Man.
It makes sense since she has this slightly cartoony style that must have been perfect for both titles.

The Mad Monkey

May 18, 2007 at 11:27 pm

Ramona Fradon is truly one of the greats.
I was introduced to her work in the Super Friends…and, yes, Kirbydotter, her art suited the book perfectly. If I’m not mistaken, she did the entire run of the book…including back-up stories.
I loved her work then and I still love it now.
I would give almost anything to have those Super Friends comics back.

Aquaman had 3 definitive artists, in my humble opinion. Ms. Fradon, Mr. Cardy, and Jim Aparo.

I had never heard about her before now. Kudos for bringing her work to attention!

Fradon’s one of my favorite artists ever. Good choice, Bill!

Yay! One of my favorites.

Ramona Fradon is an excellent reason to love comics. Thank you.

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